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Huffington Post — For Imagineer Joe Lanzisero, Hong Kong Disneyland’s “Mystic Manor” is a high point of his career

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You know what they say: If you want to get something done,
ask a busy person to do it.


Joe Lanzisero, Senior Vice President – Creative, Walt Disney Imagineering.
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Back in 2007, it's arguable that no one person was busier at
The Walt Disney Company than Joe Lanzisero. As a Senior Vice President – Creative
at Walt Disney Imagineering, Joe was riding herd on all of the Tokyo Disneyland & Hong Kong Disneyland Resorts' theme parks. Not to mention that — at the
exact same time — Lanzisero was helping to design two brand-new ships for the
Disney Cruise Line.

But when the Hong Kong government
came to Joe and said that they wanted some new rides, shows & attractions
for HKDL, he didn't use all of his other obligations as an excuse to shirk this
new assignment. Lanzisero just turned to his team at WDI and began spit-balling
ideas.


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"And I have to thank our Hong Kong government
partners because they were very adamant that — in their marketplace — they
really wanted to have bragging rights. These officials wanted to be able to say
that 'The only place in the world that you're going to experience these
attractions is at Hong Kong Disneyland,' " Joe explained in a recent phone
interview. "Which meant that we were now going to get to do what the
original Imagineers did with Walt. Which wasn't build a ride or show around
some pre-existing Pixar or Disney intellectual property. But — rather — create
something out of whole cloth like 'The Haunted Mansion' or 'Pirates of the Caribbean'
or 'it's a small world.' Build a  brand-new theme park experience around a place
that people had never been before featuring characters that they'd never
met."

Which sounds like a pretty big challenge in & of itself. But Lanziero was
looking to raise  the bar even higher
when it came to Imagineering's newest assignment.


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"Think about it. Thanks to all of these giant, big
budget special effects films, people are now just used to seeing the most
unbelievable things," Joe continued. "And what I wanted WDI to try &
do was create an attraction where the Guests wouldn't be able to tell where a
piece of projection began & ended and where a live set began & ended
and where an animatronic began & ended. With the end result being this
absolutely seamless visual melding of all these elements which then created
this ride experience that was so mind-blowing that Hong Kong Disneyland
visitors were going to walk out of this thing saying 'How the heck did they do
that?' "

Mind you, the Imagineers were going to need a story and some
characters to build this special effects extravaganza around. And after a
couple of false starts, they eventually came up with Mystic Manor. Which was
where Lord Henry Mystic, a turn-of-the-century explorer and his simian
companion Albert, lived surrounded by all of the rare & unusual artifacts
that these two had collected during their travels 'round the globe.


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"The idea behind this ride can kind of be traced back
to Walt Disney World's Adventurers Club. Though — truth be told — it really
has more to do with Tokyo Disneyland's version of the Tower
of Terror
," Lanzisero stated.
"Since the Japanese weren't really familiar with Rod Serling or the
'Twilight Zone' television series
, we had to come up with a brand-new back story
for the Tokyo DisneySea version of this thrill ride. Which is when the
Imagineers dreamed up Harrison Hightower III, this billionaire explorer /
industrialist who built the Hightower Hotel and then met a mysterious fate on
New Year's Eve 1899. Supposedly because Harrison didn't
heed the warnings about a particular artifact that he had recently added to his
collection."

"And since Harrison Hightower was supposed to be a member of SEA, the
Society of Adventurers & Explorers … Well, we decided to build Mystic Manor
around another SEA member who had just taken possession of a mysterious object
that might cause him problems," Joe continued. "Only this time
around, it was a Balinese music box that — when it was opened — released this
magical music dust which then caused inanimate objects to come to life."


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And given that music played such a big part in this proposed Hong Kong
Disneyland addition (More to the point, given that all of the truly classic
Disney theme park rides — "it's a small world," "Pirates of the
Caribbean" and "The Haunted Mansion" — all prominently featured
songs) … Well, Lanzisero was just thrilled when Academy Award-nominee  Danny Elfman reached out to WDI and then volunteered to write an original score for
"Mystic Manor."

