Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Dinner Impossible with Joe Jonas & Demi Lovato

After a long day at Epcot we were pretty exhausted, it was cold and we weren't' looking forward to a meal outdoors. We're so glad we resisted the urge to return to the Polynesian and collapse on the bed! The night's events ended up being a little surreal, I mean a dinner prepared by a Food Network personality and a Jonas brother? Did I fall down the rabbit hole? This is the kind of night I watch on television, NOT one I'm AT!
The first unexpected twist was finding out our dinner was prepared by celebrity Chef Robert Irvine of Dinner Impossible fame. How exciting!!! My mom was especially thrilled. I found out via Twitter and @zannaland that the episode our meal is featured on should be #9 and airing in June or July. I can't wait to find out more about all the back stage drama, because you know Chef Irvine blows his top at least once during a challenge!
Thank you to Kathie for directing me to The Disney Food Blog, where you can find out more about the low down on the challenge, which was too cook a meal for 400 people and to be inspired by the Disney Princesses. I think it was mainly for the Give a Day Get a Disney Day volunteer families, who definitely deserve a great meal! I'm just glad we got to be a part of it too.
Our favorite included the fire roasted heirloom tomato soup with basil foam and tiger shrimp, Cobb salad served in a little plastic cone and with foccacia stick, and mid-west beef and Pennsylvanian mushroom pie. There was also some kid friendly choices like chicken friend rice, vegetable chow mein with cilantro, and Mickey-roni and sharp cheddar. Plus a few more that I didn't get to taste because I was stuffed or knew I wouldn't enjoy like the Main lobster and Atlantic seafood fisherman's pie and corn crusted Florida root vegetable pie.
Plus I had to save room for dessert! The brownie torte, apple crumble, cheesecake push-up, and deconstructed cannoli being my favorites. That's the lovely Lauren from Half Deserted Streets, who was there representing a local magazine and her boyfriend Samir, with the push-ups above. They sat with us and were really fun to talk with.
It was an exciting night and a big thrill to be part of such fun challenge; Chef Robert Irvin wasn't the only celebrity there that night! Oh no, we had a little after dinner entertainment. There were lots of screams of delight as Joe Jonas and Demi Lovato took the stage to sing their new duet, "Make a Wave". A new anthem for Disney's Friends for Change: Project Green, it's about how a single act of kindness, i.e. a pebble in the water, can lead to more people working together, leading to a wave of change.

It was followed by This is Me from the Disney movie Camp Rock. Both videos are of the actual performance we were at, taken by another audience member.

It was really quite an experience to be there for one of the performance, recorded in Epcot, similar ones I've seen shown between shows on The Disney Channel. Also a fun look behind the scenes how these types of events are filmed.

{Disclaimer: I attended this event as a member of the Social Media Mom's Celebration. As part of this conference I received complimentary items, special discounts, and other exciting benefits, such as food and entertainment from Walt Disney World.}

7 Friends Said:

eriochrome said...

The band Allstar Weekend also played at the event.

Holly Lefevre said...

That is awesome. I think I would be more excited about the FoodNewtork than Joe Jonas, but all my friends daughters would think I was awesome if I saw Joe!

Anonymous said...

So very cool. How exciting for everyone

Bobbi & Noe said...

WOW! That is like a dream. I'm so happy for you. How fun!

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

It really looks like an exciting event! I love to watch Chef Irvine on Dinner Impossible!
And my son and the Jonas brothers hung out back in 2007, when our son was Georgia's ambassador for Children's Miracle Network. (When I do get a post about that, I will let you know :o)

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Mama King said...

Wow! How incredibly cool for you! Sounds like an incredible night to cap off a great day :-)

Lorie Shewbridge said...

I was so enthralled with the food also! I didn't get to try all of it either because there was just so much of it and it was all terrific. The cheesecake push-ups were fantastic! And the brownie torte - to die for!!
Great recap and your family looks like they had a wonderful time.

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