Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Kosher Quick Service

By Mindy Walbesser

One very stormy day at EPCOT led to our very first time ordering a Glatt kosher meal at Walt Disney World. Glatt kosher is a term used to refer to meat products meeting the highest standard of kashrut (kosher). Often it is used to refer to non-meat foods meeting the highest standard, as most providers of Glatt meat also meet the highest standards overall. Walt Disney World’s kosher food is currently provided by Weberman Traditional Foods of Miami, www.webermanfoods.com .

Our family adheres to a more relaxed tradition referred to as kosher style. We do not eat pork or shell fish, and we try to refrain from mixing beef with dairy products. We will eat meat meeting USDA standard as well as Glatt standard.

So, as a typical late starting day begins for us at EPCOT, we arrive at the turnstiles with lunch on our minds, only to find it start to drizzle as we enter the park. We started to hurry toward World Showcase to try to make it to one of our favorite lunch spots. (I no longer remember where we were trying to go!) As we approached the American Adventure Pavilion, the skies just opened up and the downpour was overwhelming. We quickly ran into the Liberty Inn, American Adventure’s Quick Service location. It’s a pretty good place to hang out as it is air conditioned, covered and has plentiful tables.

We really were hungry, so we figured we might as well try to eat here. It didn’t look like we were going anywhere else anytime soon. We walked over to the menu board and found it to be filled with cheese and bacon covered burgers and hotdogs. Even the salad had bacon. I realized I could have asked for any of those items plain, which I considered, but we saw Kosher Meals listed on the menu, and decided to give that a try. We walked up to the order taker station, and asked about the kosher meals. The cast member pulled a three-ring binder out from a drawer and handed it to me. I noticed right away that there were divider tabs with labels such as Kosher Meals, Vegetarian Meals, Gluten Free meals, etc.. I thought it was great that this location has so many special meal options. On the kosher meals tab, there were 3 or 4 choices. I don’t remember exactly how many. There were no separate choices for kids meals. My husband and I both opted for the hamburger and our daughter opted for the hot dog meal. Both meals came with potato croquets.

After we paid, a Cast Member brought our meals to us when they were ready. The meals arrived at the table heated, but still sealed inside their packaging. The packaging consisted of a specially made cardboard tray with a cellophane wrapper over the top. In order for the meal to maintain its glatt status, it had to be sealed to be able to be heated in the same area where non-kosher food was prepared. We peeled back the wrapper to reveal a very interesting burger and hotdog. We had never seen this before, but the hot dog and the hamburger were completely encased in their respective buns. There was no slit. We went to the condiment station and got plastic flatware and cut open the buns. The meal looked and smelled good… but how would it taste? 

Back at the condiment station, we got some ketchup and mustard and then took a bite. Delicious! We were very surprised at how delicious a pre-prepared meal that was heated inside its little tray was. The bun wasn’t even soggy! The potato croquets were a lot like Tater tots, but were more disk shaped. They also were very good. The meal was only about $1.50 more than the other meals on the menu. All in all, we were very pleased that we decided to try the kosher meals instead of asking for the regular hot dog or burger without the bacon or cheese. In my own personal opinion, kosher hotdogs, as well as kosher burgers, tend to taste better than regular ones!

Below is a list of Quick Service locations that offer kosher meals with no advance notice:

Disney's All-Star Movies Resort
World Premiere Food Court

Disney's All-Star Music Resort

Intermission Food Court

Disney's All-Star Sports Resort
End Zone Food Court

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
The Mara

Disney's Beach Club Resort
Beaches & Cream Soda Shop

Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort
Old Port Royale

Disney's Contemporary Resort
Contempo Café

DisneyQuest at Downtown Disney
Food Quest

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Gasparilla Grill & Games

Disney's Old Key West Resort
Good's Food To Go

Disney's Polynesian Resort
Capt. Cook's

Disney's Pop Century Resort
Everything Pop Shopping and Dining

Disney's Port Orleans Resort—French Quarter
Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory

Disney's Port Orleans Resort—Riverside
Riverside Mill Food Court

Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
The Artist's Palette

Disney's Wilderness Lodge
Roaring Fork

Disney's Yacht Club Resort
Hurricane Hanna's Grille

Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park

Disney's Hollywood Studios
ABC Commissary

Electric Umbrella Restaurant
Liberty Inn
Sunshine Seasons

Magic Kingdom Park
Cosmic Ray's Starlight Café

Your Mouse World Travel Agent can assist you with any Table Service meals - just be sure to let them know you need to, or prefer to eat Kosher.

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