by Beth Keating
December 18, 2020
One of the highlights of the Orlando culinary scene is the annual Food & Wine Classic at the Swan and Dolphin Resort at Walt Disney World. But the 2020 Classic was unfortunately a casualty of the pandemic. While that larger celebration didn’t happen this year, the resort is offering three new, slightly smaller limited-capacity undertakings for the winter, following a series of successful “Sip, Savor & Stay” mini-events.
On Saturdays, January 16, 2021, and February 27, 2021, the Food & Wine Classic: A Taste of Swan & Dolphin will welcome guests from 5:30-8:00 p.m. The limited-number-of-tickets event will showcase 10 food stations and 22 beverage stations with more than 50 beverage offerings. Guests will also be treated to live music and unlimited food and beverage tastings. Dessert options are being prepared by the Swan and Dolphin’s pastry chef, two-time winner of the World Pastry Team Championship Laurent Branlard, and food selections will be provided by the Swan and Dolphin’s famed restaurants, including Todd English’s bluezoo; Shula’s Steak House; Il Mulino; Kimonos; and Cabana Bar and Beach Club. Additional participants include Smokin D’s BBQ; Frida’s Kitchen; Carnival Corner; and Chinatown.
Among the many planned specialties are roasted organic pumpkin ravioli gnudi; seared sea scallops; roasted Linz Heritage black angus beef tenderloin; Surf and Turf with roasted Linz Heritage angus prime strip loin and marinated shrimp; Elote; “Whole Hog” smoked pork sandwiches; Tacos al Pastor; Chicago-style Italian beef sandwiches; Cannelloni meat and sausage filled pasta; Bucatini Amatriciana; Karaage chicken; and dragon rolls. Each of the evenings will feature unique menus so that guests will have a different, distinct experience each visit.
On Sunday, February 7th, at 6:00 p.m., the hotel will host a Big Game Tailgate Watch Party with all the action live-streamed. Beginning 30 minutes prior to kickoff of the Super Bowl, and lasting through the end of the game, the party will provide seven food stations, which will offer lots of food options including crispy fried chicken wings, muffaletta sandwiches, sloppy joes, chili, angus beef sliders, carne asada and roasted chicken tacos, and Italian sausage sandwiches, just to name a few. Unlimited craft beer and wine, and a selection of desserts will round out the event.
The events are indoors, and social distancing protocols will be in place for all three events. Each party will be accommodated at their own table.
Tickets for the events are $110 per person, and can be purchased online at SwanDolphinFoodAndWineClassic.com. If you’d like to make a complete evening of it, room packages are also available and start at $359. Room packages include event access for two adults.
To place your ticket or package reservations, you can call 1-800-227-1500 between 8:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m. weekdays; 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on weekends, or log on directly to SwanDolphinFoodAndWineClassic.com. Events are limited to those 21 years and older.
The 11th Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic is scheduled to return October 29-30, 2021.
Beth Keating is a regular contributor to DisneyBizJournal.
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