We’re Finally Here! Last Day of Round #1 Voting! Eat Up, Folks!

We’ve made it, my friends!  Upon completing your journey through the group below, you will have successfully carved over 80 Epcot dishes down to a 2nd Round menu of 45 items.  I commend you for your tenacity and support!  Great work!

Before we get down to it, if you missed yesterday’s collection of dishes, please stop back to cast your ballot.  You can find that poll at …

It’s a Sensational Saturday to Savor Food & Wine! VOTE!

Anyway, without further delay, let me present our final group of “masterpieces” of cuisine.  Select as many as five (5) items from the list below, everyone.  The Top 5 dishes from today’s voting will move forward in the “competition”!

It’s a Sensational Saturday to Savor Food & Wine! VOTE!

Happy weekend, my friends!  You know, when I think about the fact that in less than four short weeks, we’ll be in World Showcase sampling Epcot’s savory delights, I’m overcome with excitement.

I mean, there’ll be lamb meatballs, pork sliders, brisket, salmon, scallops, and much, much more!  Personally, I cannot wait!  This truly is the biggest Disney-related time of the year for the All in WDW clan.

Enough about us, however.  Let’s get back to you and your menu.  Like yesterday, please select as many as five (5) items from the list below!  The Top 5 vote-getters will move forward into Round #2!

Oh, and as for yesterday, if you missed that poll, please stop back and make your selections!  Your votes count!  Find it at …

Sharpen Your Knives! Pick Up Your Forks! It’s time to VOTE!

Now!  On to today!  We’re nearing the 1st Round’s conclusion, folks.  Keep up the great work and VOTE!

Sharpen Your Knives! Pick Up Your Forks! It’s time to VOTE!

Howdy, folks!  Welcome back to another Friday “feast”!  Like the title says, sharpen your knives, and pick up your forks.  It’s time to eat!

Before we dine, however, have you caught our latest weekly news show?  No?  Well, these very same Food & Wine polls got quite a bit of air time this past Sunday.  Listen to all of our banter at …

Episode #381 – Our Weekly News!

Now, after completing two successive weekends of voting, you already know the task we have at hand.  Select as many as five (5) items from the list below!

The Wine & Dine Studio’s Seared Scallop

The Top 5 dishes from today’s voting will move forward in the “competition”.  They’ll join the 30 items that have already gained entry into Round #2 (click this link to see THAT “menu” of terrific dishes!).

So, what are you waiting for, my friends?  Go ahead and VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!

Food & Wine VOTING Update! What Are We “Eating” Thus Far?

Every “game” needs to have a re-cap, don’t you think, my friends?  After all, you’re doing all of this work – voting for your favorite 2017 Food & Wine entrees.  Shouldn’t you see the results of your labors?

2016’s Piggy Wings: FRIED Pork Wings with Korean BBQ Sauce and Sesame Seeds. Will 2017’s ROASTED Pork Wings be as good?

Short and sweet, here it is – 30 entrees have been granted entry into Round #2 of voting.  Later this week, we’ll add 15 additional items to the list!  What are the delicacies that we’ve kept in the “competition”?  Behold!

From Week #1 – 

  • “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
  • Tequila Chipotle Shrimp on a Black Bean Huarache – Mexico *
  • 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

* Replaces Italy’s Braised T-Bone Lamb Chops.

From Week #2 –

  • 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
  • Kalua Pork Slider – Hawai’i
  • Berbere-style Beef Tenderloin Tips – Africa
  • Smoked Corned Beef – Flavors from Fire – NEW!
  • Korma Chicken with Warm Naan Bread – India
  • Artist Palette of Cheese and Wine – The Wine & Dine Studio
  • Loaded Mac ‘n’ Cheese with Nueske’s® Pepper Bacon – Active Eats – NEW!
  • Rib Eye Taco – Mexico
  • Belgian Waffle with Warm Chocolate Ganache – Belgium
  • Pasta Gratin with Ham and Cheese – Germany
  • Brazilian Cheese Bread – Brazil

Remember, folks.  Stay tuned.  VOTING returns this Friday!  Epcot’s remaining dishes will vie for our favor – our last 15 spots in the 2nd Round.  Which ones will compete to make our collective “menu”?  Keep participating to find out!

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!