Disney is collaborating with Heart of Florida United Way 25th annual Chef’s Gala which will take place on Saturday Feb. 4th, 2017. A night full of exquisite cuisine from more than 20 of Central Florida’s Top chefs, along with thoughtfully paired fine wines, live music, and silent auction. United Way’s largest fundraiser, Chef’s Gala will benefit local programs that provide food, shelter and other services to thousands of central Floridians in need.
This year’s Gala will feature one of Disney’s newest and experimental restaurant- Tiffin’s. Laying in Animal Kingdom Tiffin’s tells the stories of the travels and expeditions of the imagineers, especially Joe Rohde’s.
There are three main dining rooms, one holding it’s own unique story and experience, we were seated in the Harambe, Africa room as we prepare to chomp the global inspired menu.
We started with a trio of appetizers.
- Lobster-Popcorn Thai Curry Soup
- Roasted Baby Beets
The star of the Trio was definitely the Lobster-Popcorn Thai Curry Soup with Basil Emulsion. It definitely packs a flavorful punch and slight hint of lemon grass.
Tamarind-Glazed Short-Rib had a cauliflower puree and vegetable variations to accompany it. Incredibly tender. Smokey and slightly sweetened by the glaze. This dish will be featured at the 2017 United Way’s Chef’s Gala.
Hosin-Glazed Grouper with forbidden rice hidden inside swiss chard with a turmeric sauce. Every bite into this dish was so delightful! There were great textures and arrays of notes definitely one of my favorite dishes by Tiffins.
We ended with some dessert sample (From Top left to Bottom Right)
- Passion Fruit Tapioca
- Calamansi Mousse
- Lime Cheesecake
- South American Chocolate Ganache
The variations in the dessert really shows how versatile Tiffin’s menu really is. Along with the great menu options the restaurants also holds many exciting adventures that will entice the guests.
Recognized as the region’s premier food and wine pairing event, Heart of Florida United Way Chef’s Gala features exquisite cuisine from more than 20 of Central Florida’s top chefs, along with thoughtfully paired fine wines, live music and a silent auction. Hosted by Walt Disney World Resort and raising nearly $300,000 each year, Chef’s Gala is historically United Way’s largest fundraiser for education, income, health and basic needs programs that serve thousands of Central Floridians in need.
2017 Participating Restaurants
Artist Point – Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
blu on the avenue
California Grill – Disney’s Contemporary Resort
deep blu Seafood Grille – Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek
Jiko – The Cooking Place – Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
Jungle Skipper Canteen – Magic Kingdom® Park
Le Cellier Steakehouse – Epcot®
Narcoossee’s – Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Primo by Melissa Kelly – J.W. Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes
Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant
STK Orlando – Disney Springs
Tiffins – Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park
Todd English’s bluezoo – Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort
Urban Tide – Hyatt Regency Orlando
Yachtsman Steakhouse – Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts