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REVIEW: The Cheese Studio – 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

The Cheese Studio, Hosted by Boursin Cheese is a brand NEW booth for the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival.  The mysterious name leaves us wondering what exactly they are serving up over there!  Expect everything to have cheese obviously.  They have a Braised Beef “Stroganoff”, Cheese Tart and a delicious Cheese Trio.  For real this sounds like my kind of place!  I’m dying to find out what they taste like so let’s see in my Cheese Studio Review: 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival….

The Cheese Studio Booth:

The Cheese Studio is in one of my favorite sections of the Food and Wine Festival.  It’s located on the pathway leading from World Showcase to Future World West, right in between the Wine and Dine Studio and The Chocolate Studio.  Can’t beat the location:

Cheese Studio Review 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Cheese Studio Booth

Cheese Studio Booth

The Cheese Studio Menu:

For a cheese lover like myself, this is paradise!

Cheese Studio Review 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Cheese Studio Menu

Cheese Studio Menu

Food:

  • Braised Beef “Stroganoff” with Tiny Egg Noodles, Wild Mushroom, and Boursin Garlic and Fine Herbs Cheese Sauce – $5.00, DDP Snack Credit  *Ziggy Recommended
  • Savory Caramelized Onion Boursin Garlic and Fine Herbs Cheese Tart with Cold Arugula Salad and Aged Balsamic – $4.50, DDP Snack Credit
  • Cheese Trio: Profiterole topped with Boursin Garlic and Fine Herbs Cheese and Orange Apricot Jam, Smoked Salmon Pinwheel with Boursin Shallot and Chive Cheese and Everything Seasoning and Strawberry Macaroon with Boursin Pepper Cheese – $5.50, DDP Snack Credit  *Ziggy Recommended

Beverages:

  • Leth Steinagrund Gruner Veltliner, Austria – $5.00
  • Liberated Pinot Noir, California -$6.50

 

Menu Review:

The first item we tried was the Braised Beef Stroganoff, which happened to make my list of Best NEW Items at the 2017 Food and Wine Festival.  It was that good!  Beef was really tender and basically fell apart when we ate it, didn’t hardly need a knife.  And that sauce was really out of control good too!  Love the creamy fine herbs and cheese sauce, very savory and not too strong.  The egg noodles underneath were also great, kind of like spaetzle you would find in a German restaurant, and the sauce just coated them which we gobbled up almost instantly.  Pickles are kind of a weird addition on top but we’ll live with it.  Highly recommended!

Cheese Studio Review 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Braised Beef Stroganoff

Braised Beef Stroganoff with Tiny Egg Noodles, Wild Mushroom, and Boursin Garlic and Fine Herbs Cheese Sauce

After the Beef we went right for the Fine Herbs Cheese Tart, which had arugula and aged-balsamic on top.  Now this was one I liked but wasn’t super crazy about.  The portion was HUGE and easily can be split by two people, and at only $4.50, probably one of the best bargains you’ll find.  Don’t get me wrong it was good, it had a nice onion flavor which was really strong so warn your significant other before consuming, the cheese was very creamy inside and also good flavor.

Cheese Studio Review 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Fine Herbs Cheese Tart

Savory Caramelized Onion Boursin Garlic and Fine Herbs Cheese Tart

A close-up shows the inside of the Cheese Tart:

Cheese Studio Review 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Cheese Tart cross-section

Cheese Tart cross-section

I guess my only complaints are that the crust was a little too think which took away from the flavor of the cheese, and also I thought it was going to be at least a bit warm, instead it was almost cold which turned me off a bit.  But if you like onions are cheese give it a shot as you’ll probably like it.

Lastly we of course had to get the Cheese Trio!  This was incredible also and made it to the bonus section of my Top NEW Food and Wine items list.  This was very light so if it’s a hot day it’s a good option.  We each had a different favorite when grading them.

Cheese Studio Review 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Cheese Trio 2

Cheese Trio

I personally loved the Profiterole best, has a distinct garlic and herbs flavor, but is contrasted with the apricot jam giving it a little sweetness.  Very smooth.  They are like little cheese balls of happiness that you just wanna keep popping in your mouth!

The Smoked Salmon Pinwheel was my wife’s favorite, which had Boursin Shallot and Chive Cheese and Everything Seasoning.  Again the contrasting flavors of the salmon, which was smoked to perfection, plus the chives cream cheese is something you can’t skip!

Last was the Strawberry Strawberry Macaroon with Boursin Pepper Cheese, my first time having a “savory” macaron.  This was also great, strawberries and cheese are awesome together and the macaron was very delicate and chewy.  Incredible trio!

Cheese Studio Review 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Cheese Trio

Cheese Trio

To drink the Leth Steinagrund Gruner Veltliner is an excellent choice.  Grüner Veltliner is the signature grape of Austria, and by far the nation’s most widely planted wine grape.  The aroma is a little spicy with a reductive fruit, and the taste packs a punch with a very complex in flavor tasting of ripe, zesty lemon peel and white pepper.  Sounds strange but really works!

 Booth Summary and Grade:

Overall I thought The Cheese Studio was very good.  One of the better new booths for Epcot Food and Wine 2017.  I’m not going to say it’s the best new one (that’s between Flavors from Fire and Coastal Eats), but you should definitely stop by.  The Cheese Trio and Beef Stroganoff are the stars here, and it would have scored higher if I was a bit more crazy for the Cheese Tart.  Will be interesting to see if it sticks around next year so make sure and try it now to be safe!

If you have to get just one thing: Beef Stroganoff

Grade:  8

Take a look at all of my 2017 Epcot Food and Wine articles.  I have a 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Info Guide with a complete Index of the Food and Wine Menus, The Top NEW Items for 2017, Top Food and Wine Booths and more…I want you to be able to have the best info on the Festival so you have a great time and don’t waste your time!

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