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Old 08-06-2009, 07:14 PM   #886
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InBev hasn't participated in the festival in a couple of years - ever since they bought Anheuser Busch, which owns some other area theme parks.

I do think Disney knows about beer and food pairings - they had a beer dinner for a long time - I went to two of these before they became over $100 signature meals with Jim Koch as a guest. They were great in the heyday. The one at Rose & Crown some years ago was awesome.
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InBev hasn't participated in the festival in a couple of years - ever since they bought Anheuser Busch, which owns some other area theme parks.

I do think Disney knows about beer and food pairings - they had a beer dinner for a long time - I went to two of these before they became over $100 signature meals with Jim Koch as a guest. They were great in the heyday. The one at Rose & Crown some years ago was awesome.
we went to 2 beer dinners at R&C - and were SO upset when they discontinued them (or made them into the 1 time/Festival 'signature dinners' with Jim Koch). The beer dinners were FABULOUS
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I do think Disney knows about beer and food pairings - they had a beer dinner for a long time - I went to two of these before they became over $100 signature meals with Jim Koch as a guest. They were great in the heyday. The one at Rose & Crown some years ago was awesome.
Yes, they know about them, but they aren't up to date on what they can really do, or they don't care to check it out.

We have attended all the beer dinners. Yes, they were great. We still think the best one was upstairs in the American pavilion, small group, cocktail party style. Help yourself to each and everything, over and over again.
The chefs came out, explained everything, etc, just like a signature dinner (only casual). That was probably the best food of all the dinners also.
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Yes, they know about them, but they aren't up to date on what they can really do, or they don't care to check it out.
Maybe the problem is that they get too boxed in by "food and wine" and think that guests wouldn't be interested in something different. Which makes no sense at all based on the responses of those of you who've attended prior beer dinners. And I can vouch for that scotch & food pairing at Rose & Crown - it was a wonderful event and a terrific value for the money with fabulous food and generously poured (not cheap) scotch.

I've never understood why they don't branch out a little each year and stretch their wings. They could have a dessert pairing in France with different champagnes; they could have a real cheese pairing (not those sad imitations that they're charging $75 per person to attend) with ports and wines and even beer (here's an idea ... do three - one each!); and why in the name of all that is java can they not have an international coffee stand during the festival??? Tell Nescafe to take a bath for seven weeks and let people try real coffee from places like Africa, and South America, and Jamaica, and the Middle East ... we'd be all over something like that.

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We have attended all the beer dinners. Yes, they were great. We still think the best one was upstairs in the American pavilion, small group, cocktail party style. Help yourself to each and everything, over and over again. The chefs came out, explained everything, etc, just like a signature dinner (only casual). That was probably the best food of all the dinners also.
Jay and I would have loved attending something like this. The first couple of years that we attended F&W the dinners with Jim Koch were always at the end of the festival and we were never able to go. We've been lucky enough to hit a beer dinner or two here at home, though, and they've both been very tasty and a lot of fun.

I sometimes think the planners get into a comfort zone where they think they know what everyone wants and they're leery of taking any risk. And I don't understand that because when they have taken risks it's usually paid off for them.
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why in the name of all that is java can they not have an international coffee stand during the festival??? Tell Nescafe to take a bath for seven weeks and let people try real coffee from places like Africa, and South America, and Jamaica, and the Middle East ... we'd be all over something like that.
Over the last couple of years, I have become very fond of pod coffee, brewed in an espresso machine. Each pod contains real coffee, ground for making esspresso. There are many different coffees, both single variety and blends from places such as Africa, South America, Jamaica, and the Middle East.

The sealed pods mean the coffee is kept perfectly fresh until the espresso machine breaks the foil on the pod.

The espresso machine and pods that I use are part of the Nespresso system, so there would be no reason for Nescafe to 'take a bath'.

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InBev hasn't participated in the festival in a couple of years - ever since they bought Anheuser Busch, which owns some other area theme parks.
They might not formally participate in F&W (ie. the tastings they used to do at the UK) but every single beer served at the beers of the world booth by the UK last year was an InBev brand (but it was nice to see Hoegaarden at the festival).

