REVIEW: “The Painter’s Palate” Food Studio – Epcot International Festival of the Arts 2019

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Welcome to a food studio review for the 2019 Epcot International Festival of the Arts, taking place in the park from January 18 to February 25, 2019. This review will cover “The Painter’s Palate” Food Studio located inside the Odyssey, between Test Track and Mexico. (Note that the menu prices do not include tax!) For our complete coverage of the 2019 Epcot International Festival of the Arts, head to our festival landing page at wdwnt.art.

“The Painter’s Palate” Food Studio at the Epcot International Festival of the Arts

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The Painter’s Palate Food Studio
The Painter’s Palate Food Studio
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The Painter’s Palate Food Studio

Menu for “The Painter’s Palate” Food Studio at the Epcot International Festival of the Arts

Food:

  • 🆕 Smoked Salmon and Cream Gâteau with Egg Yolk Cream, Paddlefish Caviar, and Micro-herbs – $7.00
  • Trio of Savory Croissant Doughnuts: Whipped Boursin® Garlic and Fine Herbs Cheese with Fresh Herbs, Chicken Salad with Shaved Fennel and Fresh Herbs, and Spicy Tuna with Wasabi and Seaweed Salad – $9.50
  • Gallery Bites: A Trio of Hors d’Oeuvres: Chilled Shrimp with Cucumber Cream Cheese on a Crostini, Traditional Deviled Egg with Candied Bacon, and Crispy Truffled Risotto Ball with Truffle Aïoli – $7.50
  • Pop’t Art: Abstract Designed Sugar Cookie with Strawberry Filling (V) – $4.50
  • White Chocolate Figment Puzzle on an Artist Palette – $6.50
  • Mickey and Pluto White Chocolate Painting with Chocolate Easel (GF) (V) – $7.00
  • Festival of the Arts White Chocolate Painting with Chocolate Easel (GF) (V) – $7.00

Beverages:

Smoked Salmon and Cream Gâteau with Egg Yolk Cream, Paddlefish Caviar, and Micro-herbs – $7.00

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Smoked Salmon and Cream Gâteau with Egg Yolk Cream, Paddlefish Caviar, and Micro-herbs – $7.00

Do you want to taste the ocean? Well, here it is. While the addition of a dish with caviar is fun and different for the event, the salmon was the fishiest I have ever tasted in my entire life. I’m not even exaggerating for dramatic effect. It was as if they had just caught it and threw it on the plate.

Trio of Savory Croissant Doughnuts: Whipped Boursin Garlic and Fine Herbs Cheese with Fresh Herbs (V), Chicken Salad with Shaved Fennel and Fresh Herbs, Spicy Tuna with Wasabi and Seaweed Salad – $9.50

Trio of Savory Croissant Doughnuts: Whipped Boursin Garlic and Fine Herbs Cheese with Fresh Herbs (V), Chicken Salad with Shaved Fennel and Fresh Herbs, Spicy Tuna with Wasabi and Seaweed Salad - $9.50
Trio of Savory Croissant Doughnuts: Whipped Boursin Garlic and Fine Herbs Cheese with Fresh Herbs (V), Chicken Salad with Shaved Fennel and Fresh Herbs, Spicy Tuna with Wasabi and Seaweed Salad – $9.50

While it may be $2 overpriced, we feel the items stand for themselves. Expect a really awesome whipped garlic croissant, a very salty chicken salad, and a relatively spicy piece of nicely seared tuna. If you’re getting the Gallery Bites trio, you might as well pick this one up too.

Gallery Bites: A Trio of Hors d’Oeuvres: Chilled Shrimp with Cucumber Cream Cheese on a Crostini, Traditional Deviled Egg with Candied Bacon, Crispy Truffled Risotto Ball with Stone-ground Mustard – $7.50

Gallery Bites: A Trio of Hors d’Oeuvres : , Chilled Shrimp with Cucumber Cream Cheese on a Crostini, Traditional Deviled Egg with Candied Bacon, Crispy Truffled Risotto Ball with Stone-ground Mustard - $7.00
Gallery Bites: A Trio of Hors d’Oeuvres: Chilled Shrimp with Cucumber Cream Cheese on a Crostini, Traditional Deviled Egg with Candied Bacon, Crispy Truffled Risotto Ball with Stone-ground Mustard – $7.50

A much better price for three very different, yet complementary, offerings. The chilled shrimp were good, nothing amazing. The deviled egg was also another very solid item, unfortunately it doesn’t hold a candle to Homecomin‘, and the candied bacon was gelatinous on one side indicating this item was sitting out for a while and not freshly prepared. We did, however, enjoy the risotto ball. Both of these trio items we feel were far better than last year’s offerings. Pick up both and soak-in some of the art around the Odyssey Festival Center.