"Danny came on board this project via his manager Richard Kraft. Who — as
it turns out — is a big-time Disney enthusiast," Joe said. "Richard
was at the very first D23 EXPO and saw the display that WDI had put up for
'Mystic Manor.' And as soon as Richard saw the concept art & storyboards
for this ride, he immediately thought 'Wow, this would be a great project for
Danny to work on.' Who Kraft knew was looking to expand beyond the scores that
he'd been creating for film & television. And since — when Elfman was
growing up in Southern California — his favorite ride
at Disneyland was The Haunted Mansion … Well, Danny
was just the perfect guy to write the music for Mystic Manor."


Danny Elfman outside of Mystic Manor at Hong Kong Disneyland.
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Of course, it's one thing to have a story & characters to build your theme
park attraction around (or — for that matter — a theme song for your theme
park attraction). But then comes the really tough part: How are you actually
going to convey people through this experience? Because many a promising theme
park attraction has been undone because its designers opted to go with the
wrong ride system in the end. Which then made it impossible to properly tell
that attraction's story.

"But that's why it's great to work at WDI,"
Lanzisero enthused. "Here at Disney, we are blessed with the top of the
industry. The very best lighting designers, colorists and  special effects people. And our ride guys
really outdid themselves with Mystic Manor. Those engineers made use of some
proprietary software — not mention the more than 200 RFID tags that we buried
in the concrete floor of our Mystic Manor show building — to create this
trackless ride system which can then dispatch four vehicles at a time. Not only
that, but these ride vehicles — Mystic's Magneto Electric Carriages —
actually reinforce our story. We now have the ability to program each individual
vehicle so that it can go up to a particular prop or effect in a show scene and
then direct the Guest's attention at that specific vignette. Then after this
show scene plays out, this trackless vehicle is programmed to move the Guests
to the next vignette. So that cumulatively — going from scene to scene to
scene — we can then treat Hong Kong Disneyland visitors to a complete story.
Which climaxes with Albert frantically trying to close that Balinese music box
before its magical music dust actually tears Mystic Manor apart."


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It's this skillful mix of special effects, music, storytelling & ride
systems that has made "Mystic Manor" the talk of the themed
entertainment industry ever since this new HKDL attraction first opened back on
May 17, 2013. More
importantly, it's why — this past Saturday night — TEA (i.e., The Themed
Entertainment Association) paid tribute to Joe & his team at WDI by giving
"Mystic Manor" an AOA (i.e., an Award for Outstanding Achievement).

And Lanzisero — even though, as I mentioned at the very
start of this article —  is a very busy
guy, he still made a point of traveling to the Disneyland Hotel to accept this
award. And as Joe stood at the podium in the Grand Ballroom during the Thea
Awards Gala
, he graciously made a point of thanking the people who helped make
this attraction possible. Which — to Lanzisero's way of thinking — stretched
all the way from Ethan Reed (who did such a brilliant job with designing Lord
Henry & Albert) all the way back to Disney Legend Marc Davis (who taught
Joe at CalArts back in 1975 about silhouette value and using design &
strong poses to tell Guests how they're supposed to feel about the characters that
they encounter in Disney's theme park attractions).


Joe Lanzisero with WDI's Thea Award for Outstanding Achieve-
ment for "Mystic Manor." Photo by Noe Valladolid

"As for that Award for Outstanding Achievement, it's one thing to have the
Guests go through and then say that they like the ride that you & your team
designed. But to be recognized by your peers, by people who know all too well
the challenges that we face when we design rides, show and attractions like
this, that means the world to me," Joe concluded. "I've had the
chance to do a lot of neat stuff around the world. But Mystic Manor — thanks
to the people, the location and the subject matter that I got to work with here
— has probably been one of the high points of my career at WDI."

EDITOR'S NOTE:  An earlier version of this article credited Imagineer Ethan Reed Credit with the sculpting of the Lord Henry & Albert figures for "Mystic Manor." While Ethan designed these characters and served as Animation Creative Director on this Hong Kong Disneyland project, it was actually Imagineers Steve Cotroneo who sculpted Albert and Scott Goddard who sculpted Lord Henry.

