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    Post DCA - Food and Wine Weekends Information

    We have been getting a lot of inquiries about the wonderful Food and Wine event at Disney's California Adventure. As a result, we'll be leaving this information up as a Disneyland Resort Forum Sticky until the events are over. If you have visited the event and have recommendations on things to do and not to miss events, food, beverages, etc. We'd like to hear from you below:


    DISNEYLAND RESORT SETS A SUMPTUOUS TABLE WITH CELEBRITY CHEFS, WINEMAKERS, TASTINGS AND SEMINARS APRIL 27 - MAY 20


    Dreams of ambrosial feasting and exquisite spirits will be fulfilled during the Year of a Million Dreams at Disneyland Resort when Disney’s California Food and Wine Weekends 2007 return, April 27 through May 20.

    The four extended weekends (Thursdays-Sundays) will present an abundant bill of fare for everyone from fine wine connoisseurs and skilled epicures to lovers of good food and neophytes wanting to experience and learn more about world-renowned flavors of California cuisine.

    The second annual Disney’s California Food and Wine Weekends at Disneyland Resort will feature culinary demonstrations, cooking and wine-tasting seminars and a “Taste of California” Marketplace in Disney’s California Adventure park. Each weekend will begin with a Thursday night “kickoff event,” a lineup of exclusive Celebrity Chef Dinners showcasing the likes of Donna Scala of Bistro Don Giovanni in Napa Valley (April 26), Robert Curry of Auberge du Soliel in Napa Valley (May 3), Chef Jamie Gwen of KABC radio and KTTV Ch 11 (May 10), and Guy Fieri of Food Network (May 17). Advance reservations are required, and the dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Napa Rose at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa.

    In recent years, with such fresh and audacious restaurants as Napa Rose, Yamabuki, Steakhouse 55, Catal and the Vineyard Room at the Golden Vine Winery, Disneyland Resort has been building its own reputation for fine dining in the parks, the Downtown Disney district, and the hotels. At the celebrated Napa Rose in Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel, the staff has been training in the sommelier’s art as a complement to Executive Chef Andrew Sutton’s succulent creations. Under the leadership of Napa Rose Manager and Sommelier Michael Jordan, some 250 members of the Disneyland Resort Food & Beverage team have been certified as Level One sommeliers, including 42 at the Napa Rose alone, the largest number at any restaurant in the world.

    In fact, the Friday night Winemaker Dinners - featuring a multi-course meal with knowledgeable and creative wine pairings - will be among the highlights of Disney’s California Food and Wine Weekends. Each dinner will be hosted by a renowned winemaker including Jonathan Emmerich (Silverado Vineyards, April 27), Jeffrey Stambor (Beaulieu Vineyard, May 4), Alison Doran (Levendi Estates, May 11), and Dave Miner (Miner Family Vineyards, May 18).The location for the 6:00 p.m. reservation-only dinners will be Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland Hotel.

    Each weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday), a variety of complementary demonstrations and seminars will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis inside Disney’s California Adventure park. They will include:

    · Culinary DemonstrationsComplimentary30-minutecooking demonstrations on topics such as classic dishes or specific spices will be presented by Disneyland Resort chefs each day at the Upper Terrace of the Golden Vine Winery.
    · Wine, Beer and Spirits Seminars - Noted winemakers, brew masters and Disneyland Resort sommeliers will offer educational tasting seminars on the Lower Terrace of the Golden Vine Winery or at the Pacific Wharf Stage.
    · “Taste of California” Marketplace at the Lucky Fortune Cookery in the Pacific Wharf district will offer a delectable array of tapas-sized gourmet food for purchase.

    A highlight of each Saturday, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., is the reservation-only Napa Rose Cooking School featuring Executive Chef Andrew Sutton of Disney’s award-winning Napa Rose restaurant. Sutton will lead a hands-on cooking and learning experience for a small group of participants who will create a themed meal with expertly paired wines. The class is held in the show kitchen of the elegant Napa Rose at Disney's Grand California Hotel and Spa.

    More information about the Disney’s California Food and Wine Weekends 2007 (Dates and times of specific events, prices, etc.) can be found at www.DisneysCaliforniaFoodAndWineWeekends.com. Information about new attractions, the “Year of a Million Dreams,” and vacations at Disneyland Resort is available at www.disneyland.com, (866) 60-DISNEY or by visiting local travel agents.
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    Re: DCA - Food and Wine Weekends Information

    A word of advice on the free wine seminars. They start giving out the tickets and wristbands about 40 minutes before the event is due to start. Try and get there around then. It is popular, and people we spoke to Sunday had arrived one half hour early and were too late for tickets.
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    Re: DCA - Food and Wine Weekends Information

    And the "Taste of California" Marketplace is only open so late. Of course, I didn't check and see what time it was, but it seemed pretty early when the CM said they were already closed for the day
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    The brochure says the marketplace (i.e., food offerings) closes at 7pm.

