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Pixar’s Darla K. Anderson’s slow & steady path to success



Here's kind of a depressing fact to start 2011 off with: 88% of all people will fail to keep their New Year's resolution.  With 45% of those folks falling off the self-improvement wagon by the end of January.

And why is that exactly? To be blunt, it's because a lot of us aren't willing to commit, make the necessary sacrifices, do the hard work that will actually help turn our dreams into reality.

Which is why I'd now like to talk about Pixar veteran Darla K. Anderson. Who — according to the 2008 Guinness Book of World Records – has the highest average movie gross of any producer in Hollywood history: $221 million per movie.

Pixar veteran producer Darla K. Anderson. Copyright
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So how did the producer of "A Bug's Life," "Monsters, Inc.," "Cars" and "Toy Story 3" get her start? Did Darla K. perhaps have some high-powered friends who worked in the industry who then kicked open a few doors for her?

Nope. To hear Ms. Anderson tell the story, she was just a girl who grew up in Glendale, CA. In fact, Darla's very first job was at the Glendale Galleria, where Darla then worked behind the counter at a bakery.

So how did this kid — who cleared tables for cash while she studied environmental design at San Diego State University — wind up as the producer of some of the most popular animated films of all time? Well, there was some luck involved. A chance meeting with someone who was already successful in show business did in fact inspire Anderson to try & become a producer.

San Diego State University

But after that … To be honest, it was all about perseverance. No job was too small or too menial for Anderson. If she had to work as a PA and then go make coffee for others in order to get her foot in the door at some production company … Well, that's just what Darla did.

Which – as it turned out – turned out to be a really smart move. By starting out as a PA … Well, Anderson was then able to learn about the industry from the bottom up. More to the point, by saying "Yes" to virtually every menial task that her bosses threw her way, Darla wound up seeing more – more importantly, learning more – than any of her co-workers.

Take – for example – how Anderson initially got exposed to computer animation. Someone from her office needed to attend this rather boring-sounding trade show in Las Vegas. Darla volunteered. Which is how she wound up sitting in on this demonstration of flying CG logos and then falling in love with this emerging art form.

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From there, Anderson did everything that she could to learn as much as possible about computer animation. Which is how – one day – Darla found herself at the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art. Where John Lasseter was screening Pixar's latest short, "Tin Toy."

And after that … Well, that was pretty much all she wrote for Ms. Anderson. "Tin Toy" was so sweet, so charming (but – at the same time – such cutting-edge storytelling. Especially when you consider what everyone else was doing with CG back in 1989), Darla knew that she just had to go to work for Pixar Animation Studios.

The only problem was that – at this time – Pixar was just this teeny-tiny company with only 25 employees. More to the point, this animation studio was genuinely struggling to survive at this point in its history. Which meant that Pixar wasn't hiring.

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But because Ms. Anderson believed that John Lasseter's dream (i.e. using CG to make a feature-length animated film) was actually doable, she dropped everything. Darla moved up to the Bay Area and then worked menial jobs like flower delivery for 18 months. All with the hope that – if she hung on long enough – Anderson would be the right person in the right place in the right time when Pixar Animation Studios finally started hiring.

And then in 1993, Pixar did call. Only they weren't looking for someone to help out with production of the world's first-ever feature-length CG project. But – rather – Lasseter & Co. were looking for someone to keep Pixar's commercial division arm up & running while everybody else worked on "Toy Story."

It wasn't the world's most glamorous job, producing ads for Listerine and Life Savers. But because it was crucial to keep all that commercial cash flowing into Pixar's coffers just in case "Toy Story" didn't succeed, Darla threw herself into her work.

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And given that Anderson did such a great job with running Pixar's commercial division, when it came time for this animation studio to get started on its second feature-length project, "A Bug's Life," she was then awarded that assignment.  

But as Darla reminded me when the two of us spoke back in October, there was an awful lot riding on that "Epic of Miniature Proportions."