Jim Hill is an entertainment writer who has specialized in covering The Walt Disney Company for nearly 40 years now. Over that time, he has interviewed hundreds of animators, actors, and Imagineers -- many of whom have shared behind-the-scenes stories with Mr. Hill about how the Mouse House really works. In addition to the 4000+ articles Jim has written for the Web, he also co-hosts a trio of popular podcasts: “Disney Dish with Len Testa,” “Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor” and “Marvel US Disney with Aaron Adams.” Mr. Hill makes his home in Southern New Hampshire with his lovely wife Nancy and two obnoxious cats, Ginger & Betty.

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Jens Dahlmann of LongHorn Steakhouse has lots of great tips when it comes to grilling

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Sure, for some folks, the Fourth of July is all about fireworks. But for the 75% of all Americans who own a grill or a smoker, the Fourth is our Nation’s No. 1 holiday when it comes to grilling. Which is why 3 out of 4 of those folks will spend some time outside today working over a fire.

But here’s the thing: Though 14 million Americans can cook a steak with confidence because they actually grill something every week, the rest of us – because we use our grill or smoker so infrequently … Well, let’s just say that we have no chops when it comes to dealing with chops (pork, veal or otherwise).

So what’s a backyard chef supposed to in a situation like this when there’s so much at steak … er … stake? Turn to someone who really knows their way around a grill for advice. People like Jens Dahlmann, the Vice President and Corporate Executive Chef for Darden Restaurant’s LongHorn Steakhouse brand.

Given that Jens’ father & grandfather were chefs, this is a guy who literally grew up in a kitchen. In his teens & twenties, Dahlmann worked in hotels & restaurants all over Switzerland & Germany. Once he was classically trained in the culinary arts, Jens then  jumped ship. Well, started working on cruise ships, I mean.

Anyway … While working on Cunard’s Sea Goddess, Dahlmann met Sirio Maccioni, the founder of Le Cirque 2000. Sirio was so impressed with Jens’ skills in the kitchen that he offered him the opportunity to become sous-chef at this New York landmark. After four years of working in Manhattan, Dahlmann then headed south to become executive chef at Palm Beach’s prestigious Café L’Europe.

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And once Jens began wowing foodies in Florida, it wasn’t all that long ’til the Mouse came a-calling. Mickey wanted Dahlmann to shake things up in the kitchen over at WDW’s Flying Fish Café. And he did such a good job with that Disney’s Boardwalk eatery the next thing Jens knew, he was then being asked to work his magic with the menu at the Contemporary Resort’s California Grill.

From there, Dahlmann had a relatively meteoric rise at the Mouse House. Once he became Epcot’s Food & Beverage general manager, it was only a matter of time before he wound up as the executive chef in charge of this theme park’s annual International Food & Wine Festival. Which – under Jens’ guidance – experienced some truly explosive growth.

“When I took on Food & Wine, that festival was only 35 days long and had gross revenues of just $5.5 million. When I left Disney in 2016, Food & Wine was now over 50 days long and that festival had gross revenues of $22 million,” Dahlmann admitted during a recent sit-down. “I honestly loved those 13 years I spent at Disney. When I was working there, I learned so much because I was really cooking for America.”

And it was exactly that sort of experience & expertise that Darden wanted to tap into when they lured Jens away from Mickey last year to become LongHorn Steakhouse’s new Vice President and Corporate Executive Chef. But today … Well, Dahlmann is offering tips to those of us who are thinking about cooking steak tips for the Fourth.

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“When you’re planning on grilling this holiday, if you’re looking for a successful result, the obvious place to start is with the quality of the meat you plan on cooking for your friends & family. If you want the best results here, don’t be cheap when you go shopping. Spend the money necessary for a fresh filet or a New York strip. Better yet a Ribeye, a nice thick one with good marbling. Because when you look at the marbling on a steak, that’s where all the flavor happens,” Jens explained. “That said, you always have to remember that — the higher you go with the quality of your meat — the less time you’re going to want that piece of meat to spend on the grill.”

And speaking of cooking … Before you even get started here, Jens suggests that you first take the time to check over all of your grilling equipment. Making sure that the grill itself is first scraped clean & then properly oiled before you then turn up the heat.

“If you’re working with a dirty grill, when you go to turn your meat, it may wind up sticking to the grill. Or maybe those spices that you’ve just so carefully coated your steak with will wind up sticking to the grill, rather than your meat,” Dahlmann continued. “Which is why it’s always worth it to spend a few minutes prior to firing up your grill properly cleaning & oiling it.”

