Raglan Road Hosts 5th Annual Great Irish Hooley

Great Irish Hooley Raglan Road Disney Springs 2016

Great Irish Hooley Celebrates 5th Anniversary Labor Day Weekend at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant in Disney Springs

NEW: ‘Rhythms of Raglan’ show, plus top Irish Bands, Dance, Food and Craft Beers 

The Great Irish Hooley is returning to Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant at Disney Springs for the 5th year with new live music and dance entertainment, fresh menu creations and plenty of craft beer and cocktail options are on tap Labor Day weekend September 2-5, 2016.

Great Irish Hooley Raglan Road Disney Springs 2016

Celebrating Irish song, dance, food and drink over the long Labor Day weekend, the Great Irish Hooley is Central Florida’s only boutique Irish festival with performances beginning at noon Friday and continuing each day and night through late Monday.

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The highlight of this year’s Hooley is the brand-new Rhythms of Ragland which is a 90-minute live show of music and dance that was produced in Ireland, exported to Raglan Road and directed by David Hayes (Riverdance, “The Voice” Ireland edition) with guest choreographers including Michael Donellan (Lord of the Dance). You can catch a debut of this new show at 4 pm on September 2nd, and at 1 pm and 4 pm September 3rd, 4th, and 5th.

A traditional Irish social celebration, the “Hooley” combines music ranging from traditional to rock tunes with entertainment and fun for the whole family (no cover charge). And this year the music will feature headliner Screaming Orphans and other bands popular on the festival circuit.

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Screaming Orphans / Photo: Raglan Road
  • Screaming Orphans – Four talented sisters from Bundoran in County Donegal, Ireland, combine original pop/rock music with the Ceili (kay-lee) traditional music of their family roots. Their dynamic show has taken the festival circuit by storm.
  • Jake Richardson – Jake is a singer-songwriter and musician from Dublin whose passion for music inspires audiences as he entertains with unique vocals and catchy songs.
  • Flat Out – Flat Out is an award winning four-piece band from the West of Ireland that plays an exciting mix of folk, traditional, pop and New World music. Band members are all multi-instrumentalists combining Irish harp, guitar, fiddle, tin whistle, flute, button accordion, bodhran. They play fresh original music along with funky cover music and have been playing and travelling the world since 2013.
  • Marianne Fraser Band – Marianne is one of the most sought after guitarists and songwriters on the Irish music scene who is ably supported by Danny Hunter on fiddle and Ali Levack on whistles and pipes. The band performs a high-energy mix of traditional and modern tunes along with Marianne’s own compositions.
  • Swingin’ On the Gate – This four-piece band of multi-instrumentalists with roots in legendary Lisdoonvarna in Co. Clare have serious crossover credentials and musical pedigree including traditional and classical training. They are multiple medal winners at Fleadhs music competitions and have toured in Italy, Switzerland and the United States.
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The Raglan Roots Coalition / Photo: Raglan Road
  • The Raglan Roots Coalition – 10 years down the road, Raglan felt it was time to shake its boogie – Roots style, with this new Irish house band.  Think soul-rocking Celtic bluegrass with some hip-swingin’, knee-shakin’ funky roots beats.
  • The High Road – These young, traditional Irish musicians met in University in Ireland.  A predominately Irish traditional group, they also play British folk, blues and soul, and their combined talents provide for a vibrant, exciting live show of music and song.
  • Cooney & Ryan – One of the finest traditional Irish music duos around, these accomplished, energetic musicians often invite the crowd to sing along.
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The Raglan Road Irish Dancers / Photo: Raglan Road
  • The Raglan Road Irish Dancers – Plucked from the cast and stages of the world’s greatest Irish dance shows, the Raglan Road Dancers perform throughout the long Hooley weekend.  You can even learn some traditional Irish dance steps – no experience necessary!
  • The Flyin’ Marys – A young, hip all-girl band that mixes it up with raucous tunes, beautiful ballads and strong vocals.

The Hooley is a perfect way for families to spend time together this holiday weekend! There will be Celtic face-painting Saturday through Monday.

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With contemporary Irish cuisine by celebrity chef Kevin Dundon, Irish craft beers, hand-crafted cocktails and day-into-night entertainment, the Great Irish Hooley promises a high-voltage music festival for all who drop by or reserve a table.

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New Experiences At The 2016 Food & Wine Classic

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New experiences announced for Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic

All-new brunch offering and two new seminars to join seventh annual event

 

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic will introduce a Sunday Champagne Brunch at Il Mulino New York Trattoria along with two new beverage seminars,Craft Cocktails and More than Malbec, when it returns for its seventh year Friday, October 28, and Saturday, October 29.

Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic

Guests can extend their Food & Wine Classic experience one more day at the first ever Sunday Champagne Brunch on October 30, featuring a lavish menu of traditional and unconventional dishes. The brunch, presented by J Vineyards and Winery, will include various cured meats and imported cheeses along with an array of sushi and trattoria-inspired entrees.

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The Sunday Champagne Brunch can be booked along with a 2-night stay or Saturday night stay festival package for $75 per person, which includes one glass of J Vineyards champagne or specialty mimosa. Available seatings are at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Along with the Sunday Champagne Brunch, event attendees can experience two new seminars that have been added to the selection of hands-on educational experiences taught by members of the hotel’s award-winning food and beverage team. The new spirits seminar, Craft Cocktails, educates guests on the origins of traditional cocktails and how to make them. More than Malbec introduces the world of popular Argentinian wines, with tastings and tips for pairing.

