Sunday, October 23, 2011

Virtual Food and Wine Festival!

Welcome to The Virtual Food & Wine Festival.   In honor of Epcot's International Food & Wine Festival a few Disney bloggers have gathered together their special culinary talents and prepared a virtual F&W Festival! You're all invited to visit each blog and virtually eat your way around the World Showcase! Please visit all of our blogs and leave comments on our dishes. 

I've unfortunately never actually been to EPCOT's Food and Wine Festival, though I'm pretty sure I would love the festival and hope to get there in the not-so-distant future!  

When we do visit, I love sampling from the different countries in the World Showcase, either drink, counter service, or table service.  One of my favorite meals was last January at Le Cellier.  I'm not a big steak eater, but everything was so good, we've been craving it since!

So, over the weekend, we had our at home version of a Le Cellier Steakhouse meal.  The feature?  The infamous Cheddar Cheese Soup. The recipe was easy to find - many popular Disney websites and blogs had recipes, and now mine will be included in that list!

1/4 lb bacon, finely chopped
1 medium red onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup celery, finely chopped
1/2 cup carrots, finely chopped
3 TBSP all purpose flour
3 cups whole milk
2 cups chicken stock (I used vegetable instead. It's all I had!)
12 oz. grated cheddar cheese (one site recommended Black Diamond)
3 dashes hot sauce
1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce (I was out and used a dash of soy sauce!)
1/2 cup beer - dark preferred
salt and pepper to taste
chopped chives for garnish

Ingredients minus flour/milk
Step 1 - Chop!  Thanks to Chef Big Fat Panda, friend of the Disney Food Blog, recommended to freeze the bacon and use sharp scissors.  Of course, I read that after I spent 20 minutes trying to cut the slimy stuff up!

Step 2 - In a large soup pot, saute the bacon to wilting, not yet browning

Step 3 - Add the vegetables to the bacon and cook (sweat) until the onions are translucent

Step 4 - Slowly sprinkle in the flour, stirring for 2 minutes.  Be careful to avoid lumps!  Created a roux - the thickener and base for a delicious soup!

Step 5 - Stir in milk and stock, bring to boil, then let simmer on low heat for 15 minutes.

Step 6 - Take off the heat and whisk in cheese, beer, hot sauce, and Worcestershire.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

Step 7 - Serve and enjoy!!
We served ours with pretzel sticks, found at our local Wegmans grocery store, and steak and mashed potatoes.  Honestly, I could have had the soup and bread for my meal, but being married to a meat and potatoes guy, we decided to go a full Canadian meal.

This recipe is time consuming, but not nearly as intimidating as I had once thought!  And, I'm excited to have leftovers for future meals!  Hope you've enjoyed your Canadian stop on this special blog hop!  Make sure to check out  the other participators for great recipes and yummy blogs!


  1. I have eaten at Le Cellier and it was so awesome. But I didn't have the soup. It sounds so yummy, I love

  2. I'm really going to have to try a bowl of this soup some day. Sounds scrumptious!

  3. We've never eaten at Le Cellier, but this definitely sounds like the kind of soup we'd love at our house! I'll have to try it sometime. Looks good with the pretzels too. Another suggestion would be to eat it in a bread bowl (from Panera!)

  4. Oh yum yum yum!! We always enjoy having this at WDW but I've never made it at home. Now I will give it a try...maybe this weekend! DH would be so surprised. I love your Gourmet Mickey collection!
    Thanks so much for sharing your recipe and for joining the Virtual Food & Wine Festival Party:-)

  5. This sounds amazing!! I am going to make it for Christmas dinner this year. Yummy!

  6. Since i don't like cheese, I can say I won't be trying this... but I will attempt it one day for my boys! I'm sure they'll all love it!! :)

  7. We love making this soup at home! I say we, but my husband is actually the one who makes it. I have never had it at LeCellier, but it is delicious!