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Disneyland Resort Restaurants Win 12 Awards at Southern California Restaurant Writers Banquet

Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge GM Named ‘Manager of the Year’

ANAHEIM, Calif., April 14, 2014 – Disneyland Resort celebrates a dozen new awards from the Southern California Restaurant Writers, with tributes for 2013-2014 going to restaurants at Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park and the Disneyland Resort hotels.

Each year, the Southern California Restaurant Writers evaluates restaurants from Santa Barbara to the Mexican border on food, service, ambiance and beverages. Three Disneyland Resort restaurants received highest honors, earning the coveted Five Star award and the Golden Bacchus Wine Award: Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge in Disney California Adventure Park, Napa Rose in Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, and Steakhouse 55 in the Disneyland Hotel.

These, plus several other prestigious awards, were presented to the Disneyland Resort staff at the 2013-2014 Southern California Restaurant Writers Annual Awards Banquet held on April 13 at the Astor Classic Events Center in Anaheim, Calif. The highlight of the evening was the recognition of Jose Barragan, named “Manager of the Year” for his work at Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge.

Barragan has been with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts for 17 years. He brings 35 years of food service experience, plus a business administration education, to Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge. Prior to his Disney career, he spent 11 years at the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and four years at the Ritz-Carlton.

“Jose’s years of managing fine dining, as well as his passion and expertise for creating amazing dining experiences, have enabled us to create a signature restaurant that no one would expect to find inside a theme park,” said Michele Gendreau, general manager of Food & Beverage at Disney California Adventure Park.

Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge harkens back to the Golden Age of Hollywood at the heart of Disney California Adventure Park. The seasonal menu, created by award-winning Executive Chef Andrew Sutton, celebrates California’s diverse cuisine. Guests enjoy varieties of sustainable fish, both wild and farmed, in dishes such as ceviche of blue cobia and sesame-soy-glazed Skuna Bay salmon. The lunch menu includes seasonal salads, such as Strawberry Chicken, an Angus burger with cheddar cheese and house-made pickles. A friendly wine program includes both Old and New World wines, with a focus on California vintages.

Napa Rose, at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, also earned Five Stars and the Golden Bacchus Wine Award this year. Napa Rose showcases California wine country cuisine, changing its menu seasonally to source the finest, freshest ingredients. The cuisine is created to complement the restaurant’s extensive California-dominated wine collection. The 17,000-bottle cellar carries more than 1,000 different labels, with 80 wines available by the glass.

“Executive Chef Andrew Sutton and Napa Rose General Manager Philippe Tosques have been instrumental in Napa Rose’s success, contributing to the dining experience with their expertise, dedication, talent and integrity,” said Dan Coleman, general manager of Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Event Operations. “These awards are a tribute to their hard work and dedication to the Napa Rose.”

With 12 awards going to eight restaurants – two in Disneyland Park, two in Disney California Adventure Park and three in Disneyland Resort hotels – Disneyland Resort guests have outstanding dining options and locations to choose from on their visits.

The complete list of Disneyland Resort awards from SCRW:

Manager of the Year:
Jose Barragan (Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge, Disney California Adventure Park)

Golden Bacchus Wine Award:
Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge
Napa Rose (Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa)
Steakhouse 55 (Disneyland Hotel)

5 Stars:
Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge (Disney California Adventure Park)
Napa Rose  (Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa)
Steakhouse 55 (Disneyland Hotel)

4 Stars:
Ariel’s Grotto (Disney California Adventure Park)
Blue Bayou Restaurant (Disneyland Park)
Café Orleans (Disneyland Park)
Storytellers Cafe (Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa)

3 Stars:
Goofy’s Kitchen (Disneyland Hotel)


About Southern California Restaurant Writers
Southern California Restaurant Writers, Inc. was formed in 1975 to improve the quality of the restaurant industry in the region. The organization gives awards to restaurants and individuals whose standards of quality and service deserve special recognition. Southern California Restaurant Writers has awarded more than $150,000 in scholarships to further the education of individuals in the fields of restaurant service, the culinary arts and enology.

About the Disneyland Resort
The Disneyland Resort features two spectacular theme parks – Disneyland (the original Disney theme park) and the reimagined Disney California Adventure Park – plus three hotels and the Downtown Disney District, comprised of unique dining, entertainment and shopping experiences. The Resort’s hotels are the luxurious, 948-room Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, which also features 50 two-bedroom equivalent DVC units; the magical, newly renovated, 973-room Disneyland Hotel – both AAA Four Diamond properties – and the 481-room Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel with its “day-at-the-beach” fun. For information on attractions and vacations at Disneyland Resort, visit www.disneyland.com, call (866) 43-DISNEY or contact local travel agents.