It may seem incredible, but the 24th annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival will be the longest running event at Epcot at 87 tasty days. Starting on August 29 (The same day Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge officially opens at Disney’s Hollywood Studios) and running… Read More »First look at 2019 Epcot Food and Wine Festival lineup
If you felt your hair spike up a little on your last visit to Disney Springs, that’s because Planet Hollywood has announced a partnership with restauranteur and celebrity chef Guy Fieri for the flagship Orlando location – Planet Hollywood Observator. Fieri will bring his talents… Read More »Planet Hollywood Observatory announces partnership with reality TV celebrity chef Guy Fieri
We’re less than a month away from the start of this year’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. We’re looking forward to our chance to see some celebrity chefs, enjoy brand new Disney resort cooking and dining experiences and the fun Eat to the Beat concert series.… Read More »EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival Releases Late Details
Before taking a cooking class at Portobello with Chef Tony Mantuano, I thought I knew how to cook Italian. Throw some noodles in a pot and heat up a little marinara sauce, maybe splurge a bit and throw in some garlic bread. I exaggerate, but… Read More »Chef Tony Mantuano teaches Italian cooking at Portobello in Disney Springs
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Tuesday night I ventured over to Epcot for one of the Culinary Demonstrations for the 16th annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. The demonstration I attended was sponsored by Ocean Spray’s Craisins – not only a sponsor of the Food & Wine Festival, but also an official sponsor of both Walt Disney World and Disneyland parks. The chef for the evening was Ming Tsai, owner of Blue Ginger in Wellesley, Massachusetts, author of two cookbooks: Blue Ginger and Simply Ming, and host of the PBS programs East Meets West and the Emmy nominated Simply Ming. Originally from Massachusetts, I’ve always been a fan of Ming Tsai and loved his cooking shows, so I was excited to see him create a dish for us.
Guests were greeted at the Festival Center (former Wonders of Life pavilion) with samples of Ocean Spray Craisins as they waited to be seated at tables in front of a demo kitchen stage. This was actually my first-ever culinary demo during the festival, I’m almost embarrassed to admit for the past 16 years I’ve been attending the Food & Wine Festival, I’ve only ever taken part in the Marketplace Booths and their delicious offerings, never a demo or seminar of any kind. I was pleasantly surprised at the presentation. For a mere $11-14 per person (depending on the chef), guests get an exciting cooking demonstration with a celebrity chef, either nationally known, or famous within the Walt Disney World Resort or local area. I had no idea we’d actually be seated at a table and get to enjoy the dish being prepared. I would definitely do this again and am now looking into future demos I can bring my husband or family back to.
There’s a very nice profile of Disney’s changing food options on MSNBC.com. Apparently, they’re just catching on to the fact that it’s more than just hot dogs and hamburgers (although those were upgraded recently too). Disney now recalls Las Vegas in its celebrity-chef-backed establishments, with… Read More »Disney World’s Food Options and Food & Wine Appetizer
Disney has confirmed the latest rumor that they and Iron Chef Cat Cora are joining together to open a new family dining restaurant at Disney’s BoardWalk. Kouzzina by Cat Cora will feature a menu of Mediterranean-style cuisine that pays tribute to the chef’s Greek roots.… Read More »Iron Chef Cat Cora will open Kouzzina to replace Spoodles at Boadwalk