Grand Floridian Cafe dinner dairy, peanut and tree nut free

Posted on : 31-12-2017 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Review

Grand Floridian Chef Ben food allergy chefWe chose to make the Grand Floridian Cafe our first stop for dinner on this trip. We always have a great experience here and this time was one of the best. It was dinner time, and we usually visit the Grand Floridian Cafe for lunch. Since it was dinner, there were a lot of great looking choices, but our daughter knew exactly what she wanted, which was not on either menu, the standard menu or the food allergy menu. She wanted a grilled chicken sandwich, with bacon and guacamole, and a side of fries. The chef this evening was Chef Ben, the same chef who prepared this very same meal the last time we were at the Grand Floridian Cafe. In fact, after reviewing all the choices, Lizzie asked Chef Ben if he could make her a BLT, and he agreed.

He delivered both meals, while our server, Nicolas, delivered my choice, the Cafe Sandwich. Our daughter’s chicken sandwich was perfect, of course, free of dairy, peanuts and tree nuts. She loved it. But, the night wasn’t over. Chef Ben prepared a special melted Enjoy Life Chocolate fondue, with roasted marshmallows, sliced bananas, and strawberries and Enjoy Life Cookies. And, to top it off, he prepared it for the three of us to share. It, too, was fantastic.

Grand Floridian Cafe – Guest food allergy review

Posted on : 29-01-2012 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Guest, Review

We have another wonderful guest review from Tara Wolfe who shared her son’s dining experience with multiple food allergies. Kevin is allergic to milk, eggs, peanuts, all tree nuts and coconuts.

Grand Floridian Cafe food allergyOh, the Grand Floridian, so lovely. I love walking around this resort. The gardens are so beautifully landscaped, the lobby is just grand! And the Cafe offers the same. With the white linen topped tables, you feel like you are fine dining, but in a more relaxed atmosphere. We end every trip to Disney with a lunch here. We start our last day at the Magic Kingdom and then catch the monorail for a relaxing lunch at the Cafe. The service here is always top-notch. The chefs are so helpful, and excited to help my son eat something safe. He always chooses some type of fish. This last trip, it was Mahi Mahi. He ate it so quick, I didn’t have time to snap a picture of it. But the highlight of the meal was his fries. They were the best fries I have ever had. I have to admit that I ate half his fries, but I just couldn’t help myself.

Food allergy free at Grand Floridian CafeThe waitress even brought my son an unopened small jar of special ketchup, just to make sure that there was no cross contamination with the large bottles they refill nightly. That was a wonderful touch and just goes to show you that they think of everything!

I also went for the Mahi Mahi, but over a bed of Mushroom Risotto. I believe I ate my body weight in risotto this past trip. It was so good. My husband went for the Shrimp Pasta. It was very good too (I had to taste it).

For dessert, the chef brought out some safe fruit sorbet for my son. I hate to admit it, but I was a little leery about him eating it. I had never seen a milk free sorbet. Thankfully, my son was too full to try it, so my husband and I ate it. It was very creamy, but who knows if there was milk in it or not. I just had to go with my gut. As for my dessert, my husband and I split the Dessert Sampler. What a treat that is!

After lunch, we strolled around the property, and my son and I danced to the orchestra playing in the lobby. Then, back for our last few rides in the Magic Kingdom. This is another restaurant we will keep on the list.

As for advice on how to dine safely with food allergies, here are a few tips when planning and taking you vacation. We made Advanced Dining Reservations (ADRs) 180 days in advance, noting on the reservations that we had food allergies. We also contacted the Special Diets dept at Disney World through email. We filled out all the forms and faxed back with the ADRs listed and the food allergies in detail. Once we arrived at the restaurant, we made sure the Hostess had a note we had food allergies and which ones they were. When we were seated, we mentioned the food allergies to our server who went to get the chef. The chef went over what he could have and let Kevin, our son, decided what he wanted to eat. If we had questions on any product, they would bring us out the ingredient label. Also….the chef should be the one delivering the food allergy safe food, so there is no cross contamination or mix up. The chef also came out periodically to check on us to make sure everything was ok.

