The night before the official debut of the re-imagined California Grill, we hosted our first resort-based Disney Parks Blog meet-up and offered readers an early opportunity to experience the restaurant, taste the new dishes and meet the chefs behind the amazing flavors.
We kicked things off at Disney’s Contemporary Resort with hor d’oeuvres before Chef Brian Piasecki invited everyone into the dining room to taste the food. Some of the choices were Hand Carved Oak Fired Filet of Beef with Heirloom Tomato Risotto, Pacific Coast Halibut with Parsnip Silk and Pork Two Ways – Grilled Tenderloin with Goat Cheese Polenta and Lacquered Belly with Country Applesauce. Everyone had a favorite dish.
During the night, Chef Brian and Chef Jeff Barnes also interacted with readers and talked about the different menu items and flavors while a DJ played background music in the main dining room. Debbie Petersen from Walt Disney Imagineering also talked with guests about the details of the restaurant.
After dinner, the new desserts at California Grill took center stage. And probably the most talked about treat was Pastry Chef Jeff Barnes’ favorite – the Sundae Sampler, a trio with a Coke float, strawberry sundae and caramel corn sundae.
To end the meet-up, the lights dimmed and everyone enjoyed my favorite view of the Wishes Nighttime Spectacular from the California Grill balcony.
Thank you to everyone who attended last night’s event. As always, it was wonderful meeting so many new readers and fans of the Disney Parks Blog. And a few of you asked about making future reservations last night, so here’s the information – visit www.disneyworld.com/dine or call 407-WDW-DINE (3463).
Be sure to keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for information about our next meet-up opportunity.