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Bar du Chocolat

If you are looking for an unusual (and chocolate-filled) experience over the holidays, be sure to drop by Waldorf Astoria Orlando, where you will find Bar du Chocolat, a chocolate extravaganza!

At this weekend fantasy of chocolate indulgence, guests can sample a selection of approximately 30 hand-made chocolates and pastries from the pastry kitchen of Chef Kurtis Baguley.  These aren’t your normal candy counter treats, either.  You can expect to find exotic creations made in-house using recipes from around the world.

Bar du Chocolat will be offered at Peacock Alley from 6-10pm every Friday and Saturday evening through Dec. 31, 2011.  The chocolate is priced by the piece.

Bar du Chocolat, a Chocolate Extravaganza!

Bar du Chocolat, a Chocolate Extravaganza!

Although the selection will vary every day, some of the items featured in the past include:

  • Mudslide Cookies
  • Chocolate Bon Bons
  • Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
  • Flourless Chocolate Cake
  • Chocolate Marquise Cake
  • Chocolate Crunch Cake
  • Chocolate Raspberry Cake
  • Parisian Macaroons
  • Chocolate Filigree Macaroons
  • Pot de crème Egg Shells
  • Peanut Butter Sandwich cookies
  • Chocolate Nougat
  • Chocolate Florentine
  • Chocolate Crunch Cubes
  • After Eight Mints
  • Chocolate Marshmallow S’mores
  • White Chocolate Sabayon
  • Chocolate Sausage
  • Peacock Pops
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Gluten-free Chocolate Chip Lentil Poppy Cookies
  • Cherry Cookies
  • Chocolate Bark
  • Caramel Pecan Bars
  • Inverted Chocolate Mélange
  • Chocolate Financier
  • Chocolate Shortbread Cookies
  • Choc-tail Shooters
  • Saboyan in the Shell
  • Tartuffi Chocolatto
  • Manjari Chocolat
  • Chocolate Porto Elixir
  • Chocolate Truffles
  • Praline and Chocolate Mousse Cake
  • Ivore Framboise
  • Chocolate Cigar and box
  • Almond Chocolate Cake
  • Chestnut Manjari Dome
  • Jivaria
  • Triple Ganache Parfait
  • Chocolate Mousse Dome
  • Chocolate Granola
  • Divine Brownies
  • Chocolate Cloud Cake
  • Dark Chocolate Almond Cake
  • Flourless Chocolate Dome
  • Triple Pave
  • Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
  • Chocolate éclair
  • Creamy Chocolate Flan
Chocolate Nougat with pistachio

Chocolate Nougat with pistachio

Raspberry tart in white chocolate shell with crystal sugar

Raspberry tart in white chocolate shell with crystal sugar

Bar du Chocolat
Friday and Saturday evenings through Dec. 31, 2011
Waldorf Astoria Orlando


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Did you know that most meals we eat today are better traveled than we are?   It’s not unusual for a tomato, for instance, to be grown in California and shipped by truck to Florida, where it is served at a restaurant located down the street from a tomato farm.

Bonnet Creek restaurants, including La Luce and Harvest Bistro have passionately worked to “source” food items from our own backyard, whenever feasible.  This is a concept known as “buying local.”

In celebration of this trend, Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek is proud to participate in EAT LOCAL WEEK, Nov. 11-18.  This is a week long celebration of local food, community and culture in Central Florida—created by more than 30 area farmers and food artisans, together with area restaurants. These participating restaurants, like La Luce by Donna Scala, offer prix-fixe menus ranging from $10 to $40, featuring ingredients sourced no more than 200 miles from Central Florida.

La Luce’s menu highlights the very best that Central Florida has to offer, including King Farm’s mustard greens and heirloom tomatoes, B&W Farm’s salad greens, Port Canaveral shrimp, Winter Park Dairy’s blue vinaigrette, and even a bread pudding soaked with Palm Ridge Reserve Whiskey, made in a micro-distillery located on a small cattle farm near Umatilla, Florida.  To view La Luce’s Eat Local Week menu, please click here.

To learn more about EAT LOCAL WEEK, visit the website, at:  http://www.eatlocalweek.com/

For more information on La Luce or to make a reservation,  please call 407-597-3738.

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Create a new family tradition by spending Thanksgiving weekend in Orlando… at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek!  This season, the hotel will feature special holiday activities, including the Saturday-night “Holiday Lights,” a fireworks show held exclusively for resort guests.

Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek Lazy River

In addition to a weekend of fun, visitors to Orlando can take advantage of holiday shopping opportunities at the city’s world-class malls and shopping districts, and enjoy Disney theme parks decked out in their holiday decorations.  Special theme park activities include Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parties at Magic Kingdom, The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Holidays Around the World at Epcot.

 Thanksgiving events at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek:

Holiday “Lights” Fireworks
Saturday, Nov. 26 at 9pm
Enjoy a special “Holiday Lights” fireworks show at 9pm. Prime viewing locations available from the Hilton Pool deck, the outdoor terrace of Sena lobby bar, and the resort promenade.