Thank you, Tara, for submitting this review of The Grand Floridian Cafe. You can read more about her experience on her blog at The Wolfe Pack. If you found this helpful, please be sure to give her a thumbs up and/or share this on Facebook.

 

Our old friend is back at Disney!

Posted on : 26-02-2019 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Fun, Quick Review, Review

We first met Chef Ricardo back in 2013 at The Pepper Market in Disney’s Coronado Springs resort. Later, as many chefs do, he moved on, landing at Cabana Bay Resort (with Chef Paul and other former Disney Chefs) and continued to take excellent care of us and others with food allergies.

Well, look who we ran into at Disney’s Grand Floridian resort! He works in the kitchen that serves 1900 Park Fare, The Grand Floridian Cafe and Gasparilla Island Grill. Stop by either and, if you ask for the chef, you might find Chef Ricardo, who will take great care of you.

 

P.S. We stopped in at Cabana Bay Resort two days later and caught up with Chef Paul!

Gluten-free dining at Disney World – Guest Post

Posted on : 05-09-2011 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Guest, Review

When one of our Twitter friends, Candice (@Candicerose90), asked us for our favorite Disney Boardwalk restaurant, we had to confess we had never been there. Then, we asked her to share her experience here, and she graciously accepted!

When I first went gluten-free, we had an upcoming trip to Disney planned. I had slowly started to see how the diet had a positive impact on my health, and was concerned with how I was going to maintain the diet away from home. With a little research and hearing from others experiences, I was ensured I would be in good hands.

I had no idea what to expect (it was literally my first dining experience away from home!) Boy, was my bar set high after dining at Disney! From having the chefs come out and personally speak with me to enjoying all the delicious gluten-free meals, I was blown away by how accommodating Disney was. It was an extra special trip, because it was the first vacation that I had experienced in five years without being sick. I truly experienced the “magic of Disney.”

After having a wonderful experience two years ago my family and I recently returned to Orlando knowing that I would be able to enjoy great, safe meals throughout the week (since dining at Disney the first time I am now also dairy-free). Though we came to relax at a resort, and did not specifically go to any Disney parks we dined at many restaurants on Disney’s Boardwalk, Downtown Disney Area, as well as the Grand Floridian Hotel. Below is a breakdown of my experience.

Gluten-free Chicken Tacos at Paridiso 37Paradiso 37, is a hip, but casual South, Central, and North American inspired cuisine restaurant located at Downtown Disney’s Paradise Island. They offered many GF items, and many things could be made without cheese. Items that were fried were off limits because of cross contamination, however instead of frying the items you can request it be grilled. I order chicken tacos, with onions and peppers in a corn tortilla. On the side, I got a salad. The meal was flavorful and very yummy.

Gluten-free pasta at Disney WorldThe next night we dined at Portobello (also at Downtown Disney) restaurant. For dinner I got the “value meal”. It came with a house salad, a giant dish of GF pasta (I chose tomato basil sauce) and a dessert. Though I opted not to have dessert (I allowed my brother to have mine), the GF/ DF dessert option was mixed berries. Note: They do recommend that you make your reservation in advance to guarantee that they will have GF pasta on hand.

It is too hard for me to decide what my favorite meal was when dining at Disney.  However, it would have to be between the Tilapia dish I had at the Flying Fish Café (Disney’s Boardwalk), and the Roasted Chicken Dish I had at the Grand Floridian Café. Not only did I love the atmosphere of the Flying Fish Cafe, but I loved before my meal I was able to enjoy a warm gluten-free roll! This was something I had not been able to enjoy at any of the other restaurants, so it was a really nice treat.

Allergy free bakery at Disney WorldOne of the places I was most excited to visit on our trip was Babycakes NYC! Their newest location is now open in Downtown Disney! I have been to the NYC location, and own both of their cookbooks. Needless to say I think their gluten-free treats are amazing! In addition to being gluten-free Babycakes is casein, wheat, soy, and refined sugar free, and is a kosher and vegan bakery. The bakery is a great new addition to Disney, and adds to the “magical experience” for us with food intolerances and allergies.

To say that I had a wonderful dining experience at all of the restaurants is an understatement. The experience that I had at Disney is one that can bring tears to my eyes. It was so nice knowing that each time I dined at Disney; I would be able to enjoy a safe meal without the worry.

