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Chocolate and Liquor Tasting on a Disney Cruise

posted on April 24th, 2015 by Salah Chetbi, Dining and Beverage Standards and Consistency Manager, Disney Cruise Line


Looking for a new activity to do on your next Disney cruise with your love? Our decadent Chocolate and Liquor Tasting is a popular choice for couples and a fun way to indulge together.

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First, our sommelier will introduce you to the history of chocolate and its production method. Next, you’ll dive into pairing premium chocolate with alcoholic beverages. The sommelier will explain the way to taste white and dark chocolate, including melted chocolate, with wine, Champagne and scotch, explaining the reaction of sweet or bitter chocolate on the palate.

Up next, I’ll give you taste of our Tequila and Margarita seminar, another great date option for couples and a fun activity for friends.


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Whiskey and Cognac Tastings on a Disney Cruise

posted on April 17th, 2015 by Salah Chetbi, Dining and Beverage Standards and Consistency Manager, Disney Cruise Line


Now that I’ve told you about the wine, martini and champagne tastings you can join on your next Disney cruise, it’s time to talk about our whiskey and Cognac seminars. These tastings give you a chance to sample spirits aged to perfection, learning to appreciate their unique characteristics and tastes.

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Whiskey Tasting

Our Whiskey Tasting is for both those of you with experience drinking this spirit and those of you who are interested in making it your drink of choice. You’ll explore different types, including Scotch, Irish, Canadian and American whiskeys, learning what they are made from and the process of making them. The bartender will teach you how to properly drink whiskey and how to recognize its aromas and flavors.

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Cognac Tasting

What is Cognac, and how do you actually pronounce it? This seminar dives into these commonly asked questions and so much more, including the history and production method of this smooth drink. Like all fine beverages, there’s an art to tasting Cognac, which our bartender will thoroughly explain during this interesting experience. Some of the Cognacs you’ll sample could include Courvoisier, Hennessy and Remy Martin.

Now that I’ve shared seminars for all tastes, next week I’ll tell you about one that is perfect for couples…chocolate and liquor tasting!

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Martini and Champagne Tastings on a Disney Cruise

posted on April 7th, 2015 by Salah Chetbi, Dining and Beverage Standards and Consistency Manager, Disney Cruise Line


Last week I kicked off a new series to tell you about some of the beverage seminars we offer onboard as another way for adults to indulge on a Disney cruise. Today I want to tell you about our sophisticated Martini and Champagne Tastings.

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Martini Tasting

In our Martini Tasting, you’ll sample a variety of gin- or vodka-based cocktails, each one with a unique taste and method of creation. In addition to the Classic Martini, we’ll introduce you to specialty cocktails with a modern twist, like the Cosmopolitan or Apple Martini, and dessert drinks, like the Toblerone Martini or Chocolate Martini.

After an introduction to the history of the Martini, the bartender will explain the secrets and curiosities that evolve around the world of Martinis. How did the martini become so famous? Gin or Vodka? Shaken or Stirred? Olive or Lemon?

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Champagne Tasting

During our Champagne Tasting, our knowledgeable wine team will take you on a journey from France to Italy and all around the world with some of our best Champagnes and sparkling wines, like Moët & Chandon Imperial and Taittinger Prestige Rosé. We’ll also introduce you to the art of mixing traditional Champagnes and sparkling wines with liquor to make delicious Champagne cocktails.

Check back next week to learn about our whiskey and cognac tastings.

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From Stem to Stern Wine Tasting on a Disney Cruise

posted on April 3rd, 2015 by Salah Chetbi, Dining and Beverage Standards and Consistency Manager, Disney Cruise Line


If you’ve sailed with us before, you know that entertaining our adult guests is just as important to us as keeping the little ones happy. One of the ways we do that is through our adult enrichment series, including behind-the-scenes experiences and various seminars, like our beverage tastings.

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Over the next several weeks, I’ll give you a closer look at some of the sophisticated tastings you can join on your next Disney cruise, starting today with our “From Stem to Stern” wine event where a knowledgeable sommelier teaches you to sip like a pro. During this experience, you’ll sample wines from around the world. Our sommelier will tell you about the history of winemaking and discuss the production method and classification of five different types of wines.

If you’re new to wine tasting, this experience is a great introduction to the art of identifying the taste, aroma and character of wine. For the connoisseur, it’s the perfect way to indulge your senses and expand your knowledge. You’ll have the opportunity to savor the flavors of both Old World wines, such as those from France, Italy or Spain, and New World wines from the United States, Argentina, Australia or other regions around the globe. What’s more, you’ll get the chance to speak one-on-one with the Head Sommelier from Palo, our fine dining Italian restaurant, whose knowledge of wine will impress even the most distinguished guests.

