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Live “Whose Line” stage show a thrilling comedy treat

If you’re a fan of improv, then you’ve really got to try and catch Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood as they tour various venues around the U.S. and Canada over the next few weeks.



How many of you remember the ABC series, “Whose Line is it Anyway?” The all improv program that featured Drew Carey as its alleged MC as well as a crew of incredibly quick witted comics. Among the performers that appeared on that show were Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, Wayne Brady, Greg Proops, Brad Sherwood, Chip Estin and Jeff Davis.

I don’t know about you guys, but I LOVED “Whose Line.” To me, improv is the comedy equivalent of a circus high wire act. The performers are out there on a bare stage, armed with nothing more than their wits and a premise that’s just been thrown to them seconds earlier. So to see these guys suddenly pull these huge laughs out of thin air is both amusing and thrilling.

So what happened to the ABC version of this originally-U.K.-hit-show? A couple of things, actually. First of all, just like they did with the original version of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” Disney over-exposed “Whose Line?” Running two episodes back-to-back sometimes twice a week made this extra special program seem … well … less special.

Then there was the TV strike factor? How many of you remember how — back in 2001 — there was supposed to be this horrific strike in the television industry? In theory, had this strike actually gone forward, it could totally crippled Hollywood. Halting production of new TV shows and movies for months at a time.

Just in case this strike actually went forward, Disney ordered ABC to stockpile a bunch of brand new “Whose Line is it Anyway?” With the idea that — even if the entire entertainment industry went on strike for a few months — the Alphabet network would still be able to hang onto some of its viewers by regularly showing them new episodes of “Whose Line.”

But — as I mentioned above — that strike never happened. And ABC was then stuck with this huge backlog of new episodes of “Whose Line.” Which — from what I hear — the network has yet to entirely burn through. From what my sources tell me, even though “Whose Line” hasn’t filmed a new episode since the Fall of 2001, ABC is still sitting on at least 22 new episodes that the network has yet to air.

It’s sad to think that this program is no longer in production. (Though — interestingly enough — people that I’ve spoken with at ABC insist that “Whose Line” ISN’T cancelled. The show merely on “hiatus.” After the network decides what to do with those 22 episodes that it still allegedly has in the can, then it will be interesting to hear what ABC has to has about “Whose Line”‘s status. But — for now — all we can do is wait, I guess. Anyway …) But “Whose Line” lives on in reruns over on ABC Family, where the show runs Monday through Thursday, two episodes airing back-to-back, from 10 — 11 p.m.

And then there are the live versions of the show. Which — while not exactly authorized (which — perhaps — explains this show’s really awkward title: “An Evening with Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood from ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway'”) — are still great fun to see.

This past Saturday night, Nancy and I were lucky enough to catch Colin and Brad live on stage. We journeyed down to Providence, R.I. with our good friends Jeff and Flo Lange to see Mochrie and Sherwood at the Providence Performing Art Center. The PPAC (which is this really great theater … a grand old movie palace from the 1920s that has been lovingly restored) provided some wonderful pre-show entertainment: a pair of bats that would periodically fly out over the audience and cause some poor woman in the balcony to scream.

This — as you might expect — immediately got folded into the show. As soon as Brad and Colin took to the stage, Sherwood was heard to remark: “This is the first time that I’ve had to worry about getting rabies while performing.” He went on to say that the audience didn’t really have to worry about the flying rodents. “You see, they’re union bats,” Brad continued. “So they’re going to be taking a lot of coffee breaks.”

And — with that — the show was underway. Brad basically acted as the show’s MC, soliciting suggestions from the audience, explaining what the premise of the next bit would be. While Colin was just … Colin. Pound for pound, one of the funniest guys walking the planet today.

Among the highlights of this past Saturday’s show was:

Sherwood’s on-stage interview with the little old lady veterinarian that he pulled out of the audience. Mochrie then stood alongside these two and allegedly — through sign language — translated the interview for the hearing impaired. Colin’s visualization of what it’s like when a cat simultaneously has uncontrollable vomiting as well as diarrhea brought down the house.

In recreating a favorite bit from the “Whose Line” TV show (“Sound Effects”), Brad and Colin played members of a police forensics squad investigating a pretty bizarre crime scene:

MOCHRIE: (gesturing toward body on floor) Grizzly, isn’t it?
SHERWOOD: What? You’ve never seen a dead body before.
MOCHRIE: Well, not one that’s been attacked by a Grizzly.

And then — in a game that really had to be seen to be believed — 100 armed mousetraps were set out around the stage. Then Colin and Brad took off their shoes, put on blind folds and proceeded to act out a scene where they were supposedly hosting a “How-To” show. As they accidentally trod upon the mousetraps but still tried to go forward with the scene, the audience howled.

