Walt Disney World's many restaurants aren't just for relaxing and recharging anymore. Some of them offer fun, unique experiences besides meals, and some other places in the parks are now offering must-do foodie excursions as well.
Here are three culinary adventures that are worth exploring!
1. Take a class!
If you've always wanted to cook like your favorite Walt Disney World chefs, but don't have the formal training, you're in luck as many Walt Disney World restaurants offer classes that will give you the skills to impress your friends and family. One of the most popular classes is at Disney Springs mainstay Portobello.
James Beard Award-winning and Top Chef master finalist Tony Mantuano (of Chicago's Spiaggia restaurant), who helped transform Portobello at Disney Springs into a casual country trattoria recently came back to Florida to teach diners the art of making delicious Italian food and offers classes in May and June that involve preparing (and eating!) a five-course meal that includes such dishes as Risotto Primavera with Spring Vegetables and Grana Padano, Brisket Braised in Barolo with Polenta and Zabaglione (a light custard-like dessert) with Berries. The cooking classes — which also include wine pairings — cost $50 per person plus tax and gratuity, and participants have called them the best value on Disney property. Dates for the next classes haven't yet been announced, but updates will be posted on the restaurant's website. Seats go fast, so you'll need to sign up quickly if you want to participate!
However, adults aren't the only ones who can learn a thing or two about cooking while they're at Walt Disney World. Each June, a kids' cooking class is held at Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe at Disney Springs. At this year's event, children learned how to make sushi — and they got to do much more than just roll up the ingredients. Kids found out how to prepare and season sushi rice properly, how to eat healthy and follow food safety guidelines, and they also made several different types of sushi, like hand rolls, maki rolls and nigari. They also got to make and enjoy some yummy drinks like a Grapey-Orange Cooler and an Old-Fashioned Chocolate Soda. The cost this year was $35 per child, plus tax and gratuity, and events in previous years have taught kids how to make dishes from other nearby eateries such as Portobello and Fulton's Crab House (which is currently being transformed into a restaurant called Paddlefish and is expected to reopen this fall).