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And speaking of heat … Again, before you officially get started grilling here, Jens says that it’s crucial to check your temperature gauges. Make sure that your char grill is set at 550 (so that it can then properly handle the thicker cuts of meat) and your flattop is set at 425 (so it can properly sear thinner pieces of meat).

Okay. Once you’ve bought the right cuts of quality meat, properly cleaned & oiled your grill, and then made sure that everything’s set at the right temperature (“If you can only stand to hold your hand directly over the grill for two or three seconds, that’s the right amount of heat,” Dahlmann said), it’s now time to season your steaks.

“Don’t be afraid to be bold here. You can’t be shy when it comes to seasoning your meat. You want to give it a nice coating. Largely because — if you’re using a char grill — a lot of that seasoning is just going to fall off anyway,” Jens stated. “It’s up to you to decide what sort of seasoning you want to use here. Even just some salt & pepper will enhance a steak’s flavor.”

Then – according to Dahlmann – comes the really tough part. Which is placing your meat on the grill and then fighting the urge to flip it too early or too often.

“The biggest mistake that a lot of amateur cooks make is that they flip the steak too many times. The real key to a well-cooked piece of meat is just let it be, “Jens insisted. “Of course, if you’re serving different cuts of meat at your Fourth of July feast, you always want to put your biggest thickest steak on the grill first. If you’re also cooking a New York Strip, you want to put that one on a few minutes later. But after that, just let the grill do its job and flip your meat a total of three or four times, once every three minutes or so.”

Of course, the last thing you want to do is overcook a quality piece of meat. Which is why Dahlmann suggests that – when it comes to grilling steaks – if you’re going to err, err on the side of undercooking.

“You can always put a piece of meat back on the grill if it’s slightly undercooked. When you over-cook something, all you can do then is start over with a brand-new piece of meat,” Jens said. “Just be sure that you’re using the correct cut of meat for the cooking result you’re aiming for. If someone wants a rare or medium rare steak, you should go with a thicker cut of steak. If one of your guests wants their steak cooked medium or well, it’s best to start with a thinner cut of meat.”

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As you can see, the folks at Longhorn take grilling steaks seriously. How seriously? Just last week at Darden Corporate Headquarters in Orlando, seven of these brand’s top grill masters (who – after weeks of regional competitions – had been culled from the 491 restaurants that make up this chain) competed for a $10,000 prize in the Company’s second annual Steak Master Series. And Dahlmann was one of the people who stood in Darden’s test kitchens, watching like a hawk as each of the contestants struggled to prepare six different dishes in just 20 minutes according to Longhorn Steakhouse’s exacting standards.

“I love that Darden does this. Recognizing the best of the best who work this restaurant,” Jens concluded. “We have a lot of people here who are incredibly knowledgeable & passionate when it comes to grilling.”

Speaking of which … If today’s story doesn’t include the exact piece of info that you need to properly grill that T-bone, just whip out your iPhone & text GRILL to 55702. Or – better yet – visit  ExpertGriller.com prior to firing up your grill or smoker later today. 

This article was originally published by the Huffington Post on Tuesday, July 4, 2017

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Brattleboro’s Strolling of the Heifers is a sincere if somewhat surreal way to spend a summer’s day in Vermont

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Some people travel halfway ‘around the planet so that they can then experience the excitement of the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona. If you’re more of a Slow Living enthusiast (as I am), then perhaps you should amble to Brattleboro, VT. Where – over the first weekend in June – you can then join a herd of cow enthusiasts at the annual Strolling of the Heifers.

Now in its 16th year, this three-day long event typically gets underway on Friday night in June with a combination block party / gallery walk. But then – come Saturday morning – Main Street in Brattleboro is lined with thousands of bovine fans.

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They’ve staked out primo viewing spots and set up camp chairs hours ahead of time. Just so these folks can then have a front row seat as this year’s crop of calves (which all come from local farms & 4-H clubs) are paraded through the streets.