HELP ME FIND MY CONTACT LENS: As part of Saturday night’s most memorable sketch,
Brad Sherwood (left) and Colin Mochrie feel their way through a stage loaded with live
mouse traps. Photo by Nancy Stadler.

But the real highlight of the evening (which — given that it was the shows’ finale — was appropriate enough) was the police integration scene. Where Mochrie — playing the prisoner being interviewed — was taken out into the theater’s lobby, where he couldn’t possibly hear what Sherwood and the audience were doing. Then Brad took suggestions from the crowd and cobble together this outlandish scenario, in which Colin — dressed in a potato sack, a leotard and a monocle — stole Pee Wee Herman’s bicycle from Skidoodles’ Fishmonger Market. Which he then used to surf in Narragansett Bay. Then — fleeing the crime scene — Mochrie left behind a Frisbee and an oven mitt.

Then Colin is led back into the auditorium. Where — once he gets back on stage — the prisoner must “confess” to his crime. Which involves Mochrie guessing what exactly he’s supposedly supposed to have done.

To watch Colin squirming in the hot seat as Brad teases and tormented him, leading Mochrie part of the way toward what he’d possibly done and where … Only to then leave Colin fumbling and grasping … had the audience in stitches.

Police detective Brad Sherwood (left) interrogates suspect Colin Mochrie
as part of one of Saturday night’s skits. Photo by Nancy Stadler.

At this point, I should probably point out that the Providence Performing Arts Center ISN’T a small hall. It seats 3200. And — this past Saturday night — every one of those seats was filled with people who had tears running down their faces from laughing so much. At two guys who were just winging it. Flying by the seats of their pants.

It was an evening of great, great fun. One that I highly recommend — if you’re luck enough to live where Brad and Colin will be performing next. Speaking of which, here’s a list of some dates that Sherwood and Mochrie — as well as some of their other “Whose Line Is It Anyway” pals — will be performing over the next month or two:

Wednesday, May 12th

The Improv AllStars Show — featuring Colin Mochrie, Greg Proops, Brad Sherwood, Chip Esten and Jeff Davis — will be performing at Centennial Hall in London, ON. Tickets are $39.50 and are available at the theater box office and on line. This show is slated to get underway at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 13th

The Improv AllStars Show then moves on to the Chrysler Theatre at the Cleary International Centre in Windsor, ON. Tickets are $41.00 (plus a $2.00 handling fee) and are available at the theater box office. This show is also slated to start at 7:30 pm.

Friday, May 14th

The Improv AllStars Show continues its Ontario tour with a stop at the Tivoli Theatre in Hamilton, ON. Tickets for this show are $39.50 each and are available at the box office. This performance is also slated to get underway at 7:30 pm.

Saturday, May 15th

The Improv AllStars’ cross-Canadian tour continues with a stop of the University of Toronto’s Convocation Hall in Toronto, ON. Tickets for this performance range in price from $35.50 — $42.50 and are still supposedly available at the box office. There’s no word on when this performance is expected to start that night … Though — if I were a betting man — I’d say “7:30 p.m.”

Sunday, May 16th

The Improv AllStars Show conclude their “Great White North” tour with a stop at the Grand Theatre in Kingston, ON. Tickets for this last performance on the tour are $40.50 and are available at the box office. This show is slated to get underway at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 27th

“An Evening with Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood from ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway'” will be performed at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, NH at both 7 pm and 9:30 p.m. Ticket prices range from $24.50 — $44.50. Tickets for these two performances are available at the theater’s box office as well as online.

Friday, May 28th

“An Evening with Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood from ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway'” continues its swing through New England with a stop at Springfield Symphony Hall in Springfield, MA. No ticket pricing info was available at this time. Though that evening’s performance is slated to get underway at 8 p.m.

Tuesday, June 1st

“An Evening with Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood from ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway'” makes a stop at the Midland Center for the Arts in Midland, MI. This performance — which will be held in the MCFTA Auditorium — is slated to begin at 8 p.m. For information about ticket prices and availability, contact the theater box office at (800) 523-7649.

For information on other tour dates for the Improv Allstars Show as well as “An Evening with Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood from ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway’,” I suggest you drop by and check out the schedule that’s posted there in the site’s “events listing” section.

If — on the other hand — you’d like to see ABC bring back the “Whose Line Is It Anyway” TV show (or — at the very least — have the network finally air those 22 new episodes it still supposedly has in the can), you can drop by this website and lend your support.

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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.

Jens Dahlmann back during his Disney World days

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 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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