Grab a Taste of Epcot’s Holiday Celebration, Folks!

My friends, I’m very sad.  When it comes to Epcot’s 2017 Holiday Kitchens, I must, unfortunately, pass the food festival baton over to my podcast partner – John Peters.

All of my dreams of Mongolian beef, sauerbraten, and other savory delights have been dashed.  Regrettably, another “real life” obligation has trumped our December trip to Orlando.

Never fear, however.  John has us covered!  Mrs. All in WDW and I might not be there to try the delicacies in person, but we’ll be there in spirit!

In the meantime, if I had been able to grab a taste of Epcot’s holiday celebration, here was how I ranked my target list:

  1. Mongolian Beef Bao Bun – Shanghai Holiday Kitchen – China Pavilion
  2. Sauerbraten – Bavaria Holiday Kitchen – Germany Pavilion
  3. Seared Salmon with Crown Royal Whisky Glaze – Yukon Holiday Kitchen – Canada Pavilion
  4. Seared Pork Tenderloin – American Holiday Table – American Adventure Pavilion
  5. Traditional French Canadian Tourtiere – Yukon Holiday Kitchen – Canada Pavilion
  6. Slow-Roasted Turkey with Stuffing – American Holiday Table – American Adventure Pavilion
  7. Slow-roasted Pork Shoulder in a Corn Masa – Las Posadas Holiday Kitchen – Mexico Pavilion
  8. Roasted Pork with Smashed Yuca – Feast of the Three Kings
  9. Chinese Barbeque Pork Rice Bowl – Shanghai Holiday Kitchen – China Pavilion
  10. Pasta in a Creamy Parmesan Sauce with Pancetta – Tuscany Holiday Kitchen – Italy Pavilion

Alas, John will have to devour that menu for me, but guess what?  He’s already given it a start!  Can he make it through all ten dishes?  We’ll have to see.  Take it away, my friend!

By John Peters

Hello, food fans!  My wife and I stopped by Epcot after my Sunday shift at Animal Kingdom a week or so ago, and sampled some of their holiday best!  Great food, everyone!

First, we tried American Holiday Table’s Slow-Roasted Turkey with Stuffing.  It was very tasty!

Then, we dropped by Bavaria Holiday Kitchen for a serving of their Sauerbraten.  Also, outstanding!

Bob published my holiday report last year, and if you read it, you know that I said, “Big difference between this [festival] and Food & Wine.  The prices and serving sizes are both bigger.”  Take a look back at 2016’s pictures!

Well, the biggest difference from last year, folks, is the portion.  Where, last year, they were huge, this year, they are much more Food & Wine-like.

Better yet, the prices are size-appropriate!  For example, in 2016, the slow-roasted turkey cost $11.25!  The sauerbraten was $12!  The prices, now, are $5.25 and $6.00, respectively.

Great improvement, Epcot.  Much more enticing and much more affordable.  Good work!  If you’re in the neighborhood, everyone, stop by World Showcase.  Food & Wine is gone, but delicious cuisine is still flowing!

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?

Choose All in WDW’s Holiday Dessert Experience! [Poll]

Good morning, Disney-verse!  Welcome to Thursday!  Hey, the week is almost over!  Have you checked out our Holiday Kitchen dessert results?  No?  Well, your Top 5 choices were …

  • Warm Apple Fritter with Cinnamon Ice Cream and Warm Caramel Sauce
  • Chocolate Yule Log
  • Warm Caramel-Stuffed Salted Pretzel with Soft-Serve Ice Cream and Chocolate Sauce
  • Chocolate Pecan Tart with Whipped Cream and Caramel Sauce
  • Peppermint Ice Cream Sundae

Now.  The next question is – after all of the cakes, cookies, and ice cream you “devoured” while voting in that poll, do you have enough “sweet tooth” left to make one final choice?

You all know how Mrs. All in WDW and I “roll”.  We’re all about Epcot’s savory sensations.  Desserts?  They just don’t hit our priority list.  With that in mind, we have a challenge for you!

Even though it’s not our thing, we’d like to bring you at least one picture of one of these holiday Disney delights.  Which will it be?  That’s up to you!

VOTE for your favorite in the poll below.  Turn your Top 5 into our one indulgence!  Yes, folks, the “winner” will find its way onto our holiday menu!

Epcot’s Holiday Kitchens Take Over The Pub!

Hello, my friends!  Have you chosen your holiday desserts yet?  No?  Then, please go back to – Holiday Desserts? Epcot is Out of Control! It’s Time to VOTE, Folks! – and make your five (5) selections!

Hey!  This isn’t only “make believe”.  Ultimately, you are going to decide which one of these sugary sensations that Mrs. All in WDW and I will sample a few weeks from now!

In the meantime, Epcot’s Holiday Kitchens have taken over the Main Street Pub!  Oh, yes, they have!

2016’s Slow-Roasted Turkey with Stuffing!

But, first, Doug, John, and I discuss all of the latest news from around Walt Disney World.  From Disney’s Q4 earnings report to Stitch’s return, Doug’s got a rant going on … again!  Plus, shockingly, John’s beer glass is empty.  What?!

Then, finally, we get to the food.  That’s right!  We cover Epcot’s Holiday Kitchen menus in full detail!  What dishes are we looking forward to the most? What items are we going to pass by?  Catch it all at …

Episode 408 – Our Weekly News … Featuring Epcot’s Holiday Kitchens!

Holiday Desserts? Epcot is Out of Control! It’s Time to VOTE, Folks!

I’ll tell you one thing about 2017’s expanded Holiday Kitchen offerings … if you’re into sweets, you’re going to love, love, love what Epcot is bringing to the table!  Here’s a glimpse …

  • Chocolate Yule Log
  • Warm Apple Fritter with Cinnamon Ice Cream and Warm Caramel Sauce
  • Snowflake Sugar Cookie
  • Snickerdoodle Cookie: Sugar Cookie rolled in Cinnamon Sugar
  • Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookie
  • Gingersnap Cookie with Cream Cheese Icing and Cranberry Jam
  • Chocolate Cake with Apricot Jam and Dark Chocolate Glaze
  • Decorated Gingerbread Cookie
  • Holiday Tree Sugar Cookie
  • Chocolate Chunk Cookie
  • Pecan Maple Bark
  • Chocolate Pecan Tart with Whipped Cream and Caramel Sauce
  • Holiday Fruit Cake
  • Cinnamon and Coconut Cake
  • Apple Pie Sundae with Soft-Serve Ice Cream, Caramel Sauce, and Crunchy Streusel Topping
  • Peppermint Ice Cream Sundae
  • Mickey Santa Hat Cupcake
  • Cinnamon Apple Fritters
  • Warm Caramel-Stuffed Salted Pretzel with Soft-Serve Ice Cream and Chocolate Sauce
  • Chocolate Peppermint Glazed Croissant Donut

Wow!  Talk about the most sensational sugar shock … ever!  Where would you even start?  Of course, I’ve already seen the comments.  Things like, “I think I would stay in The Cookie Nook Holiday Kitchen all day.  Yum!”

You know me, though.  I’m all about Epcot’s savory culinary masterpieces.  Forget the cakes and pies.  Give me a Mongolian Beef Bao Bun or a serving of Sauerbraten any day!

But, let’s get back to the “desserts”, shall we?  Take a look at the “menu” above, my friends.

If I gave you a fistful of mythical “All in WDW bucks”, which five of these delights would you buy?  “Place your order” in the poll below!