The Masterpiece Kitchen – Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts
The Masterpiece Kitchen has been a part of the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts since its inception in 2017. This Food Studio offers “artistically-plated dishes featuring some of the world’s finest ingredients.” This year’s 2021 Taste of EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival takes place January 8 – February 22, 2021.
Menu for The Masterpiece Kitchen at the Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts
This is my second favorite dish of the entire festival, so much so that I wish I could order a full-sized entree featuring it. The cheese and risotto blend together perfectly, and the mushrooms were very flavorful, proving especially tasty when soaked into the risotto.
Salmon and Cream Gâteau with Egg Yolk Cream, Paddlefish Caviar and Micro-herbs – $7.00
While presented beautifully, the portion was a bit small for the price. The salmon wasn’t as fresh as it could’ve been, and was so thin that it lacked a bit of substance. If the salmon was fresher and served a bit cooler, the other ingredients would make this dish sing. However, due to that “fishy taste” that was hard to ignore, this is a thumbs down for us.
Vanilla, Rose Water and Pistachio Panna Cotta – $8.00
While we’ve enjoyed this item in years past, we found this to be a complete disappointment. They used very cheap white chocolate to cover the panna cotta this year in a rose shape, which ruins the whole thing. Many in our group likened it to Pepto Bismol or amoxicillin suspension. As for the panna cotta itself, the consistency and style is very similar to the cheesecake from Satu’li Canteen on Pandora at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. I will say it has a unique flavor from the rose water. The pistachio flavor is a nice contrast though, but it’s still pretty subdued in the taste department.
Weihenstephaner Original Lager, Freising, Germany (5.1% ABV) – $4.50 for 6 o.z., $8.50 for 12 o.z.
One of the better lagers of EPCOT. Crisp on the front end, smooth on the back. A fine choice.
The Meeker Vineyard describes this Merlot: “Dark fruit like currants and cherries marry on the nose with hints of toffee and caramel. The wine explodes on your palate with more cherries, and hints of the best strawberry rhubarb pie you’ve ever had. There’s no shortage of subtle, toasty oak and big, powerful tannins throughout the palate and finish of this wine.”
Wine Enthusiast‘s Michael Schachner describes this wine: “Mild citrus aromas are clean and fresh. A tight, pure palate of crisp acidity is par for good Cava, while this basic brut deals a sampling of white-fruit flavors rolled into one.”
Classic Sidecar with a Chocolate Twist – $10.00
If you enjoy a good Sidecar, this won’t disappoint. For those unaware of the ingredients:
The sidecar is a cocktail traditionally made with cognac, orange liqueur (Cointreau, Grand Marnier, Grand Gala or another triple sec), and lemon juice. In its ingredients, the drink is perhaps most closely related to the older brandy crusta, which differs both in presentation and in proportions of its components.
About half of our group liked this and half did not, so your results with it may vary. The chocolate twist is a nice touch.
Location of The Masterpiece Kitchen at the Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts
The Masterpiece Kitchen is located on World Showcase Promenade adjacent to the Canada Pavilion. You can find it at number 19 on the map below.
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