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Celebrity chef Cat Cora (pictured at right) paid a surprise visit to our lunch at her restaurant Kouzzina, located at the Boardwalk resort at Disney World, as we were having lunch on Day Two of the DIsney World Resort Showcase. I still have to report on the Southwest Airlines welcome reception, but I’m still under the influence of an absolutely delightful lunch so I’ll share some food porn and write about the reception later.
Cat said that it was always her dream to have her own restaurant where she could share the wonderfui flavors of Greek cooking she had grown up with. Last September she got that chance as the old Spoodles restaurant at Boardwalk was transformed into Kouzinna, her very own eatery.
We dined on a wonderful sampler feast, starting off with salad and grilled pita with three spreads, then progressing into a triple header of sampler portions of some of the main entrees and dessert. As we dined. Cat told shared family anecdotes like how she enjoyed playing tea party as a child, dressing up in white gloves and serving up cookies. She as definitely come a long way from those days; now she’s an Iron Chef and she is sharing delicious Greek dishes with Disney World visitors at Kouzzina, which is the Greek word for “kitchen”:
When asked about her favorite dish, Cat chuckled and said she has a different favorite every day. She did profess a fondess for lamb and a love of rich tomato sauces. She circled the room as we dined, chatting with everyone to see how we liked her creations. At the end of the meal we were all presented with autographed cookbooks. As a local with a fondness for dining at Disney World restaurants, I know I will be back at Kouzzina. However, I don’t think it can ever be quite the same once you’re met cat herself at the restaurant! Below is some “food porn” for those who would like to see some of the yummy dishes. Call 407-WDW-DINE for reservations if you’d like to try them for yourself. Boardwalk is easily accessible from Epcot if you are not driving.
Below is Spiro’s Greek Salad, with vine-ripened tomatoes, arugula, cucumbers, red onions, kalamata olives and feta cheese:
This is the grilled pita with three spreads (harissa yogurt, kalamata fig, and chickpea hummus):
The trio below is mini pastisio (Greek-style lasagna with bucatini pasta, cinnamon-stewed meat sauce and bechamel…my personal favorite dish…and cinnamon stewed chicken with tomatoes, herbed orzo and mazithra cheese, as well as an oak-grilled lamb with olives and feta (very nicely spiced…spicy but not too much so for a semi-wimp like me).
Dessert…yum! As Cat said, the best part of the meal. We had loukoumades, kourabiethes and bakalava. The cookies were the best, with the donuts a very close second. The baklava was good, but I’ve had many versions of that so I was totally taken with the other two choices.
Kouzzina is definitely a keeper! I’ve been meaning to try it for ages so I’m very pleased it was included on the World Showcase event list. Click here to read the next part of this report on the Southwest Airlines welcome reception.. If you enjoy celebrity chefs, click here to see Hell’s Kitchen winner Chef Rock at Epcot’s Party for the Senses in 2009, as well as more food porn. Click here to read more of my articles.