Tables in Wonderland November Events: Be Our Guest Restaurant Dinner, and Beer Dinner at the Wave

Tables in Wonderland has announced two events for November. Along with The Wave’s Discovery Dinner at the Contemporary Resort, there’s an opportunity to dine at Be Our Guest Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom!

Be Our Guest Restaurant Dinner

Location: Be Our Guest at the Magic Kingdom® Park
Date: Sunday November 18, 2012, 4:00pm – 9:30pm
Cost: You will only pay for the cost of your meal

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Tables in Wonderland members are invited to the Be Our Guest Restaurant in the New Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom. This is your chance to enter Beast’s Castle and admire the imagineering marvels that bring the Beauty and the Beast story to life! The menu is [Read more…]

Disney Food for Families: Getting Kids to Try New Foods at Walt Disney World

It’s no secret that my daughter Louisa is more than a little produce averse. There was a period of about four years when NO fruit or vegetable crossed her lips, and even now at age 12 she still has to be cajoled into having more than a bite or two of something as innocuous as sweet potato or banana.

Frozen bananas, a gateway fruit.

So you can imagine my surprise when, on a recent trip to the Animal Kingdom’s Yak & Yeti restaurant, she consumed nearly the entire plate of wok-fried green beans we had ordered for the table. It was one of those parenting moments where you hold your breath and move slowly so as to avoid breaking the spell.

Yak & Yeti wok-fried green beans. My hero!

Those Yak & Yeti yummies didn’t turn Louisa into an inveterate bean eater, but she is now occasionally willing to nibble on a tempura string bean if we’re out for Japanese. Based on our prior track record with legumes, I’m going to count that solidly in the win column.

The Theme Park Food Effect

What was it about the Yak & Yeti beans that made Louisa such a fan? Yes, they were quite tasty, and yes, the green part was handily obfuscated by a crunchy, yumtastic fried breading coating; but we had tried similar ploys in the past to no avail. My theory is that the Yak & Yeti beans were flavored by the spice of (cue the orchestra) The Theme Park Food Effect.

Much like campers will say that meals eaten on the trail are the BEST, you know that their experience is colored by the fact that their senses are overwhelmed and they’re starving from an [Read more…]

Review: The Wave at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

We hadn’t been back to The Wave for a couple of years, so we knew it was time to head back for dinner!

The Wave is a unique table-service spot at Disney, because their menu focuses on local and sustainable ingredients. Because of the ever-changing and seasonal local offerings, they are one of the few moderate table service restaurants I’ve encountered that changes up the menu four times per year. (Usually that’s only allowed for signature restaurants!)

Available for breakfast (which also features a buffet), lunch, and dinner, you won’t necessarily find the same dish here that you had six months ago. That can be good and bad, but it’s always an adventure to stop in and see what’s new!

Atmosphere

Located in the back left corner of the Contemporary Resort’s lobby (just past the concierge desks), you might miss The Wave altogether — except that they’ve dreamed up this groovy light tunnel for the entrance.

This gives you the feeling of heading below the waves for a culinary adventure. (Or it could also remind you of the dearly departed rainbow tunnel from the original Journey Into Your Imagination. Either way, it’s still cool.)

Wave Entry

The atmosphere is modern and contemporary, and the check-in and bar areas look a little “night-clubby,” actually! But never fear — this restaurant is very family-friendly.

Wave Check-In

You make your way around the beautiful and expansive bar as you walk to the dining area. Here, you’ll see more waves in the decor, like the backs of the comfortable bar chairs.

The bar features screw-top wines (more about that later) and fun organic local beers.

Wave Bar

As you enter the sleek dining room, the color palette changes from blue to harvest gold. Waves (amber waves of grain, perhaps?) continue to surround you, even from above.

Wave Dining Room

Although the look is decidedly modern, it maintains a comfortable feel, with padded seats and booths throughout. The finish also cleverly disguises [Read more…]

Disney World Crème Brûlée Gallery

I’ve had numerous requests from folks asking for a round-up of where you can get Crème Brûlée in Disney World, and finally we’ve put this gallery together!

Garde Manger Caramelizes Creme Brulee

For those who haven’t indulged before, classic Crème Brûlée is a dessert created from baked and cooled custard topped with (usually) blowtorched sugar forming a candied crust.

Disney pastry chefs have bent over backwards figuring out how to put their own personal touch on this decadent recipe… Let’s take a look at some of the interesting ones!

Please note that Disney dessert menus change all the time, so some of these may no longer be available on your visit.

Be sure to let us know in the comments below about your favorite Crème Brûlée desserts in Disney restaurants!!

White Chocolate Crème Brûlée

Check out Portobello‘s yummy version! The white chocolate shavings really made this dessert!

