News! Disney Chef Scott Hunnel Named James Beard Award Semi-Finalist; Wolfgang Puck To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Each year the James Beard Foundation spotlights the best food and beverage professionals by bestowing the Beard Awards — considered one of the highest culinary honors in North America!

The semifinalists in the 2012 Restaurant and Chef categories have been announced, and we’re thrilled to see two Disney chefs on the list! In addition, several Orlando-area chefs were also named. The finalists will be announced on March 19, 2012, in Las Vegas. And we’ll be cheering on our faves when the winners are announced on May 7th in New York City!

Best Chef – South, Semi-Finalists

Scott Hunnel, Victoria & Albert’s Restaurant
Congratulations to award-winning chef, Scott Hunnel of Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa! Under Hunnel’s innovative leadership, Victoria and Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort has won many prestigious local, national, and international nods.

This exclusive restaurant has also won nine consecutive AAA Five Diamond Awards and twenty consecutive Mobil Travel Guide Four Star Awards.

Chef Scott Hunnel

James and Julie Petrakis, The Ravenous Pig
The Ravenous Pig is located in Winter Park, FL, very close to Orlando and Walt Disney World. Stop in for “an American gastropub experience” — casual dining with [Read more…]

Walt Disney World New Year’s Eve Dining and Special Events

Ringing in New Year 2012 from Walt Disney World? It’s going to be a memorable night! Call 407-WDW-DINE for holiday dining information and reservations! Here are some of your options for dining on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day:

Disney Resorts and Event Spaces

Boardwalk
Atlantic Dance Hall
Dance into the New Year at Atlantic Dance Hall at Disney’s BoardWalk
8 p.m. to 2 a.m., ages 21 and up.

Video DJ Tony Zapulla will play hits on the main dance floor. Beverages will be for sale from three different bars. There will be limited viewing of Epcot’s fireworks.

$37 (gratuity not included) for access to the main floor of the Dance Hall.
$80 for a VIP ticket that allows guests entrance to a private 2nd floor area with guaranteed seating and access to a private upstairs balcony for “limited” viewing of the fireworks. In addition, you’ll be able to indulge at a Dessert Station and private VIP bar. Cocktail service will also be offered.

Dress Attire: Business Casual or Formal

Parking:
Parking passes for the self parking lot will be given with advance purchases. Parking not guaranteed to be available for same day purchase.
Contemporary Resort
Chef Mickey’s (New Year’s Day brunch)
California Grill will host an evening of elegance!
$550 per person.

View of Castle from our California Grill Table

Entertainment will include casino-style games, live music and Disney characters. Enjooy food stations and beverages while watching [Read more…]

Reader Poll: Rather Eat Thanksgiving Dinner at Home or at a Disney Restaurant?

Happy Thanksgiving!

My family is considering having Thanksgiving in Disney World next year, and I wanted to hear some opinions about that! So we asked our Facebook Page Fans:

Would you rather have Thanksgiving Dinner at home, or at a Disney restaurant?.

Our readers chimed in with their holiday preferences! While dining at home was a strong contender due to family traditions, leftovers, cost-savings, aversion to holiday crowds, and a palate for a real home-cooked meal, ordering Thanksgiving dinner at a Disney restaurant was the clear winner!

And these voters didn’t care where they ate at Disney — they just wanted to be in the middle of the magic for the holiday. In fact, we think some of you might be happy with one of these!:

Disney Turkey Leg

Here are some of the other suggestions we received!: [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: July 10, 2011

Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta Five Cheese Ravioli

We have two very exciting events coming up soon here on the Disney Food Blog!

First, you’ll be able to purchase tickets for the 2011 WDW Foodie Fest Snack Attack event this week. Second, we’re just about ready to publish our very first DFB Mini-Guide! Stay tuned for details! In the meantime…

Disney Food News

Check out some of the latest news in the Disney food world!

Disney Food Blog Guide to Walt Disney World Dining e-Book Review by AllEars.net

Thanks to AllEars.net blogger Alice McNutt Miller for a fantastic review of the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining e-Book! Here’s a bit of what she has to say:

I found that while the guide is focused on dining, the advice, tools and tips on budgeting and planning—including choosing resorts and vacation package types—will help the reader plan his or her entire Walt Disney World vacation.

See her full review here!

You can get your copy of the DFB Guide here!

On to the Round-Up!

Thanks to the WDW Today Podcast for the chance to answer listener dining questions with Matt and Len. Listen here! And be sure to tune in on July 31st for the WDW Today Live Show with yours truly!

