Walt Disney World’s Swan and Dolphin Resort has announced a new executive chef to oversee the hotels’ seventeen dining establishments!
Hey, friends! We’re back with another DFB Video today, and if you’re in the mood for some STEAK then you’ll definitely want to check it out!
That’s right! Today we’re taking on the Disney World steakhouses! Or, perhaps I should say they’re taking each other on in our Disney World Steakhouse Battle! We’re discussing Epcot’s Le Cellier, Yachtsman Steakhouse, Shula’s, and STK Orlando… and we’re listing pros and cons of each location to help you choose which location might be best for you during your Disney World vacation! [Read more…]
Earlier this week, we had the chance to check out a sneak preview of some of the wonderful offerings at the 2015 Walt Disney Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic.
The Swan and Dolphin Resorts’ companion event to the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival kicks off TONIGHT! And if you haven’t gotten your tickets already, no worries — you can purchase them at the Will Call Table.
The Food and Wine Classic consists of two different offerings. You can attend informative seminars, where you can learn about everything from Cheese Pairings and Pasta Making to Wine Blending and how to make the perfect Caipirinha!
But there’s also the Causeway Grandtasting. Set up between the two resorts, the Causeway offers tasting-size portions of special dishes that represent all of the resort’s restaurants. There are also additional areas highlighting the diverse talents of the Swan and Dolphin Culinary Team.
I have plenty of new stuff to share with you, and there are some great food and drinks returning. Let’s take a look around at what the Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic has to offer this year!
NEW! Carnival Corner
Carnival Corner will be a brand new addition to this year’s Food and Wine Classic! The area, inspired by sweets and treats from childhood, will showcase the Swan and Dolphin Food Trucks/Trailers.
In this special area, guests can enjoy four different fun foods: Mac and Cheese, Corn Dogs, Funnel Cakes, and Nitro Kettle Corn! [Read more…]
I have the PERFECT recipe for you to try this weekend!! Are you ready for a little chocolate…?
Shula’s Steak House
Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion, making a romantic dinner, or just treating yourself to a marathon of your favorite TV show — it’s always good to have a classic recipe like Chocolate Soufflé in your back pocket. Pull it out for some serious shock and awe!
Today, we’re dropping by one of our favorite steakhouses at Disney World, the incredible Shula’s Steakhouse at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin.
I JUST had this dessert a couple of weeks ago, and it remains a favorite! (Stay tuned for our full review soon!)
So…if you’ve ever finished up a dessert at Shula’s and said, “Gosh, I wish I had that recipe,”…well, today is your lucky day!
Here we go!
Shula’s Steakhouse Chocolate Soufflé*
Makes approximately 4-6 individual soufflés
1 tablespoon all purpose flour
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 cup sugar + 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1 egg, beaten
4 egg yolks, divided
1 1/4 cups half and half
3/4 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup [Read more…]
As you know, the Walt Disney World The Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic is back this year with seminars, tastings, sweets, and beverages! And scroll down to see some special rate codes from Disney Food Blog for this year’s classic…
The Third Annual Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic will take place Friday, October 12, and Saturday, October 13, 2012, from 5:30 – 9:00 pm at the Swan and Dolphin Resorts in Walt Disney World. These resorts are just a short walk from Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, which means this is a great way to supplement your 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival trip!
Food and wine lovers can immerse themselves in this culinary festival while strolling the Crescent Lake causeway. Savor culinary delights from the resort’s award winning restaurants and lounges while listening to live music.
With 17 restaurants and lounges, the Swan and Dolphin resorts have a nationally-recognized culinary team that can’t wait to show off their talents! I had a chance to go to the event last year, and I can highly recommend it.
Tasting Booth Menus
Choose selections from over 30 stations that showcase food and drinks from Shula’s Steak House, Il Mulino New York Trattoria, and Todd English’s bluezoo, among other great Swan and Dolphin restaurants.
