Saturday, November 2, 2013

Party for the Senses 2013

Last year's party was so amazing, we splurged again and went. As far as date nights go, it's an excellent one. The husband and I actually had some fun at Disney before the Party enjoying things we normally don't do with the kiddies.  I loved the dinner and had a great time.  I thought, on the whole, the food was better last year, but still totally worth it.  This year's headlining chef was Robert Irvine and he was super nice and really friendly.  (much more than last year's chef!)  Like last year, I didn't bother to really set up the pictures, but I wanted a record of them so forgive the blurry, poorly lighted pictures;  it is really just about being able to share our evening.

From Christine Weissman & Christopher Maggetti of the Disneyland Resort had this Grilled Buffalo Flank Steak with Mine Shaft Blue Cheese Polenta Cake, Wild Mushroom Saute, Citrus Teriyaki Sauce and Tangerine Micro Lace, but apparently we didn't get to them as I don't have a picture nor do I remember eating it.  I am rather upset to miss something, especially something I was really looking forward to! :(
From Alphonso Walker of the Crystal Palace, Magic Kingdom, we had this Braised Wagyu Beef Short Rip with Pumpkin Risotto and a Pinot Noir Reduction.

From Shane Cash of Rat's Restaurant in Hamilton NJ, we had this Warm Exotic Mushroom and Leek Tartlet.  (I think my favorite of the evening!)


From Charlie Restivo from Via Napoli Restaurant and Pizzeria, Italy EPCOT we had this Traditional Neapolitan Bread filled with Broccoli Rabe and Sweet Italian Sausage.  We weren't huge fans of the sausage.


From Jennifer Hill Booker of Your Resident Gourmet, Lilburn GA, we had this Hickory Smoked Chicken Croquette with Cranberry Orange Relish and Black Eyed Pea Salad.  My husband loved this one.  I liked the croquette a lot but didn't like the relish much.

From Samad Benzari of Restaurant Marrakesh, Morocco at EPCOT, we had this Tagine of Lamb with Prunes and Toasted Almonds.  I loved this and this is one of my favorite restaurants at EPCOT. 

From Paula Dasilva of 3030 Ocean, Miami Beach, FL, we had this Olive Oil Poached Mackerel with Heirloom Bean Salad.  This was another one we didn't care for, but I have to give credit to making the mackerel tasty and not too oily or fishy.

From Javier Pareja of Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Convention Center we had this Sea Salt and Herb Crusted Porchetta with a Port Demi served over Couscous, Black Lentils and Wild Grains with a Charred Tomato Sauce. I liked this one:)

From Vincent Panisset of the Coral Reef Restaurant in EPCOT, we had another stellar dish, this Sautéed Bronzini with Cherry Tomatoes, Artichoke Bottoms and Basil Foam

From Brett Laude of the Kona Café at Disney's Polynesian Resort we had this Seared Wagyu Beef, Braised Kimchi Cabbage, Tiger Fig and Caramelized Shallot Chutney.  This one was the one I thought I would like the best, but it was a bit bland.

From Rafael Vasquez of Mares Restaurant and Lounge, Puerto Plata Dominican Republic we had this Caribbean Lobster and Fennel with a Corn Dill Sauce.

From Tony Marotta of Disney's Port Orleans Resort we had this Venison Osso Buco with Butternut Squash Polenta with Wild Mushroom Pate and Truffle-Bacon Gremolata

From nicest chef ever, Robert Irvine of Robert Irvine's Nosh, Bluffton SC, we had this Seared Harissa Snapper with Smoked Tomato Ragu and Spiced Citrus Polenta

From Mace Maison of the Turf Club Bar & Grill at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa we had these Barbeque Pork "Burnt Ends" with Sweet Slaw and Zellwood Creamed Corn Polenta.  (the polenta!  OMG!)

From Sergio Carrana of Kouzzina by Cat Cora at Disney's Boardwalk Inn we had this Goat Cheese Filled Gigante Bean Cake with Tzatziki and Peppadew Relish.  (another of our favorites!)

From Brian O'Hea and Shanna Horner O'Hea from the Academe- A Maine Brasserie & Tavern at the Kennebunk Inn of Nennebunk ME, we had this Re-imagined Ruben:  Lamb Pastrami with Caraway Rye Potato Pancake, Sauerkraut Relish and Tomato Aioli.  I don't dig rye much so the potato pancake wasn't a favorite of mine, but the lamb was great

From Piero Premoli of Pricci in Atlanta GA we had this Ahi Tuna Carpione.  My complaint, the tuna was sliced too thick.  (I know, I'm such a nit picker:)

From Georgia Ducksworth of Disney's Yacht and Beach Resort Catering we had this Free Range Mango-Habanero Chicken Wing with a Georgia Peach Iced Tea Shooter
Ok at this point, we were full, but we weren't going to miss at least tasting the desserts!
From Jean-Marc Viallet of the Disneyland Resort Bakery we had this Organic Chocolate Moussed Gateau with the Flavors of Fall.  (and yes the cake is sparkling)

From Jorge Sotelo of Disney's Grand Californian Hotel and Spa we had my husband's favorite dessert this Pumpkin Mousse.

