Review: Flying Fish at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn

Nearly a year ago, Flying Fish reopened after a lengthy refurbishment closure. Disney Food Blog visited on the very first day that it reopened (here’s that review for reference).

While we gave full marks to the beautiful interior and excellent service, and we found some bright spots to celebrate on the revamped menu, we were frankly underwhelmed. The restaurant had abandoned long time cult favorites like their Potato Wrapped Snapper and the Char-crusted Certified Black Angus New York Strip Steak, purportedly in the name of those hot, buzzy themes of sustainability and seasonality. Fine.

But while everything was indeed fine, it was no longer special. It was no longer my favorite spot to get a last minute signature restaurant advance dining reservation and KNOW that it was going to be fabulous.

Well, we’re a year in now. And I was anxious to see what, if anything, had changed. Had they returned those amazing signature dishes to the menu? Was the menu completely different from a year ago, owing to the use of seasonal ingredients and sustainable seafood choices? Were they celebrating local?

Flying Fish Entrance

Flying Fish Entrance

Only one way to find out. Time to head in. [Read more…]

Review: Dinner at The Wave…of American Flavors at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

It’s been a while since we have taken in dinner at The Wave…of American Flavors. Time to take care of that right now!

The restaurant, located in Disney’s Contemporary Resort, is truly a hidden gem.

This spot masquerades as an unassuming, run of the mill table-service restaurant, but they approach their menus and food sourcing a lot like the high-end signature restaurants on property do.

It’s well worth a visit for breakfast, lunch, or dinner; and it’s just a short walk or monorail ride from the Magic Kingdom!

Let’s take a look.


Have you ever been to The Wave? If not, your first challenge is to find it! Head to the Contemporary Resort. If you’re monorailing over, you’ll land on the Fourth Floor Concourse, so take the escalators or elevator down to the first (ground) floor.

The Contemporary Lobby Level

The Contemporary Lobby Level

The restaurant occupies one back corner of the lobby. Head past the front desk to the right, and you’ll spy it. Look for the sign and the magic lighted tunnel to lead you on your way. :-) [Read more…]

News! Wine Dinners at Flying Fish Cafe During the 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

The Flying Fish Café Team at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort has announced Winery Series events that will take place during the 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival — including an event hosted by Mr. and Mrs. John Lasseter!

Wine Series Events — Epcot Food and Wine Festival

These Flying Fish Cafe wine dinners are extremely popular and offer an intimate meal with the chef and wine maker.

Adding one of these meals to your Epcot Food and Wine Festival itinerary will make for a memorable visit! This is one of our favorite restaurants on property — it’s consistently delicious and offers a really great relaxed atmosphere with truly excellent service.

Check out what dinners are available this Fall during your Food and Wine Festival trip!

Flying Fish Cafe Tables and Murals

“Riesling/Pinot German Wine Dinner” – Thursday, September 26, 2013

Johannes Selbach–Owner/Wine Maker
Weingut Selbach-Oster, Zeltingen-Mosel, Germany
6pm Reception – 6:15pm Dinner

“Gems of Italy” – Thursday, October 3, 2013

Pierluigi Gaeta, Marketing Director-Vias Imports Ltd., NY
Featuring extraordinary selections from Italy’s Top Wine Producing Regions
6pm Reception – 6:15pm Dinner

“Moet & Chandon” – Thursday, October 10, 2013

Mr. Josh Phillips of Moët & Chandon, Epernay-France
6pm Reception – 6:15pm Dinner
*Book this event through Epcot Food and Wine Festival at 407/WDW-FEST (939-3378).

“Lasseter” – Thursday, October 17, 2013

Mr. & Mrs. John Lasseter, Owner/Founder Lasseter Vineyards, Sonoma, [Read more…]

Review: Epcot Food and Wine Festival Cheese Seminar

Everyone knows my deep and passionate love for all things cheese, right?

I’ve met very few varieties that I didn’t love…from classic plastic cheese all the way to the fanciest cheese plates available at Disney World.

Cheese Tasting Plate and Table Decor at Epcot Food and Wine Festival Cheese Seminar

This fact made taking part in a Cheese Seminar during the opening weekend of the Epcot Food and Wine Festival even more ideal for me! (Can you believe I’d never done a Cheese Seminar before?!?)

So on the first Saturday of the Festival, I hightailed it over to the Festival Center to take part in this seminar that I’ve been wanting to experience for a while. Today, I’m excited to have you join me!