Pop’t Art: Abstract Designed Sugar Cookie with Strawberry Filling (V) – $4.50

Pop’t Art: Abstract Designed Sugar Cookie with Strawberry Filling (V) - $4.25
Pop’t Art: Abstract Designed Sugar Cookie with Strawberry Filling (V) – $4.50

It’s a pop-tart and cookie hybrid, this year with a strawberry filling. You may remember last year’s had a hazelnut filling and we felt it was a sugar rush, well this year isn’t much a change. Again, you can get some really cool pictures and every piece is unique, but it’s not unique enough to warrant a purchase especially at the price tag.

White Chocolate Figment Puzzle on an Artist Palette – $6.50

White Chocolate Figment Puzzle on an Artist Palette - $6.50
White Chocolate Figment Puzzle on an Artist Palette – $6.50

Perhaps the most fun item of the festival is this white chocolate Figment puzzle. Not only do you get to put the Puzzle together, but you can than create your own edible art with it. This should be something that any child will just have a blast making (and eating). Plus, how adorable is it?

The chocolate was of a good quality too, so you’ll be happy to know that it tastes as good as it looks.

Mickey and Pluto White Chocolate Painting with Chocolate Easel (GF) (V) – $7.00

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Mickey and Pluto White Chocolate Painting with Chocolate Easel (GF) (V) – $7.00

Festival of the Arts White Chocolate Painting with Chocolate Easel (GF) (V) – $7.00

Festival of the Arts
Festival of the Arts White Chocolate Painting with Chocolate Easel (GF) (V) – $7.00

North Coast Brewing Co. Scrimshaw Pilsner Style Beer, Fort Bragg, CA (4.7% ABV) – $4.50

From North Coast Brewing Co.: “Named for the delicate engravings popularized by 19th century seafarers, Scrimshaw is a fresh tasting Pilsner brewed in the finest European tradition using Munich malt and Hallertauer and Tettnang hops. Scrimshaw has a subtle hop character, a crisp, clean palate, and a dry finish.”

M.I.A. Beer Company Jazz IPA, Doral, FL (7.4% ABV) – $4.50

Untappd describes Jazz IPA as a “Miami-style IPA” with “huge tropical flavor and aromas of strawberry, passion fruit and guava.”

Central 28 Beer Company Miss Mary Brown Oatmeal Brown Ale, DeBary, FL (6% ABV) – $4.50

From Central 28 Beer Company: “[Miss] Mary Brown is a full bodied, malt forward brown ale that is smooth and rich but highly drinkable. The depth of malt character is provided by a diverse malt bill- Scottish pale malt, English crystal and chocolate malts, German Munich and Melanoidin malts and American dehusked black malt, as well as flaked oats. Notes of caramel, toffee and chocolate are prominent in the flavor and aroma. Flaked oats provide a smooth mouthfeel and added complexity. English Fuggle and German Hersbrucker hops add a moderate bitterness and an earthy, peppery counterpoint to the malt sweetness for balance.”

Popcorn Pairing Flight (North Coast Brewing Co. Scrimshaw Pilsner Style Beer, M.I.A. Brewing Company Jazz IPA, Central 28 Beer Company Miss Mary Brown Oatmeal Brown Ale) – $11.00

Popcorn Pairing Flight (North Coast Brewing Co. Scrimshaw Pilsner Style Beer, M.I.A. Brewing Company Jazz IPA, Central 28 Beer Company Miss Mary Brown Oatmeal Brown Ale) - $11.00
Popcorn Pairing Flight – $11.00

Popcorn Pairing Flight (North Coast Brewing Co. Scrimshaw Pilsner Style Beer, M.I.A. Brewing Company Jazz IPA, Central 28 Beer Company Miss Mary Brown Oatmeal Brown Ale) - $11.00

Yup, those are beers under the popcorn samplings. While they don’t pour the full ounces of the beer, you do get some interesting popcorn choices. It’s unfortunate that the largest part of the beer glass is the portion not filled, so you’re really only getting 3/4th of the total pour you would be getting with another flight at another booth, and we don’t feel the popcorn makes up for it. With that being said, the Cast Members recommended taking a piece of popcorn and then drinking the beer, which worked out really well. The flavors were paired expertly and it truly felt like a Festival of the Arts item. Absolutely recommended.

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