“Introducing a Golden-Era movie palace where food is the star—savor premiere cuisine in a romantic retro backdrop.”
“Feast on innovative fare featuring eclectic Southern California flavors and fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Discover the bold seasonal cuisine of Executive Chef Andrew Sutton, who is also the chef de cuisine of the award-winning Napa Rose restaurant at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. Begin your dining experience with a memorable opening scene. The selection of starters includes tantalizing small plates that are sure to whet your appetite. For a mid-day “matinée”, sample some of the same entrées featured at dinner, or choose one of the lunch-only favorites. Dinner offers a touch of drama, with dishes that take center stage. Entrees range from expertly prepared poultry, fish and beef specialties to vegetable-focused offerings. Pint-sized palates are sure to say “bravo” to dishes specially prepared for discerning young gourmands. Seasonally, desserts include a sampling of sweet sensations that will make you happily say “the end.” Because the menu items at Carthay Circle Restaurant are inspired by the finest fresh ingredients, dishes change throughout the year. But the one thing you’ll always find is a commitment to celebrating the bounty of California. Be sure to view the menu to discover what’s currently being served.”
Alex Flores, Executive Chef
In 2000, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa was about to open and Alex saw an opportunity to work in the kitchen. There he found a supportive mentor in Chef Bill Orton, a certified Executive Chef and Sommelier at Storytellers Café. Alex then took a position at the Disneyland Resort’s award-winning Napa Rose where he felt blessed to be encouraged by yet another wonderful mentor and friend, Executive Chef Andrew Sutton. At Napa Rose, Alex learned every station and honed his craft through the culinary training program, which led to his role as Sous Chef. In 2009, he was recognized as “Sous Chef of the Year” by the Southern California Restaurant Writers association. Sutton praised Alex’s award, saying: “He is incredibly imaginative and has the culinary disciplines to back it up with sound cooking and flavor combinations.” Alex then rose to the next level as Chef de Cuisine and earned his certification as a Level One Sommelier. Currently, Chef Alex serves as Chef de Cuisine at Carthay Circle Restaurant, the award-winning signature restaurant inside Disney California Adventure Park where the spirit of Walt Disney is celebrated. The glamorous dining location is a detailed replication of the iconic Carthay Circle Theatre, Hollywood’s Golden-Era movie palace where Walt Disney’s classic “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” enjoyed its world premiere in 1937. As guests dine on elegant meals, they sit at luxurious tables surrounded by framed portraits of Walt Disney, Hollywood stars and classic Snow White animation. Chef Alex is honored to create menus and new culinary dishes for this premiere dining experience. As he does, he makes sure that fresh California ingredients are given the “starring role” on every plate. For whenever he goes to local farmer’s markets, he spends time with the growers and fishmongers and is impressed by the pride they have for what they do. He always returns with a greater appreciation for each fresh culinary ingredient, and it’s a passion he shares with the culinary crew---as well as his own family at home. As Chef Alex sees it, maybe one person can’t save the world alone, but we can each make a difference by the food we select and buy. And imagine how wonderful life could be if all the world could gather together and share a delicious meal as family and friends?
Disney California Adventure Park, Carthay Circle
Anaheim, CA 92802