"People forget how important 'A Bug's Life' was, that this was the film that proved that Pixar wasn't a one hit wonder," Anderson explained. "And you have to remember that John spent much of 1995 and 1996 traveling the world, promoting first the theatrical release of 'Toy Story' and then the VHS version of that same movie. So in his absence, we really had to come together as a team. Do everything we had to in order to make sure that that movie succeeded."

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And given that Darla really delivered the goods on "A Bug's Life" … Well, she was then handed Pixar's next problematic project, "Monsters, Inc." Which was this animation studio's first feature-length production NOT to be directed by John Lasseter.

"This time around, we were out to prove that there was really more to Pixar's success than just John," Anderson continued. "Then when you factor in all of the technical challenges that we faced on 'Monsters, Inc.' with Sulley's hair … That was a tough, tough picture too."

But in spite of all the technological challenges that Darla and the folks at Pixar faced with "Monsters, Inc." and "Cars," she never lost sight of what was really important here. Which was that all of this amazing technology always had to service the story. That – when you get right down to it — what really made Pixar's pictures special were their characters & story.

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Which brings us to Darla's latest production, "Toy Story 3." Given that – due to the work she was doing in Pixar's commercial division as well as on "A Bug's Life" – Anderson missed out on the chance to work on the first two "Toy Story" movies. Which is why she was determined not to miss out on working on the third installment of this acclaimed trilogy.

"I actually threw my hat in the ring right after we finished working on 'Monsters, Inc.' I told John that – if we ever went ahead with production of 'Toy Story 3' – I wanted a shot at producing that picture," Darla remembered. "And once Disney made that deal to acquire Pixar … Well, that finally cleared the way to make this sequel."

And given how hugely successful "Toy Story 3" has been (it was last year's most successful motion picture. Earning $415 million during its domestic run, $648 million overseas for a combined worldwide box office total of $1.06 billion dollars) … Well, it's easy to overlook all of the hard work that actually went into producing this Golden Globe nominee. Darla and "TS3" director Lee Unkrich – along with hundreds of artists and technicians – worked for 4 ¼ years on this film.

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 And while Anderson is quick to praise all of the folks that she works with Pixar, it's important to note here that Darla's the one who rode herd on four of the top grossing animated films in Hollywood history. That she's the one who kept everything on schedule, kept everyone focused on the job at hand, using many of the same skills that Anderson developed back when she was waitressing in Glendale, CA.

"That was when I first learned to multi-task. I had to figure out how to work with the people back in the kitchen while keeping the customers happy, delivering what they ordered as quickly as possible. And I'm still doing that same sort of thing today," Darla laughed.

Which brings me to the main point of today's JHM article. Darla Anderson got where she is today because – no matter how menial the task, how difficult the job – she committed. She threw herself into each task and then did it to the best of her ability.

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Mind you, it took almost two decades for Ms. Anderson to get where she is today (Darla will be celebrating her 18th year with Pixar Animation Studios later this year). And I know that – in this age of instant messaging, where people like Snooki & the Situation become celebrities overnight without  actually accomplished anything – suggesting that someone take the slow & steady approach to success, that they actually commit to working hard for weeks, months, years at a time in order to achieve their goals isn't going to be all that popular a proposition.

But even so, I'd like to suggest that – as 2011 gets underway and we all struggle to keep our respective New Year's resolutions – Darla is still a great role model. And not just because her prominent appearance in Pixar's recent "It Gets Better" video.


So  sure. Luck (as in: being in the right place at the right time) really does factor into having a successful career in show business. But given that Ms. Anderson was named Producer of the Year in Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures back in 2006 by the Producers Guild of America, I don't imagine that Darla would be upset if I mentioned her name in connection with Samuel Goldwyn. That legendary Hollywood producer who once supposedly said:

"The harder I work, the luckier I get."

So if you really want to achieve this year's resolution, do just as Darla and Sam did. Work hard. Really commit. Persevere.

Samuel Goldwyn, founder of Samuel
Goldwyn Studios

Beyond that … Here's hoping that all you JHM readers out there have a healthy & happy 2011.

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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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