Also select from your favorite beverages, including wine, sake, beer, and cocktails. If you love wine, vintages will be offered from around the world. With over 70 certified wine sommeliers and more than 1,400 wine selections, this beverage team has a lot of knowledge to share!
Friday and Saturday: Carved Prime Rib with Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Cib’s Smoke Shop
Friday: Texas Style Beef Brisket, Fried Pickles, Brioche Puree
Saturday: Smoked Pork Belly, Garlic Toast, Baked Bean Foam
Todd English’s bluezoo
Friday: “Shrimp Cocktail” Steamrollers; plus Oyster selections will include Traditional Rockefeller – Creamy Spinach, House bacon, Parmesan; Six Shooter – Bloody Cocktail, Horseradish, Celery, Corona, Lemon Foam, Old Bay; and Traditional – On the half Shell, Choice of Mignonette or sauce
Saturday: Pan Seared “Shrimp n Grits”, Seared Local Shrimp, Anson Mills Cheese Grits (I’ve had the shrimp and grits from bluezoo, and they’re well worth [Read more…]
While you may immediately think of chicken wings (hubba hubba!) at ESPN Club on the Boardwalk for Sunday’s big game, there are plenty of other things going on in Disney World this coming Sunday!
If you’re lucky enough to be in Disney World this weekend, check out your options, my friends…
The ESPN Club at the Boardwalk is adding outdoor bleacher seating and some big screen TVs for the folks who don’t make it inside the restaurant (the line is always around the block on this one!).
ESPN Wide World of Sports
The mecca for sports in Disney World will be ready for an influx this weekend! The ESPN Wide World of Sports Grill will be open throughout the evening. And over at the Welcome Center, Disney World guests can watch the game on the Jumbotron and dine on wings, nachos, and drinks from two different bars. Watching is free, eating/drinking is not.
Disney Resort Restaurant Menus
But if you’re like me and you can’t be talked out of chicken wings and nachos, a few of the Disney Resort dining locations are adding some of your favorite game-day snacks to their menus on Sunday!!
The All-Stars will add chicken wings and nachos to their [Read more…]
The fabulous restaurants at the WDW Swan and Dolphin have released Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas dining options. From buffets, to regular menus to specialized offerings, the holidays are sure to be delicious at any of these restaurants!
Thanksgiving, November 24
Il Mulino 5-11:00 p.m. Regular and Holiday Menu
Specialty menu option will include: Braised Stuffed Turkey Breast, “Italian” Turkey Sausage, Sweet Potato Parsnip Puree, Brussel Sprout Leaves, and Warm Cranberry Sauce.
Garden Grove 1-9:00 p.m. Thanksgiving Buffet
Adults $35.95, Kids 3-9 $15.95
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup, Roasted Turkey, Herb Crusted Grouper, Mashed Potatoes, Sweet Potato with Marshmallow Brulee, Green Apple and Chestnut Stuffing, and more! There will also be salads, and of course, an assortment of pastries. Kids can dine on familiar foods – nuggets, corn dog, mac & cheese – too!
Fresh Mediterranean Market 12-6:00 p.m. Thanksgiving Buffet
Stations will include Salads, deli meats and cheeses, soup and more! The griddle will serve up Seared Salmon. Traditional food will include Cider Glazed Virginia Ham, Roasted Organic Tom Turkey, Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes, Rolls, and Bread Stuffing. A selection of desserts will be offered.
bluezoo 5-11:00 p.m. Regular and Holiday Menu
Specialty menu option will include: [Read more…]
And we’ll, of course, bring you more-than-you-thought-possible kinds of coverage of the Epcot Food & Wine Festival here on the blog! Don’t forget to start planning your trip now by checking out our individual World Showcase Booth pages — they’re already sporting photos of the food you can purchase!
(Don’t care about the Food and Wine Festival? Fear not! We’re prepping Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, and Disneyland Paris reviews for the next couple of weeks, too!)
