As one would expect from a Disney property, meals at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort (Boatwright’s Dining Hall & River Roost Lounge) often come with entertainment. So it’s no surprise that the food itself has a playful edge. The Pirogue Platter appetizer is an assortment of meats, artisanal cheeses and more. The fun is in the ever-changing mix. “We add new items to be featured on this platter on a regular basis,” says Tony Marotta, head chef. “Items can range from different cheeses, housemade charcuterie, chutneys, local honey and our recent favorite item to make in-house: pickles.”
At first, Marotta says the pickle selection was conservative, but then it expanded to other vegetables and fruits to create interesting accompaniments to the meat and cheese offerings. “We’ve pickled okra, white strawberries, green beans, asparagus, blueberries, peppers and more,” he says. The pickles have even made it into the beverage program, serving as creative garnishes that add a touch of acidity.