2011 United Way Chef’s Gala To Be Held in Epcot on May 21st

Benefiting Heart of Florida, The United Way’s Chef’s Gala will be held in Epcot’s World Showplace on Saturday May 21, 2011. The 19th annual Chef’s Gala touts the event as “A Tasteful Way to Make a Difference” which raised almost $170,000 last year! Walt Disney World has hosted the Chef’s Gala since its inception with over a million raised in that time!

Chef's Gala

The festivities begin at 6:45 pm. with a cocktail attire dress code.

6:45 – 8:15 pm Champagne Served and Martini Bar Opens
7:30 – 10:00 pm Chefs Begin Serving

Guests will enjoy a silent auction and wine reception. This tasteful event continues with a scrumptious tasting featuring over 20 top chefs (and restaurants) from Central Florida. There will also be paired fine wines, desserts and specialty coffees. For questions about wine and wine pairings, Sommeliers will be on hand.

Participating restaurants include: Artist Point, Kouzzina by Cat Cora, La Luce by Donna Scala, Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant, Sanaa, Todd English’s bluezoo, Tony’s Town Square Restaurant, Tusker House Restaurant, The Wave…of American Flavors, Disney’s Contemporary Resort Bakery, Epcot Bakery, Joffrey’s Coffee and Tea Company.

Ticket Info: [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up ‘n’ More: March 27, 2011

Honey Lemon Cupcake Topped with Edible Glitter & A Chocolate Bee

I have a LOT to share with you today, so bear with me! We’ll start with Disney news, then head over to the e-Book update, and finally, the round-up!

Disney Food News

Here are a few of the fun newsy things that happened this week:

In other news, don’t forget to join me on the WDW Today monthly live show, where you can call in with your questions and comments. The special guest will be yours truly! Tune in tonight, Sunday, March 27, at 8:00 pm Eastern time!

DFB Guide Reviews!

And after a week at WDW filled with fun (and food!), I look forward to sharing lots of restaurant reviews and photos with you guys! Best of all, positive reviews on our e-Book, The DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining, continue to pour in. If you are undecided about purchasing the book, check out these insights:

The Round-Up!

WDW For Grown-Ups shares a delicious glimpse of the tempting caramel work done by a Karamell Küche cast member. My insight? I want to enjoy the fruits of their labor on my next visit!

Main Street Gazette zeroes in on a fun menu item in the Magic Kingdom that not many folks even know is there!

Watch Me Eat stops by Orlando’s House of Blues restaurant in Downtown Disney for some Cajun cuisine.

Cookie Madness reviews a voyage on the Disney Dream and gives the cookies served on Castaway Cay a thumbs up!

Food and Drink Digital reminds us to check our produce aisle for a new line of Disney fruits and veggies. Disney Consumer Products calls them “new and refreshed Disney-branded products that capitalize on synergistic promotional opportunities tied to Disney entertainment content and beloved characters.” Yum.

Whew! And that’s all she wrote! See ya next week!

Review: New Breakfast Buffet at The Wave in Disney’s Contemporary Resort

We’ve been reporting the news, and now I get to share the pics with you! The Wave…of American Flavors in Disney World’s Contemporary Resort has a brand new meal — a breakfast buffet! They’ve been testing it since December, and according to one of the managers I had a chance to speak with, it looks like it’s going to stay. I’m glad to hear it; the buffet is delicious.

Atmosphere and Background
As we know, The Wave focuses on a sustainable menu full of local products. In fact, The Wave was just approved to change their menu every few months — they’re one of the only non-signature restaurants able to do this — so that they can offer an even wider variety of seasonal, local ingredients. I’m looking forward to the updates!

Contemporary Resort's The Wave Restaurant

Contemporary Resort's The Wave Restaurant

Regarding atmosphere, you can see a lot of great photos of the restaurant in our review of dinner at The Wave here. But here’s a quick pic from this week that shows that the [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: March 20, 2011

Cupcake from Hollywood Studios

Hi, all! My biggest and favorite news of the week is the launch of The DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining! A hearty THANK YOU to those who have purchased a copy; it’s been such an honor to hear positive comments and feedback this week. I’m truly grateful.

Also, I’ve been reporting from Disney World since Thursday and will continue to do so until Wednesday. Watch my feed on facebook and twitter for real-time updates and photos from the World!

And now, on to the round-up!

DisZine shares the news about The Wave’s new breakfast buffet in Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

About Theme Parks shares the results from the Readers’ Choice Awards!

Main St. Gazette takes us to Mexico’s San Angel Inn in Epcot!

Pooh’s Travels writes about Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen in Disneyland!

Studios Central follows up on last week’s Sunset Ranch Market post by explaining the trucks of produce nearby in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Disney Food Trend: Trios

Obviously Disney’s keen on the fact that most of us can’t make up our minds about what we want to try in their restaurants! They’ve slowly, but surely, started introducing ways for us to sample a little bit of everything — even when we’re not at a buffet.

Trios of dishes — small portions of three menu items served together as one dish — are popping up everywhere, from casual to signature dining. And while these used to be relegated to the dessert menu, we’re now seeing trios pop up in the appetizer and entree sections of the menu. Here are a few examples…

Appetizer Trios
Epcot’s Le Cellier put a trio of appetizers front and center on its menu a while ago, giving guests an opportunity to sample three of their most beloved apps: Cheddar Cheese Soup, Lump Crab, and the Tomato Stack.