Team Tizzel reviews each individual course of a visit to the Victoria and Albert’s Chef’s Table with some fantastic photos! As an aside, Holly and Dave are raising money for the fight against Breast Cancer via Team AllEars!

Disneyland Compendium considers the start of Mickey Mouse pancakes. (Thanks to George Taylor for the heads up.)

Yesterland covers a few of the restaurants that are in Ko Olina, the town surrounding Disney’s new Aulani Resort in Hawaii.

Main Street Gazette heads to Epcot’s Lotus Blossom Cafe!

Eating (and Drinking) Around the World gives us a wrap-up of his weekend eats around Disney World, including yummy trips to Captain Cook’s, Artist Point, and Trail’s End!

Babes in Disneyland reviews the brand new Paradise Garden Grill in Disney California Adventure.

Celebrate with a Chocolate Cinderella Slipper

There are plenty of ways to celebrate with dining at Walt Disney World. And especially fitting for little princesses, romantic couples and chocolate-lovers, the Cinderella Slipper Dessert is a decadent way to celebrate your special occasion. This dessert is exceptionally rich, and I suggest ordering one to share!

Celebrate Like Cinderella

Indulge on the chocolate slipper at Cinderella’s Royal Table, the Grand Floridian’s table-service restaurants (Citricos, 1900 Park Fare, Grand Floridian Cafe, Narcoossee’s, Victoria and Albert’s), or during afternoon tea at the Garden View Lounge overlooking the beautiful GF courtyard.

For guests dining at Cinderella’s Royal Table in the Magic Kingdom, your slipper special-order will be a white or dark chocolate “glass” slipper filled to the brim (and beyond) with chocolate mousse. A raspberry coulis and fresh berries are artistically added to the plate.

chocolate slipper

Grand Floridian diners will receive a white chocolate version filled with delicious cream and crowned with raspberries. Accompanying the slipper is a [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: June 19, 2011

It’s been an exciting week for foodies as details of the 2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival emerged.

Latest Disney Food News

Check out the latest!

2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival News

Lots of updates on Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival this week!

We have in-depth coverage of the 2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival here!

New Disney Food Blog Guide to Walt Disney World Dining Review

Thanks to Debra Peterson, Disney Travel Examiner for reviewing the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining e-Book!

What’s particularly impressive about “The DFB Guide” is its coverage of so much WDW travel information as it relates specifically to dining. Sections devoted to, among other things, transportation, holidays and crowds, and kids’ clubs demonstrate the care with which Wolfe addresses the entire Disney dining experience.

Read her full review here! And get YOUR copy of the Disney Food Blog Guide to Walt Disney World Dining here!

Now, On to the Round-Up!

DesignerLand is taking orders for the popular Tiki Pineapple Whip Tee – commemorating Adventureland and Dole Whip on a shirt! (See the graphic above!) See more of Richard Terpstra’s artistry at DisneyDesignerLand.

Cake Wrecks highlights sweet treats featuring Jim Henson’s beloved muppets. So adorable!

Main St. Gazette has found a Napoleon to beat the one at his beloved Boulangerie in Epcot’s France! Click to find out where!

The Disney Go To Girl reviews the Garden View Tea Room at the Grand Floridian makes a couple changes including a new menu option!

Eating WDW shares the details of where Minnie Mouse’s Stand Mixer ended up after her house closed in Toon Town earlier this year.

joanna and her amazing technicolor interwebs discloses snacks seen on the Disney Food Blog that she can’t wait to try!

Disney’s Victoria & Albert’s Restaurant Earns AAA Five Diamond Award

The Disney Food Blog congratulates Victoria & Albert’s on receiving the AAA Five-Diamond for the 11th year in a row!

Located at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, Victoria & Albert’s well deserves this honor – the highest awarded by AAA. Fifty-five restaurants were distinguished on the 2011 list, with V&A’s being the sole recipient from Central Florida.

The memorable meals are due to the fine talents of Chef Scott Hunnel, manager and sommelier Israel Perez, and Master Pastry Chef Erich Herbitschek.

Chef Scott Hunnel

Check out some of the gorgeous cuisine Chef Hunnel creates at the Victoria & Albert’s Chef’s Table in this guest review from our [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: May 29, 2011

Welcome to the round-up!!

In Disney food news this week:

Memorial Day Weekend Sale and More Accolades for the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining!

Yep! We’re celebrating this important weekend with a special discount for our readers on our critically acclaimed e-Book! Use code: Memorial at the check out to get a 20% discount on the regular price of the book. Click here to get your copy!

