The French Family Meal Traditions lunch was the second event we attended during the Epcot Food & Wine festival and it was, by far, my favorite event of the trip! Amazing food, delicious wine, and it was over 3 hours long!
We just got back from a week-long foodie extravaganza in Walt Disney World for the Epcot Food & Wine Festival. We ate our way around the world, went to the Tequila Lunch in Mexico, the Party for the Senses, Star Wars & Starring Rolls in Hollywood Studios, and we checked out the newly renovated Disney Springs! Every day was a blast!
On the second day of our vacation, we attended the French Family Meal Traditions in France. It was, by far, my favorite special foodie event that we got to experience! I highly recommend you checking it out next year when the Food & Wine Festival events tickets go on sale (usually in late July).
French Family Meal Traditions Event Details
- Location: Monsieur Paul, France at Epcot
- Date: Select Fridays and Sundays during the festival
- Time: 12:00 PM to 3:30 PM
- Price: $95 per Guest—plus tax, gratuity included
The whole experience, from start to finish, was absolutely wonderful!
The only note I would make to improve it would be the beginning of the event. We got to the Monsieur Paul restaurant at 11:45am and there was already a very long line of hungry guests waiting to get inside. The doors weren’t opened yet so we were all standing outside baking in the hot sun. Eh.
The doors opened promptly at 12pm and everyone began to slowly file in. We were checked in at the door and wound our way up the winding staircase to the restaurant on the second floor. I didn’t even know there was a restaurant up there, it’s hidden away quite well.
Once we were escorted to our private table for two, I walked around a bit to take some pictures and check out the view. Large windows along the sides of the restaurant let in tons of natural light and beautiful views of the World Showcase Lagoon. Stunning! If you’re lucky, request to sit at one of the window tables.
I sat back down and was immediately greeted with a lovely cocktail, a Lillet Tonic. It was lightly sweet and bubbly with a bright red strawberry floating in the glass, it was absolutely delicious!
The host of the event gave a little speech and then handed it over to the main speaker. He was very knowledgeable and told us about each course and the wine pairing as it was being brought out.
French Family Meal Traditions Food
The first course was a freshly baked cheese stick. I know that doesn’t sound like much but it was light and crispy and you could tell it had just been baked that morning. We gobbled the allumette au fromage (cheese sticks) up real quick! Very tasty!
Note – In between the first and second courses, they brought out small fresh baguettes that were fabulous too! Crusty on the outside and chewy on the inside, just the way I like it!
The second course was warm pork and poultry pate with pistachios and Bordelaise sauce paired with a generous glass of Beaujolais Village, G. Duboeuf wine. The pate wasn’t my favorite, Travis enjoyed it but it wasn’t for me. The sauce was delicious and the crust was light and flaky but the filling wasn’t doing it for me. I’m not sure if it was the texture or what, but I asked our server if they had a vegetarian option available and he said, “of course, no problem.”
A few minutes later, he brought out a ginormous salad that I was very happy with! So, I happily ate the salad and drank the delicious wine.
The third (my favorite) course, chicken breast in a creamy sauce, with wild mushrooms and rice, was served in our own individual Le Creuset pot! I eat with my eyes first, so I was so excited to see what was inside the pot that was placed in front of me! I lifted the lid and a plume of steam came out, it was a huge portion and so hot that they told us not to touch the sides of the pot. The served the rice on the side and told us to dump it into the pot and stir it all together.
I definitely give that dish an A+++! The sauce was so rich and creamy and the chicken was so tender. I wish I had skipped all the other courses so I could’ve finished eating this one. I was so full that I ended up passing my pot over to Travis to finish after he finished his. The Macon Villages, Albert Bichot wine served with this course was delicious too!
The fourth course was a cheese plate paired with a Bordeaux, Chateau De Bon Ami wine that ended up being my favorite. The cheese plate consisted of the creamiest slice of brie that I’ve ever tasted, a few greens, walnuts, and the most delicious apricot jam. Even though I was stuffed, I somehow found room to devour my whole cheese plate!
Dessert was the fifth and final course, thankfully, because I was about to explode at this point! They served an artfully crafted Tarte Tatin with homemade cream fraiche and lime ice cream. Oh my god, you have no idea how delicious lime ice cream is until you taste it at Monsieur Paul. The Tarte Tatin was like an individual apple pie with out the crust on top, it was fabulous, especially if you take a bit of the pie and the lime ice cream together. Oh mama, that’s good stuff right there.
To really put it over the top, they served the dessert with a glass of Cremant de Bourgogne, JCB21.
I ate every last bite of that dessert. Stick me with a fork, I’m done!
Every bite was so delicious and so worth the overly-stuffed feeling I had walking it off around Epcot for the next two hours. The picture below shows Travis at the start of the event on the left and at the end of the event on the right! Ha!
He’s just messing around but we both were so stuffed that we only had a light snack at night, we weren’t even hungry for dinner!
Something that I was (happily) surprised by was that as soon as you finished your glass of wine, someone was right there filling it back up! They were more than generous with the wine and I feel that really made the event worth the price.
Is French Family Meal Traditions Worth The Price?
100%! YES, YES, YES!
I really hope we are able to get tickets to go again next year! All of the food was delicious and I loved all of the wine we tasted too. The portions were large and the wine was overflowing. I also loved that the event was 3 1/2 hours long! That’s the only way I was able to eat everything and really enjoy every course because it was spaced out perfectly.
To top it all off, they give you a gift bag with a Le Creuset cookbook and magazine inside on your way out!