I have to say that as an event planner, I am always interested in how others do events. I love doing events although they are so much work!! But there is something to creating an event and having it work well.
As an event planner, I am also very critical of events because I understand what makes them work and what doesn't work. I was totally impressed by the Disney peeps because the whole Taste of Disney event was very organized and thought out.
In my next life, I am coming back as a Disney event planner! I love planning events and I cannot imagine how much fun it must be to have such a great venue like Disney World! I also understand how difficult it is to plan and organize and event. And I applaud the Disney team because to put on a multiple day, multiple day event must have been a nightmare. But it was pretty darn great!
I digress, again.
Back at the tasting, California Grill Chef Brian Piasecki, spoke to us about the renovation of the California Grill, which was the first Disney World signature restaurant. He also mentioned how the chefs try to use fresh local ingredients. Some of the menus are driven by seasonality and what is available. He also said they work with some specialty farms for certain ingredients. I was also glad to hear that food allergies, vegetarian, gluten free and religious need menus are available.
The room was set up with 3 chef stations each offering a different dish. In the middle of the room they had a display with salads and appetizers. On another table, desserts. And yet at another table, drinks! It was a little early for lunch but that did not stop us from tasting and drinking a little wine!
We were able to talk to the chefs and taste all the goodies. At one point, Chef Mickey came in to take pictures with us. This was such a treat because it gave us all a special keepsake to take home! Loved it!
Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar.
The wine tasting was one of my favorite events. The Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar is fantastic. It is dark and with tons of atmosphere. There are wine coolers and dark wood. It looks like you are in a cellar. It is like a cool bar. I had no idea this was here in Disney World. I am so glad we visited.
While there, we were treated to different wines and some tasty appetizers. This is my kind of hangout. There is nothing like finding a little bar in the afternoon and hanging out with friends, drinking a little, eating a little and talking. A lot of us didn't want to leave because it was so much fun.
If Tom and I ever go back, I am definitely putting this on our itinerary. It is a great place to take a breather from the park and enjoy some grown up fun! It is also very romantic. It is a little pricey but worth it. There is a huge selection of wines and the food is delicious. To me there is nothing better than a little meat, cheese and bread with a glass of wine of cup of coffee in the afternoon! Well, maybe high tea at the Grand Floridian but I cannot decide which experience I liked better!
Hacienda de San Angel Restaurant in Mexico. It was delicious. I ended up ordering gorditas because I never get them here in Sylva, NC. Gorditas are corn cakes stuffed with chorizo and potatoes. They had me at chorizo!
The restaurant had a great view of the lake and when the sun set it was beautiful. They also had some tasty margaritas. I also had Helados de Maiz (corn ice cream). It was fantastic! It was a little weird at first but after a bite or two, I loved it. It was served with popcorn as a garnish. It was sweet like corn but not overly sweet. I would so have this again and again!
After the show ended though, our Taste of Disney adventure was over. We all said goodbye and headed I headed back to the Grand Floridian with Jeannette. We said goodbye and my Disney adventure was over.
I have to thank the whole Disney PR team for this wonderful adventure. It was such an amazing trip and learning experience.
It actually made me change my perception of Disney World. Where before we went for the rides, fun and Disney magic. Now, I will be going for the food. There were so many restaurants we didn't visit that now I want to visit. I know the next time, Tom and I go to Disney World, I am going to try a different approach.
I want to do a more grown-up, slower and relaxing trip. I already told him that we would have to try the signature restaurants. I am definitely visiting Tutto Gusto once again. I don't think I can get him to do afternoon tea but you never know. And I am definitely going to make sure we have four or more days to be able to do everything I want. And we will take time and find those hidden gems that you find at Disney!
Disclosure: I’m was invited to attend this all-expenses paid trip by Disney. Thoughts and opinions are 100% my own and are based on my experiences.