We also attended first SA dinner (only $55)...oh the good old days of F&W.

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Over the last couple of years, I have become very fond of pod coffee, brewed in an espresso machine. Each pod contains real coffee, ground for making esspresso. There are many different coffees, both single variety and blends from places such as Africa, South America, Jamaica, and the Middle East.

The sealed pods mean the coffee is kept perfectly fresh until the espresso machine breaks the foil on the pod.

The espresso machine and pods that I use are part of the Nespresso system, so there would be no reason for Nescafe to 'take a bath'.

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That's totally cool - I had no idea pod coffee would be that tasty, but I'm still a coffee newbie. And if Nescafe already has a system in place then that's an even better reason for Epcot to consider adding something like this to the festival line-up - unless I'm totally off the mark in thinking that an international coffee stand would be a hit with attendees. And that's entirely possible ... I miss the mark a lot.
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Old 08-08-2009, 11:47 AM   #894
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Food & Wine Pairing in Marrakesh is not wheelchair accessible.

After several phone calls we were finally able to speak directly with Restaurant Marrakesh management. The Food & Wine Pairing will be again held in the raised area of the restaurant.

We did this pairing several years ago, DH had to be moved to a regular chair & then carried up steps by waiters. It was not only embarrassing but scary for him. After speaking with the Marrakesh management, no other arrangements have been made for wheelchair accessibility for this event.

What a shame because the food was excellent.
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That's too bad. I can't believe they wouldn't do something to make it more accessible. Can't they put a ramp over the stairs to allow him to manuever on his own? There aren't that many stairs leading to that elevated section and I can't imagine they don't have a portable ramp somewhere in Epcot that the restaurant can use.

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Food & Wine Pairing in Marrakesh is not wheelchair accessible.

After several phone calls we were finally able to speak directly with Restaurant Marrakesh management. The Food & Wine Pairing will be again held in the raised area of the restaurant.

We did this pairing several years ago, DH had to be moved to a regular chair & then carried up steps by waiters. It was not only embarrassing but scary for him. After speaking with the Marrakesh management, no other arrangements have been made for wheelchair accessibility for this event.

What a shame because the food was excellent.
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That's too bad. I can't believe they wouldn't do something to make it more accessible. Can't they put a ramp over the stairs to allow him to manuever on his own? There aren't that many stairs leading to that elevated section and I can't imagine they don't have a portable ramp somewhere in Epcot that the restaurant can use.

I think you should elevate your concerns to another level.
We will write a letter, but we won't be booking that event. Right now I'm just hoping to make other WC diser's aware of this. It stinks, but after years of confronting this stuff you get tired of fighting.
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Food & Wine Pairing in Marrakesh is not wheelchair accessible.

After several phone calls we were finally able to speak directly with Restaurant Marrakesh management. The Food & Wine Pairing will be again held in the raised area of the restaurant.

We did this pairing several years ago, DH had to be moved to a regular chair & then carried up steps by waiters. It was not only embarrassing but scary for him. After speaking with the Marrakesh management, no other arrangements have been made for wheelchair accessibility for this event.
I use a powerchair. At F&W 2005 They had to set up a table for my wife & I on the main floor because there was no way for me to get to the raised platform. That was a mistake. Half the fun of F&W is chatting to other guests. We were isolated from the party. We couldn't hear the speakers. They did come down to our table, but a (very) quick summary is not the same thing.

We pointed out they had an accessibility problem and they assured us it would be sorted next year.

When booking for F&W 2006 I double checked when booking and was assured there wouldn't be a problem. There was. I refused to accept a separate table again and demanded my money back.

Got into an argument with the restaurant manager and the event organiser at the front desk. We must have been loud, because another guest came out and advised me to go to guest relations and demand to see a manager (not the CM on the counter)

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We did exactly that. We got a lot of meaningless PR speak from the manager and were credited a refund. Wrote to California - got a similar brush-off. I bet you get the same standard letter I got. Here in England it's called 'p***ing into the wind'.

