Award-winning Chef Tim Keating at Flying Fish Cafe on Disney’s BoardWalk has a loyal following, and guests often ask him to create a special dinner –- something that’s not on the menu. And most of the regulars love a seat at the wide granite bar facing the on-stage kitchen.
Now the first six seats at the coveted “Chef’s Counter” are reserved for the new Chef’s Tasting Wine Dinner, a nightly affair that offers five courses paired with wine for a special evening –- “a new spin on menu items,” said Keating. And there’s plenty of interaction with the well-orchestrated team of chefs.
A typical dinner might include “Spring Catch Frutti di Mare” for a starter, followed by roasted Carolina Hills organic free-range chicken with morels, spring peas and mustard spätzle.
Next, slow-braised lamb shank and herbes de Provence-crusted lamb loin with heirloom gold beets, artichokes and dark cassis-laced syrah and lamb reduction. A cheese course includes Georgia’s Sweet Grass Dairy artisan cheeses, roasted plums and roasted mushroom croustade. Finish with early crop sweet Florida peaches and Tupelo honey.
Sommelier Keith Gimbel expertly pairs delicious wines with each course.
There are two seatings nightly Sunday through Thursday, at 5:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. Cost is $135, $85 without wine. Make reservations at 407-WDW-DINE. There are a handful of blackout dates throughout the year (mostly around busy holidays).