Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for the ‘Food’ Category

Summer in Orlando at DisneyVisitors to Orlando will have another reason to celebrate this summer, as Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek presents SummerBlast!, May 25 through Sept. 4, 2012.  This summer-long schedule of special events, activities and programs will celebrate 104 days of summer vacation.

The Summer Blast! program is for guests of Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, conveniently located inside the gates of Walt Disney World® Resort.   The summer-long schedule for SummerBlast!  includes ongoing events, as well as special activities throughout the season.  Highlights include:

  • SummerBlast! Pool Parties:   Celebrate summer in style with DJ Splash!  Join the crew for the summer’s hottest hits, Orlando-inspired games, and special prizes!  [Saturdays: 12:30-2:30pm]
  • Ducktona 500 – The Great Summer Blast! Duck Race:  You’ve got to see this to appreciate it!  Guests can “adopt” a rubber duck during our race around the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek lazy river pool!   Winners will draw a special prize, which could include a return weekend stay at the resort!  [Saturdays; weather permitting; 2:30pm]
  • SummerBlast! Dive-In Movie Nights:  End the night with a family movie on our big screen, located poolside.  Grab a lounge chair or relax while floating inside the pool.  [Nightly, weather permitting; May 25- Sept. 4; See schedule for times]
  • SummerBlast! Arts and Crafts:  Kids love to bring home souvenirs, and the recreation team will be ready to help them make something special to remember their visit.  Projects could include:  Beach Bag Art, Treasure Box Creation, T-shirt Design, Color Me Bears, Backpack Art, Florida Gecko Craft, and Animal Art.  [Arts and Crafts sessions vary daily, weather permitting.  See schedule for exact activities and times – there is a fee for arts and crafts sessions.]
  • SummerBlast! Pool Activities:  Our recreation team is ready to rock, making your summer a blast, with a full schedule including activities like mini-football games, water basketball, float races, Marco Polo, candy bingo, beach ball dodge ball, H20 Pac Man, line dance fun, hula hoop games, pool relay games, line dance fun, float races, etc.  [Activities vary daily, weather permitting.  See schedule for exact events and times]
  • Cupcake Crazy:  On Friday evenings after check in, join our team in the lobby for an opportunity to decorate your own cupcake.  It’s like edible arts and crafts!  Don’t forget to take a picture to post on Facebook!
  • Poolside Barbecue:  Join us as we crank up the barbecue poolside with your favorite summertime favorites available hot off the grill, including a selection of gourmet hot dogs!
  • S’mores:  Gather around the fire pit and roast your own marshmallows, and make the perfect s’mores! [weather permitting.  See schedule for exact events and times]
  • Golf Getaway Package at Waldorf Astoria Golf Club: Enjoy a relaxing 18 holes for $95 including rental clubs and a $20 food/beverage credit at the cart. Package available from 9am-12pm Saturdays & Sundays.
  • Saturday Golf Clinics:  Enjoy small group golf instruction from our PGA Golf Staff at Waldorf Astoria Golf Club.  Taylor Made golf clubs provided if needed.  Beginner to moderate-based instruction. 10am-11am, $35 per person, sleeve of logo golf balls included.
  • Specialty Weekends:   Throughout the summer, we will feature several specialty weekends with additional activities or entertainment.  For further details, visit the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek website
    • Memorial Day Weekend, featuring SummerBlast! Fireworks (Saturday May 26)
    • Cupcake Lovers Weekend (June 15 and 16), featuring activities with America’s favorite snack
    • Smokin’ Hot Dogs & BBQ Weekend (August 10 and 11), featuring the “Smokin’ Hot BBQ Buffet” and a selection of mind-blowing gourmet hot dog treats!
    • Fourth of July Weekend, featuring SummerBlast! Fireworks (Saturday July 7)

In addition, one family every weekend will be randomly selected to be the SummerBlast Weekend Ambassadors of FUN, and will receive special prizes and experiences throughout their stay.

Advertisements

Read Full Post »

You’re Invited.

