Food & Wine ’13 “Scouting Report”!

Hello!! I’m ba-a-a-ck!

No, I HAVE NOT fell off the face of the Earth! I HAVE, however, been on the road. Work won out and my “real job” was riding shotgun all this week. But, here I am!

First, let me digress. I owe you a trivia answer. Take the time machine back a few days and you’ll remember that Roger Rabbit was featured in a series of cartoon shorts following the popularity of the movie “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”. “The Gag Factory” was NOT one of those shorts.  Congrats to those of you who knew that.

But, back to the glorious topic at hand … I got a pleasant surprise while I was away. As a Tables in Wonderland card-holder, I get email offers to sign up for the many special events they host around The World. This week, THE offers of offers arrived – the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Sneak Preview “Taste Your Way Around The World” at the Odyssey Pavilion in Epcot!

Yes, I know. You’ve probably heard all about this already on one of the many web sites devoted to Disney food, but I wanted to start presenting my “special” angle. Call this ‘Part I’, if you will.

If you’ve followed me for long, you know that All in WDW started late last year with my detailed reports about Food & Wine 2012.  Click this link to read all about last year’s Top 25, but, this year, we’re going to go into the “festival of all festivals” much more prepared than ever. Stay tuned for more about that, but, in the meantime, let’s start with this …

What’s on the menu for 2013!

You heard me ‘call it’ a few weeks back on Kingdom Magic’s blog … “I’m convinced that salmon speaks loudly of Scottish cuisine, and it has to be part of this kiosk’s menu. I’m going to leave the culinary details to Chef [Jens] and his entourage, but I’m imagining some type of combination of grilled salmon and langoustine as this marketplace’s main course. Bring it on, Chef!”

Well, the langoustine is out, but, when it comes to Food & Wine’s newest marketplace, “Scottish Salmon with Cauliflower Puree, Watercress, and Malt Vinaigrette with Baby Root Vegetables” is IN! Way to go!!

Salmon and Puree

The “Taste Your Way Around The World” event is scheduled for Saturday July 27, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM. We’re aiming to get our tickets, but I’m sure it’s going to be a “free-for-all”. In the meantime, the “self high-fives” around here are out of control!  Scottish salmon, baby!!

Tomorrow?  How do the newly-announced items fit into All in WDW’s “much too preliminary” Pre-Festival Top 25?  I can’t wait to find out!

WDW “Rabbit” Trivia!

Uh, oh! Roger Rabbit isn’t done with us quite yet! So, puh-puh-puh-puhlease! Answer this question!

Roger Rabbit was featured in a series of cartoon shorts following the popularity of the movie “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”. These shorts were presented in front of various Disney/Touchstone features in an attempt to revive short subject animation as a part of the movie-going experience.

Which one of these WAS NOT one of those shorts?

Oh, by the way, did you get a chance to listen to Lou Mongello’s podcast?  Do you know “Who “Ended” Roger Rabbit?”  Well, let’s just say that, when push came to shove, Disney’s CEO Michael Eisner and …

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Who “Ended” Roger Rabbit?

June 21, 1988. A day that lives in rabbit “infamy”!  Quite simply, a few days ago, the most under-appreciated rabbit in animation history turned 25 years old. Well, as far as movie releases go, that is.

Like I explained in my Iron Man post a few weeks ago, one of my fondest memories of our son’s childhood was watching the Iron Man animated show every Saturday morning. Another of my favorite memories was us watching “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” together. “We” even had Roger’s game for the original Nintendo gaming system. We played that game until it wouldn’t work anymore! How could you not love Roger?

In fact, how does a rabbit who pulled in literally dozens of awards and award nominations fade into virtual invisibility? I mean, really! According to Wikipedia, “Roger” is the first (and so far, only) animated/live action film to win four Academy Awards and the first animated film to win multiple Academy Awards since Mary Poppins in 1964. Yet, Roger …

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