Festival of the Arts Report: Grab Your “Palette”! It’s Time to Paint … er, Eat!

Today, we welcome Evan Chaisson back to All in WDW, my friends!  A fan of both the site and the WDW Main Street Podcast, he unleashes his culinary expertise on Epcot’s (seemingly) never-ending food festival.  What’s up this today, Evan?

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The Painter’s Palate is a “must do” booth for anyone visiting the International Festival of the Arts.  Well, anyone who likes creative food with great flavor, that is!

For example, their Smoked Salmon and Cream Gâteau with Egg Yolk Cream, Paddlefish Caviar, and Micro-herbs did not disappoint.  It was packed with flavor!

Another great item was their “Gallery Bites”.  A trio of hors d’oeuvres, it was bursting with deliciousness!  Check it out …

  • Chilled Shrimp with Cucumber Cream Cheese on a Crostino
  • Traditional Deviled Egg with Candied Bacon
  • Crispy Truffled Risotto Ball with Truffle Aïoli

All of the above were “must have” morsels.  Great stuff!  Finally, we couldn’t leave without trying Palate’s “Trio of Savory Croissant Doughnuts”.  Think ‘cronuts’ covered with …

  • Chicken Salad with Shaved Fennel and Fresh Herbs
  • Whipped Boursin® Garlic and Fine Herbs Cheese with Fresh Herbs
  • Spicy Tuna with Wasabi and Seaweed Salad

Wow!  Actually, you had me at cronut, Epcot.  More “must have” stuff from a “must do” booth.  Make this place your first stop, fans!

Festival of the Arts Report: Take a Taste of “Classique Cuisine”!

Howdy, folks!  I’d like to welcome All in WDW and WDW Main Street fan – Evan Chaisson – back to the site.  He has just returned from a great family vacation in The World and has some Festival of the Arts to share.  Take it away, Evan!

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Move over, foodies.  This might be the #1 dish at this year’s festival, and, if you know us, it’s not hard to believe.  Drum roll please …

Meet Cuisine Classique’s Red Wine-braised Beef Short Rib with Parsnip Purée, Broccolini, Baby Tomatoes and Aged Balsamic!  This dish melts in your mouth, friends.  No knife necessary!  And, the rest of the item is just as good!

Our next dish – also served by Classique – was their Seared Corvina with braised Ratatouille and Lemon-Thyme Beurre Blanc.  My honest opinion?  Save your money.  The fish lacked flavor and the ratatouille was so-so.

Of course, we HAD to try dessert!  Served at a number of spots around World Showcase, it was the Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookie!

If you like chocolate chip cookies – which most people should – you don’t want to miss this gem.  Almost the size of the plate, it comes with three fun dipping sauces … as well as a paintbrush with which you can decorate your cookie!

What?! A Sushi Donut? Take a Look at the Festival of the Arts!

When I scanned through Disney’s “artistic” festival menus a month or so back, I found myself wondering … what in ‘The World’ is a Sushi Donut?  Well, now, thanks to the great work by Disney Food Blog, I finally know.  Check out their …

Best of the Fest! What to Eat and Drink at the 2019 Epcot Festival of the Arts!

Epcot?  I’ll give you this much … you’re quite creative.  Served by Takumi Table – the Japan Pavilion – this dish is a donut-shaped Sushi featuring Salmon, Tuna, Shrimp, Avocado, and Masago.  It is accented with a Citrus-soy Gelée and has Wasabi on the side.

Find a fantastic picture of this ‘not-so-doughy’ delight in the article linked above, and, then, if you’d like to see all of the items that you can sample at 2019’s Epcot Festival of the Arts, check out DFB’s Food Studios Page!

If that’s not enough, please check out this video (see below) presented by The WDW Couple!  They taste a number of morsels including:

  • Trio of Savory Croissant Doughnuts
  • Seared Corvina with braised Ratatouille
  • Roasted Candied Beet Salad with Goat Cheese Fritters
  • Sweet & Sour Balsamic-glazed Pork Ribs

And, of course, the aforementioned Sushi Donut!

In the meantime, which five (5) dishes would you go out of your way to try?  Leave a comment, here, on this post, on Facebook, or on Twitter, and let us all know!

For me, I’d be craving a handful of plates.  In fact, if I had been able to attend the festival this year, these would have made my 5-item tasting menu!

