Burger-and-fries, my tuckus. Disney World has truly good meals at its parks and hotels--if you're willing to bypass the beef patties. Customers in the know seek out the complex's better meals, those prepared by "real" chefs--the types who might otherwise be cooking in renowned big-city restaurants. Here's your opportunity to join top Disney chefs at a field-to-feast dinner.
It's called the Field-to-Feast dinner, in fact, because the foods are sourced locally and the event is tied to Field to Feast: Recipes Celebrating Florida Farmers, Chefs, and Artisans, whose authors have ties to both Disney and Edible Orlando, which is a co-sponsor.
Participants will gather at Long & Scott Farms, which is best known for growing the Orlando area's Zellwood corn.
Chefs will cook and serve specialties at food stations, and complementary wines will be poured. Here's the line-up:
Chef Scott Hunnel and sommelier Israel Perez, Victoria & Albert’s
Chef Brian Piasecki and sommelier Michael Scheifler, California Grill
Chef Tim Keating and sommelier Stig Jacobsen, Flying Fish Cafe
Chef Phil Ponticelli and sommelier Keith Gimbel, Cítricos
Chef Christian Rumpler and sommelier Melissa Schreiber, Golden Oak
Chef Jay Smith and sommelier Damaris Jimenez, The Wave . . . of American Flavors
Chef Leonard Thompson and sommelier Jim Reynders, Disney Catering
Chef Gregg Hannon and sommelier Marianne Hunnel, Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
Chef Stefan Riemer and sommelier Jason Cha Kim, Disney desserts.
The second-annual Field to Feast Dinner will be held on March 14, 2015, beginning at 4:30 p.m. and running until 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $165 and proceeds benefit the Kids Cafe at the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. You can buy your tickets here.