Disney World Dolphin Resort’s Shula’s Steak House Recognized for Wine List

Shula’s Steak House has been awarded the 2011 “Best Of” Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator Magazine!

This Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin resort restaurant can boast being one of only eight Orlando venues to earn this recognition. Wine Spectator Magazine issued the 2011 Restaurant Wine List Awards to 833 restaurants worldwide.

The Restaurant Wine List Awards recognize each year the restaurants whose wine lists are: [Read more…]

Exclusive New Wines to Debut at Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival

Wine lovers will want to visit the Enoteca Castello wine shop in the Italy pavilion during this year’s Epcot Food & Wine Festival, where they can sample two new wines exclusive to the Disney Parks.

For $6 per glass, they’ll be pouring these two new wines from the Sogno d’Ialia label, which means “dream of Italy”. If one (or both ;-)) are to your liking, bottles can be purchased at Enoteca Castello or The Cellar in the Festival Welcome Center for $16.95 each. The wines are made in [Read more…]

Menu Announced for the Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic!

As you know, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic is back this year with even more seminars, food, and tastings — and we’ve got the MENU below!

The Second Annual Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic 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. Savor culinary delights from the resort’s award winning restaurants and lounges while listening to live music. With 17 restaurants and lounges, the Swan and Dolphin resorts have a nationally-recognized culinary team that can’t wait to show off their talents!

Causeway Tasting Booth Info and Menu

Choose selections from over 30 stations that showcase food and drinks from Shula’s Steak House, Il Mulino New York Trattoria and Todd English’s bluezoo, among other great Swan and Dolphin restaurants.

Select your favorite beverages from options such as wine, sake, beer, and cocktails created using liquid nitrogen (check out our experience with these liquid nitrogen cocktails here!).

Liquid Nitrogen White Russian Dippin

If you love wine, vintages will be offered from around the world including regions in France, Italy, California, and Australia. With over 70 certified wine sommeliers and more than 1,400 wine selections, this beverage team has a lot of knowledge to share!

Dessert will include selections made by two-time World Pastry Champion, Chef Laurent Branlard, the hotel’s executive pastry chef.

Here are a few of the menu items you’ll be able to explore:

Todd English
Friday: Browned Butter Basted Lobster Roll
Saturday: Browned Butter Basted Lobster Roll

todd english basted lobster roll

Shula’s Steakhouse
Friday: Carved New York Strip, Creamed Spinach
Saturday: Carved New York Strip, Creamed Spinach

shulas new york strip

Cib’s Smoke Shop
Friday: Carolina Style Pulled Pork, Southern Coleslaw, Parker House Roll, Fried Pickles , Ranch
Saturday: Smoked Pork Belly, Texas Toast, Baked Bean Foam

cibs smoke carolina pulled pork

cibs smoked pork belly

Todd English’s bluezoo
Friday: “Shrimp Cocktail” Steamrollers
Saturday: Heirloom Beet Salad, Goat Cheese Fondue, Candied Walnuts, Ice Spinach

bluezoo shrimp cocktail steamrooler-Heirloom Beet Salad

bluezoo Steamroller

bluezoo heirloom beet salad

Cabana Bar and Beach Club
Friday: Pork Carnitas: Braised Pork, Sofrito, Pita, Pico de Gallo, Iceberg Lettuce
Saturday: Crab Eggroll: Blue Crab, Cabbage, Ginger, Sweet Thai Chili, Soy

cabana pork carnitas

cabana crab eggroll

Laurent Branlard
Friday & Saturday:
Saint Honore — Vanilla Cream Puff, Whipped Cream
Coconut Macaroon — White Chocolate Coconut Mousse, Lime Cream
Lemon Berry Bubble — Lemon Curd, Berry Compote
Orange Caramel Baba — Caramel Cremeu,Caramel Sauce
Intense Dark Chocolate Cake — Flourless Sponge, Dark Chocolate Mousse
Choconut Tartlet — Chocolate Cremeux, Peanut Mousse, Caramelized Peanuts
Tasting Station: Bananas Foster, Vanilla Ice Cream, and Coconut Fondant Cake

The Fountain
Friday: Falafel: Chickpea Fritter, Tahini, Traditional Garnish
Saturday: Falafel: Chickpea Fritter, Tahini, Traditional Garnish

fountain falafel

Il Mulino New York Trattoria
Friday: Italian Meatball Sandwich
Saturday: Hand Cut Tagliatelle, Braised Lamb Ragu, Pecorino Romano