Red Wine-braised Beef Short Rib – Cuisine Classique

Seared Corvina with braised Ratatouille – Cuisine Classique

Pan-Seared Scallop with Chorizo – The Artist’s Table

Taken on my sole visit to Festival of the Arts, here is 2017’s Pan-Seared Scallop!

Sopes de Chilorio: Slow-braised Pork marinated in Ancho Chili Paste served on Fried Corn Dough – El Arista Hambriento (The Hungry Artist) – Mexico Pavilion

Callo de Hacha en Salsa de Jengibre y Habanero: Two Seared Scallops with Ginger-habanero Sauce atop Yucca Purée – El Arista Hambriento (The Hungry Artist) – Mexico Pavilion

FULL Menus Are Here Already! Welcome to the 2018 Epcot International Festival of the Arts, Folks!

In Disney’s own words … “Let Them Eat Art”!  That’s right, my friends.  On the heels of announcing tons of Holiday Kitchen goodies, Epcot has just released full menus for January’s Festival of the Arts!  Take a look!

The Deconstructed Dish

  • Atypical BLT with Crispy Pork Belly, Tomato Jam and Soft Poached Egg
  • Irregular Reuben with Shredded Corned Beef, Thousand Island Dressing, Pickled Red Cabbage and a Rye Curl
  • Deconstructed Strawberry Cheesecake: Whipped, New York Style Cheesecake with Fresh Florida Strawberries and Sugar Cookies with Micro-basil

2017’s Crispy Pork Belly and Soft Poached Egg!

Cuisine Classique

  • Red Wine Braised Short Rib with Parsnip Purée, Broccolini, Baby Tomatoes and Aged Balsamic
  • Seared Corvina with braised Ratatouille and Lemon-Thyme Beurre Blanc (GF)
  • Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookie
  • Saint-Honore Tart: Caramel Cream Tart with Caramel Glaze topped with Cream Puffs

The Artist’s Table

  • Roasted Pork Roulade with Butternut Squash Purée, Marble Potatoes and Baby Carrots with a Red Wine Sauce featuring Melissa’s Produce
  • Pan-Seared Scallop with Chorizo, Roasted Red Pepper Coulis and a Parmesan Crisp (GF)
  • Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookie

2017’s Scallop and Parmesan Crisp!

The Painter’s Palate

  • Trio of Savory Croissant Doughnuts:  Whipped Boursin Garlic and Fine Herbs Cheese with Fresh Herbs (V), Chicken Salad with Shaved Fennel and Fresh Herbs, Spicy Tuna with Wasabi and Seaweed Salad
  • Gallery Bites: A Trio of Hors d’Oeuvres – Chilled Shrimp with Cucumber Cream Cheese on a Crostini, Traditional Deviled Egg with Candied Bacon, Crispy Truffled Risotto Ball with Stone-ground Mustard
  • Pop’t Art: Abstract Designed Sugar Cookie with Strawberry Filling (V)
  • White Chocolate Figment Puzzle on an Artist Palette

Pop Eats!

  • Sous Vide Poulet Rouge Chicken Roulade with Apples and Sage served with Warm Brie Fondue, Blueberry and Beet Gel and garnished with Apple and Beet Chips
  • Shrimp Ceviche with Lime Mint Foam
  • Almond Frangipane Cake layered with Raspberry Jam and Chocolate (V)
  • Pop’t Art: Modern-design Sugar Cookie with Strawberry Filling (V)

Decadent Delights

  • White Chocolate and Purple Sweet Potato Mousse, Salted Caramel and Maple Meringue with Coconut
  • Crisp Caramel Chocolate Mousse Bar, Flavored Merengue Kisses and Passion Fruit Sauce
  • S’mores Tart: House-smoked Buttermilk Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Mousse, Toasted Marshmallow Meringue, Graham Cracker Dust and Malted Milk Chocolate Sauce
  • Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookie

The Masterpiece Kitchen

  • Charcuterie Palette with Artisan Cured Meats, Nueske’s Smoked Beef and Cheese
  • Smoked Salmon Tartare, Caviar, Crisp Lavash and Traditional Accompaniments
  • Wild Mushroom Risotto, Aged Parmesan, Truffle Shavings and Zinfandel Reduction (V)
  • Triple Chocolate Mousse, Chocolate Crunch, Dark Chocolate Sauce and Gold Leaf from our Master Pastry Chef