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Returning beverage seminars will be Wine Blending, Italian Wines, Base to Bubbles, Beer Please and TQU: Tequila University, while The Cheese Course, Pasta Making and Fine Art of Sushi and Sake return as pairing seminars.

Beverage seminar tickets are $50 per person, and pairing seminar tickets are $70 per person and require the purchase of the general outdoor causeway ticket.

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Fans can visit www.SwanDolphinFoodandWineClassic.com to view the 2016 food menu as well as book overnight packages and purchase tickets for the event, seminars and Sunday Champagne Brunch.

The Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic offers guests unlimited tastings at more than 40 stations featuring culinary selections from the hotel’s award-winning restaurants and wine from more than 30 wineries amidst a festive backdrop of live entertainment on the hotel’s scenic causeway. Upgraded ticket options allow guests to enjoy access to a beer garden featuring a wide selection of craft beers and Oktoberfest-inspired cuisine.

 

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Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe Hosts Kids Sushi Class

Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe Kids Sushi Making
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Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe hosts an interactive Sushi Making Class for kids on June 25th 

Kids will learn how to wrap and roll their way to spectacular sushi 

Wolfgang Puck Grand Café (1482 East Buena Vista Drive), located in Disney Springs, invites kids to embark on a journey through the Japanese art of sushi making with a kids cooking class. Kids can roll up their sleeves on Saturday, June 25 from 12 to 2 p.m. and learn this exquisite culinary craft.

This interactive and engaging cooking class offers a crash course into exploring the exciting and intricate world of sushi with hands on experience. Class attendees will partake in various class projects learning how to make an array of sushi including hand rolls, nigari and maki rolls. Throughout the class, guests will learn how to properly prepare and season sushi rice, healthy eating habits, and basic cleanliness and food safety skills.

As an added activity, the culinary kiddos will also create refreshing and flavorful summertime drinks including Old Fashioned Chocolate Soda and a Grapey-Orange Cooler. The class is $35 per person, plus tax and gratuity.  Reservations can be made by calling 407.828.8996.

For additional information please visit www.wolfgangpuckcafeorlando.com.

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Nine Things To Order At Via Napoli

Via Napoli Epcot Italy Pavilion 2016 Menu

Via Napoli opened their doors at Epcot in the Italy Pavilion in 2010, and they just celebrated serving their millionth pizza with a luncheon with familiar favorites and highlights from their new menu featuring new salads, pizzas, pastas, and more.

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Chef Charlie Restivo heads up the culinary team at Via Napoli, and he let us in on the secret to the success of Via Napoli. And he attributes the popularity of the pizzas to the recipe and specifically the components they use to create the pizzas. According to Chef Charlie, it all starts with the dough, which is his signature recipe that he’s brought into each of the restaurant’s he’s opened for Patina. The water Chef Charlie uses as part of his dough at Via Napoli mirrors the same properties as the water found in Naples – a hard water – that when mixed with Caputo “00” flour provides the perfect texture, elasticity and chew. Topped with only the finest ingredients (including san marzano tomatoes, Fior Di Latte mozzarella and prosciutto di Parma) Via Napoli’s pizzas are regarded as some of the best in the country.

But Chef Charlie doesn’t only excel at making pizza, and his other signature dishes are another part of what makes Via Napoli one of the best Italian restaurants in Central Florida.

I really enjoyed everything we sampled at Via Napoli, and with so many new and old favorites I thought I would share some of my favorites.

Nine Things To Order At Via Napoli

1.Insalata di Ceci

Via Napoli Epcot Italy Pavilion 2016 Menu

Chickpea fritters, arugula, scamorza, cherry tomato, onion, avocado, bacon, mushroom $13

2. Limited Time Pasta Special

Via Napoli Epcot Italy Pavilion 2016 Menu

Truffled fettuccine carbonara with guanciale “Itlalian Bacon” egg noddles and pecorino cheese $26

3. Affumicata

Via Napoli Epcot Italy Pavilion 2016 Menu

White pizza: mozzarella, smoked salmon, arugula, pomodorini, stracchino $23 | $36 | $48

4. Broccolini

Via Napoli Epcot Italy Pavilion 2016 Menu

Fresh cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, porchetta, robiola, broccoli rabe $22 | $35 | $48

5.Tortino di Melanzane

Via Napoli Epcot Italy Pavilion 2016 Menu

Traditional preparation of eggplant with tomato sauce, parmesan & mozzarella, served with roasted potatoes $22

6. Meatballs 

Via Napoli Epcot Italy Pavilion 2016 Menu

hand-crafted veal meatballs & tomato sauce with mozzarella and fresh basil

7. Prosciutto e Melone Pizza

Via Napoli Epcot Italy Pavilion 2016 Menu

White pizza: fontina, mozzarella, prosciutto, cantaloupe, arugula $23 | $36 | $48

8. Tiramisu

Via Napoli Epcot Italy Pavilion 2016 Menu

Mascarpone cream, espresso coffee, lady fingers, chocolate $9

9. Classic Margherita Pizza

Via Napoli Epcot Italy Pavilion 2016 Menu

Tomato sauce, mozzarella, basil $18 | $29 | $39

Reservations for Via Napoli are recommended and can be made up to 180 days prior to your visit on the My Disney Experience App, online, or by calling (407) WDW-DINE (407-939-3463).

