Jaleo at Disney Springs is teaming up with beloved neighborhood Central Florida farm, Southern Hill Farms, to offer a restricted-time Strawberry Pageant menu from March 14 to March 26, that includes 7 Spanish-style tapas applying clean, regionally grown strawberries.
Menu objects include things like a gazpacho, consisting of strawberries and Pipirrana, a well-known summer time salad from Southern Spain, and a Basque-design cheesecake topped with strawberries.
Jaleo’s government staff, which includes Head Chef Kristopher Anderson and Standard Manager Mario Bernal, worked closely with Southern Hills Farm to design the menu in the course of peak Strawberry year.
The pair frequented Southern Hill Farms in February, handpicking strawberries to assure complete freshness.
All the dishes on the Competition de Fresas menu feature strawberries from Southern Hill Farms, situated in Clermont, Florida, just southwest of Orlando. Southern Hill Farms is a loved ones owned and operated u-decide and commercially harvested blueberry, strawberry, peach and seasonal vegetable farm. They currently have 40 acres of blueberry bushes, five acres of peaches, 15 acres of strawberries and 1 acre of blooming sunflowers on the 120-acre farm, open up for u-decide on December-May perhaps.
We spoke with Jaleo Disney Springs’ Head Chef Kristopher Anderson about his history and the new specific Strawberry menu partnership with Southern Hill Farms in an interview under – test it out!
Ricky Ly: Notify us about your background – how did you stop up in Orlando?
Chef Kristopher Anderson: Developing up I never needed to be a chef. It was not right until I been given my initially work in the kitchen area at 16 — just as a way to make dollars in excess of the summertime — that I deemed it.
Rapid forward two several years, and it was time for me to go off to college or university. I really excelled in the kitchen, and I appreciated going to work much more than I enjoyed heading to faculty. I was constantly afraid to convey to my mothers and fathers that I required to be a chef. They preferred me to go the traditional route of likely to college or university and focusing on a diploma. I met them halfway.
I finished up attending Le Corden Bleu School of Culinary Arts listed here in Orlando, and that is fairly much how my job started out. I worked at Emeril Lagasse’s Tchoup Chop for 4 a long time. This is where by I held my very first sous chef place in 2015. Emerils eventually shut in 2017. I had a smaller stint at Seito Sushi in Baldwin Park prior to José Andrés Team named me in 2018, to assistance open up Jaleo Disney Springs.
In 2021, I opened Jaleo Chicago as the Govt Sous Chef, and then in March 2022, I headed back again down to Disney to acquire on the position of Head Chef at Jaleo Disney Springs.
What is your inspiration at the rear of this strawberry menu?
The inspiration powering the menu comes from a state of mind of simplicity, in which we try and permit the product shine with no including too quite a few distinct flavors to the precise product. We also want to spend homage to typical Spanish dishes, such as Fresas con Nata (strawberries and cream), which experienced a large impact.
We know what José likes and how he treats the product or service. For the cooks and I, we usually pay close interest to a handful of primary factors when building dishes. Initial, we speak about the item. And with the strawberries from Southern Hills Farms, we didn’t have to do substantially to create beautiful dishes. Following, we think about Jaleo, our brand name and creating guaranteed we are being in the realm of José’s eyesight.
This does not suggest we simply cannot limit our creations, but we want to make absolutely sure what we are executing can make sense for our cafe and attendees. There are some dishes on the menu that are Jaleo classics and some where we stepped a minor outside the house the box to generate one thing new that operates for our restaurant.
Tell us about Southern Hill Farms – Why is the partnership with Southern Hill Farms important?
At the stop of 2022, the chef team and I talked about some targets that we had for 2023. 1 of the major factors was obtaining far more of the locals from Orlando to arrive and attempt our cafe. At times it’s difficult to get people to arrive out to Disney from the other side of city. We are not a smaller cafe.
And even performing factors like a pageant for two weeks usually takes a whole lot of prep. We are serving everywhere from 800 to 1,300 attendees a working day.
We want to exhibit the nearby Orlando group that even however we are a significant restaurant, we can nevertheless focus in neighborhood substances and make specific plates that are off our menu for guests to appreciate.
What are your upcoming options for the menu in the foreseeable future?
We have a person of the most important menu variations that this cafe has ever noticed coming at the close of March. We have above 10 new dishes coming to the menu. I am truly excited about our Paellas also.
In the earlier, we supplied only 1 paella and we plated it on a tiny plate. Now we will have 5 paellas conveniently offered, and they will be purchased by the Whole Pan. Just about every pan feeds six to eight folks.
Guests will enjoy the serious encounter of savoring the paella straight out of the pan. We have a lot of suggestions and plans this yr to get our name to the neighborhood crowd of Orlando, and we are enthusiastic!
Jaleo Disney Springs x Southern Hill Farms Strawberry Festival Menu
March 14th-26th, 2023
Sopa de Frutos Rojos ($12)
Cold soup of Southern Hill Farms berries with olive oil yogurt ice cream
Ensalada de Cerezas y Fresas ($14)
Salad with cherries, Southern Hill Farms Strawberries, goat cheese and Pedro Ximenez Reduction
Cono de Hígado de Pato y Mermelada de Fresas ($8)
A savory cone with Foie Gras Mousse and a strawberry marmalade made from the hand-picked strawberries at Southern Hill Farms
Tarta de Queso con Sorbete de Fresas ($16)
Our Basque-design and style cheesecake served with area strawberries from Southern Hill Farms
Fresas con Nata ($10)
A common Spanish dessert, “strawberries with cream”
Helado con Fresas y Vainilla ($6)
Vanilla comfortable serve with macerated strawberries
Gazpacho de Fresas ($10)
Cold soup with strawberries and “Pipirrana”
Jaleo Disney Springs
1482 E Buena Vista Dr, Orlando, FL 32830