Paper. Pens. A laptop. A sketchbook. These are the typical tools of storytelling, and in the right hands, words and lines weave together to create magic. But what if I told you about an enchanted place where stories come together with plates as their canvas, a chef as the artist, and all of the story’s elements are edible?
Enter Delicious Disney.
This event series seeks to tell and retell beloved Disney stories through the medium of food. Celebrated chefs from across Walt Disney World team up to celebrate the rich legacy of animated classics as well as beloved attractions from the parks.
Recently, I had the distinct pleasure of attending a Delicious Disney event as a guest of Walt Disney World. Here, I share highlights of a most memorable dinner with you.
A Celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Sleeping Beauty
My evening began at Markham’s, the private restaurant located in Disney’s exclusive Golden Oak neighborhood, home to The Four Seasons Resort Orlando and located close to Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. As I was greeted by attentive cast members, I was shown to a private room to mingle with fellow guests, many of whom are Golden Oak residents. From the very beginning, menu items kept to the theme of the evening, as I was welcomed with a Gooseberry Old Fashioned and a sampling of appetizers that included Venison Tartare and other woodland-inspired dishes.
As we were shown to the dining room to be seated for the five-course dinner, we were delighted to find festive centerpieces: chocolate sculptures of Sleeping Beauty Castle adorned each table. We also learned that our evening would also include a very special guest: Becky Cline, director of the Walt Disney Archives, who would be sharing little-known facts about the film. Throughout the evening, Becky took the floor to share details from her work, and was eager to mingle with guests, who peppered her with questions.
Throughout the evening, we were also treated to explanations for the inspiration of each course by Chef Dominique Filoni, executive chef from Citricos, while and Sommelier Stig Jacobsen shared about each of the incredible wines that he chose for the courses.
Chef Filoni elaborated upon each course, sharing his inspiration for everything from “Fighting King” Hake (an homage to the scene where the two kings fight with a fish in the banquet hall) to “Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit” (the chef’s sense of humor shines through this dish, as he highlights that woodland creatures are as delicious as they are adorable.)
While the food was visually stunning and delicious, and the wine pairings made for an exceptional meal, it was the intimate gathering and the access to Disney Icon Becky Cline that truly made for a memorable evening. Delicious Disney events are certainly delicious, there’s no doubt. But an opportunity to take a deeper dive into this beloved company’s history is the real reason for the splurge.
A Delicious Disney event is an evening to remember. Attention to detail runs through every facet of the evening, from the exquisitely crafted centerpieces (which went home with guests), to the meticulous execution of each dish, to the unparalleled wine pairings. Even the miniature individual layer cakes served for dessert were a feast for both the eyes as well as the palate.
Disney fans and serious food lovers alike who enjoy exclusive experiences will delight in every moment of the chef series, from the chef’s playful take on courses, to the elevation of obscure references into culinary high art.
More Delicious Disney: Celebrate It’s a Small World and Dumbo at Upcoming Events
Currently, there are two more Delicious Disney events scheduled for 2019. On February 25, indulge in a culinary salute to one of the resort’s most beloved attractions, “It’s a Small World” 55th Anniversary: A Tasting of the many Lands of the Small World, with Chef Timothy Majoras from Flying Fish at Disney’s BoardWalk. On March 25, indulge in a Fantasy Culinary Adventure of Dumbo, featuring Chef Michael Rodriguez from Disney’s Yachtsman Steakhouse. Each dinner is $349 per person, and will be held at Markham’s at Golden Oak. For more information, or to book your reservations, call 407.939.5773.