Takumi Table – Japan Pavilion

  • Chirashi Sushi and Haupia Pearl: Salmon, Tuna and Yuzu Miso with Coconut Tapioca Pudding
  • Taiyaki: Stuffed Japanese Pastry with Sesame Cream and Raspberry Sauce

El Arista Hambriento (The Hungry Artist)

  • Mixiote de Cordero: Wrapped Slow Braised Lamb marinated in Tres Chiles Paste and Spices
  • Tacos de Puerco: Two Corn Tortillas with Slow-roasted Pork Shoulder marinated in Ancho Paste, served with Sweet Plantain Purée and garnished with Pea Tendrils
  • Atole de Fresa and Mexican Concha Bread: Warm Strawberry Drink served with Mexican Concha Bread

Refreshment Outpost

  • Chilled Shrimp, Quinoa, Layered Vegetables, Spiced Yogurt and Red Pepper Coulis

2017’s Chilled Shrimp and Quinoa!

Refreshment Port

  • Croissant Doughnut filled with Pastry Cream and topped with Colored Pearls

The Painted Panda – China

  • Coconut Panda Rice Cake
  • Crispy Fried Shrimp in a Wonton Chip Lotus Flower
  • Crystal Mooncake with Fruit Filling, garnished with Toasted Coconut

L’Art du Cuisine Francaise – France

  • Rillettes du Mans, Cornichons, Carré du Boulanger: House-made Pork Rillettes, Cornichons and House-made Bread
  • Saumon en Croute Façon Paul Bocuse: Salmon in a Puff Pastry Crust, Paul Bocuse-style, with Spinach and Beurre Blanc Sauce
  • Le Coucher de Soleil: Sunset Mango and Raspberry Cake

Mosaic Canteen – Morocco

  • Hummus Trifle: Layered Hummus topped with Spiced Beef, Pine Nuts and Dry Cherries, served with Pita Chips
  • Mediterranean Flat Bread with Zaatar, Olive Oil Artichoke, Olives, Mozzarella and Feta Cheese
  • Chebbakia: Hand-twisted Strips of Fried Dough coated with Honey, Rosewater and Sesame Seeds

L’Arte di Mangiare – Italy

  • Involtini di Salmone al Basilico, Piso Venere, Salsa Romesco: Basil-scented Salmon Roulade, Purple Rice and Romesco Sauce
  • Sformato di Melanzane e Pomodori, Mozzarella Fior di Latte: Tomato and Eggplant Terrine, Fior di Latte Mozzarella
  • Crema Fitta, Pesche e Rucola Pesto, Ciliege di Amarasca: Cream Fritters, Peach and Arugula Pesto and Amarena Cherries

Will the food festivals ever end?  I hope not!  These art festival-exclusive “food studios” will be open daily from January 12th to February 19th (2018, of course).  We can’t wait!  Can you?

One Last Look at “Food & Art”! [Photo Explosion]

Morning, folks!  Welcome to the weekend!  In fact, it’s the 2nd weekend of “Food & Art”!

You know, I mentioned Food & Wine ’17 yesterday (less than 160 days away!), and it reminded me that I still owe you one last look at “Food” & Art!

And, works of art, it all was!  For those of you that didn’t catch my “live” reports, Epcot “nailed it” when it came to cuisine.

Officially dubbed as Epcot’s inaugural Festival of the Arts, Mrs. All in WDW and I got a chance to attend the kick-off a week ago yesterday.

What did we have in mind?  Well, we were there to dine!  In order of what we thought we’d like, here was our “hit list” – our menu:

  1. Braised Short Rib – Cuisine Classique
  2. Pan-Seared Scallop with Chorizo – The Artist’s Table
  3. BLT with Crispy Pork Belly – E = AT^2
  4. Choriqueso (chorizo topped with cheese) Taco – El Arista Hambriento (The Hungry Artist)
  5. Classic Reuben with Shredded Corned Beef – E = AT^2
  6. Flank Steak Guarache (fried dough with toppings) – El Arista Hambriento (The Hungry Artist)
  7. Roasted Pork Roulade – The Artist’s Table
  8. Seared Red Snapper – Cuisine Classique
  9. Wild Mushroom Risotto – The Masterpiece Kitchen
  10. Homemade Falafel – Tangierine Café

Great sounding “grub”, eh?  How was it?  Let’s see

1). Braised Short Rib – Cuisine Classique

The braised short rib delivered, as hoped.  Sure, I’m biased, but it was ‘fork tender’ and fantastic!

