Holiday Food and Fun at Waldorf Astoria Orlando and Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek

Spend your holidays at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando or Hilton Bonnet Creek. There are special menus and events that food-lovers and their families are sure to appreciate!

A Toast to the Holidays

Thanksgiving at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek

Thanksgiving Dinner at La Luce restaurant
Thursday Nov. 24 5-11pm
Savor the ala carte menu at this award-winning restaurant, with features from Chef Donna Scala We’ve got a review of La Luce’s menu here!

Thanksgiving Family Dinner Buffet at Harvest Bistro
Thursday Nov. 24, 4-10pm
$39 for adults (excluding tax and gratuity)
Children under age 12 eat free (up to two children per paid adult)

This all-you-can-eat Thanksgiving feast includes hand-carved roasted turkey, and other traditional holiday fare. View menu here. For your memorable ending, enjoy the homemade dessert finale. Reservations are recommended at 407-597-3600.

Bonnet Creek Activities

Football Fun
What’s Thanksgiving without football? Enjoy the weekend’s NFL and college football action at Zeta Bar, where feature drink and food specials will win big points!

Celebrate Fall Festival
Nov. 24 – Nov. 26 12:30-5pm
Poolside
Even the kids will be thankful after spending time at the [Read more…]

Waldorf Astoria Orlando “Trick or Treating for Adults” Event

Waldorf Astoria Orlando is celebrating the Epcot Food and Wine Festival with their own Food and Wine Weekends!

If candy isn’t your thing and you’re looking for something a little bit more adult, you’ll love the Trick or Treating for Adults Event on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. No costumes required!

Simply purchase a passport and you will enjoy a featured drink at each of the Waldorf Astoria’s six lounges: Bull & Bear Lounge (don’t forget to try the AMAZING new burger on the menu!!!), Aquamarine Pool Bar, Peacock Alley Lounge, Sir Harry’s Lounge, La Luce Lounge, and Sena Lounge.

Waldorf Sour at Sir Harry's Lounge

For JUST $25 PER PERSON, here are a few more of the treats you’ll [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: September 25, 2011

OK, all! We’re here in Walt Disney World for the Happiest Time of the Year! Stay tuned to see lots of tweets and facebook updates from us as we wander around the World.

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

We’re honored that our newest Mini-Guide is getting such positive 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….

Check out the rest of the review to learn several reasons why the mini-guide is a must for your Food & Wine planning.

Thanks, Jackie!

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!

Announcing Food & Wine Weekends at Waldorf Astoria Orlando!

Culinary fans, wine enthusiasts, and foodies, let me announce Food & Wine Weekends at Waldorf Astoria Orlando, Sept. 30 – Oct. 30, 2011!!

For five weekends in September and October the resort will feature special events aimed to complement and “fill the gaps” around the wildly popular Epcot Food and Wine Festival.

Conveniently located less than one mile from Epcot, the Waldorf Astoria Orlando is accessible inside the gates of the Walt Disney World Resort! Note: You do not have to stay at the resort to participate in these events.

Events and Highlights

Check out some of the incredible events the Waldorf has lined up for these weekends…

“Grand Pairings” Wine Dinners at Bull and Bear
Diners will enjoy an extravagant prix-fixe meal paired with wines at Bull & Bear restaurant. Wine representatives will discuss the special pairings. 7pm, $200 per person (tip and gratuity included). Reservations via 407-597-5409.

Chef David Sears at Bull and Bear

– Friday Sept. 30 – Menu Here, featuring Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars – Presenter will be Lori Barranon from St. Michelle Wine Estates
– Friday Oct. 7 – Menu Here, featuring Robert Mondavi Winery – Presenter will be Teresa Romi from Constellation Winery
– Friday Oct. 14 – Menu Here, featuring Ferrari Carano Winery – Presenter will be Jim Boswell of Ferrari Carano Winery

Bull & Bear Prix-Fixe Chef’s Tasting Menu
Chef David Sears at Bull & Bear offers an extraordinary prix-fixe menu featuring superb food and wine pairings. I guarantee you this will be good!! Reservations: [Read more…]

Flanagan Wines Dinner at Bull and Bear


The Waldorf Astoria Orlando is home of the award-winning Bull and Bear Steakhouse, which will host a private dinner with winemaker Eric Flanagan. Wines from the Flanagan Estate (Sonoma, California) will be featured at this exclusive dining experience. And several dishes highlighted in our recent review will be on the menu!

The Flanagan Wines dinner will include four courses of Bull and Bear cuisine paired with fabulous Flanagan wines. At this distinguished meal, Eric will introduce his first Chardonnay, which was barrel fermented in fifty percent new French Oak. The French Oak was made by Philippe Melka and sourced from a distinctive Sonoma vineyard.

Eric began his vineyard in 1999 from the ground up on Bennett Ridge in Sonoma County, producing wines that reflect the soils and climate of his Estate site. Flanagan Wines now produce 500 cases of Cabernet and 100 cases of Syrah. For more information, visit www.flanaganwines.com.

