Welcome to a food studio review for the Epcot International Festival of the Arts, taking place in the park Friday-Monday from January 13th through February 20th, 2017. This review will cover “The Artist’s Table” kiosk, which is located in The American Adventure pavilion in World Showcase.
The Artist’s Table
- Roasted Pork Roulade with Marble Potatoes, Baby Carrots and Red Wine Sauce featuring Melissa’s Produce – $6.50
- Pan-Seared Scallop with Chorizo, Roasted Red Pepper Coulis and a Parmesan Crisp (GF) – $6.25
- Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookie – $5.50
- Callebaut Belgian Sipping Chocolate Flight: White, Milk, Dark (non-alcoholic) – $8.00
- Callebaut Belgian Sipping Chocolate: Dark Chocolate with Chambord – $9.75
- Perla Santa Coffee-flavored Wine – $9.50
- Dasani Bottled Water – $3.00
Roasted Pork Roulade with Marble Potatoes, Baby Carrots and Red Wine Sauce featuring Melissa’s Produce – $6.50
The roasted pork roulade ended up being one of my favorite non-dessert dishes from the festival so far. The pork is cooked perfectly, offering tender and juicy bites. The vegetables get some of the billing as they are from Melissa’s Produce, and they deservingly get this recognition as they are quite tasty. The portion size is also solid for the price and I thought that the two marble potatoes had a nice flavor.
Pan-Seared Scallop with Chorizo, Roasted Red Pepper Coulis and a Parmesan Crisp (GF) – $6.25
The scallop is very good, but also very small. I would order this gain, but it purely to enjoy the flavor for a brief moment before it is gone after two bites. Epcot often does a nice job cooking these, and the scallop dishes at each festival always end up being a favorite, so it is nice to know that this one does not deviate from the pattern. It does take a pretty picture though…
Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookie – $5.50
I was thoroughly surprised by how good this cookie was, but also the time that went into making it is impressive. When we got the cookie, the “paint puddles” were not all dripping down the cookie, but carefully placed by a chef at the booth upon ordering. Every item at this festival requires some time to prepare for perfect presentation, and even this jumbo chocolate chip cookie is no exception. If you are in the mood for a chocolate chip cookie, this will hit the spot.
Perla Santa Coffee-flavored Wine – $9.50
I really enjoyed this coffee wine, although it is probably much like dozens of other drinks I have had at such events. It reminded me of many of the alcoholic coffee drinks that the various Joffrey’s booths around the park have sold at some of the other festivals (basically a coffee liqueur flavor), and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. If you like coffee drinks, this is a fun option.
Callebaut Belgian Sipping Chocolate Flight: White, Milk, Dark (non-alcoholic) – $8.00
This trio of drinking chocolate is unbelievably rich in flavor and so much so that it felt like we were drinking chocolate syrup out of the bottle. While I have enjoyed versions of these drinks from Amorette’s Patisserie and Ghirardelli, I didn’t think that these were nearly as good. The portion sizes are large enough to share between 2-3 people (simply because I can’t imagine that anyone could possibly have more than a few sips of such a thick and rich chocolate flavor).
Callebaut Belgian Sipping Chocolate: Dark Chocolate with Chambord – $9.75
No, we didn’t take a few sips and then remember to take a picture… this is the entire serving. While either of these sipping chocolate options are more unique than the wine, I think they are way too rich. If I had to choose one, the alcoholic version was better. Again, it is a really, really small drink, but it is pretty good. It’s really your decision if you can feel alright with paying $9.75 for this.
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