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Valentines Day in Orlando Waldorf Astoria Chocolate Wine and Romance Weekends

All you really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then never hurts!

Spoil your soul with the most indulgent things in life — chocolate, wine and romance – during the inaugural ”Waldorf Astoria Chocolate, Wine & Romance Weekends,” held exclusively for overnight guests at the Orlando resort, held every weekend throughout February 2012.

Guests who visit during the ‘Chocolate, Wine & Romance Weekends’ can enjoy several surprises and decadent diversions:

  •  Bar du Chocolat: A Chocolate Extravaganzaenjoy a nightly opportunity to experience nearly 30 intense chocolate treats from Waldorf Astoria’s dynamic display of decadence.  Peacock Alley is transformed into a chocolate boudoir, offering a cocoa-infused evening of self indulgence. Guests can choose from a signature selection of sinful chocolate treats from the hotel’s talented pastry chef Kurtis Baguley, using recipes collected from the most romantic points of the globe.  Highlights include mouth-watering handmade chocolate truffles, exotic chocolate cakes, pillows of creamy chocolate mousse, and bowls of beautiful bon-bons.  Friday and Saturday Nights in February.  [Priced per piece]
  • Live Music Featuring Harvestown enjoy nightly entertainment in Peacock Alley, where our lounge trio will add spice to the night. Friday and Saturday Nights in February [Complimentary]
  • Chocolate Sensation – sit back and enjoy the music in Peacock Alley while savoring a special wine glass rimmed in drizzled chocolate, filled with a specially-paired Port.  [Priced per glass.]
  • Friday Night Flights: Chocolate Martinis – At Peacock Alley, enjoy a special flight of chocolate martinis. Friday Nights in February.  [Priced at $25 per flight]
  • ‘Sweet Endings’ Romance Dinner – Enjoy a special four-course candle-lit dinner served in your suite by your own private butler.  Your dining experience includes a decadent chocolate dessert.  Friday and Saturday Nights in February [Served in suites only — additional charge.]
  • Sinful chocolate choices at our restaurants – Sinful. Decadent. Delicious.  That’s how you will describe dessert at Bull and Bear Steakhouse.  The travel writer for the Irish Times newspaper called the chocolate bar dessert at Bull & Bear “legendary”… after one bite.  For breakfast, we’ve upped the chocolate factor with special chocolate inclusions at the popular Oscar’s breakfast buffet, including heavenly chocolate croissants.  Fridays and Saturdays in February.
  • Chocolate perks at Spa by Guerlain – Pair your spa treatments with chocolate treats (and complimentary champagne!), every Friday and Saturday in February at Waldorf Astoria Spa by Guerlain.
  • Chocolate-Lovers Cabana Rental – Spend some time at the pool in a private cabana, enjoying a parade of chocolate treats delivered throughout the day, including a chocolate fondue finale. Fridays and Saturdays in February.  [Rental fee additional.  Limited quantity.]
  • A Chocolate Royal Tea – Our signature Waldorf Astoria Royal Tea is re-imagined in February, with a decadent display of chocolate croissants and other tasty treats.  [February 10 at 3pm; Additional charge – advance reservations suggested]

Waldorf Astoria Orlando has put the destination on the map for luxury travelers.  Nestled within a nature preserve and conveniently accessed from within Walt Disney World property, the resort is a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of neighboring theme parks.  Cara Goldsbury, author of Luxury Guide to Disney World, calls it “stunningly impressive.”  “Swank and sophisticated,” she continued, “Waldorf Astoria has redefined local luxury in Orlando.”

The hotel infuses timeless Jazz Age-elegance from The Waldorf=Astoria in New York City, with the vibrant and modern ambiance of Florida.  It features 498 guest rooms and suites with sweeping vistas of Disney and the Bonnet Creek nature preserve.

Re-imagined versions of famed New York City restaurants include Bull & Bear restaurant and Oscar’s.  The spa offers treatments from Guerlain, the legendary Parisian fragrance house.  Golf Channel travel writer Brandon Tucker called it “an exclusive playground for the adult-minded traveler.”

For more information on Waldorf Astoria Orlando or the Chocolate, Wine and Romance Weekends, call 1-800-353-2009 or visit us online at www.WaldorfAstoriaOrlando.com

See photos of last year’s Bar du Chocolat after the jump.

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Orlando Food & Wine Festival WeekendsCulinary fans, wine enthusiasts, and foodies will find a delicious “home base” at Waldorf Astoria Orlando, as the new luxury resort hotel hosts Orlando Food & Wine Weekends, Sept. 30 – Oct. 30, 2011.