    The quesadilla was terrific, as was the cheddar soup. The soup seemed like a bigger serving this year. Same roll-sized bread boules, but more of the bread seemed to have been scooped out, so there was more room for soup. I really hope they add both items to a menu somewhere.

    The beef and chicken skewers were ok, but I think I liked it better last year. The artichoke was quite tasty. I didn't think the fish was as good as last year either. And as I expected, the couscous didn't do anything for me. The husband finished most of it by himself. I had the two big pieces of lettuce at the bottom.

    I found the cheese plate to be disappointing. Didn't care for two of the cheeses they had, and I didn't care for the drizzle of honey.

    The two desserts were quite tasty.

    I was disappointed that there wasn't any wine that I was interested in this year.


    There's also different/less merchandise than last year. They have a nice cheese board with implements, but it was more than I wanted to pay for. They also have a pin this year, but no t-shirt or embroidered apron like they had last year.

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    Re: DCA - Food and Wine Weekends Information

    Folks, the wine reception was AMAZING. They do these on Saturday nights on the terrace to the side of the Trattoria. Huge selection of wines, great hors devours, beautiful ambiance, and a great view of the Main Street California Electrical Parade to cap off the evening.

    Also, many of us are going to a special pass holder only event this coming Saturday called "Taste". Join us, won't you? Tickets are going fast, so book online today:

    www.DisneysCaliforniaFoodAndWineWeekends.com

    Here are some photos from the events we attended yesterday:












    The DCA Food and Wine Festival is a rare treat. We hope to see you all at these wonderful events and look forward to watching this event grow in the future!

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    Re: DCA - Food and Wine Weekends Information

    If you get an opportunity to make any of the winemakers dinner, DO IT.
    We did the BV Winemakers dinner this past friday and it was fantastic! Absolutely fantastic. The wines were superb, the food amazing. I brought home the menu, when I finally unpack I'll post it
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    Re: DCA - Food and Wine Weekends Information

    Thank you for the tip Dmom! I'm looking into this right now. Will you be back down next weekend for Taste?
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    Re: DCA - Food and Wine Weekends Information

    The wine reception was fantastic. What a great evening with friends. That, you know, plus the wine.
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    Re: DCA - Food and Wine Weekends Information

    Has anyone else been given the on line survey card for the Festival? Its the first time Disney has offered to pay me ($10) to complete a survey about an event.
    Loved the food, by the way......

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    Quote Originally Posted by ceecee D View Post
    Has anyone else been given the on line survey card for the Festival? Its the first time Disney has offered to pay me ($10) to complete a survey about an event.
    Loved the food, by the way......
    Yep. A manager-type CM was walking around the tables and giving them out. I got one last year as well, but they were randomly giving them out at the cashier lines where you bought the food.

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    Re: DCA - Food and Wine Weekends Information

    Dusty, MrP and I will be attending Taste on Saturday!
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    Re: DCA - Food and Wine Weekends Information

    Quote Originally Posted by SusieP. View Post
    Dusty, MrP and I will be attending Taste on Saturday!
    Hooray, that's a whole lot of sexy.

    We are really looking forward to this event.
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    Re: DCA - Food and Wine Weekends Information

    Any highlights for this weekend that we shouldn't miss, aside from "Taste"?
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    Re: DCA - Food and Wine Weekends Information

    Quote Originally Posted by Dustysage View Post
    Thank you for the tip Dmom! I'm looking into this right now. Will you be back down next weekend for Taste?
    I wish We'll be up near Bear Valley for Mother's Day.

    Here's the menu from the dinner I attended

    Beaulieu Vineyards
    First Course
    Dungeness Crab and vine ripened tomato salad-absolutely delicious!
    B.V. Reserve Chardonnay, Carneros Napa Valley 2004-not a chard fan

    Second Course
    Duck confit with morels and bloomsdale spinach encrusted puff pastry-so good! There was also a cherry sauce on the side that complimented the wine perfectly
    B.V. Reserve Pinot noir, Carneros Napa Valley 2004-this was my favorite and my daddy bought me a bottle

    Third Course
    Ribeye medallion seasoned with Steakhouse 55 signature rub, Dauphinois potato and ronde de nice squash-omg unbelieve! The potato dish, to die for
    B.V. Reserve Georges De Latour, Private Reserve, Napa Valley 2003-so amazing. My dad got a bottle of this one

    Fourth Course
    Poached pear with mascarpone ice cream-I was so full and I'm not a pear fan but I tried it and omg, foodgasm on a plate, absolutely delicious.
    B.V. fortified muscat- not normally a fan of muscat, too sweet for me, but it was tasty and went perfect with the dessert.

    The chef, Jason Martin, came out between each course and described, in detail the preperation with each one. He was personable, witty and a genious in the kitchen. This meal made me want to visit Steakhouse 55 much more often. I highly recommend the winemakers dinner!

    Sorry that there are no food pictures but
    1. It was too good to worry about taking pictures
    2. After about the 2nd course with all that wine the pictures would have been extremely out of focus!




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    Re: DCA - Food and Wine Weekends Information

    Anyone else going to the Wine Reception on Saturday night?
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