Il Mulino Meatball Subs

il mulino italian meatball sandwich

il mulino hand cut tagliatelle

Garden Grove
Friday: Jumbo Lump Crab Cake Sliders, Shredded Iceberg, Pickle Chip, Old Bay Aioli, Sesame Rolls
Saturday: Rock Shrimp “Po Boy”, French Bread, Tomato, Old Bay Remoulade

garden grove jumbo lump crab cake slider

garden grove rock shrimp po boy

Kimonos
Friday: Dragon Roll: Crispy Shrimp, Tuna, Avocado
Saturday: Spicy Yellow Fin Tuna, Nori, Seasoned Rice

Kimonos Dragon Roll

Wine Shop
Friday & Saturday: Find a wine you love at one of the booths? Make sure to visit the wine store offering bottles for purchase from each booth to take home.

Beverage seminars

And don’t forget to sign up for a Beverage seminar to enhance your experience! Offered each day from 4:30-5:30 p.m. These classes will be taught by certified experts in hour-long sessions.

Choose from Wine Blending; Modern Mixology; Riesling Rendezvous; Base to Bubbles; Beer, Please!; and All Things Sake. There is also a new seminar — Spanish Wines — that is sure to be a wonderful learning experience.

Cocktail 101 classes will also be offered throughout the two-day event. Purchase tickets here!

Swan and Dolphin Causeway

Entertainment

Expect some great live entertainment all weekend long! Groups will include Four Divo, The Groove Masters, The Current, and The Beu Sisters.

Tickets

Advance purchase event-only tickets are available for $65 for unlimited food and beverage samples on the causeway. Seminars are an additional $35 per person, per class, and require a causeway festival ticket require as well. Purchase tickets here.

Disney World Dolphin Resort

Hotel and Event 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 include:

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*

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!)

Don’t Forget! There’s a Deal for Disney Food Blog Readers!
Disney Food Blog readers can receive a special rate and free upgrade at the Dolphin Resort on any length stay between Oct. 1-9, 2011! See details on this great deal here! Note: this will be a separate deal from the packages listed above and does not include causeway tickets.

* 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: July 24, 2011

Strawberry Lemonade at Enchanted Grove in Magic Kingdom

It’s been a sizzling hot week, so we hope you’re keeping cool! Maybe you have access to some delicious strawberry lemonade like the one to the right (in the Magic Kingdom). We’re counting down the days until we get our next fix of that stuff!

There’s lot of fun Disney food news this week as well as some awesome articles in the round-up, so let’s get started…

Disney Food News

Let’s review the latest news from this past week!

New Disney Food Blog Mini-Guide Just Around the Corner…

Just eeking out the final updates to the brand new Mini-Guide e-Book! (Thankfully, one of our fabulous columnists is in Disney World this week and has agreed to do a little extra recon for us!)

As you know, our DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining e-Book covers a wealth of information about Disney World food. But after hitting 250 pages, we reserved some of the more detailed info for our upcoming series of Mini-Guides.

The first in the series will be the Disney Food Blog Mini-Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks, and it will be debuting very soon.

Detailed reviews, photos, prices, and snack-credit-worthiness of over 70 snacks in the Magic Kingdom are packed into this Mini-Guide, but, as always, we’ve included a few extras and bonus items as well!

We’ll have more information for you very soon; we can’t wait to hear what you think!

Here we go…On to the Round-Up!

Meet the World in Progressland shares the fabulous views seen only from Club 33!

Disney Contemporary Fan Site compares the Grand Floridian’s Citricos with the Contemporary Resort’s California Grill. Which would you choose?

DisneyTouristBlog reviews Disneyland’s Big Thunder Ranch BBQ. Yee-Haw!

Main Street Gazette shares with us a canyon skillet at Whispering Canyon Cafe.

Kokocooks takes us along on their cupcake crawl in Disney World — inspired by our DFB challenge!

Disney Contests and Sweepstakes gives us the scoop on the Rainforest Cafe Orlando’s summer photo contest. Good luck!

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.

Guest Review: Le Cellier…From a Canadian Point-of-View

Welcome back James Hummel (@DisneyNorth on Twitter) with a review of Le Cellier. As a Canadian, James offers a unique perspective when reviewing this popular restaurant! He also gives us a glimpse of a proper poutine.