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STK Orlando Now Open At Disney Springs

STK Orlando

STK Orlando has opened at Disney Springs with a grand gala that showcased the restaurants menu, cocktails, and vibe. It was a blast!

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Here are some fun facts about STK Orlando:
  • The new location is the 11th STK worldwide,
  • It’s also the largest with more than 14,000 square feet,
  • The restaurant boasts several seating options including  rooftop dining with scenic views of Town Center at DisneySprings, two levels of both indoor and outdoor seating, a bistro, bar, private dining room, and a fire pit that is going to be AMAZING on chilly evenings,
  • STK Orlando has a sleek and contemporary design, and
  • STK is known for its high-energy fine dining experience and there is a DJ to keep the party going.
“We are thrilled to enter the Orlando market, especially at a premier destination like Walt Disney World,” said Jonathan Segal, CEO of The ONE Group. “Strategic relationships, as well as great real estate, will remain integral to our growth plans as we expand our company footprint, and with an additional nine STK restaurants currently in development, we are excited to bring the STK experience to new cities across the globe.”
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Photo: STK Orlando
At STK Orlando, menu items with a local focus will join signature dishes that have become STK favorites across the world. STK Orlando Executive Chef, James O’Donnell, says he plans to source ingredients from Florida-based farms whenever possible, especially seasonal fruits, produce and seafood.
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“Roughly twenty-percent of STK Orlando’s menu will be exclusive to the Disney Springs location, including opening-day items such as Florida grouper, seared tuna and chili rubbed rack of lamb,” said O’Donnell.
STK Orlando is open for both lunch,11:30 am to 3:30 pm daily, and dinner, 5 pm to 11 pm Sunday through Thursday and 5 pm to midnight Friday and Saturday, and for reservations call 407.917.7440.
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Morimoto Asia Street Food At Disney Springs

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Morimoto Asia Street Food Opens At Disney Springs

May 15th Morimoto Asia, the first pan-Asian dining experience created by Japanese Master Chef Masaharu Morimoto, opened Morimoto Asia Street Food offering delectable street food selections in a new to-go concept.

“Street food holds memories of my childhood. It reminds me of the local festivals and events of my hometown,” said Chef Morimoto.  “I am excited that our new street food will transport guests to Asia and the marvelous cuisines that inspired my menu creations.”

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The new extension of one of my favorite restaurants at Disney Springs has some great options from a cross-section of popular, good-value menu items reflecting the range of flavors from across the Asian continent.

The Morimoto Asia Street Food menu is broken down into sections, and here is a look at what I tried on my first visit!

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Snacks

Morimoto Asia Street Food Disney Springs The Landing

The Morimoto Baby Back Ribs ($10 – 3 ribs) are pork ribs with a hoisin sweet chili glaze served with a cilantro garnish that are addictive with just the right mix of sweet and spicy. These ribs are my favorite dish at Morimoto Asia, and I highly recommend giving them a try!

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The pork egg rolls ($8 – 2 pieces) are the best egg rolls I have ever had! What sets these egg rolls apart is how the seasoned to perfection pork plays against the crispy cabbage and vegetables.

Noodles

Morimoto Asia Street Food Disney Springs The Landing

The Chilled Sesame lo-mein noodles ($12) have a sesame peanut sauce mixed with Napa cabbage, cilantro, thai basil, and peppers that is the perfect choice for a light lunch entree or side dish perfect for sharing.

Bao Tacos

The Bao Tacos are ‘tacos’ made of steamed Asian bread buns are a food trend you will want to try!

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The kalbi bao ($10 – two bao tacos) is made with short ribs, kimchi, scallions, lettuce, and cucumber, and it was my favorite bao taco on the Morimoto Asia Street Food menu. The acid of the kimchi cuts through sweetness of the glaze on the short ribs and the cool crunch of the cumber cuts through the heat of the kimchi. It is a lovely combination of flavors.

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If you are looking for a more familiar flavor, you may want to try the chicken teriyaki bao ($8 – two bao tacos) that has a teriyaki glazed piece of chicken served with spicy mayo, cucumber, and lettuce.
Sushi

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The “Sushi(rito)” shrimp tempura roll ($8) has shrimp tempura, lettuce and cucumber rolled with nori and sesame sprinkled sticky rice to create a roll that is easy to eat on the go. The roll is roughly the equivalent of four traditional pieces of a sushi roll.

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This won’t be my last visit to Morimoto Asia Street Food, because I really enjoyed that the dishes were easy to share and a good value with a view of the beautiful spring of Town Center.

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Experiencing The Tutto Italia Summer Menu

Tutto Italia Summer Menu 2016

Experiencing the Tutto Italia Ristorante Summer Menu

This Summer Tutto Italia Ristorante, the gourmet Italian restaurant located in the Italy Pavilion at Epcot, is offering a three-course lunch menu that you won’t want to miss!

