For the 15th Year in a Row Victoria & Albert’s Gets AAA Five-Diamond Award

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Only 15 restaurants in North America have this distinctive honor: 15 consecutive years as AAA Five-Diamond Award winners. And Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Hotel & Spa is in one of those coveted spots.

For 2015, just 59 restaurants made the Five-Diamond list – 47 in the U.S., six in Canada, four in Mexico and one in the Caribbean. Each year AAA reviews nearly 30,000 restaurants, but just 0.2 percent make the AAA Five Diamond. Victoria & Albert’s is the only one in Central and South Florida, and one of only two in Florida.

So we again congratulate Chef Scott Hunnel, Master Pastry Chef Erich Herbitschek, Maître d’Hôtel Israel Perez and their team for earning the coveted award for the gem of a restaurant at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Chef Scott is in his 20th year with Victoria & Albert’s, Chef Erich has been there for 19 years, and Israel is starting his 10th. And the rest of the team gets kudos, too: Chef Aimee Rivera, Chef Tom Hill, Chef Mathew Sowers, and Manager Vivian Altesor.

“The backbone of Victoria & Albert’s continues to be the wonderful, loyal culinarians, dedicated servers and devoted reservationists,” says Israel. “They are the pillars that support our uncompromising commitment to greatness.”

AAA Five Diamond restaurants reflect the ultimate in luxury and sophistication. Add cutting-edge menus, the finest ingredients and “food prepared in a manner that’s highly imaginative and unique” and you’ve got the extraordinary combination that defines a winner. But beyond the kitchen, the maître d’ must lead an expert service staff “that exceeds guest expectations by attending to every detail in an effortless and unobtrusive manner.”

Victoria & Albert’s wows guests every single night of the year with a fabulous “Contemporary-American” menu and refined touches such as Italian Sambonet silver, fine Bernardaud china, and Italian Frette tablecloths (hung, not folded, to avoid creases). Women get a small stool for handbags – and if you’re chilly, they’ll offer a cashmere wrap.

The restaurant offers three dining experiences: the dining room, the elegant Queen Victoria’s Room and the Chef’s Table in the kitchen.

For reservations, call 407-WDW-DVNA (939-3862). Visit Victoria-Alberts.com for more information. Dining room is $135 per person for six courses and $65 for wine pairings. Chef’s Table and Queen Victoria’s Room are $210 for 10 courses and $105 for wine pairings.

An Evening at Markham’s – Tables in Wonderland Exclusive

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An Evening at Markham’s – Tables in Wonderland Exclusive

Thursday, May 1st, 2014, 6:00pm

$195.00 per person, plus tax, gratuity included

You are cordially invited to join us at the über exclusive, Markham’s restaurant, located at Disney’s Golden Oak Club, for an unparalleled culinary experience highlighting not only the esteemed talents of Chef Christian Rumpler and Chef Michael Gonsalves, but also select culinary personalities from across Walt Disney World® Resort.  Sommeliers Melissa Schreiber and Wayne Rigsby have paired exceptional beverages with the 8-course menu for a true epicurean evening.

The event is limited to 30 guests and is exclusive to Tables in Wonderland members.  Park admission not required.

Since Golden Oak is a private residential community, guests attending this event will be provided with security clearance.  Upon reservation confirmation, information will be sent providing additional details about your Golden Oak experience.

Also, please note that Walt Disney World® Resort transportation to Golden Oak is not available and, as such, personal transportation is required.

Menu

In keeping with our desire to leave some things to the imagination, the menu below is meant to provide only a glimpse into the evening you will enjoy as our guest.  We hope to deliver on the promise of surprising you with the creations prepared by our special guest chefs, providing an experience you will not soon forget.

Reception-Chef-Cítricos

Wild-caught Octopus, Focaccia Crostini, Preserved Lemon Chicken

Appetizer-Chef-California Grill

Pork Belly

1st Course-Chef-Walt Disney World Global Food & Beverage

Lobster

2nd Course Chef-Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts

Duck Breast

Intermezzo-Pastry Chef-Walt Disney World Resort

Cucumber Sorbet

Entrée-Chef-Disney’s Golden Oak

Bison Loin

Cheese Course-Chef-Victoria & Albert’s

Stilton Cheesecake

Dessert-Pastry Chef-Walt Disney World Resort

Opera Cake

For reservations, please visit the following website www.disneyurl.com/TIWGoldenOak for self-booking and instant confirmation. The website will go live and begin taking reservations on Monday, April  7, 2014 at 10:00am.

Please have the following information ready:

Tables in Wonderland Ticket Number starting with the “W” (i.e. if you purchased your Membership at Epcot®  your card number would begin WEC)

First and Last Name of everyone in your party (maximum is Party of 4)

Home address

Phone number

Credit Card Number

Billing Address of the Credit Card (Your credit card will be charged at the time of booking, and you will receive an immediate confirmation email.)

Personal Email Address (Please use a personal email address as many work email addresses think the confirmation email is spam.)

Special Dietary Needs (if any)

 

Guest Policies

The event is limited to 30 Guests, and is exclusive to Tables in Wonderland members.

You must show your valid Tables in Wonderland ticket to gain entrance into the event.

 

Diamond Horseshoe to Open for Quick Service Lunch & Table Service Dinner in April

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The Diamond Horseshoe will be opening for quick service lunch beginning April 1st and also for family style table service dinner in a few weeks.

For lunch you’ll find sandwiches, snacks and beverages April 1-7 and April 11-28 from 11 AM to 3 PM.

Beginning April 13th the Diamond Horseshoe will be open for table service dinner that will be a family-style turkey dinner.  Reservations will be required.

The restaurant will be open for dinner:

  • April 13: 4:30-9:30 PM
  • April 14-17: 4:30-8:30 PM
  • April 18: 4:30-9:30 PM
  • April 19: 4:30-8:30 PM

Star Wars Weekends Adds Star Wars Character Dining Experiences

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This year’s version of Star Wars Weekends will be adding two new Star Wars character dining experiences to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Begin your day with “Star Wars” Dine-In Galactic Breakfast! at the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant. This breakfast at the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant will include some classic Star Wars movie characters and scenes from the films.

For dinner starting at 4 PM, Hollywood and Vine will be transformed into Jedi Mickey’s “Star Wars” Dine at Hollywood and Vine where Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Chip and Dale will all come together to celebrate the greatest saga ever told.

The new character dining experiences will be offered not just on Star Wars Weekend days, but daily from May 4 through June 15, 2014.

You can make reservations now by calling 407-WDW-DINE. For guests on the Disney Dining Plan, both experiences will require 2 table service credits. No discounts of any kind are available.

The price of the “Star Wars” Dine-In Galactic Breakfast! experience is $47.99 for adults and $29.99 for children. The Jedi Mickey’s “Star Wars” Dine at Hollywood and Vine experience is $55.99 for adults and $33.99 for children, or as part of the “Fantasmic!” Dinner Package at a price of adults $59.99 and $36.99 for children. Both experiences include a digital photograph, and prices exclude tax and tip.