We continue from The Masterpiece Kitchen.
“The Art of French Cuisine” returns to France’s usual spot in front of the Pavilion for this year’s Festival of the Arts.
Only the Frosé returns from last year, now for $1.50 more.
Crème de Brie en Petit Pain: Warm Creamy Brie in a House-made Bread Bowl – $7.75
A freshly-made, chewy Sourdough Bread Bowl surrounds the Warm Creamy Brie cheese in the center, which is more like a thick spread than a cheesy soup. We found ourselves taking small bites of the cheese, and then when space allowed, tearing a little piece of the bread away from the bowl.
The Food Studio’s name, along with the Eiffel Tower, are stamped on the top piece. It’s a fun little detail. Size probably comes into play here – the bowl would be an absolute no-brainer at five dollars and even at six dollars, you’ve got a strong contender compared to the quality and portions available elsewhere. At just 25 cents shy of eight bucks, it’s a bit tougher of a sell, but there is probably a considerable amount of cheese involved and any guest that enjoys cheese will fall in love with the comforting flavors. I wouldn’t hesitate to order another, even if I wished it was $1.75 less. It’s sure to become a guest favorite.
Dariole de Saumon à la Provencale, Sauce Beurre Blanc, Fleuron: Salmon Terrine with Zucchini and Tomato, Beurre Blanc Sauce, Puff Pastry Fleuron – $10
The presentation again impresses with a surprisingly thick layer of flavorful Smoked Salmon surrounded by bright slices of Zucchini and Tomato with the star cutout in the center. We had a bit of trouble with the Puff Pastry garnish, which ended up falling apart into a million flaky pieces under the threat of cutting off a little piece. On the plus side, the subtle, buttery sauce does a nice job of adding some flavor to the dry pastry, in addition to enhancing what’s going on with the salmon. At ten dollars, it’s certainly on the expensive side, but that does make it a good use of a Dining Plan credit and the high quality helps justify the price. I could easily see this being served at Chefs de France.
Moelleux Aux Chocolats Valrhona: Molten Chocolate Cake with Pure Origin Valrhona Chocolates – $6.75
The Molten Chocolate Cake takes a page out of Ireland’s Food and Wine Festival playbook.
Here’s what that looks like for $4.25. The flavors here aren’t going to be much different. They’re both very rich, very decadent chocolate cakes surrounding an irresistibly warm, creamy chocolate center. But you can see how much prettier the Festival of the Arts version is with the dollops of colorful sauce leading the way to the Molten Chocolate Cake that sits on an elegant bed of chocolate sauce and is then finished with powdered sugar.
Perhaps with the exception of the flour, all of the ingredients are so much better quality and the attention to detail is infinitely greater than just about anything you’d find at Food and Wine. That’s what Festival of the Arts is bringing to the table. But you do end up paying for it. With that said, I think this presents the most value at Cuisine Francaise this year and is sure to please any chocolate lover.
Frosé: Frozen Côtes de Provence Rosé Wine with Grey Goose Vodka and Peach Purée – $12.50
The Frosé train continues with the popular frozen beverage returning for another year.
Unlike most Disney frozen wine drinks, including the many that you’ll run into at Disney’s pool bars, this is actually really tasty and should be enjoyed by anyone that typically likes these kinds of fruity slushes. The peach has a nice natural sweetness to it and the vodka balances out some of the sugar in the wine. I’m not typically a slush person, but enjoyed this one more than any that I can remember. As you can see, it’s served in a variety of cups throughout the Festivals as the Studio sells hundreds or thousands a day.
Crémant de Bourgogne Veuve d’Ambal Expression: French Sparkling Burgundy Wine – $10.50
This Sparkling Wine is served out of a very colorful bottle from the Veuve Ambal winery in Burgundy. It’s an elegant, crisp wine with a dry, sweet floral finish. It’s a good choice both on flavor and value for a sparkly wine at the Festival.
Alsace, Riesling Reserve Willm – $9.50
This is a nice riesling – not nearly as sweet as your typical German sugar bomb with citrus up front followed by a clean, dry finish. It’s a terrible value considering the bottle price is just $14, compared to $25 on the sparkling wine.
Bordeaux, Château Prignac 2014 – $8
While the 2015 vintage is looking to be a better year, 2019 is the first recommended year to open a bottle of this 2014 Bordeaux from the northern Médoc region of France. The fruit is ripe and bright with dark cherry and black currant showing past an initial spiciness. It’s a far better value than the Riesling – $1.50 cheaper and the bottle is 33% more expensive at the store.
Overall, L’Art du Cuisine Francaise offers several very good options for anyone looking to pick up a couple of the best food and drink items at the Festival. The only two items that give me slight pause are the Salmon and Riesling. You’re going to have to do some amount of ignoring on the price front, but this is Walt Disney World after all. Hopefully you’ve had some practice.