Quick Tips for Dining at Disney with a Food Allergy or Intolerance:

  • Make your reservation in advance! Though many restaurants will accommodate you the day of, booking your reservation will eliminate stress and guarantee they will have the items on hand in order to make you a safe meal.
  • Many Reservations can be made online (some have to be done over the phone). Remember to click the food allergy notification option.
  • Before heading off to Disney, contact a representative regarding your dietary needs.  (SpecialDiets@DisneyWorld.com). They will send additional instructions as to how to request special meals, and will also provide you with a list of safe food items that you can find throughout the parks!
Candice has a fantastic gluten-free living blog called Embrace G-Free. Be sure to read more about her Disney trip there. You can also find her on Twitter at @Candicerose90 and on Facebook.

 

Allergen Free Foods by Location

Posted on : 03-04-2011 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In :

Allergen Free Foods by Location

Magic Kingdom | Epcot | Hollywood Studios | Animal Kingdom | Resorts
Water Parks

Erin McKenna’s Baker in Disney Springs now delivers allergen free and vegan cakes to most table service restaurants. Call 855.GOBABYCAKES (462.2292) for details. A wide range of flavors and options available. A minimum 7 day notice is requested.

Additionally, other allergen free cakes are available at most table service restaurants, with a 7 day notice. Call (407) 827-2253 for details and to order.

Magic Kingdom

Amy’s Mac & Cheese (gluten free) – Columbia Harbor House / Pinocchio Village Hous / Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant

Amy’s Cheese Pizza (gluten free) – Pinnochio Village Hous

Breaded Country Fried Chicken Tenderloins – Columbia Harbour House

Fresh Fruit Cups – Liberty Square Market  / Main Street Bakery

Frozen Coca-Cola – The Lunching Pad

Hamburger on Tapioca Roll – Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe / Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe

Hot Dog on Tapioca Roll – Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe / Casey’s Corner

Rice Dream Frozen Dessert – The Cone Shop / Plaza Inn Ice Cream Parlor

Rice Milk – Main Street Bakery

Silk Soy Milk  – Main Street Bakery / The Lunching Pad / Sunshine Tea Terrace /  Friar’s Nook

Surf Sweets – Main Street Bakery

OMG It’s Gluten Free – Main Street Bakery

Tofutti Frozen Desserts – The Cone Shop / Plaza Inn Ice Cream Parlor

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Epcot

Amy’s Mac & Cheese (gluten free) – Sunshine Seasons / Electric Umbrella / Liberty Inn

Amy’s Cheese Pizza (gluten free) – Electric Umbrella / Liberty Inn

Breaded Country Fried Chicken Tenderloins – Electric Umbrella / Liberty Inn

Enjoy Life Crunchy Cookies – Sunshine Seasons

Enjoy Life Soft Bake Cookies – Sunshine Seasons

Enjoy Life Boom Choco Boom  – Sunshine Seasons

Fresh Fruit Cups – Most quick service locations

Frozen Coca-Cola – Test Track Cool Wash

Hamburger on Tapioca Roll – Electric Umbrella / Liberty Inn

Hot Dog on Tapioca Roll – Liberty Inn

Silk Soy Milk – Sunshine Seasons

Surf Sweets – Sunshine Seasons

Redbridge Gluten Free Beer – Available at most lounge and family table service menus

Rice Dream Frozen Dessert – Sunshine Seasons / Fountain View

Rice Milk – Sunshine Seasons

Rocky Mountain Caramel Popcorn – Sunshine Seasons

Tofutti Frozen Dessert – Sunshine Seasons / Fountain View

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Disney Hollywood Studios

Amy’s Cheese Pizza (gluten free) – Toy Story Pizza Planet

Breaded Country Fried Chicken Tenderloins – ABC Commissary / Backlot Express / Rosie’s All American Cafe

Enjoy Life Cookies – Starring Rolls Cafe / Backlot Express / Rosie’s All American Cafe / Studio Catering Co.

