Over the weekend, I stopped by Splitsville at Disney Springs for a quick lunch and to watch some football. I placed an order for an item I had very much enjoyed in the past: The Alberto. It’s one of the items from their sushi menu and is described as “no rice, just lean protein and veggies. Spicy tuna and avocado rolled in thinly sliced cucumber and served with lemon ponzu sauce.” This is what arrived. We’ll get to a comparison photo from the first time I had it momentarily.
Guests can learn the culinary secrets of Disney Chefs with the “Disney Family Culinary Adventure,” according to the Disney Parks Blog. Starting July 8th, guests 9 and older can visit the Contemporary Resort and spend time with Disney Chefs, cook, and enjoy a five-course dinner along with beer and wine (for those 21+, of course) in the kitchen.
The evening adventure starts at 5p.m. with an introduction to the catering kitchen. Capped at 30 guests, they are invited to put on aprons, hats, and gloves before being divided into five groups. Each station demonstrates a technique, ranging from making homemade butter to fresh pasta. Chef Frank Brough notes, “It’s a guided experience but they do everything from making cheese and butter to rolling out pasta and breaking down a whole beef tenderloin.”
New retail and dining experiences are making their way into Disney Springs! Of course, we’re excited for everything that’s in store for us, but first let’s take a look at the dining options that were just announced!
According to the Press Release (PDF), here’s what’s been announced:
Edison: Inspired by The Edison venue in Los Angeles, this lavish “Industrial Gothic” -style restaurant, bar and nighttime destination is themed to a 1920s-period power plant, recalling an exuberant era of invention and imagination. It will feature exceptionally good classic American food, craft cocktails and live entertainment including cabaret and music.
Sprinkles: The world’s first cupcake bakery, as named by Food Network and others, serves up handcrafted cupcakes, slow churned ice cream and homemade cookies. Their innovative Cupcake ATM satisfies sweet-toothed epicureans 24/7.
Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza: Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza is a modern day “pizza joint” known for its custom-built artisanal pizzas, freshly made salads, blood orange lemonade and s’more pies. The fast-casual restaurant features an interactive assembly-line format that allows guests to customize their pizza, choosing from over 40 fresh, artisanal toppings – all for one price. The generously sized, 11-inch pizzas are “fast-fired” in a blazing hot open-flame oven and ready to enjoy in just 180 seconds.
Vivoli Gelateria: Vivoli Gelateria serves expertly crafted gelato made with fresh, seasonal ingredients, panini sandwiches and espresso drinks.
Tea Traders Café by Joffrey’s: Tea Traders Café by Joffrey’s specializes in premium loose-leaf teas (hot, iced, blended) featuring customs blends, accessories and packaged teas from all over the globe; created to go or for a tea experience in the café.
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Tagged Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza, Edison, Sprinkles, Tea Traders Cafe by Joffrey's, Vivoli Gelateria
Have you been to the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic? Matt and I have attended the past two years (be sure to check out our 2014 and 2013 reviews!), and I have to say, if you’re a fan of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, this event is a must-do. Tickets and overnight packages are available now for the Classic, which will be hosted on October 30th and 31st.