I’m delighted to inform you that Raglan Road, the Disney Springs Irish pub and restaurant, is in excellent hands with its executive chef, Mark O’Neill. Raglan Road was the setting for our recent meeting of Scott Joseph’s Supper Club and O’Neill put together a Harvest Dinner menu that had us all over the moon.
Following a welcome cocktail, we began our dinner with O’Neill’s version of Shepherd’s Pie. That classic dish has always been stylized at Raglan but this version elevated it to something wonderful. It had the usual beer and lamb along with root vegetables in a red wine based gravy. But the mashed potatoes that were piped on top had been smoked in Irish peat. That gave it a moody grace note. It was paired with King of Shoals IPA from Crooked Can Brewing. I could have been happy with that as the only dish of the evening.
With the Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic coming up, I went out to the Walt Disney World resort for a preview of some of the dishes that will be served this year. And while I was there I spoke with food and beverage director Luciano Sperduto and executive chef Dan Herman about the event. Check out the video below.
Orlando based Earl of Sandwich has been cited as the top Fast Casual pick in TripAdvisor’s 2019 Choice Awards for Restaurants. The winners are determined by a full year of reviews on the travel advice platform. Earl of Sandwich came in ahead of Shake Shack at number two and In-N-Out Burger in third place. You can see the full list of winners at TripAdvisor.
Portillo’s, a Chicago-based hot dogger, is coming to Lake Buena Vista. The company made the announcement in a press released that proclaimed, “The most magical place on Earth is coming to the Orlando area…” Because what’s more magical than wieners?
Central Florida Veg Fest will be Saturday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Orlando Festival Park. The vegan-centric event is free and will have vendors and demonstrations (friendly demonstrations, not the protest kind). I wonder if they’ll have a vegan hot dog, because that would be really magical.