Disney Food Post Round-Up: June 26, 2011

Happy Summer! If you’ve been on vacation or spent a day by the pool, you may have missed some of this week’s Disney food news. We’ve gathered it here for your easy reading!

2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival News

This week’s updates on Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival!

  • See our Exclusive interview with Marianne Hunnel, the brains behind the 2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!
  • Chocolate seminars set to debut in this year’s festival!
  • Mixology seminars will be a nightly occurrence at the Festival Center this year!
  • Details and dates of Special Events have been released, including booking information and discount information!

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

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Now, On to the Round-Up!

Kevin Kidney works on artistic touches inside Trader Sam’s! Amazing!

Disney Contemporary reminisces about the Concourse Steakhouse which closed in 2008.

Main Street Gazette reviews the Angus cheeseburger at Pecos Bill!

Disney Parks Blog reminisces about the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue’s long-standing home, Pioneer Hall!

All Ears reviews the recent Tables in Wonderland Illuminations Dessert Party.

4Parks1Blog.com highlights Disney Pub Crawls in a two part series. Part 1 and Part 2.

NY Times reveals a BabyCakes doughnut recipe. Try these gluten-free treats at home!

WDW Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic: Packages and Tickets on Sale Now!

It’s time! Are you gonna join me at the Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic?

Explore the seminars and/or enjoy some great culinary delights at the Second Annual Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic, which will take place Friday, October 7 and Saturday, October 8, 2011 from 5:30 – 9:00 pm.

Food and wine lovers can immerse themselves in this culinary festival while strolling the Crescent Lake causeway. Listen to live music and savor bites to eat from the resort’s award winning restaurants and lounges. And don’t forget to sign up for a seminar that catches your eye!

Packages
Book your all-inclusive package by calling 888-828-8850 to make your reservation or book online.

Packages available at the WDW Swan and WDW Dolphin

Package 1:
Includes accommodations for 2 adults and 2 event passes. Rates start at $255*

Package 2:
Includes accommodations for 2 adults and 2 causeway event passes plus 2 passes to one of the educational seminars. Rates starting at $329*

Swan and Dolphin Causeway

I’ll be at the Classic! See you there!! (And don’t forget to check out our other posts about the 2010 and 2011 Food and Wine Classic!

* Rates are per room, per night based on double occupancy. Package is good for two adults only and not available for individual guests.

Disney Food Post Round-Up: May 8, 2011

Happy Mother’s Day! We hope all our mom readers enjoy being pampered with brunch, lunch, dinner, and/or tea celebrations.

In Disney Food news this week:

DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining e-Book Testimonial

For a quick spotlight on the Disney Food Blog’s DFB Guide this week, but I’d like to share a testimonial written by one of my favorite people (and probably yours as well!), Lou Mongello, the rockstar behind WDWRadio:

There is nothing else so well-written, comprehensive and FUN about Walt Disney World dining! You offer practical advice and examples that are beneficial to the first-time guest and seasoned Disney veteran. From the breakdown of the restaurants by location, price, cuisine and your personal recommendations (all of which I found myself agreeing with!!), to the “overlooked” dining experiences, I found the book valuable, interesting and truly fun to read from beginning to end. The time and money that people will save alone is worth the price of the book! I highly recommend the DFB Guide to any and every Walt Disney World guest!

Thanks to Lou for that great recommendation! If you’d like to purchase your copy of the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining, click here!

And now, on to the round-up!

disZine tells where you can get your Pirate’s Booty snacks!

Walt Disney World for Grown-Ups lists their top five Disney World hotel quick-service dininglocations.

ImagiNerding takes us back in time to a Walt Disney World Recipe Index circa 1921-2004. I NEED THIS BOOK!

A Wedding Cake Blog features the royal jewels – all sparkly and sugary – at the WDW Swan and Dolphin!

Eating (and Drinking) around the World shares his take on Boma’s Coconut Curried Chicken Stew.

Main Street Gazette looks at tasty, savory options including specialty hot dogs in WDW.

The World of Deej heads over to Disney World’s Citricos!

WDW Swan and Dolphin to Host BBQ Bash on July 2nd

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin resorts have announced a summertime Stars & Stripes Celebration featuring a BBQ Bash! See booking details here.

Date: July 2, 2011
Time: 3:00 – 8:00 pm
Location: Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin, Fantasia Gardens Pavilion
Cost: Kids: $25, Adults: $45

It’s a family-friendly barbecue offering entertainment from a live band and good ol’ carnival style games. Chefs will tantalize taste buds with mouth-watering BBQ foods. The menu will include: coleslaw, potato salad, watermelon, burgers, hot dogs, mac & cheese station, baked beans, cornbread, mini apple pies, snow cones and more!

Cash bar will include wine, beer buckets and specialty cocktails.

The outdoor venue, Fantasia Gardens Pavilions, is located adjacent to the Fantasia Gardens miniature golf course on Epcot Resorts Blvd. across from the WDW Swan and Dolphin resorts.

Special all-inclusive, over-night packages available for families of all sizes! Please call 888-828-8850 for more information and to make your reservations. To purchase tickets only, click here.

Book your accommodations and your BBQ now!

And Don’t Forget:

The Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic is coming up October 7-8, 2011!

Best Disney World Restaurants Not on the Disney Dining Plan

As you know, Kim L. is our behind-the-scenes manager here at the Disney Food Blog, a Disney World Moms Panelist, and a blogger! You’ll begin to see her name more and more in that little author line! Learn more about her on our staff and contributors page! Here, she discusses her top choices for Disney World restaurants not on the Disney Dining Plan!

UPDATE 4/2012: The restaurants at the Swan and Dolphin Resort are not yet on the Dining Plan, but the others — T-Rex, Rainforest Cafe, Portobello, Fulton’s, Paradiso 37, Wolfgang Puck Cafe The Dining Room, and House of Blues, should now be on the Dining Plan!

Lots of guests want to know the top restaurants when dining with the Disney Dining Plan, but since those restaurants seem to fill up more and more quickly these days, we’ve also been getting requests for recommendations on restaurants not included in the Dining Plan. Here are my picks for the best table service locations that do not participate in the DDP! ;-)

Top 5 Restaurants Not on the Disney Dining Plan, for Adults

Portobello
For guests craving a casual meal with value, Portobello at Downtown Disney dishes out hearty Italian fare. Choose from a value dinner menu, wood-burning oven pizzas, signature sandwiches plus a meatball and beer bar!

AJ recommends the Bucatini!

House of Blues
Got late night munchies at Downtown Disney? House of Blues is open til 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights! The southern-inspired menu includes a large variety of sandwiches and seafood such as Creole Jambalaya. To soothe your soul, look for [Read more…]