We offer different beverage tastings on each ship and itinerary, and I look forward to telling you about more of them in the coming weeks. What’s been your favorite beverage tasting with us so far?

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Behind the Scenes: Three Michelin-Starred Chef Arnaud Lallement Discusses His Culinary Creations at Disney Cruise Line’s Remy

posted on March 9th, 2015 by Salah Chetbi, Dining and Beverage Standards and Consistency Manager, Disney Cruise Line


Last week, you heard from Chef Arnaud Lallement, advising chef at Remy, about his role with Disney Cruise Line. We are privileged to have him, a three Michelin-starred chef from France, work alongside the award-winning Victoria & Albert’s Chef Scott Hunnel to develop the menu at our premier fine dining restaurant on the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream.

In this next video, Chef Arnaud talks through some of what makes the cuisine at Remy so unique and exceptional. A word of warning before you watch … your mouth is about to begin watering!

Recently I’ve shared with you some of the newest ways you can experience the unparalleled cuisine at Remy, beyond our leisurely dinner. Take a look back at my previous posts to discover our many fine dining options for your next voyage with us:

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A Look at Disney Cruise Line’s Remy Through the Eyes of Three Michelin-Starred Advising Chef Arnaud Lallement

posted on March 2nd, 2015 by Salah Chetbi, Dining and Beverage Standards and Consistency Manager, Disney Cruise Line


The ever-changing menu at our French-inspired restaurant, Remy, is created by two prestigious chefs, Scott Hunnel and Arnaud Lallement, who are both internationally known for their outstanding culinary creations. My guess is that many of you have enjoyed cuisine from Chef Scott Hunnel at the award-winning Victoria & Albert’s at Walt Disney World Resort. But if you haven’t dined at Remy on the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream yet, you most likely haven’t had the exceptional experience of tasting dishes developed by Chef Arnaud Lallement.

Today I want to give you the chance to hear first-hand from Chef Arnaud about his commitment to bringing the same excellence to Remy that you’ll enjoy at L’Assiette Champenoise, his Michelin three-star restaurant just outside Reims, France. He sails with us throughout the year to develop new menu items and work with the onboard culinary team, so I took the opportunity on his last visit to talk with him about his role at Remy. Take a look at this video to hear what he had to say …

Check back next week to hear more from Chef Arnaud about his inspiration for creating the exquisite cuisine that sets Remy apart from any other restaurant at sea!

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A Mouthwatering Glimpse at Remy’s Dessert Experience on the Disney Fantasy

posted on February 5th, 2015 by Salah Chetbi, Dining and Beverage Standards and Consistency Manager, Disney Cruise Line


Bonjour! I’m back to tell you more about our newest premium culinary offerings at Remy, our French-inspired fine dining restaurant. Dessert lovers, this one is for you!

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Now offered on the Disney Fantasy, Pompidou’s Patisseries Dessert Experience is your chance to indulge in decadent desserts handcrafted by Remy’s award-wining chefs. It is offered in the afternoon once each cruise during a day at sea, providing a unique alternative for our adult guests.

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One of the exclusive aspects of this event is that it is hosted by Remy’s Executive Chef and Executive Pastry Chef. Throughout the six-course tasting, these culinary masters provide insight into the history of desserts, including the artistry of crafting sweet masterpieces. Like our dinner menu, the desserts vary by season. One of our featured items on the menu now is an orange crème pâtissière inside an orange-flavored tuile wafer. Another is our raspberry sorbet paired with vanilla ice cream, French vanilla meringues and fresh raspberries, topped with a raspberry sauce.

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In addition to tasting these delicious desserts, it is the opportunity for the intimate and in-depth culinary dialogue with the chefs at Remy that makes Pompidou’s Patisseries Dessert Experience a must-do for every Disney cruise. Now tell me, of the new Remy offerings I’ve told you about recently – this dessert experience, the Petites Assiettes progressive tasting event, the truffle menu and the caviar selections – which are you most excited to try?

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Caviar Selections and Seasonal Truffle Menu at Remy on the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream

posted on January 16th, 2015 by Salah Chetbi, Dining and Beverage Standards and Consistency Manager, Disney Cruise Line


Today I want to tell you more about the expanded collection of premium culinary offerings at Remy, our French-inspired fine dining specialty restaurant on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy. In addition to the brand-new Petites Assiettes experience that I shared with you last week, Remy is offering new ways for guests to taste two of my favorite delicacies, caviar and truffles.