Latest Disney Food News
- We’ve interviewed seminar leaders for the Second Annual Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic. Learn what to expect from the Beer, Mixology, and Spanish Wines seminars!
- Iron Chef Cat Cora’s Kitchen Memories event has been canceled at the 2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival.
- A new menu was recently discovered at the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater restaurant in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. You’ll see our review of the famed Picnic Burger this week!
- Shula’s Steak House takes the “Best of Award of Excellence” recognition for their extensive wine list in Wine Spectator Magazine’s annual Wine List Awards.
- Foodies will find another delicious event in Orlando this fall! The Waldorf Astoria Orlando will host Orlando Food & Wine Weekends, Sept. 30 – Oct. 30, 2011.
- The Disney Food Blog is creating a series of e-books highlighting Disney Dining Adventures. Check out an example and learn how YOU can be a part of our next Disney Dining Adventures e-Book!
- Check out the 2011 Wine and Dine Half Marathon Finish Line Party Brochure and Map! Get set for an evening of fun in Epcot!
The DFB Mini-Guide to the 2011 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book Reviews
Jackie’s Magical Moments has this to say:
The last time I went to the Festival, I didn’t do any of the special events, I didn’t know what to expect at all. I felt like I’d missed everything. It doesn’t have to be that way and you can make the very most of everything if you’re prepared, even if you only have a couple of days. This guide is a MUST-HAVE if you are attending….
And Now…On to the Round-Up!
Gorillas Don’t Blog shows us Big Al making popcorn!
DisZine reports that the Cake Boss will appear at this year’s Food and Wine Festival. See a video of Buddy and Pam Brandon here!
Kevin Kidney will be at WDW on September 30 and October 1st! Check out the Haunted Mansion themed item that he created for an auction.
Main Street Gazette features one of our favorite Fall treats in Disney World!
Healthy Disney highlights vegetarian options at Wolfgang Puck Express.
Touringplans.com Blog lets us escape to the Territory Lounge. We love a great place to relax!
DisneyParks Blog shares Club 33’s recipe for pumpkin beignets! Impress your friends with these treats at your Halloween party.
We’ll see you at the Festival!
As you know, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic is back this year with even more seminars, food, and tastings — and we’ve got the MENU below!
The Second Annual Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic will take place Friday, October 7, and Saturday, October 8, 2011 from 5:30 – 9:00 pm. Food and wine lovers can immerse themselves in this culinary festival while strolling the Crescent Lake causeway. Savor culinary delights from the resort’s award winning restaurants and lounges while listening to live music. With 17 restaurants and lounges, the Swan and Dolphin resorts have a nationally-recognized culinary team that can’t wait to show off their talents!
Causeway Tasting Booth Info and Menu
Choose selections from over 30 stations that showcase food and drinks from Shula’s Steak House, Il Mulino New York Trattoria and Todd English’s bluezoo, among other great Swan and Dolphin restaurants.
Select your favorite beverages from options such as wine, sake, beer, and cocktails created using liquid nitrogen (check out our experience with these liquid nitrogen cocktails here!).
If you love wine, vintages will be offered from around the world including regions in France, Italy, California, and Australia. With over 70 certified wine sommeliers and more than 1,400 wine selections, this beverage team has a lot of knowledge to share!
Dessert will include selections made by two-time World Pastry Champion, Chef Laurent Branlard, the hotel’s executive pastry chef.