A ROYAL TEA
Peacock Alley
Waldorf Astoria Orlando
Sunday, May 6, 2012
3 o’clock pm until 5 o’clock pm

NEW!  Due to its popularity, A Royal Tea at Waldorf Astoria Orlando
is now presented every Sunday afternoon.

Treasure time together as you nibble on finely prepared tea sandwiches
and house-made sweets, while sipping premium hot tea and
listening to live music on the piano.

Add a glass of champagne for a “Grand Royal Tea.”

$30 Adult Royal Tea
$15 Children’s Royal Tea
$35 “Grand” Royal Tea

Reservations highly recommended.  Please dial 407-597-5409.

To preview the menu for A Royal Tea, please click here.


Read Full Post »

Having an office next to the director of Food & Beverage for Waldorf Astoria Orlando and Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek  has it perks.  Especially when that office is occupied by Francis Metais, one of the most brilliant minds in food and beverage today.

Sometimes, Francis would emerge from his office and make an official pronouncement of the day’s conquest, often to nobody in particular.  It was a ritual to mark the beginning of his latest project.

This happened time and time again, always with amazing results… and a parade of “test meals” fresh from the Waldorf Astoria kitchens, located one floor below.

These were innovative  ideas that eventually became menu staples, along with raves from our guests – items like “The Lemon” and “Pasta Explosion” at Bull & Bear, for instance. Sometimes they were twists on a favorite, like hummus made from edamame, or a chocolate dessert made from lentil beans.

I didn’t always comprehend his vision, partially because of his perfectly thick French accent.  But the proof, as they say, was always in the pudding.  And I (as well as other members of the Marketing and PR team), made sure we were readily available to lend our taste buds to the cause.

Bonnet Creek Cinnamon Rolls But one day, I understood Francis loud and clear:  “Keith, this week we will make the most amazing cinnamon rolls you have ever tasted,” he said.  “I will bring you one.”

As you can imagine, it was difficult to work that morning.  I love cinnamon rolls, and I had no doubt these would dazzle.  Francis is a classically trained pastry chef from France, and his work alongside executive pastry chef Kurtis Baguley is legendary.  He is the pastry team’s biggest cheerleader, as they have developed new menu items that lead the Orlando market.

That afternoon, I heard the door open, and a team of chefs came in, led by chef Kurtis.  I could smell the sweet aroma of cinnamon.  My mouth began to water.

I heard muffled conversations, followed by a click.  The door closed. The cinnamon smell slowly faded away.

Oh no.  Panic set in.   I could hear the ticking of the clock.  My mind raced.

Confused, I stuck my head in Francis’ office.  “Where’s the cinnamon rolls,” I said, hoping to find a platter in his office.

“They were good – really good,” he said.  “But we had some more ideas.  We’ll try again tomorrow.”

This happened several more times that week:  a team of chef came in… followed by discussions… and the team of chefs would leave with an unfinished platter of cinnamon rolls in tow.

I could barely stand it.

Then finally one day, Francis appeared in my office:  “Keith, we are ready,” he proclaimed.  “Take a bite.”

The magic hour had arrived.  It all came down to this.

And one bite was all it took.  I was in love.

I could see the smile on Francis’ face.  “Now that is a Waldorf Astoria cinnamon roll,” he said.

If this were a movie, there would have been a crescendo of music.  People would have applauded.  Tears would have been shed.

Me?  I took a second bite.

Wow.  The dough,  a wonderful mixture of textures similar to that of a croissant or a Danish, was extremely light, airy, and flaky.  The icing soaked into the dough, creating, well, the perfect cinnamon roll.

Hungry?  You can experience for yourself what we refer to as the Bonnet Creek Cinnamon Roll.  At Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, they are served warm at MUSE, the lobby coffee and sweet shop.   Guests come down early in the morning to claim their treat before we sell out for the day.   Yes, they are that popular.    At Waldorf Astoria Orlando, they are often found on the breakfast buffet at Oscar’s, where a pastry bar is filled with the many of innovations of Francis and Chef Kurtis… all developed with enthusiasm and baked with love.

