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Old 07-05-2009, 07:59 AM   #286
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Here's a link to BriarRosie's Jiko Wine Dinner from last year:
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Old 07-05-2009, 08:36 AM   #287
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Thanks for the last few posts. Just the info I was looking for.

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Old 07-05-2009, 09:06 AM   #288
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Here's a link to BriarRosie's Jiko Wine Dinner from last year:
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The Jiko Wine Dinner BriarRosie attended is not a Food and Wine Festival event. This is a regular event held every month at Jiko. Most likely there will be one held the first Thursday in October and the first Thursday in November but you would be able to book those now - you would not have to wait for the festival events to open for booking as these are not festival events. There are no guest chefs and the Jiko chefs put it on themselves - although there will be a guest vintner.

If you are looking for a review of a food & wine festival signature meal at Jiko, see

http://allears.net/tp/ep/fw07/fw07_ii.htm

Note this was a lunch, not a dinner. It is also the same guest chef who will be appearing in 2009 according to the Examiner info.

I liked the Bluezoo dinner very much and will go again if it's held while I'm there - of course that may be because it would be the only one that fit my dates.

This has photos of the Bluezoo signature plus a second Jiko wine dinner (the ones that aren't a Festival event)
http://www.disboards.com/showthread....hlight=bluezoo
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Old 07-05-2009, 09:34 AM   #289
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As long as we are looking for reviews....

It has been a while since I did a Food & Wine Pairing at the F&W Festival. Last two I did were at Le Cellier. Are there any reviews out there for the same thing but at San Angel Inn, Tutto Italia or Restaurant Marrakesh? (I found a great review on the pairing at Tutto Italia from 2007 over on AllEarsNet, by the way.) It is possible that some of these are new to the Festival this year too.
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San Angel will apparently be new this year, so you will not find any reviews of that one.

I am pretty sure Brenda had some photo reviews of Coral Reef - which is no longer offered.
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San Angel will apparently be new this year, so you will not find any reviews of that one.

I am pretty sure Brenda had some photo reviews of Coral Reef - which is no longer offered.
Thanks for the info... I had searched and searched to no avail but figured if anyone would know it would be on here, and probably you!
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Old 07-05-2009, 10:53 AM   #292
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I'm considering attending our first wine/signature dinner for the festival in November. What should I know? We go to the "signature restaurants" regularly at WDW, but never something special like this.

Lori, Brenda, etc., advice? Suggestions?
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Old 07-05-2009, 12:18 PM   #293
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I'm considering attending our first wine/signature dinner for the festival in November. What should I know? We go to the "signature restaurants" regularly at WDW, but never something special like this.

Lori, Brenda, etc., advice? Suggestions?
If you typically dine at the signature restaurants, I can't imagine you wouldn't enjoy a F&W Festival Signature Dinner. It's hard to tell you exactly what to expect as there's no guarantee that they'll follow what's been done in the past. Last year, there were only 2 Signature Dinners for the whole festival, and they were scheduled the same week. One was the Victoria & Albert's Signature Dinner, which I wouldn't use as an example for most. It's typically more expensive than the other Signature Dinners. The other was Bluezoo, and I already shared my opinion of that, though it seems TDC Nala felt differently. So, definitely varied opinions out there.

For all that I've experienced in the past, the dinner usually begins with some kind of reception. At Jiko in years prior, there was a private room off the lobby of the lodge where wine (a nice Mulderbosch rose) and canapes were passed around. Bluezoo had wine and canapes passed around at the front of the restaurant around the bar. V&A had a selection of wines that were served in the lobby outside the restaurant.

Then you move on to the actual dinner. For V&A and Bluezoo last year, the dinner took up the entire restaurant. At others, the dinner was smaller and held in a private room at the restaurant. I'd say that will vary depending on the location - whether it's a large group filling the restaurant or a smaller group in a private room.

Usually a (minimum) 5-course dinner. Some will serve an amuse bouche or extra appetizer or a palate cleanser later in the meal, but at least 5 courses (sized appropriately for a multi-course tasting dinner).

It's also usually a combination of chefs - from the actual Disney restaurant and a guest chef. They may divide up the courses - one works on the first course, the other does the second, etc. They may also work jointly on some of the courses.

Each course is brought out and paired with a wine, usually from the featured vintner for the dinner. The chefs will present the course, and the vintner will present the wine and tell you a bit about it. We've thoroughly enjoyed every one we've ever attended (with one exception). As I said, if you enjoy the signature restaurants, I think you would love attending one of these dinners.