Thanksgiving Dinner at La Luce restaurant
Thursday Nov. 24, from 5-11pm
Enjoy our ala carte menu at the award-winning La Luce, with features from Chef Donna Scala, served on Thanksgiving Day.

Thanksgiving Family Dinner Buffet at Harvest Bistro
Thursday Nov. 24, from 4-10pm
Harvest Bistro will feature a holiday dinner buffet from 4-10pm.  This all-you-can-eat Thanksgiving feast includes hand-carved roasted turkey, and other traditional holiday fare. And here’s to happy endings — enjoy our homemade dessert finale.  The family dinner buffet is $39 for adults (excluding tax and gratuity), and children under age 12 eat free (up to two children per paid adult.)  Reservations are recommended (407-597-3600).

Celebrate Fall Festival
Thursday Nov. 24 through Saturday Nov. 26; 12:30-5pm
Your kids will be sure to thank you for this – it is Thanksgiving after all!  We’re set with a giant inflatable sport center and vertical rush slide!

Fireside Fun
Thursday Nov. 24 through Saturday Nov. 26; 6pm nightly
Join us fireside, as we celebrate with nightly fun, including Candy Bingo on Thursday, Family Charades on Friday, and Balloon Animals on Saturday.

Nightly S’mores… Served Poolside!
In honor of Thanksgiving, Beech Pool Bar will feature holiday cocktails, and home-made s’mores served fireside, for the kids.

Dive-In Movies
Thursday Nov. 24 through Saturday Nov. 26; 7pm nightly
Pull up a chair around the pool and watch a family movie on our giant inflatable screen, including a double-feature on Thanksgiving night!

Harvest Classic” Golf
Thanksgiving morning, Thursday Nov. 24
Play a round of golf before the big meal! This Waldorf Astoria Orlando tradition continues for a second year!  Harvest Classic features a 9am shotgun start at Waldorf Astoria Golf Club. $95 per person ($50 for 9 holes) includes complimentary rental clubs. Children 15 and under $25. For reservations, call 407-597-3783.

Gobble Golf – a Turkey of a Challenge
Friday Nov. 25; 10a-3p
This family event is on the Waldorf Astoria Golf Club putting green, from 10am until 3pm. Everyone who completes the free challenge wins a prize and everybody is entered to win a grand prize. Stop by at your leisure!

Football Fun
What’s Thanksgiving without football? Guests can enjoy the weekend’s NFL and college football action at Zeta Bar, where we will feature drink and food specials!

Specialty Drinks at Zeta Bar
During the weekend, Zeta will debut new holiday cocktails, including Pumpkin Spice Martini, Nut Cracker Surprise,  and Pumpkin Chai Cooler.

MUSE Coffee Bar & Sweet Shop
The holidays have arrived at MUSE, featuring flavored coffee and espresso drinks themed to each holiday.

Great Holiday Rates:

Book now and save 20% on our popular Bed & Breakfast package when you book The Great Escape. Starting at just $169 a night, the package includes breakfast each day and a deluxe room for you to rest in! At the resort you can choose from a variety of 12 restaurants and lounges and Kids Eat Free at Harvest Bistro. Guests also enjoy complimentary direct transportation to and from Disney® theme parks! !

Need a little more room? Book our Second Room Special! Book one room at our best available rate and receive the second room at 50% off. Rates start at $169 a night.

To make a reservation, please visit www.hiltonbonnetcreek.com/thanksgiving , or call 888-353-2013.

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Orlando Garage Sale

As they say… one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

As part of our community service initiative, Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek and Waldorf Astoria Orlando are hosting a Garage Sale,  Friday, October 7 and Saturday, October 8.

Items donated by our team members include: kitchenware, household furnishings, furniture, mechanical items, clothing, books, toys and much more.  In addition, we are featuring items from our guest rooms, including mirrors, lamps, pictures, odd and end furniture tables, and even sinks!

WHEN:   9:00 AM- 5:00 PM

WHERE: Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek Parking Garage
14100 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane
Orlando, Florida, 32821

  • Parking is complimentary
  • The sale is located immediately adjacent to the first floor of the parking garage.
  • Cash and Carry only

All proceeds will go toward the resort’s Employee Emergency Relief Fund.  Please come out to support the cause!

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Photo from Carrots 'n' Cake blog

In the summer of 2010, we invited a group of food bloggers to indulge in a one-of-a-kind experience: a fine-dining “Steak and Eggs Breakfast” at Bull & Bear.  After just a few bites, the participants raved over this memorable meal as some began tweeting mouth-watering photos to their fans.

Here were some of their comments:

  • In his blog The Wandering Cook, Marc Matsomato called it “one of the best meals I’ve ever eaten before 11am.”
  • In her blog NY City Mama, Carol Cain said [Bull & Bear] “aimed for unforgettable, and achieved it in the best way possible.”
  • In her blog Carrots ‘n’ Cake, Tina Haupert raved “My goodness was this meal impressive! I truly enjoyed it from beginning to end. Obviously, the food tasted amazing, but the staff at the Bull & Bear truly enhanced the dining experience.”
  • In her blog Food Mayhem,   Jessica Binder said the “adorable” (her word) Chef David Sears knows how to season the Certified Angus Beef.  “The atmosphere is one I want to come back for … , and of course for the Tomahawk Steaks.”