Chef Renzo Barcatta and his team have created this special three-course menu sourced from across Italy offering the best of each region available for a limited time from May 3 to August 31 that is a great way to experience Tutto Italia at a great price point.

I was invited to a sneak peek of the new lunch, and to say I was impressed is an understatement.

Tutto Italia Ristorante Epcot Italy Pavilion

Tutto Gusto can be a pricier option for lunch at Epcot, but for $27, plus tax, the Tutto Italia Three-Course Lunch includes a soft drink or ice tea, appetizer, generously sized main course, and dessert making for an exceptional value. You won’t walk away hungry from this lunch!

To start off our experience, we were able to try the Antipasto appetizer of sopressata (an Italian dried salami), finocchiona (a fennel infused salami from Southern Tuscany), pickled roasted peppers, and creamy ovolini mozzarella.

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I could eat this Antipasto every day! The creamy mozzarella paired with the acidity of the pickled roasted pepper was fantastic, and you can never go wrong with sopressata! This was my first time having finocchiona, but it won’t be my last!

As an appetizer I chose the Minestrone soup, which was full of spring vegetables, pancetta, pastina.

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And while soup on a hot day might seem like a crazy choice, the light soup is flavorful while being mild and refreshing. It was a great way to ease into my main course choice.

For a main course, I had the Scaloppine di Pollo which was delicious! The buttery and delicate chicken scaloppini was covered in a savory marsala sauce with a generous portion of cremini mushrooms.

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While the scaloppine was filling, it wasn’t very heavy making it a great choice for refueling before heading back into the park for the rest of the day.

Tutto Italia Summer Menu 2016

I’ve never met a dessert I didn’t like, but my favorite dessert was the cannolo. With a light and crispy shell and creamy filling, this cannolo is perfection!

Finding a wine to pair with your meal at Tutto Gusto can be an experience in an of itself.

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The wine selection at Tutto Gusto is extensive featuring both exclusive and hard-to-find Italian wines that can expertly paired with your selections thanks to the restaurant’s knowledgeable staff and Sommeliers.

If is your first visit or if you are returning to Tutto Italia Ristorante, the Summer Three-Course Lunch is a great reason to visit this gem known for their gorgeous décor, attentive service, and delicious cuisine.

Reservations are recommended for Tutto Italia Ristorante, and can be made up to 180 days prior to your visit to Walt Disney World.

Buon appetito!

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Morimoto Asia #ForbiddenLounge Introduces Exclusive Spring Beverages

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Morimoto Asia Introduces Exclusive Spring Beverages Available For A Limited Time

Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs is offering a trio of Specialty Spring Cocktails and an exclusive Sakura beer for a limited time.

Morimoto Asia Disney Springs Walt Disney World Spring 2016 Cocktails

The three specialty Spring cocktails, $14 each, offer a light accent to your meal or a refreshing way to end your day.

The Tokushima Negroni features Japanese citrus Shocu and an Antica formulated Vermouth that is garnished with an orange rind.

The Gingered Apple Cocktail is a mixture of Aviation Gin, lime, simple syrup, ginger beer, and muddled asian pear and apple.

While the Sparkling Spring cocktail is a sparkling wine combined with hibiscus simple syrup, yuzu lemon juice, and Domaine de Canton.

Morimoto Asia Disney Springs Walt Disney World Spring 2016 Cocktails

The Pan Asian restaurant is also celebrating Spring by featuring a Morimoto Sakura beer, $9 that is a cherry blossom kolsch exclusively brewed at Winter Garden-based Crooked Can Brewery and available for a limited time. The brewers at Crookedn Can used imported Sakura (cherry blossoms) to dry hop their award winning Kolsch to create this specialty brew.

Also new to the restaurant is an outdoor patio with games and comfortable seating to enjoy a lovely Spring night outside with your friends and family.

Morimoto Asia Disney Springs Walt Disney World Spring 2016 Cocktails

For reservations at Morimoto Asia call 407-939-6686 or book directly via Open Table.

Also, make sure you keep up with all the latest news and offers by following @MorimotoAsia on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram using the #ForbiddenLounge.

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Disney Springs News: Portabello Restaurant Hosts Cooking Class

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Disney Springs News:

Portabello Restaurant Hosts Cooking Class With James Beard Award Winning Chef Tony Mantuano on April 9, 2016

Italian countryside restaurant, Portobello Restaurant (1650 Buena Vista Dr.) in Disney Springs announces a Roman Spring cooking class with James Beard Award winning chef Tony Mantuano on Saturday, April 9, 2016 from 12 to 2 p.m.

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Chef Manutano takes guests on a culinary exploration throughout Italian fare, where they’ll learn how to prepare an authentic Spaghetti alla Carbonara and how to cook the classic dish of Veal Saltimbocca. The crash course in Italian cooking kicks off with an apertivo hour with passed wood-fired pizza with spring artichokes, and each course comes paired with Italian wines. The entire menu includes:

Aperitivo

Wood Fired Pizza with Spring Artichokes

Brut Cuvee Rosé, Bisol

 

Insalata

Puntarelle alla Romana

Frascati “Poggio Verde” Pallavicini

 

Pasta

Spaghetti alla Carbonara

Amarasco, Pricipe Pallavicini

 

Secondo

Veal Saltimbocca

Taurasi, Terredora

Dolce

Gelato alla Stracciatella

Digestivo

Amaro, Sibona

 

Tickets for the Roman Spring cooking class at Portobello Restaurant are $40.00 plus tax and gratuity and reservations can be made at 407.828.8996. For additional information please visit www.portobellorestaurant.com.