And for some more info on the V&A dinner for this year, I've heard that it will probably be an Italian-themed dinner (I'm guessing because of whoever the guest chef or vintner will be). Can't wait to see what V&A does with Italian!
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Old 07-05-2009, 08:22 PM   #294
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And for some more info on the V&A dinner for this year, I've heard that it will probably be an Italian-themed dinner (I'm guessing because of whoever the guest chef or vintner will be). Can't wait to see what V&A does with Italian!
I have tried to book the V&A dinner and the California Grill dinner (when they did it) without any success. This year I will try again for V&A but mentally I am having a difficult time 'digesting' the cost of $375 per person for one fun evening of food and wine. Since I have never attended the V&A Signature dinner, only their dining room I need some help here. Can anyone that has attended tell me in their words why, how it is worth the price Disney puts on this dinner? Are the wines that special? Is the food that exotic? Or do you just do it and don't worry about value for the money?
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Old 07-05-2009, 09:34 PM   #295
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I have tried to book the V&A dinner and the California Grill dinner (when they did it) without any success. This year I will try again for V&A but mentally I am having a difficult time 'digesting' the cost of $375 per person for one fun evening of food and wine. Since I have never attended the V&A Signature dinner, only their dining room I need some help here. Can anyone that has attended tell me in their words why, how it is worth the price Disney puts on this dinner? Are the wines that special? Is the food that exotic? Or do you just do it and don't worry about value for the money?
Well, it's certainly a personal decision, whether you feel ANY meal is worth that much money. If you don't, you don't - simple as that. Our feeling is that if we'll spend almost $200 per person for a regular meal at V&A or nearly $250 per person to dine at the Chef's Table, it isn't that much more for the Signature Dinner, which is a unique experience. And in those cases, that isn't counting tip, which we're pretty generous with. The price for the Signature Dinner includes tip, which brings the prices even closer.

How is it different from the regular dinner? Well, you have two executive chefs rather than one - Chef Scott and the guest chef for the dinner. We had Chef Zach Bell, who is the executive chef at one of Daniel Boulud's restaurants. You have a renowned vintner presenting their wines. Last year the vintner was from France's Chateau Pontet Canet, basically the vineyard next to Chateau Lafite Rothschild. Not quite the same, but we priced some of those wines at over $100 retail. Don't want to know what that would be priced in an actual restaurant. All those things on the regular menu that usually carry a supplemental charge? Well, you're getting things like that with your meal. And these are dishes specially created for the event, not things you're ever going to see on the menu otherwise.

Don't know if that helped answer your question or not. We had always been hesitant about the price, but we decided to go for it last year, and it was probably the most memorable experience we've ever had at the festival. For a once-a-year splurge, we'll do it!

If the price gives you heartburn, stick with the regular dinner. We've dined at 5-diamond restaurants across the country, and Victoria and Albert's is still my favorite. I can't remember a single dish that I didn't enjoy, and the service is always extraordinarily warm and exceptional. I consider it our little secret in the foodie world, as not that many foodies know about it if they aren't Disney fans as well.

I'll hunt to see if I can find photos from last year (don't think I ever got around to posting them). It was really a challenge to remember to take those photos before digging in!
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Old 07-06-2009, 12:20 AM   #296
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I'm considering attending our first wine/signature dinner for the festival in November. What should I know? We go to the "signature restaurants" regularly at WDW, but never something special like this.

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I think NejTheLion did a fantastic job explaining what to expect at the Signature Dinner events. I've done two in recent years. One was at California Grill, in a private dining room, and the other was at Citrico's, where we took over the entire restaurant.

Both dinners started with the reception "hoover doovers" () and wine, and wine was served with each course. Usually the wine rep and the chef who prepared each course will discuss the food your eating, along with some info about the wine served with it. The dress you had on in that pic with Sean in a suit would go nicely at these events. I'm not sure how dressy people were at the "lunch" events, but for dinner, it's perfect.

And while I'm responding...

I am sorry if my Jiko Dinner review made people think it was part of the food and wine festival. I thought I stated in my review that it was not. However, the meal "felt" like it would fit into the festival.
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Thanks for your insights, NejTheLion. I appreciate you taking the time to answer.
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If you are interested in information on the Jiko Dinner Series (wine dinners first Thursday of every month) there is a page on the WDW website. You can't book them online though, you'd need to call.

During the Festival period there should be Jiko wine dinners held on October 1 and November 5. I think the cost is $160 and includes a gratuity (you can add more to the gratuity if you wish). These are not Festival events and can be booked now. You'd need to take note of the cancellation policies when you book.

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