Doing a Cheese Seminar in Disney World might mean drinking two glasses of wine at 10:30, so just be prepared for that! ;-) (Ah…the [Read more…]

2012 Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic

Foodie fans will love the culinary delights offered at the Third Annual Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic being held during the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

When: Mark your calendar for October 12-13, 2012!
Time: 5:30pm – 9:00pm

This year’s beverage seminars include Riesling Rendezvous; Beer, Please!; Spanish Wines; Modern Mixology; Wine Blending, All Things Sake; and Base to Bubbles. These will be offered each day from 4:30-5:30 p.m. These classes will be taught by certified experts in hour-long sessions at a cost of $45, inclusive.

Bruleeing Oranges at the Modern Mixology Seminar

Award-winning restaurants from the Swan and Dolphin resorts will host tasting stations on the [Read more…]

What’s *New For 2011* at the WDW Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic

Just one more week until the Second Annual Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic, which will take place Friday, October 7, and Saturday, October 8, 2011. Check out loads of new menu photos and information here!

We’ve interviewed one of the head honchos (and Riesling Rendevous seminar teacher!) to give you a sneak peek into this year’s event — which has tripled in size!

Event Details From Luciano Sperduto, Assistant Director of Food & Beverage

As Assistant Director of Food & Beverage for the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin, Luciano is part of the leadership team responsible for planning and overseeing the execution of the Food & Wine Classic.

More Food and Beverage Booths Will Appear This Year

This year, look for 26 beverage booths and more than 11 food booths, including a new addition from the Garden Grove!

garden grove jumbo lump crab cake slider

The pastry booth alone will have eight to ten items to nosh on!

Cocktail 101 Seminars Introduced

When guests requested more spirits, Cocktail 101 seminars were devised.

In these 15-minute seminars, you’ll learn how [Read more…]

S.A Pruem Winery Seminar at the 2009 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Pruem Owners, Presenters, and Vintners

Pruem Owners, Presenters, and Vintners

I was lucky enough to attend a wine tasting conducted by Raimund Pruem (or Prum, depending on where you look), owner and vintner of S.A Pruem Winery in the Mosel Valley, Germany. I didn’t know when I booked the tasting, but we were going to be enjoying three Rieslings — my very favorite type of wine.

Tasting Flight

Tasting Flight

Tasting Notes Sheet

Tasting Notes Sheet

According to the winery’s website, wines have been commercially produced on site for 200 years. Raimund Pruem took over the management of his family-owned property in 1971, and has brought production from 3000 cases per year to over 40,000. He now leads “one of Germany’s finest vineyards, which is located on the most preferred growing area along the entire length of the Mosel, garnering the highest honors year after year.”

The Winery is a founding, active member of the VDP (The Association of German Premium Wineries), a consortium of Germany’s top producers.

Pruem Vineyards

Pruem Vineyards

The tasting began with the S.A Pruem Essence Riesling. Going for about $15/bottle, this wine was light and spicy. It’s suggested as an accompaniment to filet mignon or spicy foods, but is also suggested as a simple drinking wine — whenever and wherever. I enjoyed this wine, but compared to the others, it had a thinner flavor and made less of a statement.

From there, we moved on to Schloss Rheinhartshausen Old Vines Riesling. This darker gold wine was described as “stylish” by its vintners in the seminar, commenting on its intense, richer flavors. The rootstocks of this wine go deeper into the soil, bringing in the minerals and earthy flavors of the soil. At $27/bottle, this wine has a more alcoholic aroma and flavor, and is suggested as an accompaniment to richer sauces and fatty fish. This is a “weighty” wine.

Tasting Seminar

Tasting Seminar

Finally, we tasted what would become my favorite wine of the day: the S.A Pruem Riesling Graacher Himmelreich Spatlese. Loosely translated to “Heaven’s Kingdom,” this wine is deeee-licious! It has a bubbly, spicy flavor on the tongue, and is quite sweet (which is why I like it so much). This is the result of a later picking, meaning the grapes have more acidity and less liquid — this is where the sweet comes from. It has a long fermentation, facilitated by wild yeast gathered in the vineyard. This wine, at $32/bottle, can work well with spicy foods, including Thai and Indian flavors. Pruem referred to it as a “9-4″ wine, meaning you can start in on it at 9 AM and drink it all day — there’s only 8% alcohol.

You can purchase all three wines in The Cellar at the Food and Wine Festival Center, or you can try them at the Munich Booth in the World Showcase! Enjoy!

For more posts and information about the 2009 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, visit our 2009 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Index Page.