Taste for Two

Thursday, 17 May 2007 | Disneyland, Family, Food, Restaurants

Toni and I had a wonderful evening of food, wine and entertainment last weekend at Taste, an Annual Passholder event, held in Stage 17 at Disney's California Adventure. Stage 17 is the building which housed Who Wants to Be a Millionaire in the Hollywood Pictures Backlot. This was one of the signature events for the Food & Wine Weekends celebration at Disneyland.

There was a wonderful selection of food and selected wines from restaurants throughout the Disneyland Resort including Napa Rose, Blue Bayou and the members only Club 33. There were also offerings from the Downtown Disney restaurants and Chef Jamie Gwen. Jamie was kind enough to pose for a picture for me. Her Meatball Sliders were delicious and quite the hit that night. She talked to each guest and expertly squished down the hefty meatball before serving each slider.

Andrew Sutton recognized me from the Napa Rose Cooking School. He was serving his famous mushroom soup which is to die for. I introduced Toni to Andrew and she was taken with how friendly and down to earth he was for being an executive chef at a famous restaurant. Actually, all the chefs and staff were kind and friendly. It was such a treat to meet them and sample the great food.

The wines were great as well. I really liked the Baileyana wines Michael Jordan, head sommelier of Napa Rose, had chosen for the evening. Toni was enamoured by the XYZin 100 year old wine, made from grapes harvested from 100 year old grape vines. I was excited to meet Michael Jordan since I had heard such positive things about him. He was so helpful. He described the flavors of each wine as I tried them. It was obvious he knows his stuff and loves wine.

I didn't realize it when I made our reservations, but there was entertainment included in the evening. Barrage, a group of musicians playing violins and flutes, guitar and drums, put on a spectacular show. They danced, sang and played with enthusiasm and skill. Toni and I thoroughly enjoyed their performance. I plan to order a CD from the official Barrage website.

Toni was so pleased we got to take our keepsake wine glasses and lanyard home with us. They gave us individual heavy duty bags to place each wine glass in as we left. Those Disney cast members think of everything. We both had a super time and I'm sure we'll try to go again next year if they host the event again.

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