I figured it was high time that a Canadian review one of the most popular restaurants in Walt Disney World. I do want to give a disclaimer first though: these are my opinions only and do not represent all Canadians. And no, I don’t know Jimmy, Sally or Suzy from Canada (the Canadian readers will get that joke).

The entrance to steak heaven

So, as they say in Quebec, Allons-y!

Atmosphere
You’ve seen the pictures, maybe even the outside of the restaurant and, if you are really lucky like me, seen the inside too (multiple times). Le Cellier is a hidden restaurant in EPCOT. No, not hidden gem… I mean really hidden! If you didn’t know where to look, you would literally walk right by it. I mean, there is no giant doorway for this place. You have to go through the wonderful Victoria Gardens to find, what appears to be, a doorway to an underground bunker. But of course, it is all about the story. Enough talk about the outside, let’s get in from the snow…er…I mean oppressive Florida heat.

The inside of Le Cellier is inspired by the large wine cellars of the grand Chateau style hotels in Quebec City and the Rockies. For me, the restaurant reminds me of [Read more…]

2011 Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic

Purchase Room and Ticket Packages plus seminars and event tickets at: http://www.swandolphinfoodandwineclassic.com/

Foodie fans of Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival will find more culinary delights at the Second Annual Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic!

When:
Mark your calendar for October 7-8, 2011.

This year’s beverage seminars include Riesling Rendezvous, Beer, Please!, Spanish Wines, Modern Mixology and Beer, Wine Blending, All Things Sake and Base to Bubbles. Offered each day from 4:30-5:30 p.m. These classes will be taught by certified experts in hour-long sessions.

Award-winning restaurants from the Swan and Dolphin resorts will  host tasting stations on the [Read more…]

News: Wine Tastings and Wine Dinners at Jiko

South African Wine at Jiko

Where do you go to enjoy one of the finest South African wine collections on the North American continent? Jiko-The Cooking Place at the Animal Kingdom Lodge in Walt Disney World! Sommeliers at Jiko have great reason to boast about their vintages!

Thankfully, they enjoy sharing their knowledge (and wine!) with guests.

Jiko Wine Tastings
On Wednesday afternoons from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., stop by Jiko to sample three South African wines paired with cheese and fruit.
The cost is $25 plus tax and gratuity and you should make a reservation by calling 407-938-7149.

Jiko Wine Dinners
Looking for South African wines paired with incredible cuisines? There are six dinners planned where guests will savor their meals while the winemakers and chef are on hand to describe each course!

May 4 – Post House Winery with Nick Geber. The Post House farm is part of a popular winery in South Africa’s Stellenbosch region.

June 8 – This meal features winemaker Alex Dale, founder 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…]

Guest Review: Disneyland’s Golden Vine Winery Port and Bleu Cheese Tasting

Thanks again to Chelsi Murphy, who wrote our great review of the Flying Fish Chef’s Counter, for providing yet another interesting look at a Disney dining experience. This time, she takes us to Golden Vine Winery at Disney’s California Adventure. Take it away, Chelsi!

Golden Vine Winery, the Wine Bar connected to the Wine Country Trattoria at Disney’s California Adventure, is a great place to take a break from a busy day at the parks. My husband and I love to stop by and take a look at their ever changing menu and speak with their knowledgeable staff, a few who came from Mondovi when Robert Mondovi built the original restaurant.

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One of the best ongoing deals the wine bar has to offer is the Port and Bleu Cheese tasting. Price for this is $12.50 plus tax, and you receive 3 one-ounce pours of port paired with 3 different blue cheeses, fruit compote and crackers. They also do the pairing with 3 types of chocolate, but we were told the cheese out sells the chocolate 10 to 1.

Port and Bleu Cheese Tasting

The first Port poured was Sandeman Founders Reserve Ruby Port, paired with Point Rayes Blue Cheese
from California. The Second was 2004 Sandeman Late Bottle Vintage Ruby Port, paired with Maytag Blue Cheese from Iowa. The third pour was Sandeman Tawny, aged 20 years, paired with Gorgonzola Dolce.

Bleu Cheeses and Fruit Compote

Our favorite was the Tawny –- it tasted like butterscotch in the glass! But all three were excellent ports and pairings with the cheese. We also thought that it was an excellent price to get to try three amazing cheeses and a flight of port.

Port Varieties

The Wine Bar opens at 11:30 AM and also has beer and sodas for those who don’t drink wine. The staff is always happy to help you out with any questions you may have if you want to try something new.