Dining Room Seating

Date

Monday, June 27 2011, at 6:30pm

Cost

$135 per person plus tax and gratuity

Reservations

Call 407-597-5409 and specifically request the Flanagan wine dinner

Review: New Menu at Bull and Bear Steakhouse

One of my favorite steakhouses in Orlando, Bull and Bear at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando, has re-vamped their menu. It’s become, if you can believe it, even better. You can see my initial review of the Bull and Bear here, to compare notes.

Atmosphere

Dark, luxurious, and plush. When you walk into this restaurant through the “library” of wine and the pleasant lounge, you don’t just hope for an incredible meal. You anticipate one.

Entryway

Dining Room Seating

We arrived for a tasting of the new menu and couldn’t wait to explore the new dishes. We’d been told that the chef, David Sears, wanted to expand a bit, creating dishes that one might not see on a standard steakhouse menu…

Eats

We started the meal with a bang — literally. Our first tasting plate was prefaced with a beautiful Taittinger Brut Prestige Rosé champagne. This was easily my favorite pairing of the evening — fresh, fruity, very light. What a great way to begin!

Taittinger Brut Prestige Rosé

This was paired with a rare salmon (Chef Sears flies this line-caught salmon in at the rate of just a few per week) cured with citrus and tarragon and finished with mache lettuce, pommelo, and [Read more…]

Review: Peacock Alley and Oscar’s at Waldorf Astoria Orlando

I have got some gorgeous pics to share with you today (if I do say so myself)! Let’s head over to the beautiful new Waldorf Astoria Orlando resort (home of the Bull and Bear Steakhouse and my close encounter with very hot hot sauce, which I still have to tell you about!) smack dab in the middle of Walt Disney World property… Today, we’re not having steak. Nope — instead, we’re having small plates. LOTS of small plates! And dessert! Four of ‘em! If you ask me, this is one of the best ways to eat: many different kinds of food all at once. ;-)

Oscar's and Peacock Alley Menus

When we were at the Waldorf, our friends treated us to a selection from the menus of two dining locations: Oscar’s and Peacock Alley (you can see details and menus here). Oscar’s serves breakfast and lunch on the ground floor of the Waldorf (right by the pool if you’re interested in al fresco dining), and Peacock Alley is a beautiful lounge just off the lobby. (Trivia: the original Peacock Alley in New York’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel was named such for the [Read more…]

Disney Food Trends: Desserts + Fire

Crepe Suzette at Bistro de Paris

I’ve been noticing some interesting trends at Disney area restaurants lately! I mentioned the gourmet Mac & Cheese trend a while back, but here’s an interesting one that has to do with dessert — flames!

Yep, that’s what I said. Fire. Right there at your table.

Flambeing is certainly nothing new, but to have it as a prevalent show at so many restaurants in the Disney area is pretty interesting. Here are some of the spots where we’ve seen it recently…

Bistro de Paris, Epcot
In the France pavilion of Disney World’s Epcot, Bistro de Paris offers high-end dining in a beautiful second-floor dining room. The view of [Read more…]

Waldorf Astoria Orlando: Chocolate, Wine & Romance Weekends in February!

Ladies and gentlemen, let the romance begin! During two weekends in the month of February, you can escape with your favorite person — or just treat yourself! — to an incredible indulgence of chocolate, wine, and pure luxury.

And because you’ll be within the big purple gates of Walt Disney World, you’ll have easy access to your favorite theme parks, too!

Dates: Feb. 12-13; 19-20

Room rates:
Feb. 12 weekend: Starting at $289
Feb. 19 weekend: Starting at $309

Reservations: 1-800-WALDORF or www.waldorfastoriaorlando.com

Here are just a few of the events you can explore as an overnight guest at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando during their Chocolate, Wine & Romance Weekends… [Read more…]

Disney Food Trends: Gourmet Mac and Cheese

Even Chef Mickey is in on the trend...

I’ve been noticing a few food trends while traipsing through Disney parks, and I think they’re important to mention — especially since they seem to be popping up on every menu re-vamp out there.

First, we gotta take a gander at good old macaroni and cheese. When I asked Disney World’s Sanaa Chef Bob Getchell about the gourmet mac and cheese trend that seems to be taking over Disney restaurants, he mentioned that chefs like to make food they themselves love; many have fond memories of mac and cheese while they were growing up, and they want to create new and improved contemporary recipes for the dish. Here are a few of our favorite versions on and around Disney property:

Yachtsman Steakhouse
Yacht Club Resort’s Yachtsman Steakhouse gets a nod due to a relatively new mac and cheese dish I found on the menu in October. Their truffle mac and cheese uses huge orecchiette noodles and Reypenaer cheese with a touch of truffle oil and a topping of crunchy onions. It’s served in a cast iron baking dish that lends a rustic look — very fun! The best part — it tastes amazing. Rich, tangy, creamy sauce nestles into those pasta pieces and serves as the perfect accompaniment to the meal. This is sold as a side dish only, so be sure to look for it at the bottom of the menu.

Yachtsman Steakhouse Mac and Cheese Side Dish

Le Cellier
Not to be outdone, Epcot’s Le Cellier Steakhouse has also introduced some mac and cheese on the menu. Served in a cast iron skillet, elbow macaroni is [Read more…]