A visit to either hotel just isn’t complete without a bite.  And listen for the crescendo of music in your head!

Read Full Post »

Sushi Restaurant at Disney World

Zeta Bar Serves the Best Sushi inside the gates of Disney World.

Did you know Zeta Bar at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek is Orlando’s newest place for sensational sushi?

The man behind the sushi at Zeta Bar is Chef Daniel Ling.  Chef Daniel was born in Hong Kong and came to the United States in 1988 to work as a server in Epcot’s Nine Dragons Restaurant.

After Disney, Daniel decided to further the hospitality education that he started in Hong Kong by attending Mid Florida Tech, followed by  the California Sushi Academy in Venice Beach.  After graduating, he worked as a Sushi Chef in California before returning to Central Florida, where he was Sushi Chef at Kimono’s, a popular sushi establishment.

Daniel left Kimono’s after 12 years to join us in Zeta Bar as Sushi Chef Extraordinaire.

Be sure to say hello to Chef Daniel at Zeta Bar… and we recommend the Dragon Roll!

Read Full Post »

Orlando Home & Leisure  releases their Best of Orlando issue in May.  In anticipation of its release, here is a mention of Bull & Bear from the blog of Rona Gindin, the magazine’s food editor…

Tomahawk steak presentation at Bull & Bear, inside Waldorf Astoria Orlando

Tomahawk steak presentation at Bull & Bear, inside Waldorf Astoria Orlando

Most Indulgent Steak in All of Orlando “Fat equals flavor,” dietitians dictate when explaining why fat-free versions of traditional desserts are unsatisfying. So imagine how sated you’ll feel after sharing the Tomahawk steak for two at Bull & Bear, since the 36-ounce hunk of beef is served with extra “flavor.”

Here’s how it works at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando’s signature restaurant. Once you order, a server will discretely place a candle that is in a stainless steel gravy boat on your table. When the  28-day dry-aged Four Diamond Harris Ranch steak arrives, your server will pick up that gravy boat with the candle in it and pour some of the “wax” onto your meat

As it turns out, the Bull & Bear candle is made of beef fat, seasoned with the mix that chefs sprinkle onto steaks in the kitchen. As it melts, a “gravy,” let’s call it, accumulates at the bottom of the gravy boat. And it’s that luscious liquid that tops your Tomahawk. This subtle surprise enhances the Tomahawk significantly — not that this expertly aged hunka flesh needs improvement.

Read Full Post »

You’re Invited.

A ROYAL TEA
Peacock Alley
Waldorf Astoria Orlando
Sunday, April 29, 2012
3 o’clock until 5 o’clock, in the afternoon

Treasure time together as you nibble on finely prepared
tea sandwiches and house-made sweets,
while sipping premium hot tea and
listening to live piano.
Add a glass of champagne for a “Grand Royal Tea.”

$30 Adult Royal Tea
$15 Children’s Royal Tea
$35 “Grand” Royal Tea

Menu

Reservations highly recommended.  Please dial 407-597-5409.


Please Mark Your Calendars for Future Royal Teas:

Sunday, May 13, 2012 – A Mother’s Day Tea!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Read Full Post »

You’re Invited.

A ROYAL TEA
Peacock Alley
Waldorf Astoria Orlando
Friday, April 13, 2012
3 o’clock pm until 4:30 pm

Treasure time together as you nibble on finely prepared tea sandwiches and
house-made sweets, while sipping premium hot tea and
listening to live piano music.
Add a glass of champagne for a “Grand Royal Tea.”

$30 Adult Royal Tea
$15 Children’s Royal Tea
$35 “Grand” Royal Tea

Reservations highly recommended.  Please dial 407-597-5409.

To preview the menu for the Royal Tea, please click here.

Please Mark Your Calendars for Future Royal Teas:

Friday, April 27, 2012

Friday, May 11, 2012

Friday, May 25, 2012

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »