My family has been Tables in Wonderland (formerly the Disney Dining Experience) members since its inception – when it started out as an option only for Florida residents. The program is now open to Florida residents, Annual Passholders and cast members too. Tables in Wonderland offers 20% off food and alcohol for up to 10 guests in your dining party, at select locations. The card has paid for itself in a matter of visits with the amount of table service restaurants we enjoy.

In addition to the card benefits, Tables in Wonderland also offers exquisite gourmet dining experiences throughout the year. Experiences such as dining inside The Great Movie Ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and other unique offerings limited to a small number of lucky diners. When I heard about the following dinner, I immediately thought how much my mom would enjoy it, and wanted to try and secure a spot as a thank you to her for all she’s done for us. I was lucky enough to get those spots, thanks to Nicole at the Tables in Wonderland team (I just emailed our info like anyone else who was interested in attending). My mom is so excited and I cannot wait to experience this with her next week!

Since I can’t wait, I thought I’d share the menu with you all so you can drool get excited too. I’m especially interested in this dinner because it features all local Florida area ingredients and specialties. In fact, we live a few towns over from one of the farms which is featuring items on the menu. Rest assured I will be taking pictures right and left and will report back after the event!

Event Details:

Tables in Wonderland Presents:  The Wave’s Discovery Dinner

Thursday February 25th, 2010


Appetizers paired with August Kesseler Sylvaner/Riesling, 2007, Rheingau, Germany


Myakka Heirloom Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella, Aged Balsamic Strawberries and Tiny Opal Basil

Marques de Caceres Rose, 2008, Rioja, Spain


Seared Sea Scallops with Cream Corn and Applewood Smoked Bacon

Tablas Creek ‘Cotes du Tablas’ Blanc (Viognier, Roussanne, Marsanne, and Grenache Blanc), 2008, Paso Robles, CA.


Duck and Lobster Two Ways –Duck Confit and Sliced Breast.  Lobster Tagliatelle and Caribbean Spiny Lobster

Domaine Vincent Girardin ‘Emotion de Terroirs’ Burgundy (Pinot Noir), 2005, Meursault, France


Lott Farms Strawberry Charlotte with Strawberry infused Gelato, Chocolate Truffle Mousse, Strawberry Nectar, Balsamic Strawberry reduction.

Perrin et Fils Vinsobres (Syrah/Granache), 2007, Cotes du Rhone, France.

The Wave Discovery Dinners continue in February by celebrating our Central Florida Strawberry crop.  Our Farmer/Chef dinner will feature Lott Farms located just west of Plant City, Florida.  Mike and Sandy Lott started their farm in 1979 on rented land and purchased and built their family farm of 50 acres in 1983.  They have lived on and farmed this land with their children and grandchildren since that date.  Mike’s great strawberries are sold under the Classic label through C&D Produce Distributors.

Jim Killam is the North Florida Sales Manager for Vineyard Brands.  He is the importer of all the wines that have been chosen to pair with the menu selections to be served this evening.  Jim has been involved in the Food & Beverage Industry for over 30 years and has been a long-time friend and partner with the Walt Disney World Food & Beverage team.  Jim is a Certified Sommelier by the Court of the Master Sommeliers.

{Above taken from Tables in Wonderland email sent to me.} If you are interested in purchasing a Tables in Wonderland card – call the office at (407) 566-5858, Monday-Friday 9a-5p Eastern or email

{Disclosure} I am a member of the Walt Disney World Moms Panel. My position with the panel did not give me any advantage or discount on this event. As stated above, we have been Tables in Wonderland members since it began.