DVC Dining: California Grill 50th Anniversary Celebration Menu

With its beautiful fireworks views of the Magic Kingdom and its leading-notch delicacies, California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort is the fantastic position for a special celebration, so perhaps it is fitting that the restaurant has released a constrained-time prix fixe menu in celebration of Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary.  The three-training course food normally takes inspiration from the restaurant’s culinary history and pays homage to earlier favorites from menus over the many years.  Since we have been celebrating our have anniversary, my partner and I made the decision to splurge on the new meal providing and take pleasure in Disney Enchantment from the restaurant’s observation deck.   Having said that, was the unique menu really worth the $89 for every grownup price tag?  

Sector Inspirations (Appetizers)

Just after possessing loads of the focaccia in the bread basket (it’s so fluffy and mouth watering!), I started off my food with the lobster and parsnip bisque.  It was very creamy.  Irrespective of the addition of parsnips, the predominant flavor of the bisque was lobster.  There was a minimal lobster meat, which was wonderful and sweet, alongside with parsnip crisps in the bisque.  Timothy purchased the property-designed artisanal-fashion duck à l’orange pizza.  The pizza was topped with duck prosciutto and confit, pickled shallots, orange-black mission fig jam, aged blue cheese, and arugula.  Even though he loved the appetizer, Timothy wished that there was a minor far more duck and a very little fewer blue cheese, which tended to overpower the other flavors.  

Chef’s Journey (Entrées)

  • Oak-fired filet of beef
  • Solid-iron grilled port tenderloin

For my entrée, I experienced the oak-fired filet of beef, which was served with black truffle-brown butter château potatoes, golden raisins vinaigrette, cauliflower, and roasted tomato butter.  I had the filet cooked medium, and it was completed correctly with a great sear on the outdoors with a tiny pink nevertheless in the heart.  It had a trace of smokey taste that contrasted nicely with the sweetness of the golden raisins vinaigrette, and it was up there as 1 of the ideal filets I’ve experienced on home.  There have been just a several parts of potato and cauliflower on the plate they had been superior, but I sort of wished there was a little more of them.

Timothy experienced the cast iron-grilled pork tenderloin with goat cheese polenta, trumpet mushrooms, heirloom apple-lacquered pork stomach, black mission figs, and zinfandel glaze.  The pork was really tender and seasoned very well, and he particularly appreciated the pork stomach.  The portion was on the tiny facet however, so he had additional than adequate room to mooch a little bit of my filet.  

Sweet Creations (Desserts)

  • Valrhona chocolate torte
  • Chef’s choice of California cheeses

I had a hard time deciding amongst the Valrhona chocolate torte and the 5 magical bites 50 many years in the building, which had 5 mini desserts that have been encouraged by the current chef and past chefs. Upon asking our server, Ron, about his advice, he advised the torte.  It was served with candied peanuts, salted caramel, nougat, and whipped panna cotta.  This was so prosperous!  It was a ton of chocolate and felt like having a incredibly fancy but deconstructed candy bar.  I enjoyed it a great deal but had a tough time finishing it was just that decadent.  I liked the small ornamental chocolate that highlighted Mickey Mouse, Cinderella Castle, and a 50th anniversary emblem.  These kinds of a adorable contact!

Timothy opted for the much more savory choice, the chef’s variety of California cheeses.  The a few cheeses were the purple hawk (a “triple-product, washed-rind, totally-flavored cheese”), the Humboldt fog (a “young goat’s milk cheese sprinkled with vegetable ash”), and bay blue (a “rustic-type blue cheese”).  It appealed to Timothy’s extra adventurous palette, and he relished the 3 cheeses equally.

The See

Though the meals was plainly the star, part of the enchantment of California Grill is its fireworks views, and we were blessed enough to have a perfect see of Cinderella Castle and Place Mountain from our desk.  Given that it rained heavily all through our food, we made a decision to walk to the observation deck for a better perspective of Disney Enchantment.  There was a great deal of home on the deck, and the tunes was piped in, just as it experienced usually been for former fireworks shows.  Even though you simply cannot make out the projections on the castle or Main Avenue, the fireworks check out was attractive.  It felt like a excellent way to cap off our evening.

Overall, this was a large meal that was a fantastic way to kick off our anniversary journey.  As a person who does not drink a whole lot, I thought this distinctive menu was substantially much more worthwhile than the $129 Celebration at the Leading cocktail bash that is also staying supplied at California Grill.  For $89 before our 10% DVC discount, the exclusive menu presented a whole 3-program meal as opposed to the Celebration at the Best event that has hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine, and desserts.  Friends of the cocktail bash ended up in the Sonoma and Napa personal rooms, so they considered the fireworks from a separate observation deck from the meal guests. 

I imagine if you are a lover of California Grill, this anniversary dinner menu will not disappoint, and it was a first rate price if you seem at the individual selling prices of equivalent objects from the usual evening meal menu. The filet alone was normally about $60. Also, we experienced amazing services and did not sense rushed. All in all, this was a fantastic experience for a distinctive celebration.