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About Portobello Restaurant

Located in the heart of Disney Springs at 1650 Buena Vista Drive in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, Portobello Country Italian Trattoria presents guests with a classic osteria experience celebrating the simple flavors of Italy. Crusty breads, sun-ripened tomatoes, imported Prosciutto di Parma, freshly caught fish, fruity olive oil, and pungent cheese set the stage for the warm, family-friendly atmosphere of the restaurant. Portobello is open for lunch daily from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and for dinner daily from 4:00 to 11:00 p.m. For more information visit www.portobellorestaurant.com or call 407.934.8888 and follow Portobello on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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Raglan Road Hosts 2016 Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival

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The Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival is underway at Raglan Road at Disney Springs, and if you haven’t stepped into the warm interior of aged walnut and mahogany woods from old Irish bars and churches was built in Ireland and shipped to Orlando this is the perfect time of year to do so!

With so many performances, signature events, and St. Patrick’s Day offerings, you won’t want to miss this celebration at Raglan Road!

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Things to Know On the Go:

The Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival 2016 at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant

March 11 – 17, 2016

Raglan Road Irish Pub & RestaurantDisney Springs at The Landing – Walt Disney World Resort

1640 E. Buena Vista Dr., Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

www.raglanroad.com or call 407/938-0300.

When To Go

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The Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival hours are 4 pm – 1:30 am with special hours on

  • March 14, 15 and 16: noon until 1:30 am
  • March 17: 11 am – 1:30 am

If you want to visit Raglan Road before the festivities begin you will find that Lunch is served 11 am-3 pm; Dinner 3-11 pm; Bar menu 11 pm-late; Saturday and Sunday Rollicking Raglan Brunch from 10 am-3 pm

Live Entertainment

The highlight of the Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival are the live music and dance performances on the Raglan Road Pub and Patio Stages.

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The Raglan Roots Coalition 

Raglan Road Disney Springs Mighty St Patricks Day Festival

10 years down the road, Raglan felt it was time to shake its boogie – Roots style, with this new Irish house band.  Think soul-rocking Celtic bluegrass with some hip-swingin’, knee-shakin’ funky roots beats, and you’re only halfway there.

JigJam 

Raglan Road Disney Springs Mighty St Patricks Day Festival

The hottest new act on the Celtgrass music scene, this County Offaly, Ireland, trio blend the best of hard-driving American Bluegrass and Irish folk music.

Cooney & Ryan 

Raglan Road Disney Springs Mighty St Patricks Day Festival

One of the finest traditional Irish music duos around, these accomplished, energetic musicians often invite the crowd to sing along.

Avi McGourty 

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Award winning singer-songwriter McGourty from County Tipperary, Ireland, is a rising star on the Irish music scene with her soulful lyrics and joyful musical renditions. 

The High Road 

Raglan Road Disney Springs Mighty St Patricks Day Festival

These young, traditional Irish musicians who met in University in Ireland exude musical chemistry.  A predominately Irish traditional group, they also play British folk, blues and soul. 

Raglan Road Disney Springs Mighty St Patricks Day Festival

And you can’t have a Mighty Festival without the Raglan Road Dancers who are amazing! These talented performers were selected from the stages of the most famed Irish Dance shows, and they will perform throughout the Mighty Festival.

Libations

You won’t find green beer at Raglan Road, but you will find a great selection of beers, spirits and craft cocktails.

Raglan Road Disney Springs Mighty St Patricks Day Festival

Guinness sells 13 million pints around the world on St. Patrick’s Day, and you can find a mighty fine pour at Raglan Road!

Raglan Road Disney Springs Mighty St Patricks Day Festival

If you find yourself choosing between several beers, you may want to check out Raglan Road’s Beer Flights. I tried that Four Provinces with Guinness, Smithwicks, Harp, and Kilkenny.

Food

Celebrity Master Chef Kevin Dundon – famous for his five-star hotel and cookery school in Ireland – has helped curated and create Raglan Road’s menu that features traditional Irish dishes and new creations with a Celtic twist.

Raglan Road Disney Springs Mighty St Patricks Day Festival

During The Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival at Raglan Road popular lunch, dinner and bar menus that include new dishes just introduced by Master Chef Dundon.  

The authentic Irish Dish of St. Patrick’s day can be found on the dinner menu. ‘Kevin’s Heavenly Ham’ is a dish that lives up to its name and features Irish mist glazed loin of bacon with savoy cabbage, colcannon potatoes, parsley cream sauce and a raisin cider jus.

Raglan Road Disney Springs Mighty St Patricks Day Festival

To start your culinary journey off at Raglan Road you’ll want to try the Smokie City, which is perfect to share. This dip is a lovely creamy baked haddock & Dubliner cheese dip with potatoes, tomatoes served with a toasted baguette.

Signature Events

Master Chef Kevin Dundon will host two signature dining events during The Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival at Raglan Road.

