While we can always find something delicious to eat at any Disneyland Resort restaurant, one of our favorite “go-to” spots is Storytellers Cafe at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, where Chef Chris Faulkner keeps the kitchen running. We always start with a bowl of the charred Nebraska corn chowder (and sometimes that with a bowl of seasonal berries is lunch).
Chef Chris started working at the Disneyland Resort as a teenage busboy, clearing plates at the Plaza Inn at Disneyland park in the 1990s. And it wasn’t long before he knew that a culinary career was his calling. “Even as a busboy, I loved the camaraderie in the kitchen,” says Chris.
Storytellers Cafe is one of the busiest restaurants in the Disneyland Resort hotels, and Chris says he loves the challenge and enjoys working with his diverse, energetic team. The restaurant’s menu is focused on California cuisine, and one of his favorite jobs is sourcing sustainable fish and seasonal fruits and vegetables.
“With local, seasonal produce, the price is lower, it’s the freshest and most flavorful,” he explains. And while there’s a little something for everyone on the generous breakfast and dinner buffets, you’ll always find seasonal fruits and veggies. And with the a la carte dinner menu, Chris says he has more latitude to create delicious seasonal dishes, such as zucchini blossoms in the spring and heirloom tomatoes in the summertime. Right now, it’s lemon prawns tossed with a low-fat citrus sauce, tomatoes and veggies served with orzo.
What’s your favorite “go-to” Disneyland Resort restaurant?