20 August 2012

Open House at Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen

Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen in Downtown Disney recently invited Cooking with Mickey and other lucky patrons to their Open House Banquet Showcase. For over fifty years, Ralph Brennan and his family have proudly served the finest Louisiana ingredients, and their Chef, Darrin Finkel, has perfected those celebrated flavors throughout the Jazz Kitchen menu.

Ralph Brennan opened his Jazz Kitchen, with New Orleans-themed food and entertainment venue in January 2001 as part of the 1.4 billion dollar Disneyland Resort development that included not only Downtown Disney, but Disney California Adventure, and the Grand Californian Hotel. With 15,000 square feet distributed over two floors and a second story exterior balcony, Ralph Brennan's has 6 different themed rooms that will cater to your banquet or event needs. Located downstairs are the Courtyard and the Flambeaux Room, and upstairs are the Queens Room, the Parlor Room, the Wine Room, and the Balcony.

During the open house, each of the upstairs rooms offered different food items for the guests; including a traditional New Orleans favorite, the Chicken and Sausage Gumbo with White Rice and a Jazz Kitchen favorite, the BBQ shrimp with Garlic and Butter. The attentive staff also circled the rooms carrying trays of new Jazz Kitchen items such as the Abita Beer Battered Chicken with spicy honey mustard dipping sauce (that made me weak in the knees), Jumbo Coconut Shrimp with a pepper Tabasco jelly, Mushroom and Goat Cheese Tartlets, and Miniature Beef Wellingtons with Mushrooms and Goat Cheese Duxelle. For dessert, no New Orleans evening would be complete without the Original Café Du Monde Beignets sprinkled with powdered sugar which were piled high and ready for the taking. With all of the delicious options, the definite highlight of the evening though, was the Bananas Foster bar!

The Courtyard
As you enter the restaurant the first themed area is the Courtyard. The open-air location is ideal for receptions offering your guest the feeling of being in the middle of New Orleans complete with a fountain.

The Flambeaux Room
Located behind the Courtyard, the Flambeaux Room is a replica of a whimsical jazz club, with a fully stocked oak bar and a stage for live performances.

The Queens Room
This private room, complete with balcony, is perfect for speaker dinners or corporate events. The beautiful Queens Room is filled with unique character depicting the exuberance of the Mardi Gras season.

The Parlor Room 
The Parlor Room immerses your guests in a New Orleans, fine-dining experience. The room decor includes authentic New Orleans antiques and photographs that add history and grace.
The Wine Room
This intimate room is nestled in the wine cellar and separated from the main dining room by beautiful French doors.

The Balcony 
Enjoy the Jazz Kitchen’s signature drink, a cool, refreshing, Hurricane, on a warm summer night on the Balcony while overlooking the revelry of the Downtown Disney District. The Balcony also offers the perfect view of the nightly Disneyland fireworks.

Whether you need a place to have a birthday party for 160 people, or just want a nice, private, ambient setting for you and a few friends, Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen will cater to your needs with a wide array of foods, themes and even entertainment.  For details on how you can have your banquet or event at the Jazz Kitchen, you can email Sales Manager Bruno Duarte, go to their website http://www.rbjazzkitchen.com/ or call (714) 563-7261. Here is a special video provided by Ralph Brennan's about planning your special event:

However,you don’t need to have a special event in order to visit the Jazz Kitchen. They offer a lunch and dinner menu throughout the week, and even offer a Sunday Brunch. If you want to plan ahead, you can make reservations by calling the Disney Dining hotline at (714) 781-DINE. They also feature different musical artists every night such as Kenny Sara & The Sounds of New Orleans on Saturday and Sunday nights, and their live Blazing Dueling Piano show on Friday nights.

My thanks to Sales Manager Bruno Duarte, who served as our gracious host for this event, General Manager Dave Williams, Social Media Relations Director Garrett Talbot, and the chefs and staff on hand for throwing a magnificent showcase. And a special thanks to Kenny Sara for bringing the musical sounds of New Orleans to life. He truly brought the party to life, and I had a blast speaking with him.Don’t forget to follow them on Facebook and Twitter for daily updates, specials, and events.

Follow me on Twitter @big_bubba_b for Disneyland news, updates, trip reports, and food news. You can also catch me every now and then on Sorcerer Radio's (SRSounds.com) Disneyland Magic with your host William "Yetichaser" Hershey, airing Wednesdays at 5am pst/ 8am est for even more Disneyland news.

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