Demonstration Luncheon – March 14, 2016

Raglan Road Disney Springs Mighty St Patricks Day Festival

Master Chef Kevin Dundon will prepare a selection of incredible recipes in an exclusive four-course afternoon luncheon in the beautiful setting of the Grand Room. Enjoy a live demonstration from the award – winning chef, with dishes that have been inspired by Restaurant Jammet. Jammet’s was the finest and most famous restaurant in Ireland from 1901-1967 frequented by celebrities and notable dignitaries.

Signature Dinner – March 15, 2016

Raglan Road Disney Springs Mighty St Patricks Day Festival

As part of our annual Mighty St Patrick’s Festival celebrations Celebrity Chef Kevin Dundon is hosting a very special Signature Dining Event. Chef Kevin will create a sumptuous five course feast carefully paired with a variety of fine wines that complement the amazing array of flavors of each delicious dish. The event is not just part of the Mighty St. Patrick’s festivities but also a centenary celebration dinner inspired by Restaurant Jammet. Jammet’s was the finest and most famous restaurant in Ireland from 1901-1967 frequented by celebrities and notable dignitaries.

To book your seat at this special event call Raglan Road at 407-938-0300

Five Course Dinner & Wine Pairings $115 plus tax & gratuity.

St. Patrick’s Day

On March 17, St. Patrick’s Day, guests will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis with a cover charge of $10 for each guest age 18 and older.

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St. Patrick’s festivities will include complimentary face painting and giveaways.

Fun Facts About Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

  • Never call the holiday “St. Patty’s.”  It’s either “St. Patrick’s Day” or “St. Paddy’s.”
  • A shamrock has three leaves (not four – that would be a clover).
  • Americans invented the St. Patrick’s Day parade in 1737 in Boston.
  • Most Irish pubs do a full month’s business on St. Patrick’s Day.
  • Raglan Road is America’s #1 Irish Pub.
  • Green beer is an American invention.  Raglan Road does not serve green beer.
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Disney Springs News: STK Orlando Announces Executive Chef James O’Donnell

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Disney Springs News:

STK Orlando Announces Executive Chef James O’Donnell

STK Orlando, a world-class dining-retail-entertainment experience, is set to open this Spring at Walt Disney World’s Disney Springs, and The ONE Group Hospitality, Inc has announced that culinary veteran James O’Donnell will be their Executive Chef.

STK Orlando Walt Disney World Disney Springs Restaurant Chef James O'Donnell

Executive Chef James O’Donnell will be overseeing day-to-day kitchen operations at the two-level, 15,000-square-foot steakhouse – one of the largest STK restaurants in the world – O’Donnell brings impressive credentials to his new role.

From successfully apprenticing at dining venues in Las Vegas, O’Donnell was courted by the House of Blues restaurant in LA and became executive chef in 1997. Other stops included executive chef of Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse in the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut, where he managed three eastern U.S. locations; director of culinary operations for Cornerstone Management and Consulting, overseeing eight restaurants in the U.S and Mexico; and partner and executive chef at The Capital Grille in Jacksonville, Fla. In 2011, O’Donnell returned to Cornerstone to direct culinary operations, including developing menus for ENO Wine Bars.

STK’s entrance into the Orlando market, and specifically into the newly reimagined Disney Springs, affords us a unique opportunity and we are very happy to have brought James onboard to oversee our culinary operations at the property,” said Jonathan Segal, CEO of The ONE Group.

O’Donnell brings international culinary experience honed over two decades to his new role at STK, as well as a passion for creating the ultimate dining scene. At STK Orlando, he will oversee two kitchens and approximately 70 employees.

A native of San Diego, California, O’Donnell spends time with his family cooking outdoors over an open fire, enjoying new cuisines in various restaurants and hotels, and his hobbies include both hiking and kayaking.

I am really excited to try STK Orlando, and if you aren’t familiar with STK concept you definitely will want to be!

STK is a unique concept that artfully blends the modern steakhouse and chic lounge into one, offering a dynamic, fine dining experience with the superior quality of a traditional steakhouse. STK distinguishes itself by focusing on the social experience with a sleek, contemporary design and an in-house DJ who creates an infectious, high-energy vibe.

The menu features reimagined classic American cuisine with signature dishes like bite-sized Lil’ BRGs made with Wagyu beef, Lobster Mac & Cheese, and, of course, the highest quality steak. STK defines the modern fine dining experience with incredible food, world-class service and the perfect atmosphere. STK has locations in New York City, Washington DC, Miami, Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, London, and Milan with additional locations coming soon to Dallas, Toronto, and Orlando.

For more information about STK, you can visit their website at www.stkhouse.com.

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Fulton’s Crab House Hosts ‘The Best of Fulton’s’ Wine Dinner

 

 Disney Springs News: Fulton's Crab House Launches Brunch Menu

Fulton’s Crab House Hosts ‘The Best of Fulton’s’ Wine Dinner on March 4, 2016

Dinner to feature the most notable dishes from the last 20 years as a bon voyage as renovations begin in April

 

Fulton’s Crab House will celebrate favorite dishes from 20 years of service at the “Best of Fulton’s” wine dinner on March 4 from 6:30-9:30 p.m.Fulton’s will close for renovation on April 4, reopening in fall 2016.