Le Cellier Lunch Menu Appetizer Trio

Sanaa, in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, has followed suit with trios of salads and appetizers. The one below includes [Read more…]

Tables in Wonderland February and March 2011 Events

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Black Tie Blue Jeans Special Event

Date and Time: Saturday March 5, 2011, 6:45 – 9:00pm
Location: MAGIC KINGDOM® Park, Diamond Horseshoe Saloon
Cost: $110 per person, plus tax. Gratuity is included.

Come mix and mingle with a mixture of formal and care-free! Just what is the “Black Tie Blue Jeans Special Event?” It’s fun and [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: January 23, 2011

Whew! Just back from the Disney Dream Christening Cruise and excited to share the details with you this week!

Stay up to date with all of our coverage on our Disney Dream Dine Around page! We’ll be chatting about the food on the ship and on Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island, so stay tuned…

And now, on to the round-up!

DisZine commemorates a Disneyland Chef — one we’ll be spotlighting in our own interview soon!

Loving this Disneymoon 2010 photo of reader/contributor Melissa Sue wearing her Disney Food Blog sweatshirt at the Contemporary Resort! Woo!!! (You can get your own at zazzle.com/disneyfoodblog.)

WDW Today Podcast has two dining podcasts that we love (I wonder why?!). Check out Disney restaurants for first timers and the Disney Dream Cruise Dining preview.

Devin from Disney Professional Internship Spring 2011 has an awesome California Grill review! I love the pic of that yummy ravioli!

All Ears Net showcases a new test breakfast buffet at the Wave in Disney’s Contemporary resort!

Caribbean Beach Designer Burger

Main Street Gazette samples two of Disney World’s brand new “designer” burgers!!

Pooh’s Travels shares some amazing food photos from Tokyo Disney‘s Christmas celebrations. I love this tinkerbell dessert!

Mouse Junkies has something to say about bloody marys in Disney World!

BritMick shares their thoughts on the Disney Dining Plan for two people.

DF ’82 takes us to Last Chance Cafe in Disneyland Paris. (Are those CHICKEN WINGS?!?)

Disney Food Post Round-Up: January 9, 2010

Lady and the Tramp Cake Topper

Howdy, all! We are firmly ensconced in 2011, and I hope it’s treating you well. First up, as always, the news! But stay tuned — lots of great new sites in the round-up this week!

And now — on to the round-up!

A Wedding Cake Blog showcases some gorgeous and whimsical Disney Wedding Cake Toppers! Belle, Cinderella, Bride and Groom Ear Hats, even Lady and the Tramp!

WDW for Grownups has a fun primer on couponing in the Disney World area — check it out and save some cash on meals and entertainment the next time you’re in Orlando!

Two Boos Who Eat takes us to Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen and Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor in Disneyland!! YUM!

Jessica Loves Cupcakes gives us an overview of cupcakes in Disneyland — including a fun Minnie Mouse cupcake antenna topper I hadn’t even seen before!

Main Street Gazette takes us on a tantalizing tour of The Wave at Disney’s Contemporary Resort!

RoriTravel’s Florida takes us out to Rix Lounge at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort!

WDW Radio focuses on the UK pavilion with guest stars Mark and Emma (my new friends from the UK!)

A Taste of Wonderland covers a few of the new dining spots in WDW!

Tables in Wonderland January Event

A new Tables in Wonderland event at The Wave has been announced for January 20th. This is for Tables in Wonderland Members and guests only.

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Tables in Wonderland Presents:
The Wave… of American Flavors Discovery Dinner
Date: Thursday, January 20, 2011
Time: 6:30 p.m. Reception; 7 p.m. Dinner
Location: The Wave… of American Flavors at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Please meet at restaurant’s main podium
Dress: Casual Evening Attire
Price: $92 per person, includes tax and gratuity

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 50 Guests.

Disney Food Post Round-Up: November 28, 2010

Happy Turkey Day Weekend, everyone! Here’s a bit-o-news to start your week.

Eating (and Drinking) Around the World has a photo-filled review of the Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic tasting stations.

OC Register takes us inside Disneyland’s Club 33 and reports on the first day of Disneyland Candy Canes this year.

Theme Park Insider reviews Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ Hollywood Brown Derby restaurant.

Touring Plans‘ blogger Todd Perlmutter reviews Disney World’s Kouzzina, Le Cellier, and The Wave…of American Flavors. And, oh, by the way, he got to meet Cat Cora!

The Disney Chick makes Apple Caramel Pie from Wilderness Lodge’s Whispering Canyon Cafe.

Main Street Gazette has a mouth-watering review of his Aloha Pork Sandwich at Captain Cook’s in Disney’s Polynesian Resort. Just goes to show, deliciousness is around every corner in WDW!

AllEarsNet blogger Jack Spence has some great food pics from Pollo Campero in Disney World’s Downtown Disney.

Magical Kingdoms has a great review of their free Disney Dining Plan usage, including how much it saved them over a 19-day trip to Disney World.

Watch Me Eat heads to Earl of Sandwich in Disney World’s Downtown Disney!