Let’s start with the caviar. Remy’s selections are offered a-la-carte, and options include farm-raised varieties of Osetra and Sevruga caviars from regions in France and Russia. Caviar is served on a platter with blini pancakes, an egg cake and a delicious, creamy sauce, along with a specially selected Krug Grande Année Champagne.

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Now to our truffle menu, offered seasonal from November through February. I can think of no better way to celebrate truffle season than with the addition of this premium menu. Remy’s truffle collection includes white Alba and black Périgord truffles, and the rich flavors of this luxurious ingredient are infused throughout the six-course menu.

Exquisite dishes such as gnocchi potato served with a truffle puree and garnished with grated truffle, fresh Maine lobster coupled with lobster bisque and truffle-seasoned Parisian fried potatoes and seared Wagyu beef over truffle glazed baby vegetables are followed by a selection of refined cheeses and a sweet indulgence.

Be sure to stop by Remy on the first day of your cruise and talk to our hostess about dining in this not-to-miss restaurant. You’re sure to be impressed with these new premium offerings, along with our elegant dinner and brunch options.

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Disney Cruise Line Expands Collection of Premium Culinary Offerings at Remy, Including New Progressive Tasting Experience

posted on January 8th, 2015 by Salah Chetbi, Dining and Beverage Standards and Consistency Manager, Disney Cruise Line


Bonjour! If you’ve enjoyed dinner or brunch at our French-inspired restaurant, Remy, on the Disney Fantasy or Disney Dream, no doubt you agree it’s a dining experience unlike any other. The combination of a sophisticated adult-only setting, impeccable service and elegant dishes developed by three Michelin-starred Chef Arnaud Lallement and award-winning Chef Scott Hunnel are unparalleled.

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Now, we’ve expanded our collection of offerings at Remy to include a unique tasting opportunity, a decadent dessert experience, a seasonal truffle menu and special caviar selections. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be telling you more about these offerings, but today I want to give you details on the brand-new Petites Assiettes de Remy, a progressive tasting experience that is the perfect introduction to this fine dining restaurant.

The Petites Assiettes de Remy experience is designed to provide a taste of Remy, where adult guests travel throughout the restaurant to sample small plates of Remy’s gourmet cuisine and fine wine. It is offered during the early evening hours on the first day of each cruise and is hosted by the Executive Chef who serves as an epicurean guide for this six-course culinary journey.

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Throughout the Petites Assiettes experience, Remy’s Sommelier joins the Executive Chef to present specially selected wine that pairs perfectly with each dish.

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Following the first course of blinis with Californian caviar and Champagne in Remy’s spectacular wine room, for the next four courses guests move through the main dining room where they are presented with superb French-inspired dishes from the restaurant’s seasonal menu, such as grilled salmon with smoked salmon cream and Kobe beef with turnip and potato gratin.

Grilled Salmon with Smoked Salmon Cream Dish from the Petites Assiettes de Remy Experience Kobe Beef with Turnip and Potato Gratin Dish from the Petites Assiettes de Remy Experience

This unique tasting opportunity concludes with a sophisticated dessert and the final wine pairing in the private Chef’s Table dining room.

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Check back next week when I’ll tell you about the new offering at Remy created especially for dessert lovers.

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Disney Cruise Line Recipe: New Year’s Eve Cocktails

posted on December 26th, 2014 by Salah Chetbi, Dining and Beverage Standards and Consistency Manager, Disney Cruise Line


The countdown to the New Year has begun! Today, I’m sharing two of our adult beverages created especially for New Year’s Eve celebrations, the Countdown and Fireworks cocktails. I hope you’ve enjoyed my posts this month about the new drinks we’re serving during our Very Merrytime Cruises. Cheers to 2015!

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‘Countdown’ Cocktail

  • 2 OZ Midori
  • 1 OZ Absolut Citron
  • 1/2 OZ Elderflower St.Germaine
  • 1/2 OZ fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 OZ agave nectar
  • Sugar
  1. Mix Midori, Absolut Citron, Elderflower St.Germaine, fresh lemon juice and agave nectar.
  2. Moisten the rim of a martini glass and dip it in sugar.
  3. Pour drink into martini glass.

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‘Fireworks’ Cocktail

  • 4 OZ Prosecco
  • 1/2 OZ pomegranate syrup
  • 2 raspberries
  1. Mix Prosecco and pomegranate syrup.
  2. Pour into Champagne flute and top with raspberries.



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