Food & Wine ’17 Menu Updates! Italy and The Almond Orchard Mix It Up!

You know, my friends, sometimes Disney can’t resist throwing “curveballs” at us foodie fans.  I’ve seen them do it in past years.  2017 is no different.

What am I talking about?  Well, I haven’t made all that big a fuss about it for prior festivals, but they do tweak their Food & Wine menus on occasion.

So, while we’ve been laboring away – even voting one of Italy’s entrees into Round 2 of our menu selection – Epcot has removed two of their entrees and added three others!

How so, you ask?  Let’s start with Italy.  Their menu originally included Braised T-Bone Lamb Chops and Penne with Vodka Sauce and Shrimp.  We voted the lamb further forward in our “competition”!

If you missed yesterday’s voting, please click here to go back and make your selections!  Your vote counts!

Well, forget thatfolks.  Both items have been removed from the menu on Disney’s web site to be replaced by Beef Stew with Parmesan Creamy Polenta.

Very similar in description to a very good item that Italy served in 2016 – Tuscan-style Stew with Crispy Polenta – it might be a worthy replacement.  Having said that, if you were looking forward to lamb chops, visit Australia.

2016’s Tuscan-style Stew with Crispy Polenta

When Food & Wine’s menus originally dropped, one of World Showcase’s new marketplaces – The Almond Orchard Hosted by Blue Diamond Almond Breeze – simply presented a solitary dessert.

Originally laid out as a Banana Almond Sundae layered with fresh berries and topped with dark chocolate and blueberry almonds, it is now presented as a Banana Almond Soft-serve Sundae with fresh berries and crunchy chocolate oats.  A bit of a tweak, I’d say.

Further, and better yet, however, the booth has added two entree-like items!  The first is quite intriguing – Cauliflower Risotto with Pulled Chicken, Artichokes, Spinach and Parmesan Cheese and Aged Balsamic.  I am a risotto fan, after all.

The second is a bit more mundane – Fire-roasted Tomato Hummus topped with Blue Diamond Salt & Vinegar Almonds and served with Blue Diamond Nut Thins.

What’s that mean for us, then?  Well, Italy’s lamb has been removed from our “menu” of 2nd Round poll items.  That country’s beef stew, as well as the aforementioned risotto and hummus, will show up this coming weekend when Part III of 1st Round voting returns!

See ya’ tomorrow, everyone!  Until then, bon appetit!

Keep Eating Food & Wine ’17! YOUR Votes Count!

Great job, folks!  Five more dishes have passed your “selection test”!  Friday’s voting is closed, and your “palates” are clearly very anxious to enjoy …

  • Crispy Chicken with Griddled Cornbread – Farm Fresh
  • Belgian Waffle with Berry Compote – Belgium
  • Beef Empanada – Patagonia
  • Warm Indian Bread with Dips – India
  • Seared Shrimp and Scallop Cake – Thailand

Of course, our job isn’t done.  Not by a long shot, even!  If you haven’t chosen your favorite items from yesterday’s poll, it’s not too late!  Please VOTE at this link …

The Feast Continues! Select Your Entrees, Folks!

So.  That brings us to today.  Like the past two days, I present a batch of Epcot’s delicacies below!  Food & Wine is offering up a proverbial “ton” of masterpieces, my friends.  What do you want to eat?

Epcot’s Loaded Mac ‘n’ Cheese with Nueske’s® Pepper Bacon

Select as many as five (5) items from this list!  The Top 5 dishes will move forward in the “competition”!  Go ahead, folks!  VOTE!

The Feast Continues! Select Your Entrees, Folks!

Welcome back, my food-loving friends!  Did you vote yesterday?  No?  Then, please stop back to pick your favorites from among those tasty entrees!  VOTE at …

Welcome Back … to Food & Wine “Frenzy”!  VOTE!

There!  Are you done with that?  Then, here’s another batch of Epcot’s delicacies – our 2nd group of the weekend!

Hawaii’s “award winning” Pork Slider

Like yesterday, your job will be to select as many as five (5) delicious items from the list below.  The Top 5 dishes will move forward into Round 2.  Go ahead, folks.  VOTE!

Welcome Back … to Food & Wine “Frenzy”! VOTE!

Hello!  Welcome back to All in WDW, my friends!  Welcome back to Food & Wine “Fun & Games”!

Before we proceed, let’s review last weekend’s “action”.  What 15 items did you vote forward in this “competition”?  Here, they are!

  • “Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon – Canada
  • Zesty Cheeseburger and Cheddar Cheese Macaroni Handwich – Craft Beers
  • Baked Shrimp Scampi Dip with Sourdough Baguette – Coastal Eats – NEW!
  • Mojo Pork with Black Beans, Cilantro Rice, and Pickled Red Onions – Islands of the Caribbean
  • Grilled Sweet and Spicy Bush Berry Shrimp – Australia
  • Smoked Beef Brisket and Pimento Cheese – Hops & Barley
  • Grilled Beef Skewer – Patagonia
  • Braised T-Bone Lamb Chops and Potatoes – Italy
  • Marinated Chicken with Peanut Sauce – Thailand
  • Chilled Scotch Egg wrapped in Sausage – Craft Beers
  • Cabernet Sauvignon Braised Beef – France
  • Beer-braised Beef with Smoked Gouda Mashed Potatoes – Belgium
  • Seared Scallops – Coastal Eats – NEW!
  • Roasted Pork Wings with Korean BBQ Sauce – Flavors from Fire – NEW!
  • Crispy Pork Belly – Brazil

Hops & Barley’s Smoked Beef Brisket

A great “menu”, so far, that’s for sure!  Which of these dishes have made my personal “target list”, you might ask?  Well, let’s just say I’ll be sampling some brisket, a beef skewer, lamb chops, a Scotch egg, and some scallops!

So.  Are you ready to get back to work, folks?  Same drill as last week, of course.  Please select as many as five (5) items from the list below.  The Top 5 dishes will move forward in the “competition”!  Go ahead, folks!  VOTE!

WDW Main Street – Episode #380 – Menu Updates From Around Walt Disney World!

Good morning, Disney-verse!  Food, food, food all the time, eh?  I know.  That’s what you expect nowadays at All in WDW.  Especially with Food & Wine around the corner!

Alert!  More Food & Wine voting coming tomorrow!

Anyway, not everything is about Epcot’s autumn “bash”, now, is it?  For example, what about Disney’s plethora of wonderful dining venues?

Join Dennis, John, and Doug at the Main Street Pub as they cover the WDW restaurants that have recently updated their menus.  What whets their appetites?  Check it out at …

WDW Main Street – Episode #380 – Menu Updates From Around Walt Disney World!