Waldorf Astoria Food and Wine FestivalFor five weekends, the resort will feature special programming and events aimed to complement and “fill the gaps” around the wildly popular Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, held at the nearby Disney theme park.

“For the past 15 years, Disney has done an amazing job of building their Food & Wine Festival at Epcot,” said Peter Kacheris, managing director of Waldorf Astoria Orlando. “As the festival has grown, so has the public’s appetite for additional culinary-focused experiences. We’ve created our Orlando Food & Wine Weekends to highlight our own culinary team while we complement the Epcot festival.”

Orlando Food & Wine Weekends events will be held at Waldorf Astoria Orlando, which is conveniently located less than one mile from Epcot, and accessible inside the gates of the Walt Disney World Resort.

Event highlights include:

  •  “Grand Pairings” Wine Dinners – These exclusive events are scheduled Friday evenings at Bull & Bear restaurant. Diners will enjoy an extravagant prix-fixe meal paired with wines from select wineries. Wine representatives will be on hand to discuss these special pairings. 7pm, $200 per person (tax and gratuity included) Reservations: 407-597-5409.
  • Bull & Bear Prix-Fixe Chef’s Tasting Menu – Join us at Bull & Bear as Chef David Sears offers an extraordinary prix-fixe menu featuring superb food and wine pairings. Reservations: 407-597-5409.
    • Saturday Oct. 1 – featuring Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars
    • Saturday Oct. 8 – featuring Robert Mondavi Winery
    • Saturday Oct. 15 – featuring Ferrari Carano Winery
    • Saturday Oct. 22 – featuring Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars
    • Friday Oct. 28 and Saturday Oct. 29 – winery TBA
  • Trick or Treating for AdultsOrlando Trick or Treating for AdultsAn event destined for your Facebook photo gallery! Purchase a passport to enjoy a featured drink during your stay at each of six lounge venues.  Talk about a treat – and no costume is required! ($50 per couple).  The fun includes several stops:
    • Bull & Bear lounge
    • Aquamarine pool bar
    • Peacock Alley lobby bar
    • Sir Harry’s lounge
    • La Luce bar (Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek)
    • Sena lobby lounge (Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek)
  • Ashton Cigars “Grand Pairings” Wine & Cigar Dinner – Featuring Ashton Cigars, Stag’s Leap Cellars wine, and The Glenlivet Scotch. The third course will include bull and bear – a “briquette” of aged striploin with truffle ashes, and “pressed” black bear braised in Syrah jus. Lori Barranon will present on behalf of Stag’s Leap Cellars, and Liz Hannah from The Glenlivet Scotch. Friday Oct. 21 6:30pm, $150 per person (tax and gratuity included). Note:  this dinner will be served at the Waldorf Astoria Golf Club clubhouse.  Reservations: 407-597-5409.
  • Up Late at Sir Harry’s – A Food & Wine Culinary After-Glow — Why go to bed early? We’re creating a fun experience for foodies to hang out AFTER the Epcot Food & Wine Festival is over for the evening, and we’re inviting the entire culinary community to join us! Sir Harry’s Lounge becomes the “place to be” for culinary fans and foodies, as you sit back, relax and enjoy the live music and camaraderie. Also, guests can participate in sampling, and enjoy an assortment of gourmet small bites that showcase our culinary team. (Friday and Saturday nights – 10pm until 1am).
  • Steak and Eggs Breakfast at Bull & Bear
    Orlando Steak and Eggs

    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. The participants raved over this memorable meal as they tweeted mouth-watering photos to their fans. Almost immediately, our guests began to ask when we would be offering this opportunity again! So, for one month only, we bring back the spectacle that is known as “Steak and Eggs Breakfast at Bull & Bear,” featuring prime-grade Certified Angus Beef. (Sunday mornings in October, from 10:30am until 1pm. Prix-fixe price is $49 per person, and includes tax and gratuity, as well as a drink from the Bloody Mary Station.) Reservations: 407-597-5409.

