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!

Dining Recon: Storybook Dining at Artist Point!

Howdy, folks!  We have a special “meal” on tap for today.  It’s something relatively new in Walt Disney World – Storybook Dining at Artist Point!

I have to confess … character meals are not our thing.  Having said that, I was curious to see what Disney had done to Wilderness Lodge’s beloved former Signature restaurant.

Photo Credit: Disney Parks Blog

Fortunately, Jenna of Resort TV1 rode to the rescue with a recent video covering her evening with Snow White and pals.  Check that out below.

In the meantime, if you’re interested in learning more about this new experience, please refer back to this post on Disney Parks Blog.  Within, they provide a complete description – including over a dozen great pictures – as well as pricing!

Do you think it’s worth the price?  Leave us your thoughts, here, on this post, on Facebook, or on Twitter!

Episode 500(!!!) – Our Sunday News!

Yes, folks, it is a very big day in the WDW Main Street Pub!  It’s the show’s 500th anniversary!  That’s right … 500!

Before we jump into the episode, let’s all give a shout out to Doug Davis.  He’s been surrounded by a cast of characters over the years – myself included.  Having said that, he’s been on the mic week in and week out to deliver 500 exciting shows.  Great job, Doug!

So, what was on the Pub’s tap this week?  Well, there was quite a bit of reminiscing … that’s for sure!  Plus, we even had a few listeners call in to shower adoration and congratulations on the team!

Then, eventually, Doug, John, and I chatted about the Garden Rocks Concert Series at Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival as well as all of this week’s news from around Walt Disney World.  Catch the action at …

Episode 500(!!!) – Our Sunday News!

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