Surprise Sunday Brunch!
May 22, 2011
Hello, Sunday Brunch
readers! I am writing to you
on the mists of cloud (Mary Poppins on the next cloud over says
'hello!') as I have been blessed with truly
loving and caring friends and family.
They surprised me yesterday (Saturday,
May 21, 2011) with a surprise Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dahwesome
graduation/going away party and I still can't
believe it happened. I guess
now is as good a time as any to announce to the
Sunday Brunch readers of the two amazing things
that have happened in my life these past few
months (in addition to a
Firstly, your Sunday Brunch
chef-in-training has completed phase one of his
training: I graduated from culinary school this
past week! It's been an
amazing, inspiring journey down the road of
culinary school and now I'm ready to show the
world what I can do and absorb everything it can
Graduation Reception at the Academy of Culinary
Arts in Mays Landing, NJ.
But first, there's that
classic promotional question' 'Reuben, you just
graduated culinary school, what are you going to
do next?' 'I'm going to Disney World!'
No really, I'm not just going, I'm GOING!
I have had the great fortune to have the
opportunity to every day do what this blog is
all about: working with food AND Disney!
I will soon be heading to Walt Disney
World for the Disney College Program 7 month
internship for Food and Beverage.
But that's another article for another
time, since I'm not exactly sure yet what I will
be doing at Disney until I get there.
Until then, today's
Surprise Sunday Brunch is all about the Surprise
Disney food at the party! My
brother and friends must've been plotting this
surprise party for weeks because a few of them
pitched in for an
Edible Arrangement-and not just the
generic (but incredible) floral shaped
fruit basket, but a DISNEY Edible
Arrangement! I had no idea
they even made Disney ones, though I guess with
the marketing habits of Disney, it should be no
surprise that they teamed up with
Edible Arrangements for some Disney
fruit bouquets. The
company started in 1999 by brothers Tariq and
Kamran Farid of Connecticut.
They started franchising stores soon after the
first with the first franchise location opening
in Walthram, Massachusetts in 2001.
10 years later, the company has 1036
stores worldwide, with the majority in
the United States and locations in such exotic
locations as Hong Kong, Italy, and a number of
Middle Eastern nations.
The Disney Edible
Arrangements include a
fruit bouquet and a
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse themed bouquet.
I enjoyed the
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse party bouquet with
delicious, juicy, fresh arrangement of grapes,
strawberries, cantaloupe, honeydew, and
pineapple. The bouquet was
nestled in a container recreating the zany
Mickey Mouse clubhouse, which will most likely
double as a cereal bowl, pencil holder, or
whatever when it comes with me to Disney.
My favorite part of the bouquet was the
eerie coincidence that the pineapple, my most
favorite fruit in the world was in the shape of
the healthy version of a Mickey Mouse Premium
bar! You can actually order
your Edible Arrangement's fruit to be chocolate
The Disney food doesn't end
there! My one friend Robin
works on a farm and she remembered how much I
enjoyed the eggs and dried apple chips the last
time I visited her at the farm, so she brought
me a quart of those famous apple chips and a
dozen of her chicken's eggs, Disneyfied!
+ feed + time + sharpie = 1 dozen Mickey eggs
Though I always insist to
friends and family that their presence is
presents enough, I didn't get the chance to give
that rule this time around.
Some other fun Disney presents included some
awesome Disney themed cards, a fleet of lovable,
huggable Mickey Mouse plushies, a whimsical
Disney water bottle and insulated holder, and my
third copy of Cooking with Mickey and the Disney
Chefs! It's the gift that
keeps on giving and the gift that keeps on
coming, haha. My good friend
Melissa from culinary school got it for me and I
give her mad props for getting such a fitting
gift for a Disney loving chef soon to be in
working at Disney. I know it
is a Disney parks exclusive publication, so I am
truly touched and thankful at the lengths my
friends (and sister) had to go to getting this
book (especially our very own guest author
Kelvin who exhibited great patience while
getting a hold of this book for me last
Yesterday's party was such
an amazing gesture of friendship and kindness, I
still cannot get over how amazing it was.
The people there and those who made it
all happen really made the day truly special and
the fact that they managed to incorporate Disney
food into the day was the icing on the cake.
I just hope I'll be able to deliver the
same Disney magic I got yesterday to the guests
of Walt Disney World every day.
For a better picture of the
Edible arrangement and to order your own
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse party bouquet, visit:
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