  • Waldorf Astoria Chocolate ShopChocolate Shop at Waldorf Astoria OrlandoMeet Waldorf Astoria’s pastry chefs in this special venue created especially for Orlando Food & Wine Weekends, as they share tricks and tidbits during sugar-sweetened demos. Friday and Saturday evenings (Open 5-7pm on Friday and Saturday nights).
  • Friday Night Flights Wine Tasting Experience, scheduled Friday evenings at Sir Harry’s (6-10pm, $25 per person)
    • Friday Sept. 30 – featuring Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars
    • Friday Oct. 7 – featuring Robert Mondavi Winery
    • Friday Oct. 14 – featuring Ferrari Carano Winery
    • Friday Oct. 21 – featuring Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars
    • Friday Oct. 28 – winery TBA
  • Live Entertainment
    Joseph Jevanni

    Joseph Jevanni

    After dinner on Friday and Saturday, enjoy the Jazz-infused Joseph Jevanni, appearing live at Peacock Alley, 8:30 – 11:30pm. Also, the modern lounge vibes of HarvesTown are featured live 10pm-1am in Sir Harry’s Lounge.

  • Astoria After Dark – nightly children’s dining program at WA Kids Club, giving parents the opportunity to dine at our restaurants or attend our events.

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A companion Orlando Food & Wine Weekends package includes:

  • Deluxe guest room
  • $25 gift card to use at the “sampling” booths in World Showcase, home to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival (one per package and per family)
  • Complimentary scheduled transportation to Epcot® (and other Disney® theme parks)
  • 2pm late check-out on Sunday afternoon
  • 10 percent discount for the “Grand Pairings” Wine Dinners at Bull & Bear, excluding Ashton Cigar Dinner.
  • In addition, an opportunity to participate in special events and experiences**

For more information or reservations on this Waldorf Astoria Orlando weekend package, please visit our special web page, or call 888-353-2009 and reference FDWNFS.  For additional schedule updates, visit the Bonnet Creek Blog.

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Valentines Day in Orlando Waldorf Astoria Chocolate Wine and Romance WeekendsAll you really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then never hurts!

Spoil your soul with the most indulgent things in life – chocolate, wine and romance – during the inaugural ”Waldorf Astoria Chocolate, Wine & Romance Weekends,” held exclusively for overnight guests at Waldorf Astoria Orlando resort, Feb. 11-13 and 18-20, 2011.

Guests who visit during the ‘Chocolate, Wine & Romance Weekends’ can enjoy several surprises and decadent diversions:

Art and Chocolate: A Walking Tour – An opportunity to learn more about the commissioned artwork collection of Waldorf Astoria Orlando, and sample chocolates that have been paired to add inspiration to each painting. [Complimentary to guests]

Bar du Chocolat: A Chocolate Extravaganza

Bar du Chocolat, a Chocolate Extravaganza!

Bar du Chocolat, a Chocolate Extravaganza!

Enjoy a nightly opportunity to experience nearly 30 à la carte chocolate treats from Waldorf Astoria’s display of decadence.  Peacock Alley is transformed into a chocolate boudoir, offering an evening of self indulgence.  Guests can choose from a selection of chocolate treats from the hotel’s talented pastry team, including handmade chocolate truffles, exotic chocolate cakes, pillows of chocolate mousse, and bowls of beautiful bon-bons.  [Priced per piece]

Smooth Jazz: Featuring Joseph Billups Duo – Enjoy nightly entertainment in Peacock Alley, where our Smooth Jazz Trio will add spice to the night. [Complimentary to guests]

The Marriage of Chocolate and Wine: A Seminar – Take a sip of wine first.  Then take a bite of chocolate and let it melt in your mouth.  Then take another sip of wine.  You’ll notice a totally different taste in the wine, especially with the heavier reds like Cabernet Sauvignon.  The chocolate will bring out the best qualities of the wine and diminish any imperfections.  They complement one another.  They’re just made for each other.  Learn what wines pair the best with chocolate.  [Priced at $25 per person]

For the Love of Wine: A Tasting Experience – A casual wine tasting experience that features the best new wines available this year – our 10 favorite new wines we love!  Note: not chocolate related.  [Priced at $25 per person]

Sinful chocolate choices at our restaurants – Including a special chocolate feature at Bull and Bear Steakhouse, and chocolate inclusions at the popular Oscar’s breakfast buffet, including chocolate drizzle crepes and chocolate fondue.

Chocolate perks at Spa by Guerlain – Pair your spa treatments with chocolate treats (and complimentary champagne!), all weekend at Waldorf Astoria Spa by Guerlain.

During these weekends, where luscious chocolate and spicy wines take center stage, accommodations are available at rates starting at $309.

For more information on Waldorf Astoria Orlando or the Chocolate, Wine and Romance Weekends, call 1-800-WALDORF or visit us online at www.WaldorfAstoriaOrlando.com.

See photos of Bar du Chocolat after the jump.

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