From Ron Viloria of Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Aulani HI we had my favorite dessert of the evening, this Macadamia Nut Caramel Tart

From Stuart Whitfield of Be Our Guest Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom, we had this Carnival Bar  Flourless Chocolate Cake with layer of Caramel and Peanuts topped with Peanut Butter Ganache

Ok we can't breathe at this point, but I take one of all the chocolates from Chocolate Accents of Longwood FL, to sneak out and get a second glass of my favorite wine of the evening, the Kim Crawford Spitfire Sauvignon Blanc.  (the higher end version of my favorite Sauvignon Blanc)

I took a picture of each flavor too.  We ate them the next day and loved them.  This one is Raspberry

Apple Pie


No label but it was creamy chocolately truffle like yum!


Pear and Caramel

Strawberry Cheesecake

Peanut Butter and Jelly

Caramel Apple

The beverage stations:
Buena Vista Winery (Sonoma CA)
  • Carneros Chardonnay
  • Sonoma Pinot Noir
  • The Count, Founders Red Wine
Cline Cellars (Sonoma CA)
  • Cline Cellars Cashmere
  • Cline Cellars Ancent Vines Zinfandel
  • Cline Cellars Ancent Vines Mourvedre
Parducci Wine Cellars (Mendocino County CA)
  • Parducci Small Lot Blend Chardonnay
  • Parducci Small Lot Blend Pinot Noir
  • Parducci True Grit Reserve Petit Syrah
Beam- The Great Whiskey Debate
  • Canadian Club
  • Kilbeggan
  • Knob Creek
  • Labhroaig
Skinnygirl Wine (CA)
St. Francis Winery (Sonoma CA)
  • St Francis Chardonnay
  • St Francis Merlot
  • St Francis Old Vines Zinfandel
Vinmotion (Columbia Valley WA)
  • Pacific Rim CV Riesling
  • Rainstorm Pinot Gris
  • Rainstorm Pinot Noir
Montes S.A (Colchagua Valley Chile)
  • Montes Limited Selection Sauvignon Blanc
  • Montes Limited Selection Carmenere
  • Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon
Castello Banfi (Tuscany Italy)
  • Castello Banfi San Angelo Pinot Grigio
  • Castello Banfi Belnero Sangiovese
  • Vigne Regali Rosa Regale
Domaine Serene (Willamette OR)
  • "R" Rose by Domaine Serene
  • Domaine Serene Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir
  • Domaine Serene Yamhille Cuvee Pinot Noir
Radeberger (Radeberg, Saxony Germany)
  • Radeberger Pilsner
  • Schofferhofer Grapefruit
Kenwood Vineyards (Sonoma County CA)
  • Kenwood Vineyards Moscato Zacchera
  • Kenwood Vineyards Jack London Vineyard Merlot
  • Kenwood Vineyards Russian River Pinot Noir
Sartori (Vineto Italy)
  • Sartori Family Pinot Grigio
  • Sartori Ferdi Bianco Veronese
  • Sartori Regolo Rosso Veronese
Samuel Adams
  • Boston Lager
  • Octoberfest
  • Double Bock
Cesari (Veneto Italy
  • Lugana Cento Filari
  • Valpolicella Ripasso Mara
  • Amarone Classico
Gruppo Mezzacorona
  • Stemmari Dalila
  • Stemmari Cantododo
  • Stemmari Moscato
Kim Crawford (Marlborough New Zealand)
  • Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc
  • Kim Crawford Spitfire Sauvignin Blanc
  • Kim Crawford Pinot Noir
Joffery's Coffee & Tea Company
  • espresso
  • cappuccino
  • latte
Bodega Norton S.A. (Argentina)
  • Bodega Norton Brut Rose Sparkling
  • Finca Perdriel Coleccion Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Finca Perdriel Vinyard Selection
Macrostie Winery (Sonoma Coast CA)
  • MacRostie Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
  • MacRostie Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
  • MacRostie Wildcat Mountian Pinot Noir
  • Stella Artois
  • Hoegaarden
  • Leffe Blonde
  • Leffe Brune
Inniskillin (Niagra-on-the-lake, Canada)
  • Inniskillin Vidal Icewine
  • Inniskillin Riesling Icewine
  • Inniskillin Cabernet Franc Icewine
Cointreau (Angers, France)
  • Hot Toddy
Twinings Gourmet Tea Bar
Nicolas Feuillatte (France)
  • Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte Brut
  • Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Rose
  • Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte Blanc de Blanc

We Skipped the Wonderful Cheese and Butter Station hosted by Kerrygold.  (Now that I'm not stuffed I regret it!)

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