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Guests will taste some of Fulton’s Crab House most memorable meals over a 5-course menu paired with wines from around the world. Chef Mark Boor will kick off the evening with a reception starring Garlic Crab Fingers, Oysters Rockefeller and Florida Stone Crab Claws paired with a vintage Le Mesnil Grand Cru champagne. Guests will savor surf-centric courses including Lobster Savannah, an oven roasted Maine lobster stuffed with shrimp, scallops, and béchamel as well as herb marinated and wood-grilled Ahi Tuna with jasmine rice, lemongrass sauce, and bok choy. The entire menu includes:

Reception

Oysters Rockefeller (1999)

Hollandaise 

Portobello Fries (1999)

Fulton’s mustard sauce

Florida Stone Crab Claws (2011)

Key lime cilantro sauce

Garlic Crab Fingers (2000)

Grilled semolina bread

Le Mesnil Grand Cru Champagne Brut 2007 Vintage

 

First Course

New Bedford Scallop (2007)

Wild mushrooms, spinach, red pepper coulis, balsamic glaze

Pazo Senorans Albarino Rias Baixas

Second Course

Lobster Savannah (2006)

Oven roasted Maine lobster stuffed with shrimp & scallops, béchamel

Verget Saint Veran Chataigniers 2007

 

Third Course

Cioppino (2005)

Fulton’s version of the San Francisco classic

King crab, shrimp, mussels, clams, white fish, tomato-herb broth, linguini

Muga ‘Prado’ Gran Reserva Rioja 2006

 

Fourth Course

Ahi Tuna (1999)

Herb marinated, wood grilled, jasmine rice, lemongrass sauce, bok choy

Chatueax Musar Red 1999

Fifth Course

Chocolate Crème Brulee (2001)

Classic milk chocolate custard, dusted with sugar and caramelized,

topped with seasonal berries

Ferreira Port Tawny 20 Year

As a nod to Fulton’s Crab House opening in 1996, tickets for the wine dinner are $96.00 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations can be made by calling 407.828.8996.

For additional information, please visit www.fultonscrabhouse.com or call 407.934.2628.

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Morimoto Asia Names Executive Chef

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Chef Morimoto Introduces

Chef Yuhi Fujinaga as 

Executive Chef for Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs

A culinary relationship 17 years in the making comes full circle in Orlando
Chef Masaharu Morimoto and Patina Restaurant Group announced the appointment of Yuhi Fujinaga as Executive Chef of Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort. Beginning immediately, Chef Yuhi will be overseeing the day-to-day culinary operations at The Iron Chef’s first-ever pan-Asian restaurant.
“I met Chef Morimoto as a young chef in Hawaii, where I grew up. We bonded quickly over our love of fresh fish, big flavors and new cooking techniques,” said Chef Yuhi.  “Through working alongside him at a variety of events throughout the country, I have been inspired by him and his approach to cooking and am thrilled that it’s come full circle.”
Morimoto Asia
Previously, Chef Yuhi was Executive Chef at Patina Restaurant Group’s New York City-based, Sea Grill.  A protégé of Chef Ed Brown, who established the restaurant as one of the top seafood destinations in the city, Chef Yuhi has also worked at New York’s Bar Basque. He lived and worked in Spain at the esteemed Echaurren with Chef Francis Paniego, at Casa Solla with Chef Pepe Solla, and at Gaminiz with Chef Aitor Elizegi. He held posts at the Michelin-starred restaurants Eighty-One and Alain Ducasse at the Essex House.
Known for his modern cooking style, Chef Yuhi draws inspiration from his Japanese heritage and upbringing in Hawaii, where he learned to cook from his grandmother. From her, he learned that the quality of the ingredients is as important as the technique in which used to prepare them. Over the years, he has developed techniques that keep the food simple, yet full of flavor.
“Being a great chef comes from within and I know Chef Yuhi is dedicated and passionate to creating inspirational, world-class dishes,” said Chef Masuharu Morimoto. “I am confident that he will continue to showcase his talent and vision to our guests at Morimoto Asia.”
Morimoto Asia is Chef Morimoto’s newest and first Pan-Asian style restaurant. The menu is an eclectic take on some of Chef Morimoto’s favorite Asian flavors including L.A. BBQ kalbi ribs, pad Thai, Peking duck, Chinese-inspired sticky ribs, sweet-and-sour whole fried fish and Singapore laska noodles. Chinese dim sum includes items such as dumplings, shumai, shrimp har-gao and grilled chicken bao.
The restaurant also includes an intimate 14-seat sushi bar offering unique ocean seasonal specialties from Japan and around the world.  A variety of specialty sushi rolls, sushi platters and seafood towers featuring highlights from the raw bar are also offered to guests not seated at the sushi bar.
Morimoto Asia is open Sunday11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Monday through Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Friday and Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m.  The restaurant’s second floor Forbidden Lounge late-night menu is served daily from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.  For more information on Morimoto Asia visit www.morimotoasia.com or call (407) 939-MOTO.
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Plancha Restaurant At Four Seasons Resort Orlando Introduces Sunday Brunch

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Plancha Restaurant At Four Seasons Resort Orlando Introduces Sunday Brunch

A three-course brunch and an a la carte menu is available, full of Cuban American flavor

Plancha, the lakeside Cuban American restaurant at Tranquilo Golf Club at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, will begin offering Sunday Brunch on March 13, 2016.   