White Chocolate Crème Brûlée

Pistachio Crème Brûlée

A classic at Tony’s Town Square in the Magic Kingdom is this beloved Pistachio Crème Brûlée. And I fully agree with it’s cult favorite status — it was delicious!

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Pistachio Creme Brulee

Key Lime and Regular Crème Brûlée Duo

Narcoossee’s serves this dessert as a duo — two for one deal!! The true winner is the Key Lime — it’s the perfect dose of tart and tangy with the [Read more…]

Tables in Wonderland: La Nouba Discount, Flower Power, and The Wave

There are some fun Tables in Wonderland perks and events over the next couple of months! First up, members will receive a discount on Cirque du Soleil: La Nouba tickets in Orlando’s Downtown Disney from April 17th-May 11th! Next, another Flower Power Happy Hour will be happening in May. And The Wave has another great dinner planned!

La Nouba Discount

Tables in Wonderland members will receive a discount on tickets for themselves and up to three guests at 6pm and 9pm performances Tuesday-Saturday between April 17th and May 11th, 2012.

Tickets will be Category 2, and price will be $66.75 for adults and $54.00 for kids. Call 407-WDW-SEAT (407-939-7328) to purchase tickets! (Must show current Tables in Wonderland card when picking up tickets at the Box Office.)

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Flower Power Happy Hour

Held in the special event space atop the Norway Pavilion at Epcot®, join your fellow Tables in Wonderland members for a cocktail hour and then reserved seating for the Flower Power concert of Herman’s Hermits starring [Read more…]

Tables in Wonderland: March 2012 Events

Tables in Wonderland has announced three special events for March 2012 — An Illuminations Dessert Party on St. Patrick’s Day, a specialty Irish lunch at Raglan Road, and a dinner at The Wave!

Illuminations Dessert Party

Location: Italy Pavilion at Epcot
Date: Saturday March 17, 2012 8:00pm – 9:30pm
Cost: $55 per person, plus tax. Gratuity is included.

You are invited to a private Tables in Wonderland Dessert Party! Come enjoy a front row presentation of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, while you sample platters of delectable desserts and rich coffees.

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Dessert Buffet Menu
Trio of Mini Gourmet Doughnuts (!!!!!) with Coffee Gelato
-Tennessee Bourbon Glazed Dark Chocolate Doughnuts
-Carmel Nut Glazed Apple Pie Spiced Doughnuts
-Raspberry Glazed Buttermilk Doughnuts
-Served with [Read more…]

News! Complimentary Beer Sampling at Disney’s Contemporary Resort!

UPDATE: Since posting this, we have gotten word that this beer tasting is only for guest staying at the Contemporary Resort or Bay Lake Towers. We’d heard differently from a Contemporary CM before printing, but this word is directly from the manager at the restaurant. Sorry folks!

In a recent comment, reader Bill M. (thanks, Bill!!) told us about a Beer Tasting that happens every Saturday at Disney’s Contemporary Resort! I made some phone calls to find out the deets, and we’ve got ‘em right here!

Visit The Wave’s lounge to sample complimentary beer each Saturday, from 3-4 p.m.. Three certified organic beers by Orlando Brewing Company are provided, making this a great stop on your monorail crawl.

Don’t like beer? While your friends are sipping complimentary brew, order a screw-top wine (ya gotta pay for it, though).

Beer Sampling

While this activity is advertised in the Disney’s Contemporary Resort (and Bay Lake Tower) Recreation Activities Guide, you do not need to be a guest of the resort to participate. Of course, the beer tasting is only open to [Read more…]

Tables in Wonderland: February 2012 Special Event

Tables in Wonderland has announced a special event for February!

The Wave Discovery Dinner

Location: Disney’s Contemporary Resort; Meet at The Wave Main Podium
Date and Time: Thursday, February 16, 2012
6:30 p.m. Reception; 7:00 p.m. Dinner
Dress Code: Casual Evening Attire
Cost: $110.00 per person. Tax and gratuity included.

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Thomas Gaines has been in the wine industry almost 20 years. He currently overseas sales and marketing for Southern Starz Imports in 13 markets across America and the Caribbean and is a key component to their success in bringing amazing wines from Southern Hemisphere to the US markets. Many items are from producers ranging in size of 3,000 cases up to 50,000 cases in production and were not [Read more…]

Tables in Wonderland: January 2012 Special Event

Tables in Wonderland has announced a special event for January 2012!

The Wave . . . of American Flavor’s Discovery Dinner

Location: Disney’s Contemporary Resort; Meet at The Wave… of American Flavor’s Main Podium
Date: Thursday, January 19, 2012
Schedule: 6:30 p.m. Reception; 7:00 p.m. Dinner
Dress Code: Casual Evening Attire
Cost: $92 per person, includes tax and gratuity

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The Wave…of American Flavors Discovery Dinners continue in January by celebrating the Central Florida Strawberry season. The Farmer/Chef dinner will feature Lott Farms located just west of Plant City, Florida. Mike’s great strawberries are sold under the Classic label through C&D Produce Distributors.

