Kouzzina by Cat Cora at Walt Disney World to Offer Chef’s Table Experience

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Fresh from a brief refurbishment, Kouzzina by Cat Cora, located at Walt Disney World’s Boardwalk Resort, has received a few new updates including a chef’s table experience.

Among the changes included are new exterior signage and a new Cat Cora presence in the lobby with three video monitors with images and text that flow from one to the next, showcasing the celebrity chef’s views on food, family and her culinary journey. Chef Cat’s branded product line also is for sale in the lobby, including Greek olive oil, olives, tapenades and spreads.

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WDW Refurbs Update: Kouzzina Plus Extended Closures at Animal Kingdom, Saratoga Springs

We have four newly listed refurbishments at the Walt Disney World Resort to share with you.

First up is Kouzzina by Cat Cora at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn. The restaurant will be closed for a couple of weeks beginning on November 29 and re-opening on December 15.

Beginning December 3, the Paddock leisure pool at Disney’s Saratoga Springs DVC Resort will close for an extended refurbishment and is currently scheduled to re-open on June 30, 2011.

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Kouzzina by Cat Cora Opens at Disney’s Boardwalk; First Look at Menu Items (Photo Gallery)

Chef Mickey and Iron Chef Cat Cora open Kouzzina by Cat Cora (Gene Duncan/Disney)LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Sept. 17, 2009) — Chef Cat Cora and Disney today celebrated the grand opening of Kouzzina by Cat Cora, an exciting new family dining restaurant at Disney’s BoardWalk at Walt Disney World Resort.

This is the first table-service restaurant for the celebrity chef, featuring a menu of Mediterranean-style cuisine that pays tribute to the Cora family’s Greek roots.

Owned and operated by Disney and open daily for breakfast and dinner with seating for about 200 guests, the new restaurant features “time-honored recipes passed down from my ancestors, as well as my favorite Greek and Mediterranean dishes that my family loves,” Cora says.

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Get to Know Kouzzina by Cat Cora’s Chef Dee Foundoukis

Kouzzina by Cat Cora Chef Dee Foundoukis (Photo: Disney)Hometown: Bronx, N.Y

Education: Graduated from New York Restaurant School, New York City

Years with Walt Disney World Resort: 18

Years as a chef: 25

Other notable restaurants where you have worked: Before coming to Disney, I worked at the New York Hilton and the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City. In my 18 years at Walt Disney World Resort, I have worked everywhere in the theme parks from Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano and The Hollywood Brown Derby at Disney’s Hollywood Studios to Cinderella’s Royal Table, Tony’s Town Square and Crystal Palace in Magic Kingdom.  In Disney resorts, I’ve worked at Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Shutters at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, and Chef Mickey’s and Contempo Cafe at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

Your biggest inspiration? My mom taught me everything I know about respecting food, flavors and tradition.

Describe your culinary style: Uncomplicated with big flavors from fresh ingredients.  Live simply, eat big!

What do you enjoy most about being a chef? The incomparable emotion of being in a kitchen entertaining guests.  And also leading a passionate culinary team to orchestrate a great meal.

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Kouzzina by Cat Cora Information Now Online, Complete with Menus

The Walt Disney World website has introduced the page on Kouzzina by Cat Cora at the Boardwalk Inn (replacing Spoodles) which marks its soft opening tomorrow with the grand opening on September 17.

You can visit the site which includes PDFs of the breakfast, dessert and dinner menus here.

As reported earlier, Kouzzina by Cat Cora accepts 1 TS credit on the Disney Dining Plan.

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Kouzzina Soft Opening Menus Available

While we await more concrete menus to share with you, wdwmagic.com has published what they refer to as pre-opening menus for breakfast and dinner at Cat Cora’s Kouzzina here. The restaurant begins serving August 15 with a grand opening set for September 17.

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Cat Cora’s Kouzzina Scheduled to Open at Walt Disney World’s Boardwalk September 17

Celebrity Chef Cat Cora’s Kouzzina, which will replace Spoodles at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn Resort, is expected to have its grand opening on September 17 as per @DisneyParks.

The restaurant is scheduled for a soft opening of August 15 and reportedly guests who had previously had an ADR for Spoodles during this period have automatically been switched over to Kouzzina. Although availability appeared to be nil, we were assured that bookings are being accepted during the soft opening period.

It will be participating in the Disney Dining Plan (1 TS credit) and reservations can be made beginning July 24.

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Walt Disney World’s Spoodles to Close August 1

Spoodles © DisneyTo make way for the new Cat Cora restaurant, Kouzzina, Spoodles at the BoardWalk will be serving its last meal on August 1.

This information is derived from the new online booking system which shows zero availability for the restaurant beyond this date.

No opening date for its replacement is known at this time other than it’s expected to open this fall.

Photo © Disney

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Food Network’s Iron Chef Plays Cat and Mouse at Disney’s Boardwalk

Iron Chef Cat Cora with Mickey Mouse (c) Disney

Iron Chef Cat Cora with Mickey Mouse (c) Disney

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (March 17, 2009) — Chef Cat Cora and Disney are joining together to open an exciting new family dining restaurant at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort. Kouzzina by Cat Cora will feature a menu of Mediterranean-style cuisine that pays tribute to the chef’s Greek roots.

The restaurant, to be owned and operated by Disney, is scheduled to open by fall 2009 in the space currently occupied by Spoodles.

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