Where can I find THAT Chocolate Dessert at Walt Disney World?!

Food pictures can be SOOO enticing! Here at the Disney Food Blog, we totally get that. We’ve been getting lots of questions about a chocolate dessert featured on the Walt Disney World site. Today, I want to share the recipe AND where you can find it on your next trip.

Chocolate Espresso Torte

Have you seen this picture while browsing through the Disney World site?

Chocolate Espresso Torte in Disney World

Chocolate Espresso Torte in Disney World

If so, you may have wondered where you can find it. The chocolate espresso torte is served at the Turf Club restaurant at Saratoga Springs Resort!

Since this location serves dinner only, you’ll want to plan your Advance Dining Reservation accordingly. And note that the dessert menu can change at any time!

Speaking of, if you’re not able to get it at Turf Club when you visit, you can always make it at home!

Recipe

Here’s Disney’s Turf Club Chocolate Espresso Torte, courtesy of [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: August 26th, 2012

Whew!! Anyone else have over 200 calls to Disney World recorded on their phone like I do from the mad scramble to get Be Our Guest Restaurant Reservations on Monday?

While our week got off to a chaotic start with that craziness, the rest of the week was quiet for Disney food news. For those of you planning to go to Be Our Guest Restaurant in the next few months, be sure to check out the Be Our Guest Restaurant Menus here!

Disney Food News

Here’s your weekly news briefing!

Speaking of the Pin Board, we’ve got more food news (including restaurant closure updates, Turf Club at Saratoga Springs to serve dinner only, and LOTS more) on our Disney Food News Pin Board!

A DFB Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival e-Book Review

Thanks to AllEars.Net and Deb Wills for a great review of our DFB Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival! We hope this book is helping lots of folks plan their Food and Wine Festival adventures!

Pick up your copy of the DFB Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival today, and get planning.

Here’s some great advice from the AllEars review:

Now is the time to make plans for Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival, and the best resource in e-book format is the DFB 2012 Mini-Guide to Epcot International Food and Wine Festival.

And I agree! ;-) Please click through and read the full review here!

Download your copy of the DFB Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book here!

On to the Round-Up

PopCenturysite.com reveals the recipe for Mom’s Night Out fried chicken served at Everything Pop at the Pop Century Resort.

Walt Disney World for Grown-Ups stops by Seashore Sweets at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort.

AllEars.Net dines at Disney’s Aulani resort in Hawaii.

Studios Central receives an ice cold water to-go from 50’s Prime Time Cafe and stops by Guest Relations to give positive feedback. Have you thanked a Cast Member recently?

Main Street Gazette savors the Asian Noodle Bowl at the Polynesian’s Kona Cafe.

Daveland takes us to a vintage Golden Horseshoe Saloon in Disneyland.

Disney on Wheels stops by Epcot’s Joy of Tea.

DisneyParks tours the Lasseter Family Winery as part of a Disney Cruise Line excursion.

 

 

Disney Food for Families: Great Disney World Restaurants for Boys

Much fuss is made about the ballyhooed princess dining experiences at Disney World. So much fuss, that parents of young boys sometimes find themselves wondering, “What does Disney have that’s special for me?”

The down and dirty dino loving boy will be right at home at the T-Rex Cafe.

Well, never fear sports fans; I’m here to tell you that while, yes, the girly girls are pretty visible in the parks (it’s hard to miss the Florida sun glinting off a tiara), there are plenty of Disney dining experiences where the men in your family will feel right at home.

Let’s break it down …

Character Meals

There are 10 different character dining venues at Walt Disney World proper. Of these, only three and a half of them have princess themeing. The rest are totally gender-neutral.

Boys are certainly welcome at any of the princess meals, and many boys love them just as much as the other character meals (PLUS they’re given a neato plastic sword at the Royal Table); but honestly, they do skew more heavily toward girl interests.

All of the other character dining restaurants appeal equally to boys and girls. Your best options for boys in the character dining department are the following (characters are always subject to change): [Read more…]

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

Specs
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…]

Review: Turf Club Appetizers

I recently had the chance to have lunch at the Turf Club, the table-service restaurant at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort, with two colleagues, Suzannah DiMarzio of Zannaland (covering entrees) and Amanda Tinney of Disney Everyday! We decided to deliver our review of the restaurant in a bit of a round-robin fashion, so I’ll be covering appetizers, Suzannah will showcase our entrees, and Amanda’s going to be talking about our desserts! So let’s get started!

Turf Club Entrance

Atmosphere
The Turf Club at Saratoga Springs reminds me a lot of the hotel itself — nice, dark wood furnishings; some featured decor; and no real theme to speak of. The theme of the resort and the restaurant is supposed to be early-century horse-racing in the lovely central New York town of Saratoga Springs, but it ends up being more of a mix of traditional decor with modern features…and a few pictures of horses on the walls. Oh, and a wine rack made of [Read more…]

No Park Tickets? No Reservation? No Problem!

The main complaint I hear regarding the re-instated 180-day window for Disney World Advanced Dining Reservations is that it’s impossible to get a seat in a restaurant “on a whim.” I wanted to address that concern and add another challenge: what if you don’t have park tickets, either?

I thought it’d be fun to tackle this situation and suggest a few spots in both Disney World and Disneyland for those who find themselves in this “pickle!”

Beaches and Cream Beef Sandwich Au Jus

Walt Disney World

Nope! I’m not kidding. It doesn’t have to be a hassle to find a good, table-service meal in Disney World — even when you don’t have a reservation or a park ticket! Here are four of my favorite go-to locations at all different price points:

Beaches and Cream $
Welcome back to the 1950’s soda shoppe! Beaches and Cream is located at Disney’s Beach Club Resort and doesn’t even take reservations, so you won’t ever run into the no ADR problem! This spot serves simple, but delicious, [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: December 20, 2009

Eat hereThe next to the last Disney Food Post Round-Up of the year starts….NOW! Lots of news coming to light this week, including the Cantina de San Angel refurb coming up in January. Here we go…

Don’t forget about the Exclusive New Year’s Eve Parties at the Magic Kingdom — info courtesy of the Disney Parks Blog.

MousePlanet posts the menu for the new Surf’s Up Disneyland breakfast and an extra date for Candy Canes at the Candy Palace!

The Save Pleasure Island Blog has some speculative updates on the new Pleasure Island restaurants. There’s an addendum here.

Studios Central shares a story from Jennifer of Broke Hoedown and Those Darn Cats about experiencing great Disney service at Le Cellier. There are also moose boxer shorts involved, so do head over for a fun read.

Scott Joseph’s Orlando Restaurant Guide has an exclusive recipe for Braised Beef Short Ribs from the 2009 Epcot Food & Wine Festival.

WDW Radio Show has a podcast piece on the Turf Club at Saratoga Springs.

The Disney Parks Blog also has a cool holiday video on how to make a Yule Log. Another post mentions a new pastry chef at the Contemporary Resort.

One of my favorite The Disney Chick posts ever: Twinkie Tiramisu at Pop Century Resort.

Thanks for reading and have a great holiday week! Don’t forget to vote on the Disney World Bakery Throw Down if you haven’t already! We’ll be highlighting each of the five bakeries in the throw down over the next month. The first was Main Street Bakery this week.