Menu

Reception in The Wave . . . of American Flavors Lounge
Thompson Farm Pulled Pork Slider with Plant City Barbeque Sauce and Cypress Grove Sheep’s Milk Cheese
Strawberry Tea Poached Beef Short Rib with [Read more…]

Tables in Wonderland: December 2011 Special Events

Tables in Wonderland has announced special events for December 2011. Click on the links to see larger versions of the images.

Tables in Wonderland Holiday Party

Date: Saturday December 17, 2011
Schedule: 5:00 – 10:00 p.m.
5:00pm – 5:30pm Reception
5:30pm – 7:45pm Dinner
8:15pm – 9:00pm Candlelight Processional with celebrity narrator Chita Rivera (entertainment subject to change)
9:00pm – 10:00pm IllumiNations Viewing
Location: Epcot, Norway Lounge
Cost: $115 per person, plus tax. Gratuity is included.

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Holidays Around the World Menu
Reception
Passed Selection of Chilled French Influenced Items
Tuna Nicoise Spoon
Wild Mushrooms with Fennel and Leeks
Grilled Poulet Rouge with Grape Pearls
Moët Impérial – France

Plated Dinner
New Zealand Influenced Salad Course
Baby Romaine Leaves with Roasted Kumara, Apple Radish Slaw and Lemon Vinaigrette
Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc — New Zealand

California Influenced Appetizer Course
Grilled Artichoke, Shaved Zucchini, Heirloom Tomato and Curry Coriander Smear with Pea Tendrils and Oven Dried Prosciutto
Chandon Pinot Meunier — California

Argentinean Influenced Entrée
Green Chile Barbeque Braised Beef Shortrib
Chimi Churi Roasted Yucca with Onions and Garlic served with Fresh Roasted Corn
Terrazas Afincado Single Vineyard Malbec — Argentina

French Influenced Dessert
Grapefruit Custard Brulee with Raspberries, Mint Chifonade and Grape Tuile
Moët Ice Impérial — France

For reservations: e-mail WDW.Tables.In.Wonderland@disney.com with the following information: your interest to book, your name, daytime phone number, home address, and the number of people in your party. You will be notified on a “first-come, first-served” basis. Your credit card will be taken over the phone once your reservation is confirmed. The event is limited to 80 Guests. This event is exclusive to Tables in Wonderland members.

The Wave Discovery Dinner

Location: Disney’s Contemporary Resort; Meet at The Wave Main Podium
Date and Time: Thursday, December 15th, 2011
6:30 p.m. Reception; 7:00 p.m. Dinner
Dress Code: Casual Evening Attire
Cost: $92.00 per person. Tax and gratuity included.

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The Wave proudly presents Ben McLean III from Uncle Matt’s Organic Citrus as our host for our December Tables in Wonderland Dinner. Uncle Matt’s Organic is a Florida-based, family-owned company offering premium quality organic citrus juices and organic produce.

All Uncle Matt’s products have no synthetic additives or preservatives and are grown without the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. Ben McLean III is a citrus grower, researcher and vice president of Uncle Matt’s Organic, based in Clermont, Florida.

Reception in The Wave Lounge
Beef Bruschetta with Locally Sourced Deep Creek Ranch N.Y. Strip Loin
Vegetarian Flatbread with King Family Farm Winter Roasted Root Vegetables
Jansz Brut Non Vintage, Tasmania

Dinner in The Wave Private Dining Room
Appetizer
Lobster Ravioli with Locally Sourced Sunburst Tangerine Buerre Blanc
Molly Dooker “The Violinist” Verdelho 2010

Salad
Roasted Beet Salad with Uncle Matt’s Orlando Tangelo and Balsamic Vinaigrette, Purple Haze Goat Cheese, and Toasted Walnuts
Pacific Rim “Organic” Riesling 2009

Entrée
Tamarind-rubbed Grilled Lamb Loin with Barley and Sun-dried Tomato Risotto, Locally Sourced King Family Farm Winter Vegetables
Molly Dooker “Two Left Feet” Shiraz-Cabernet-Merlot blend

Dessert
Trio of Organic Citrus Flavors featuring:
Orange Infused Brioche Bread Pudding
Sunburst Tangerine Ice Cream
Limoncello Panna Cotta with Orlando Tangelos
Pacific Rim “White Flowers” Sparkling Riesling

For reservations: e-mail WDW.Tables.In.Wonderland@disney.com with the following information: your interest to book, your name, daytime phone number, home address, and the number of people in your party. You will be notified on a “first-come, first-served” basis. Your credit card will be taken over the phone once your reservation is confirmed. The event is limited to 40 Guests. The event is exclusive to Tables in Wonderland members.