Here are a few of the menu items you’ll be able to explore:
Friday: Browned Butter Basted Lobster Roll
Saturday: Browned Butter Basted Lobster Roll
Friday: Carved New York Strip, Creamed Spinach
Saturday: Carved New York Strip, Creamed Spinach
Cib’s Smoke Shop
Friday: Carolina Style Pulled Pork, Southern Coleslaw, Parker House Roll, Fried Pickles , Ranch
Saturday: Smoked Pork Belly, Texas Toast, Baked Bean Foam
Todd English’s bluezoo
Friday: “Shrimp Cocktail” Steamrollers
Saturday: Heirloom Beet Salad, Goat Cheese Fondue, Candied Walnuts, Ice Spinach
Cabana Bar and Beach Club
Friday: Pork Carnitas: Braised Pork, Sofrito, Pita, Pico de Gallo, Iceberg Lettuce
Saturday: Crab Eggroll: Blue Crab, Cabbage, Ginger, Sweet Thai Chili, Soy
Friday & Saturday:
Saint Honore — Vanilla Cream Puff, Whipped Cream
Coconut Macaroon — White Chocolate Coconut Mousse, Lime Cream
Lemon Berry Bubble — Lemon Curd, Berry Compote
Orange Caramel Baba — Caramel Cremeu,Caramel Sauce
Intense Dark Chocolate Cake — Flourless Sponge, Dark Chocolate Mousse
Choconut Tartlet — Chocolate Cremeux, Peanut Mousse, Caramelized Peanuts
Tasting Station: Bananas Foster, Vanilla Ice Cream, and Coconut Fondant Cake
Friday: Falafel: Chickpea Fritter, Tahini, Traditional Garnish
Saturday: Falafel: Chickpea Fritter, Tahini, Traditional Garnish
Il Mulino New York Trattoria
Friday: Italian Meatball Sandwich
Saturday: Hand Cut Tagliatelle, Braised Lamb Ragu, Pecorino Romano
Friday: Jumbo Lump Crab Cake Sliders, Shredded Iceberg, Pickle Chip, Old Bay Aioli, Sesame Rolls
Saturday: Rock Shrimp “Po Boy”, French Bread, Tomato, Old Bay Remoulade
Friday: Dragon Roll: Crispy Shrimp, Tuna, Avocado
Saturday: Spicy Yellow Fin Tuna, Nori, Seasoned Rice
Friday & Saturday: Find a wine you love at one of the booths? Make sure to visit the wine store offering bottles for purchase from each booth to take home.
And don’t forget to sign up for a Beverage seminar to enhance your experience! Offered each day from 4:30-5:30 p.m. These classes will be taught by certified experts in hour-long sessions.
Choose from Wine Blending; Modern Mixology; Riesling Rendezvous; Base to Bubbles; Beer, Please!; and All Things Sake. There is also a new seminar — Spanish Wines — that is sure to be a wonderful learning experience.
Cocktail 101 classes will also be offered throughout the two-day event. Purchase tickets here!
Expect some great live entertainment all weekend long! Groups will include Four Divo, The Groove Masters, The Current, and The Beu Sisters.
Advance purchase event-only tickets are available for $65 for unlimited food and beverage samples on the causeway. Seminars are an additional $35 per person, per class, and require a causeway festival ticket require as well. Purchase tickets here.
Hotel and Event Packages
Book your all-inclusive package by calling 888-828-8850 to make your reservation or book online. Packages available at the WDW Swan and WDW Dolphin include:
Includes accommodations for 2 adults and 2 event passes. Rates start at $255*
Includes accommodations for 2 adults and 2 causeway event passes plus 2 passes to one of the educational seminars. Rates starting at $329*
I’ll be at the Classic! See you there!! (And don’t forget to check out our other posts about the 2010 and 2011 Food and Wine Classic!)
Don’t Forget! There’s a Deal for Disney Food Blog Readers!
Disney Food Blog readers can receive a special rate and free upgrade at the Dolphin Resort on any length stay between Oct. 1-9, 2011! See details on this great deal here! Note: this will be a separate deal from the packages listed above and does not include causeway tickets.
* Rates are per room, per night based on double occupancy. Package is good for two adults only and not available for individual guests.
For those in Orlando this week, Shula’s Steakhouse at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin is offering a Brew Dinner, featuring their wonderful steaks and some incredible craft beers (read my Shula’s review here!).
Cost is $85 per person, and reservations can be booked now at 407-934-4155. Full menu and details can be found here.