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Can't they put a ramp over the stairs to allow him to manuever on his own? There aren't that many stairs leading to that elevated section and I can't imagine they don't have a portable ramp somewhere in Epcot that the restaurant can use.
They almost certainly couldn't provide a temporary ramp that was safe. For safety, the ramp would have to be no steeper than about 1:10. The platform (from memory) is 2'6" to 3' high making for a ramp 25 to 30 feet long.With safety handrails each side makes for a formidable piece of construction.

However, neither time I was there were there more than a handfull of diners on the main floor. They could easily have set up the F&W dinner at the lower level.

Skipped F&W 2007. Didn't book Marakesh 2008. Won't ever book there again!

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Wow ... I'm so sorry to hear this about Restaurant Marrakesh and Epcot. I never would have thought they'd be so indifferent to your needs and just so unfriendly. You're absolutely right that there is plenty of room on the main floor for them to hold the event, especially at 3PM in the afternoon. That they don't want to do so to accomodate guests with extra needs is mind-boggling to me.

And thank you for the clarification about the ramp - I wasn't sure if what I proposed was feasible or not, so I appreciate you taking the time to explain it to me.
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I use a powerchair. At F&W 2005 They had to set up a table for my wife & I on the main floor because there was no way for me to get to the raised platform. That was a mistake. Half the fun of F&W is chatting to other guests. We were isolated from the party. We couldn't hear the speakers. They did come down to our table, but a (very) quick summary is not the same thing.

We pointed out they had an accessibility problem and they assured us it would be sorted next year.

When booking for F&W 2006 I double checked when booking and was assured there wouldn't be a problem. There was. I refused to accept a separate table again and demanded my money back.

Got into an argument with the restaurant manager and the event organiser at the front desk. We must have been loud, because another guest came out and advised me to go to guest relations and demand to see a manager (not the CM on the counter)


We did exactly that. We got a lot of meaningless PR speak from the manager and were credited a refund. Wrote to California - got a similar brush-off. I bet you get the same standard letter I got. Here in England it's called 'p***ing into the wind'.


They almost certainly couldn't provide a temporary ramp that was safe. For safety, the ramp would have to be no steeper than about 1:10. The platform (from memory) is 2'6" to 3' high making for a ramp 25 to 30 feet long.With safety handrails each side makes for a formidable piece of construction.

However, neither time I was there were there more than a handfull of diners on the main floor. They could easily have set up the F&W dinner at the lower level.

Skipped F&W 2007. Didn't book Marakesh 2008. Won't ever book there again!

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Andrew, As we say here in America "You're preaching to the Choir!" which means we totally understand you! We have written letter, after letter about a non-food related problem at the Beach Club. Yes we have received meaning-less replies and the problem still remains.

My husband said the same thing about the ramp! Are you an engineer also? I didn't understand it, but for the ramp to be ADA complaint it would have to extend through the whole restuarant. However, my DH would have been much happier with a non-compliant ramp than being moved by servers & carried up steps in a chair. Definitely not any safer.

I am surprised to learn that we were not the first to have that problem! We had figured it was due to the fact that Marrakesh was not a Disney run restaurant, but it is still on Disney property & should follow the same guidelines as Disney.

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Wow ... I'm so sorry to hear this about Restaurant Marrakesh and Epcot. I never would have thought they'd be so indifferent to your needs and just so unfriendly. You're absolutely right that there is plenty of room on the main floor for them to hold the event, especially at 3PM in the afternoon. That they don't want to do so to accomodate guests with extra needs is mind-boggling to me.

And thank you for the clarification about the ramp - I wasn't sure if what I proposed was feasible or not, so I appreciate you taking the time to explain it to me.
B, What is surprising to me, is that the manager on duty & the servers could not have been more friendly & helpful! So right now I just really sort of confused by the whole thing.
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Hoping to book Victoria & Alberts special dinner Does anyone know if I will have to call a different telephone number to book it? I know you do for normal ressies and wondered if that was true for the F&W show.
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