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Viewed from curbside, Strolling of the Heifers is kind of this weird melding of a sincere small town celebration and Pasadena’s Doo Dah Parade. Meaning that – for every entry that actually acknowledged this year’s theme (i.e. “Dance to the Moosic”) — …

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… there was something completely random, like this parade’s synchronized shopping cart unit.

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And for every piece of authentic Americana (EX: That collection of antique John Deere tractors that came chugging through the city) …

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… there was something silly. Like – say – a woman dressed as a Holstein pushing a baby stroller through the streets. And riding in that stroller was a pig dressed in a tutu.

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And given that this event was being staged in the Green Mountain State & all … Well, does it really surprise you to learn that — among the groups that marched in this year’s Strolling of the Heifers – was a group of eco-friendly folks who, with their  chants of “We’re Number One !,” tried to persuade people along the parade route not to flush the toilet after they pee. Because – as it turns out – urine can be turned into fertilizer.

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And speaking of fertilizer … At the tail end of the parade, there was a group of dedicated volunteers who were dealing with what came out of the tail end of all those cows.

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This year’s Strolling of the Heifers concluded at the Brattleboro town common. Where event attendees could then get a closer look at some of the featured units in this year’s parade…

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… or perhaps even pet a few of the participants.

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But as for the 90+ calves who took part in the 2017 edition of Strolling of the Heifers, once they reached the town common, it was now time for a nosh or a nap.

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Elsewhere on the common, keeping with this year’s “Dance to the Moosic” theme, various musical groups performed in & around the gazebo throughout the afternoon.

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While just across the way – keeping with Brattleboro’s tradition of showcasing the various artisans who live & work in the local community – some pretty funky pieces were on display at the Slow Living Exposition.

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All in all, attending Strolling of the Heifers is a somewhat surreal but still very pleasant way to spend a summer’s day in Vermont. And that’s no bull.

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Well, that could be a bull. To be honest, what with the wig & all, it’s kind of hard to tell. 

This article was originally published by the Huffington Post on Sunday, June 4, 2017

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Looking to make an authentic Irish meal for Saint Patrick’s Day? If so, then chef Kevin Dundon says not to cook corned beef & cabbage

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Let’s at least start on a positive note: Celebrated chef, author & TV personality Kevin Dundon – the man that Tourism Ireland has repeatedly chosen as the Face of Irish Food – loves a lot of what happens in the United States on March 17th.

“I mean, look at what they do in Chicago on Saint Patrick’s Day. They toss all of this vegetable-based dye into the Chicago River and then paint it green for a day. That’s terrific,” Kevin said.

But then when it comes to what many Americans eat & drink on St. Paddy’s Day (i.e., a big plate of corned beef and cabbage. Which is then washed down with a mug of green beer) … Well, that’s where Dundon has to draw the line.

Irish celebrity chef Kevin Dundon displays a traditional Irish loin of bacon with Colcannon potatoes and a Dunbrody Kiss chocolate dessert. Photo by Tom Burton. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved

“Green beer? No real Irishman would be caught dead drinking that stuff,” Kevin insists. “And as for eating corned beef & cabbage … That’s not actually authentic Irish fare either. Bacon and cabbage? Sure. But corned beef & cabbage was something that the Irish only began eating after they’d come to the States to escape the Famine. And even then these Irish-Americans only began serving corned beef & cabbage to their friends & family because they had to make do with the ingredients that were available to them at that time.”

And thus begins the strange tale of how corned beef & cabbage came to be associated with the North American celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day celebration. Because – according to Dundon – beef just wasn’t all that big a part of the Irish diet back in the 19th century.

To explain: Back in the Old Country, cattle – while they were obviously highly prized for the milk & cheese that they produced – were also beasts of burden. Meaning that they were often used for ploughing the fields or for hauling heavy loads. Which is why – back then — these animals were rarely slaughtered when they were still young & healthy. If anything, land owners liked to put a herd of cattle on display out in one of their pastures because that was then a sign to their neighbors that this farm was prosperous.

“Whereas pork … Well, everybody raised pigs back then. Which is why pork was a staple of the Irish diet rather than beef,” Dundon continued.

So if that’s what people actually ate back in the Old Country, how then did corned beef & cabbage come to be so strongly associated with Saint Patrick’s Day in the States.? That largely had to do with where the Irish wound up living after they arrived in the New World.

