Appearances and tastings from celebrity chefs Michael Mina and Todd English highlight the two-night culinary event
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Food and wine tastings, educational experiences and meet-and-greets with celebrity chefs will once again be the focus at the Third Annual Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel on Oct. 12-13, 2012. The event will include an outdoor festival featuring culinary selections from the Walt Disney World hotel’s award-winning restaurants and lounges, a series of beverage seminars taught by the hotel’s certified experts, and opportunities to meet with celebrity chefs Todd English and Michael Mina.
Keeping consistent with past years, guests can participate in beverage seminars, sample savory dishes and stroll through the iconic causeway while being serenaded by live music.
The two-night event will be held at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel, with chefs from the hotel’s 17 award-winning restaurants and lounges serving samplings of numerous tasty options. This year’s selections will include free-form lasagna, delicately presented by Il Mulino New York Trattoria and shrimp cocktail steam rollers, an event favorite, from Todd English’s bluezoo.
Beverage stations will offer mini-learning experiences and feature offerings such as wine, sake and beer. Those looking for a more in-depth experience can choose from a variety of hour-long beverage seminars taught by certified wine sommeliers and beer and cocktail specialists from the hotel’s team. Attendees will learn drink origins, pairing tips and enjoy an informative tasting experience. Seminars will be offered both evenings and include Wine Blending; Modern Mixology; Riesling Rendezvous; Base to Bubbles; Beer, Please!, All Things Sake and Spanish Wines.
Throughout the evening, attendees will have additional opportunities to learn about beverage through a Cocktail 101 recurring class that will take place during the outdoor festival.
To finish, guests can delight in a selection of desserts from the only two-time World Pastry Champion, Laurent Branlard, the hotel’s executive pastry chef. And for those interested in taking home a taste of the Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic, bottles of all the evening’s wine samplings will be available for purchase along with other event merchandise.
New to this year’s event is the appearance of Chef Mina, as he joins Chef English to meet with guests and serve a special sampling of his cuisine.
Mina is an award-winning chef and author of Michael Mina: The Cookbook. He is the executive chef at his two namesake restaurants in San Francisco and Las Vegas; has been featured in multiple national print magazines and cooked for celebrities and notables including three U.S. presidents.
English is a world-renowned restaurateur who has gained national acclaim through his line of restaurants and cookbooks, and his countless other food-related enterprises. His concept, Todd English’s bluezoo, is a AAA four-diamond restaurant and one of the signature restaurants of the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel.
With 17 restaurants and lounges, a distinguished culinary and beverage team and unmatched customer service, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel continually receives national recognition for its food and beverage program. The hotel features more than 70 certified wine sommeliers and 1,400 wine selections, including organic and rare vintages.
Tickets to the Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic are available as part of a hotel package or individually. For more information or to book, please visit www.SwanDolphinFoodandWineClassic.com or call 1-800-227-1500.
Third Annual Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic
Friday, Oct. 12 and Saturday, Oct. 13
4:30pm – 5:30pm – Beverage Seminars
5:30pm – 9:00pm – Tasting Stations Open on Causeway
• One and two-night packages including tickets to the outdoor festival for two and overnight accommodations are available, starting at $285 per night
• Advance purchase event-only tickets are available for $80 including taxes and include unlimited food and beverage samples on the causeway
• Seminars are $45 per person, per class including taxes
• For more information or to book, please visit www.SwanDolphinFoodandWineClassic.com or call 1-800-227-1500