Also, thanks to Main St. Gazette for a great review of the guide! Here’s what he has to say: This incredible volume presents well-researched, critical information about dining in Walt Disney World in a bright, fun manner. The digital availability of The DFB Guide to Disney World Dining will keep weight out of your touring backpack, while saving you valuable time and money. Just be sure not to page through this guide on an empty stomach!

Check out the full review here! And see sample pages, testimonials, and more about the guide here!

On to the Round-Up

A Wedding Cake Blog features a Mad Hatter wedding cake from the special Will and Kate sleepover in Disney World!

Walt Disney World for Grown Ups visits BabyCakes for delicious cupcakes.

PR Newswire reports that Michael Jordan (the wine aficionado, not the basketball player) is returning to Anaheim…just not to Disney…

Watch Me Eat reviews the new Fork and Screen Theater at Orlando’s Downtown Disney.

Disney Tourist Blog highlights an evening at Victoria & Albert’s in Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort.

Disney Parks Blog visits Narcoossee’s at the Grand Floridian for waterside dining.

Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen in Disneyland’s Downtown Disney shows off how they make a famous cocktail, Brennan-style…

Disney Food Post Round-Up: May 22, 2011

Star Wars Weekends Specialty Popcorn Bucket

We’re reporting from Walt Disney World this weekend, and over the past couple of days I’ve racked up about a hundred new things to share with you! Better get your stretchy pants, my friends!!

This week in Disney food news:

Here’s what’s happening in the World of Disney Food this week…

DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining Reviews

Thanks to Magical Kingdoms for publishing a great review of The DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining! Here’s what they had to say…

The 250 pages cover pretty much everything you need to know about dining at Walt Disney World, and even those who have made multiple trips may learn something new by reading this book.

See the full review here. And get your copy of The DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining right here!

And now… on to the round-up!

The Passporter Moms Podcast this week is all about Disney food, and guess who they asked to join them? Thanks to Jennifer and Sara for letting me talk about my favorite subject with them!

Yesterland bids farewell to Pizza Oom Mow Mow in Disney California Adventure.

Fatherhood…Video Games…and Ice Cream shares what it’s like to be Prince of the Day at Cinderella’s Royal Table.

DisneyContemporary.com leads us to some fun (and romantic!) Contemporary Resort dining options for grown-ups.

Main Street Gazette reviews the Steakhouse Salad at the Contempo Cafe.

All Fare’s Food Blog features a guest article (by yours truly ;-) ) about dining aboard the Disney Dream.

Around Disney highlights upgraded menus at Disneyland.

Disney Food Post Round-Up: May 15, 2011

Credential Front

Hope everyone’s had a great week, and all of you D23ers are having a blast in WDW!

Disney Food News

In Disney Food News his week, we heard the latest on Disney California Adventure’s two new restaurants set to open on July 1st!

AND we got the chance to put on our guest passes and (virtually) walk the black carpet at Disneyland’s Disneyland Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Premiere with our fearless Disneyland columnist — Heather Sievers!

DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining e-Book Recommendation

On MiceChat, Sam Gennaway recommends Disney World essentials, including The DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining!

A quick quote from the review: “[AJ’s] goal was to write a book that is unlike any other Disney guidebook. In that respect, she has succeeded. This could only come from somebody who realizes that dining is more than just eating at Disney, it is an important part of the whole experience. Plus, the book tries really hard to find the proper balance between planning and spontaneity, which is not easy anymore.”

Thanks to Sam, again, for this review, and thanks to MiceChat for sharing it! If you’d like to check out the e-Book, pick up your copy here!

And now, on to the round up…

A World View reviews our own Disney Food Blog Restaurant Search Tool! Thanks, Bruce!

Main Street Gazette reviews the sweet Sacristain pastry treat at France’s Boulangerie Patisserie.

Eating (and Drinking) Around the World shows us where to find freshly made potato chips and sweet potato fries.

Progress City, U.S.A. examines the Germany pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase including the Biergarten! Grab a snack from Sommerfest and check out these details.

Pitch interviews a former WDW chef. Find out how Celina Tio began cooking at Disney!

Thanks to Stitch Kingdom for giving us a heads up on a new cookbook to be published this fall.

Portobello, the Italian restaurant in Downtown Disney — not the mushroom — showcases pictures from their Cooking Class on May 13th!

MousePlanning reviews the brick oven made pizza at Via Napoli.