Guess what? I’ve got a fun weekend planned full of food and wine events in Orlando (get ready for a ton of foodie posts!) The first on my list is the second annual Food & Wine Classic at the Walt Disney Swan & Dolphin Resort. I’m pretty stoked about the whole thing since I missed out last year and heard nothing but rave reviews of the event.
The Swan & Dolphin Food & Wine Classic is this Friday and Saturday –Oct. 7 & 8– from 5:30-9:00 pm. The best deal is a Causeway Pass for unlimited food & beverage samples along the causeway for $65 p/p. If you just want to stop by for a few bites, individual items can be redeemed for 2-5 tickets each (last year’s tickets were $2 each).
The Food & Wine Classic brings all of the Swan & Dolphin’s fabulous food venues together for a fun night of food, beverages and music.
And if all the great food wasn’t enough, Celebrity Chef Todd English will be on hand to debut his latest book, Cooking In Everyday English: The A, B, Cs of Great Flavor At Home. Attendees will be able to purchase the book and have an opportunity to have it signed!
I’m sure you’re curious about the line-up of food, so I’ve got a sneak peek at some of the yumminess you can expect at the Swan & Dolphin Food and Wine Classic:
Friday & Saturday: Browned Butter Basted Lobster Roll
Friday & Saturday: Carved New York Strip, Creamed Spinach
Cib’s Smoke Shop
Friday: Carolina Style Pulled Pork, Southern Coleslaw, Parker House Roll, Fried Pickles, Ranch
Saturday: Smoked Pork Belly, Texas Toast, Baked Bean Foam
Todd English’s bluezoo
Friday: “Shrimp Cocktail” Steamrollers
Saturday: Heirloom Beet Salad, Goat Cheese Fondue, Candied Walnuts, Ice Spinach
Cabana Bar and Beach Club
Friday: Pork Carnitas: Braised Pork, Sofrito, Pita, Pico de Gallo, Iceberg Lettuce
Saturday: Crab Eggroll: Blue Crab, Cabbage, Ginger, Sweet Thai Chili, Soy
Friday & Saturday: Falafel: Chickpea Fritter, Tahini, Traditional Garnish
Il Mulino New York Trattoria
Friday: Italian Meatball Sandwich
Saturday: Hand Cut Tagliatelle, Braised Lamb Ragu, Pecorino Romano
Friday: Jumbo Lump Crab Cake Sliders, Shredded Iceberg, Pickle Chip, Old Bay Aioli, Sesame Rolls
Saturday: Rock Shrimp “Po Boy”, French Bread, Tomato, Old Bay Remoulade
Friday: Dragon Roll: Crispy Shrimp, Tuna, Avocado
Saturday: Spicy Yellow Fin Tuna, Nori, Seasoned Rice
Friday & Saturday:
Saint Honore …. Vanilla Cream Puff, Whipped Cream
Coconut Macaroon ….White Chocolate Coconut Mousse, Lime Cream
Lemon Berry Bubble…….Lemon Curd, Berry Compote
Orange Caramel Baba …..Caramel Cremeu,Caramel Sauce
Intense Dark Chocolate Cake…..Flourless Sponge, Dark Chocolate Mousse
Choconut Tartlet…..Chocolate Cremeux, Peanut Mousse, Caramelized Peanuts
Station: Banana Foster, Vanilla Ice Cream and Coconut Fondant Cake
In addition to the classic event on the causeway, participants may chose to purchase an additional ticket for one of the following educational seminars for $35:
Beverage seminars are from 4:30-5:30pm on each day of the event.
Wine Blending Seminar
Our certified sommeliers believe there is no better way to truly learn about wine than to taste it! During this hands-on seminar, we will break down the components of barrel samples while discussing the origins of the wine, review the plush varieties of grapes, and take a step-by-step look at the delicate wine making process. The real fun begins with an opportunity to blend your very own meritage! Become more adventurous and knowledgeable about the art of wine and always purchase the right bottle for any occasion.
Discover the broad range of Riesling styles. Known mostly for its highly aromatic and sweet honey flavor profile, we will discuss (and taste!) both dry and sweet variations as well as light to full-bodied alternatives. The versatility of this noble grape allows for pairing with anything from salads to seafood to sweets.
Add some Spanish flare to your wine tasting experience! This class will teach you what is in a bottle, how to read wine labels, Spanish wine grape varietals, and different regions of Spanish wines. We’ll also introduce the new generation of Spanish wines and their creative blends!
Learn the science behind our mixologists’ methods as we play with aromas, temperature and texture. We apply the same concepts as some of the world’s most innovative chefs – Ferran Adria, Jose Andres, and Thomas Keller – to create our unconventional libations. We’ll balance out your experience in this course with tasty treats from our bluezoo chefs’ culinary laboratory. Impress guests at your next social gathering with these clever cocktail tips!
All Things Sake
Dive into the history of sake, the current trends in the industry, and a hint at what we can expect tomorrow. Topics include vessels, labeling, when to warm your sake and how the production and milling of sake produces different grades and taste profiles. This class will be filled with opportunities to taste many different types of sake and demonstrate how simple it is to pair with food. Kanpai!
Does your beer knowledge start with “Bud” and end with “weiser”? Expand your beer horizons with micro brews and craft beers from around the world. Discover the process behind different brews and their impact on the food and beverage industry during the past few years as well as future trends. After completing a lesson on the brewing process, enjoy a personal tasting of the multiple styles of beer and perfect food pairings for any meal.
Base to Bubbles
Learn the basics of champagne, including the importance of the grapes, land, climate, and viticulture to the process. Be introduced to the five key regions of Champagne and the different champagne styles in all areas of the world. Hone sight, smell and taste as we finish with a blind champagne tasting.
– Advance purchase event-only tickets are available for $65 and include unlimited food and beverage samples on the causeway
– Seminars are an additional $35 per person, per class (causeway festival ticket required)
– One and two-night packages including tickets to the outdoor festival for two are available, starting at $255 per night
For more information or to book, visit www.SwanDolphinFoodandWineClassic.com or call 1-800-227-1500