“When the Irish first arrived in America following the Great Famine, a lot of them wound up living in the inner city right alongside the Germans & the Jews, who were also recent immigrants to the States. And while that farm-fresh pork that the Irish loved wasn’t readily available, there was brisket. Which the Irish could then cure by first covering this piece of meat with corn kernel-sized pieces of rock salt – that’s how it came to be called corned beef. Because of the sizes of the pieces of rock salt that were used in the curing process – and then placing all that in a pot of water with other spices to soak for a few days.”

And as for the cabbage portion of corned beef & cabbage … Well, according to Kevin, in addition to buying their meat from the kosher delis in their neighborhood, the Irish would also frequent the stores that the German community shopped in. Where – thanks to their love of sauerkraut (i.e., pickled cabbage) – there was always a ready supply of cabbage to be had.

“So when you get right down to it, it was the American melting pot that led to corned beef & cabbage being found in the Irish-American cooking pot,” Dundon continued. “Since they couldn’t find or didn’t have easy access to the exact same ingredients that they had back in Ireland, Irish-Americans made do with what they could find in the immediate vicinity. And what they made was admittedly tasty. But it’s not actually authentic Irish fare.”

Mind you, what Kevin serves at Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant at Disney Springs (which – FYI – Orlando Magazine voted as the area’s best restaurant back in 2014) is nothing if not authentic. Dundon and his team at this acclaimed gastropub pride themselves on making traditional Irish fare and then contemporized it.

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“Take – for example – what we serve here instead of corned beef & cabbage. Again, because it was pork – rather than beef – that was the true staple of the Irish diet back then, what we offer instead is a loin of bacon that has been glazed with Irish Mist. That then comes with colcannon potatoes. Which is this traditional Irish dish that’s made up of mashed potato that have had some cabbage & bacon mixed through it,” Kevin enthused. “This heavenly ham – that’s what we actually call this traditional Irish dish at Raglan Road, Kevin’s Heavenly Ham – also includes some savory cabbage with a parsley cream sauce as well as a raisin cider jus. It’s simple food. But because of the basic ingredients – and that’s the real secret of Irish cuisine. That our ingredients are so strong – the flavors just pop off the plate.”

Which brings us to the real challenge that Dundon and the Raglan Road team face every day. Making sure that they actually have all of the ingredients necessary to make this traditional-yet-contemporized Irish fare to those folks who frequent this Walt Disney World favorite.

“Take – for example – the fish we serve here. We only used cold water fish. Salmon, mussels and haddock that have been hauled out of the Atlantic, the ocean that America and Ireland share,” Kevin stated. “Not that there’s anything wrong with warm water fish. It’s just that … Well, it doesn’t have the same structure. It’s a softer fish, which doesn’t really fit the parameters of Irish cuisine. And if you’re going to serve authentic food, you have to be this dedicated when it comes to sourcing your ingredients.

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And if you’re thinking of perhaps trying to serve an authentic Irish meal this year, rather than once again serving corned beef & cabbage at your Saint Patrick’s Day Feast … Well, back in September of last year, Mitchell Beazley published “The Raglan Road Cookbook: Inside America’s Favorite Irish Pub.” This 296-page hardcover not only includes the recipe for Kevin’s Heavenly Ham but also it tells the tale of how this now-world-renown restaurant wound up being built in Orlando.

On the other hand, if you happen to have to the luck of the Irish and are actually down at The Walt Disney World Resort right now, it’s worth noting that Raglan Road is right in the middle of its Mighty St. Patrick’s Day Festival. This four day-long event – which includes Irish bands and professional dancers – stretches through Sunday night. And in addition to all that authentic Irish fare that Dundon and his team are cooking up, you also sample the fine selection of beers & cocktails that this establishment’s four distinct antique bars (each of which are more than 130 years old and were imported directly from Ireland) will be serving. Just – As ucht Dé (That’s “For God’s Sake” in Gaelic) – don’t make the mistake of asking the bartender there for a mug of green beer.

“Why would anyone willingly drink something like that?,” Dundon laughed. “I mean, just imagine what their washroom will look like the morning after.”

This article was originally published by the Huffington Post on Friday, March 17, 2017

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