French Meadow Bakery Brownies – Starring Rolls Cafe

Fresh Fruit Cups – Sunset Ranch Market / ABC Commissary

Frozen Coca Cola – Peevy’s Polar Pipeline

Hamburger on Tapioca Roll – ABC Commissary / Backlot Express / Rosie’s All American Cafe

Hot Dog on Tapioca Roll – Backlot Express / Fairfax Fare

Redbridge Gluten Free Beer – Available at most lounge and family table service menus

Silk Soy Milk – ABC Commissary

Tofutti Frozen Dessert – Hollywood Scoops
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Animal Kingdom

Amy’s Cheese Pizza (gluten free) – Pizzafari

Amy’s Mac & Cheese (gluten free) – Flame Tree / Restaurantosaurus

Breaded Country Fried Chicken Tenderloins – Restaurantosaurus

Fresh Fruit Cups – Harambe Fruit Market / Drinkwallah

Froze Coca-Cola – Dino Diner / Drinkwallah

Enjoy Life Cookies – Kusafiri Bakery / Flame Tree / Pizzafari / Restaurantosaurus

Hamburger on Tapioca Roll – Restaurantosaurus

Hot Dog on Tapioca Roll – Restaurantosaurus

Redbridge Gluten Free Beer – Available at most lounge and family table service menus

Rice Dream Frozen Dessert – Restaurantosaurus

Silk Soy Milk – Pizzafari / Restaurantosaurus

Tofutti Frozen Dessert – Restaurantosaurus

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Resorts

Surf Sweets and OMG products can be found at the following resort locations

Animal Kingdom Lodge – The Mara

All Star Resort – Food Courts

Caribbean Beach Resort – Old Port Royale Food Court

Contemporary – Contempo Cafe

Grand Floridian – Gasparilla Grill & Games

Old Key West – Good’s Food to Go

Polynesian – Captain Cooks

Pop Century – Food Court

Port Orleans – Food Courts

Saratoga Springs – The Artist’s Palette

Wilderness Lodge – Roaring Fork

Yacht & Beach Club – Beach Club Marketplace

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Water Parks

The following items can be found at Typhoon Lagoon’s Leaning Palms & Blizzard Beach’s Lottawatta Lodge:

  • Amy’s Mac & Cheese
  • Amy’s Cheese Pizza
  • Breaded Country Fried Chicken Tenderloins
  • Fresh Fruit Cups
  • Gluten-Free Brownie
  • Hamburger on Tapioca Roll
  • Hot Dog on Tapioca Roll
  • Rice Dream Frozen Dessert
  • Silk Soy Milk
  • Surf Sweets
  • Tofutti Frozen Dessert
  • Veggie Burgers

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Pre-packaged items

Posted on : 27-03-2011 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In :

Allergen-free pre-packaged items at Disney

These are great items to buy at Disney, just to have around when you ge the munchies. They are part of the Disney Dining Plan as a snack, too.

Divvies and French Meadow Bakery items are no longer available.

Surf Sweets and OMG It’s Gluten Free items can be found at:

  • Magic Kingdom – Main Street Bakery
  • Epcot – Electric Umbrella / Liberty Inn
  • Hollywood Studios – Starring Rolls Cafe
  • Animal Kingdom – Kusafiri Bakery
  • Typhoon Lagoon – Leaning Palms
  • Blizzard Beach – Lottawatta Lodge

Enjoy Life Foods and Surf Sweets at Epcot

These can often be found at Sunshine Seasons in The Land at Epcot.

  • Enjoy Life Soft Bake Cookies
  • Enjoy Life Crunchy Cookies
  • Enjoy Life Boom Choco Boom Bars
  • Surf Sweets

Surf Sweets and OMG It’s Gluten Free can be found at the following resort locations

  • Animal Kingdom Lodge – The Mara
  • All Star Resort – Food Courts
  • Caribbean Beach Resort – Old Port Royale Food Court
  • Contemporary – Contempo Cafe
  • Grand Floridian – Gasparilla Grill & Games
  • Old Key West – Good’s Food to Go
  • Polynesian – Captain Cooks
  • Pop Century – Food Court
  • Port Orleans – Food Courts
  • Saratoga Springs – The Artist’s Palette
  • Wilderness Lodge – Roaring Fork
  • Yacht & Beach Club – Beach Club Marketplace