Almost immediately, our guests began to ask when we would be offering this opportunity again!

Bull & Bear, named Best Fine Dining by Orlando Home & Leisure and Orlando DiningGuide, is a dinner venue, so the meal was not offered again... until now.

For one month only during Orlando Food & Wine Weekends, we bring back the spectacle that is known as “Steak and Eggs Breakfast at Bull & Bear,” featuring prime-grade Certified Angus Beef. (Not only is Bull & Bear the only place to exclusively get this grade of meat in Orlando… it is probably the only place you can get it for breakfast in the entire country!)

Orlando Food & Wine Festival Weekends

Steak & Eggs Breakfast at Bull & Bear will be served Sunday mornings in October.  It is available for $49 per person, and includes tax and gratuity, as well as a drink from the Bloody Mary Station. (Menu available soon).

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Sir Harry's Lounge at Waldorf Astoria Orlando

Dan and Laura Curtis
Appearing Live
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Waldorf Astoria Orlando

Appearing live at Sir Harry’s Lounge,
for one night only, Dan and Laura Curtis from the United Kingdom.  The duo is the first to appear as part of the ongoing “Florida Keys” piano series at Waldorf Astoria Orlando, featuring  occasional appearances by musicians and pianists from around the world.

Daniel Curtis

Daniel Curtis

Dan and Laura Curtis are considered as one of the foremost ambassadors for the conservation of the music of the Great American Songbook in the United Kingdom.

The Great American Songbook offers a dazzling parade of American popular songs as seen and heard in some of the most beloved films and musicals ever made. Their concert repertoire includes the works of composers such as Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin, Jerome Kern and Cole Porter. Their arrangements of the songs are classical interpretations and delivered with sincerity.

Previous performances have included the Whitehall Palace, Banqueting House, Royal Albert Hall, Althorp House, Millennium Stadium and the Algonquin Hotel in New York City. They opened the 2010 Welsh Prom Series at St David’s Hall and have performed twice at the BAFTA Awards and Hay Festival. Performing at many notable Cathedrals including Lincoln Cathedral, Palma Cathedral, Notre Dame Cathedral and Salisbury Cathedral.

Please visit their website www.dlcmusic.com for more information and to listen to music samples.

Admission is complimentary.  

Enchanted Evenings at Waldorf Astoria Orlando

The appearance is part of Enchanted Evenings at Waldorf Astoria Orlando, a season-long tribute to summer in Orlando, featuring an ongoing slate of special events and activities, running through Labor Day weekend.

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Hilton Orlando Barbecue Weekends

As part of our Orlando Barbeque Weekends, we featured the Bonnet Creek Summer Show-Down, a competition among the chefs at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek and Waldorf Astoria Orlando.  For week one, we featured a chili cook-off.  For the second week, the chefs demonstrated their talent in making re-imagined versions of baked beans!  

The best part… our guests helped to choose the winner, giving the victorious chef bragging rights for an entire year!



Weekend Two Results

During our second Barbeque Weekend, our Bonnet Creek Summer Show-Down featured a Baked Beans Cook-off!  Here are the results: 

Chef Alberto Navarrete Arias of La Luce restaurant

Chef Alberto Navarrete Arias of La Luce restaurant

 Honey Barbecue Smoked Baked Beans with Beef Brisket
WINNER – Guest Choice

Chef Alberto Navarrete Arias, La Luce restaurant

Authentic “Boston-Style” Baked Beans
Chef Darren Molnar, Banquets

Baked Beans “Safari”
Chef Alex Olivier, Harvest Bistro

Molasses and Pancetta Baked Beans
Chef Roberto Hasche, Oscar’s restaurant

Spiced Jalapeno and Sourwood Honey Baked Beans
Chef David Sears, Bull & Bear restaurant


Weekend One Results

During our first Barbeque Weekend, our Bonnet Creek Summer Show-Down featured a Chili Cook-off!  There were two winners.  The first — the Team Member Choice — was chosen during an internal “preview” cook-off.  And, of course, the Guest Choice was chosen during our first Barbeque Weekend event.  Here are the results:

Chef Alex Olivier of Harvest Bistro

Chef Alex Olivier of Harvest Bistro

Albino White Bean Chili
WINNER – Guest Choice

Chef Alex Olivier, Harvest Bistro

Smoked Bison and Pasilla Pepper Chili
WINNER – Team Member Choice

Chef David Sears, Bull & Bear restaurant

Avery Island Chili
Chef Darren Molnar, Banquets

 Pablano and Italian pork Sausage Chili
Chef Alberto Navarrete Arias, La Luce restaurant

Cayenne Pepper Beef Chili with Valhrona Cocoa Powder
Chef Roberto Hasche, Oscar’s restaurant

Complete details about weekend events can be found here.

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