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The parsnip purée was a big bonus.  It was delicious and silky smooth.  Great dish, my friends.  Get it!

2). Roasted Pork Roulade – The Artist’s Table

A very intricately assembled creation – the Cast Member paid an incredible amount of attention to detail – this was a very generous serving of food.

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The pork tasted great.  The potatoes were perfect.  Only the carrots were a bit subpar.  Like the braised beef, this one is another “must do”.

3). Seared Red Snapper – Cuisine Classique

This particular Food Studio rocked it out, everyone.

A large portion, their fish was perfectly prepared.  Better yet, the item’s flavors melded into a delicious symphony.  In short, if you’re a seafood fan, you should try this dish!

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Also, this was one of only a few booths (ever!) where I intentionally asked to talk to the chef.  I complimented their cuisine, of course.  Thumbs up!

4). Flank Steak Guarache (fried dough with toppings) – El Arista Hambriento (The Hungry Artist)

Looking at it, you wouldn’t think that this dish was all that impressive.  Yet, the steak was perfect.  In fact, like Classique’s fish, the ingredients combined in an orchestra of outstanding flavors.

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El Artista

Honestly, this dish reminded me a lot of a steak taco salad.  I can’t rave enough about the “fried dough shell”.

5). Pan-Seared Scallop with Chorizo – The Artist’s Table

When all was said and done, I sampled this morsel twice.  The first time around, it was served ice cold.

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That was quite disappointing because I could tell, otherwise, that the scallop was cooked perfectly.  Fortunately, as I expected, the second helping was perfect!

6). BLT with Crispy Pork Belly – E = AT^2

The E = AT^2 Food Studio specialized in, what I can only describe as, deconstructed food.  Their pork belly was quite good!  Better than Food & Wine’s, I’ll tell you that.

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The pork was very tender … not too fatty at all.  Its saltiness melded well with the sous-vide egg.

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7). Classic Reuben with Shredded Corned Beef – E = AT^2

Tender, shredded corned beef.  Delicious Thousand Island taste.

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The so-called “Rye Curl” was quite intriguing.  It reminded me of a rye toast “onion” ring.  It may be #7 on my list, but it’s still worth trying!

8). Choriqueso (chorizo topped with cheese) Taco – El Arista Hambriento (The Hungry Artist)

More cheese than chorizo, I’d say.  Also, as I’ve said before, I’m not a big fan of warm corn tortillas.

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I’d label this one as “worth a try” but not a “must do”.  Much bigger portion (two tacos) than Food & Wine (one taco).  That’s a big plus!

9). Chilled Shrimp with Quinoa – Refreshment Cool Post

I hadn’t planned on trying this, but I’m glad I did.  The shrimp was very fresh.  The red pepper coulis delivered a nicely spicy experience.  Good dish.

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10). Wild Mushroom Risotto – The Masterpiece Kitchen

At $9, I felt it was a bit overpriced. Don’t get me wrong. Great risotto. For me, it just had too many mushrooms.

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So, when it comes down to food recommendations, here’s my Final list, fans.  If you’re lucky enough to attend this inaugural “party”, you’re not going to try everything, I’d bet.

Therefore, in order, I’d suggest you sample …

  1. Braised Short Rib – Cuisine Classique
  2. Roasted Pork Roulade – The Artist’s Table
  3. Seared Red Snapper – Cuisine Classique
  4. Flank Steak Guarache (fried dough with toppings) – El Arista Hambriento (The Hungry Artist)
  5. Pan-Seared Scallop with Chorizo – The Artist’s Table
  6. BLT with Crispy Pork Belly – E = AT^2
  7. Classic Reuben with Shredded Corned Beef – E = AT^2
  8. Choriqueso (chorizo topped with cheese) Taco – El Arista Hambriento (The Hungry Artist)
  9. Chilled Shrimp with Quinoa – Refreshment Cool Post
  10. Wild Mushroom Risotto – The Masterpiece Kitchen

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