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 Twisted Benedict with Truffle Hollandaise and Grilled Asparagus

There are three options for brunch at Plancha:  a three-course menu with buffet appetisers, choice of one entrée and dessert, plus soft drinks/juices and one alcoholic beverage, for $68 per person; buffet only (excluding choice of a la carte entrée) for $45 per person; and a la carte only.  Bottomless beverages, including Mimosas and Marys, will be available for an additional $18. 

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“Very Berry” French Toast


“I’m very excited to begin serving brunch at Plancha,” says 
Pedro Sanchez, Plancha Chef. “The location is perfect for a leisurely brunch, and we’ve prepared a delicious menu with a lot of flavour to ensure there’s something for everyone.” 

The buffet will include assorted salads, fruits, smoked salmon and bagels, artisan meats and cheeses, black bean hummus and vegetables, assorted breakfast pastries and much more.

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Fried Chicken and White Cheddar Waffles

Entrees and a la carte items include a roasted prime rib, vegan spaghetti zucchini, cured salmon, American beef slider, Tampa Bay shrimp omelet with jalapenos and cilantro, a twisted benedict with truffle hollandaise and grilled asparagus, a “very berry” French toast, oatmeal pancakes, and fried chicken and white cheddar waffles.

The dessert buffet will include a selection of seven signature desserts, including Plancha’s flan, tres leches, and guava roll.

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Tres Leches

A children’s buffet will be available for $20 per child, including chicken tenders, grilled salmon, mac & cheese, mini burgers, or pancakes.

Plancha Four Seasons Resort Orlando Tranquilo Golf Course
American Beef Slider

Brunch will be available every Sunday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  Plancha offers complimentary valet parking and complimentary self-parking.  For reservations, call 407 313 6161.

 

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Skipper Canteen Library Books

canteen menuThe Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen is the newest restaurant in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. This new table service eatery is themed around Adventureland, and more specifically, the Jungle Cruise attraction. For the theming of this location, the Imagineers went above and beyond in some of the details that may be easily missed by guests. The books in the library of the Skipper Canteen are chock full of inside jokes, nods to Imagineers, and attraction mentions.

Some of the books in the library pay homage to the Society of Explorers and Adventurers, which was based on the now defunct Adventurers Club in Pleasure Island at Disney World. The SEA was first incorporated into a park at Tokyo DisneySea, and one of the first times in their Tower of Terror attraction. Next, and most prominently, Hong King Disneyland introduced their Mystic Manor, which after SEA member Henry Mystic. More recently, stateside in the Magic Kingdom, Imagineers introduced member Barnabas T. Bullion as the owner of the Big Thunder Mining Company. He also is pictured in the queue of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and bears a striking resemblance to former Imagineer Tony Baxter. Albert the Monkey, who is the pet of Henry Mystic even has a book on the shelf along with books written by Mystic, and M.A. Pleasure (founder of Pleasure Island).

Jungle Cruise mainstay Trader Sam is referenced numerous times in various books as the author T. Sam. Titles of his include: Friends for Dinner, Top Hats and Umbrellas, The Missing Mask, and more. Other books from the Jungle Cruise are authored by Dr. Albert Falls. His offerings vary from A Small Village With A Large Heart to Rockefeller, Hippo, Pet, Family.

Other attractions in books that get mentions are the Animal Kingdom’s Kilimanjaro Safaris with The Harambe Chronicles by author Wilson. The Eyes of Mara by Jones might be referring to a certain archaeologist we all know and love with an attraction at Disneyland called Indiana Jones Adventure focusing on the Temple of the Forbidden Eye (of Mara).

In addition to the attractions, several Imagineers past and present get nods in the books of the library. J. Lasseter has a book called Great Characters of World Literature. Sklar has written a book called Meeting Royalty. Prof. Boag has penned Songs of the Tiki Bird. I’m sure John Lasseter, Marty Sklar, and Wally Boag would be honored. My favorite may be True Life Adventures by W.E.D. (Walter Elias Disney).

Then there are just the fun titles paired with authors that fit right in with the Jungle Cruise kind of humor in some of the library books. Native Orange Birds of the Southeastern United States by Dr. Sid Truss (citrus, get it?). Other titles without visible authors are Crooning Flowers, Bathing Elephants, The Congo Queen, In the Jaws of a Butterfly, and Two Bees or Not Two Bees (the Hamlet lover in me adores that one). Rock or Stonez by Col. Pebble, Is This Deadly? by Mort, Al, The Overwhelming Dodo Population by Dr. Francis X. Tinct, Spotted Tigers by G. Rowl, R.E. Venge wrote the series called Getting Even, Shades of Khaki by B. Land, Fleas Navidad and other Winter Insects by Hart, 101 Ways to Split a Banana by Peale, Swimming in the Amazon by Doug E. Paddle, and the Ten Minute Voyage by S.H. Tick. Also included for good measure is Rudyard Kipling’s the Jungle Book.

I’m sure there are many more fantastic jokes hidden in the books of the library of the Skipper Canteen and I cannot wait to go back and explore more. I hope you enjoyed this peek at some of the fun titles and let me know if I’ve missed any of your favorites you’ve discovered.

 

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