food and wine

Food and Wine Classic at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin – Tasting Menus


If there’s one event I look forward to every year, it’s the Food and Wine Classic at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin hotels. Each year the chefs from the hotel’s 17 award winning restaurants prepare and serve samples of their best dishes, which you can pair with amazing wine tastings from around the globe.

The event runs two nights, October 31st and November 1st and is a very affordable $90 with an advanced purchase. No theme park admission is required, but there is a fee to park.

The tasting menus for each evening have been released and they look amazing. The menus are actually slight different on Friday and Saturday, so maybe you’ll want to attend both.

Both nights: Oct 31st

  • Shula’s – Tenderloin, Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes, sauce bordelaise.
  • Picabu – Taqueria – Corn Tortilla, Barbacoa of Beef, Organic Vegetables, Cheddar Cheese, Lime Wedge, Lettuce, Onion, Shaved Radish, Pico de Gallo, Assorted Hot Sauces
  • Desserts by Executive Pastry Chef – Laurent Branlard:
    • Chocolate Crunch Napoleon, Hazelnut Daquoise, Chocolate Whipped Cream, Chocolate Layer
    • Lemon Peel Mousse and Blueberry Cream Dome, Lemon Angel Food Cake
    • Tres Leche Sponge, Exotic Cremeu, Vanilla Bavaroise, Exotic Gelee, and Coconut Marshmallow
    • Chocolate Dome Bavaroise, Caramel Cremeu, Chocolate Flourless Cake, Milk Chocolate Glaze
    • Raspberry Compote, Yogurt Pannacotta, Jam Filled Raspberry, Raspberry Marshmallow
    • Orange Peel and Gran Marnier Cream Puff, Almond Sable, Chocolate Coated Almonds

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Recipe: Shrimp Tacos from Food & Wine Festival a la Swedish Chef

Aw synergy. It’s that wonderful thing that lets the Disney parks tap into other Disney brands, like The Muppets, to make wonderful cross-promotional marketing music together. Today’s example is actually a pretty successful video featuring the Swedish Chef as he attempts to make a Mexican… Read More »Recipe: Shrimp Tacos from Food & Wine Festival a la Swedish Chef

A Taste of the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival – Part II, The Drinks


What would the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival be without the wine. Not as well attended, that’s for sure. As astute observers have noted, Disney has expanded the adult beverage portion of the festival significantly the last few years. It’s not just some great beer, although there is that, but a number of mixed drinks have been added to the menus as well.

At the recent Media Day, we had the good fortune to meet and hear from Chef Marianne Hunnel the Content Development Manager Epcot Food and Wine Festival. She gave us a run down on what’s new in the adult beverage category this year.

While at the media day, I had the very good fortune to try many of the new options. Up first, and sadly not pictured, was the Caposaldo Sweet Peach Sparkling Moscato. This is the perfect drink for a brunch or lite lunch. The peach flavor was not overpowering, the bubbles were strong, and the aroma was perfect. This Moscato is one of my new favorite drinks.


After warming up with the sweetness of the Moscato, we moved onto a savory option. A Tsatziki Martini was available for sampling. Made with organic cucumber infused vodka, yougurt liqour, lemon juice, simple syrup, and dill, it was not at all like any martini I’d ever had before. I’m not a big fan of savory drinks in the first place, and I think this one could have used more punch and less dill. Plus the dill bits floating around led to an awkward encounter at some point in the middle of the drink. If savory drinks are your thing, give this one a try. Otherwise, you can safely pass on this Martini (try the Sake Martini at the California Grill if you’re dying for a great martini that’s tropical paradise in a glass… end plug).

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A New Idea for Restaurant Reservations

Stumbled across an interesting article, with a lot of numbers and inisght, from Nick Kokonas co-owner of Alenia and other restaurants with Grant Achatz, one of our nation’s most prominent chefs and restauranteurs. Kokonas explains the value selling tickets instead of reservations provided to his… Read More »A New Idea for Restaurant Reservations

Chase Invites Disney Card Holders to Experience Unique EPCOT Lounge


Okay Disney fans. You’ve seen all those Disney Visa kiosks springing up like mushrooms around the parks? Yeah, it’s definitely a blight on the parks. But if I told you Chase was going to give its cardmembers access to a previously exclusive area of the parks, would you make that trade?

That’s the choice you get during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. As the presenting sponsor for the marquis culinary event, Chase will offer debit and credit cardholders, including Disney Visa® Cardmembers, exclusive access to the Chase Lounge at the Festival.* The lounge, which will be located on the third floor of the American Adventure Pavilion within the Epcot World Showcase, offers an inviting space to relax, enjoy complimentary beverages, electronic charging stations, and other amenities exclusively for Chase customers. The lounge will be open daily during the Festival from 11 a.m. to park close.

“We greatly value our 10-year relationship with Disney, which is why we’re thrilled to be the presenting sponsor of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival again this year,” said Robert Belan, general manager, Chase. “The festival is one of the most renowned events at Walt Disney World and attracts Chase customers from across the country and visitors from around the globe. The lounge for cardholders is ideally located within the heart of the festival and gives us the ability to create a truly unique and special experience for all Chase cardholders attending the event.”Read More »Chase Invites Disney Card Holders to Experience Unique EPCOT Lounge

2013 EPCOT Food & Wine Festival Dates

The website for EPCOT’s International Food and Wine Festival has been updated to include dates for 2013. Pencil in September 27 – November 10 (with the understanding that everything is subject to change, of course) for your glorious dining enjoyment.

Expect the usual festival features to return. I’ll be happy if they bring back the Ghiradelli Chocolate exhibit for a second year. I was really impressed with the chocolate sculptures prepared by each hotel’s dessert chef and team. Check them out below the jump to whet your appetite for September 27th.

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