Sonoma Goat Cheese Ravioli at the Contemporary Resort's California Grill

This recipe is for the Sonoma Goat Cheese Ravioli from the California Grill at Walt Disney World's Contemporary Resort. Goat cheese is also called chevre. It has a tart flavor and soft, moist texture. Some of the better-known chevres include banon, Boucheron and Montrachet. Pure chevre on the label ensures the cheese is made from goat's milk. Others could have the addition of cow's milk.

Yield: 4 to 6 servings.


1 lb. soft, mild goat cheese, such as Montrachet, crumbled
5 1/2 oz. aged goat cheese, crumbled
1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
2 Tblsp each: basil pesto and extra-virgin olive oil
2 tsp roasted garlic puree (see note)
1/2 tsp salt, or to taste
1/8 tsp freshly ground pepper, or to taste
16 large egg roll wrappers
1 large egg beaten with 1 Tblsp water for egg wash
Clear tomato broth (see note):
14 whole, vine-ripened tomatoes
1 tsp salt


1. For the broth, in a blender, in batches, coarsely chop tomatoes with salt. Place chopped tomatoes in a large sieve lined with a double layer of damp cheesecloth. Set sieve over a bowl. Let mixture drain in the refrigerator for 24 hours to collect the liquid. Discard tomato pulp and reserve the liquid. You should have about 4 cups.

2. In a large bowl, stir fresh goat cheese, aged goat cheese, bread crumbs, pesto, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper.

3. On a work surface, lay out 8 egg roll wrappers. Brush each with egg wash. With a sharp knife, mark each wrapper into 4 squares, taking carenot to cut all the way through. Place about 1 tablespoon of the goat-cheese mixture in the center of each square. Cover with the remaining 8 wrappers and press edges together. With a knife, cut each double wrapper into 4 squares to yield 32 squares of filled ravioli. Press edges together.

4. Cook ravioli in a large pot of boiling, salted water, 1 to 2 minutes. Drain completely. Serve with warm tomato broth.

Recipe note: If you don't want to make the broth, top ravioli with chopped, seeded ripe tomatoes. Roasted garlic puree: Heat oven to 325 F. Line baking sheet with foil. Cut top quarter from 2 large heads of garlic and place, cut side up, on baking sheet. Drizzle generous tablespoon of olive oil over garlic. Sprinkle with 1⁄8 teaspoon salt and pinch freshly ground black pepper. Turn garlic cut side down, and roast until cloves are soft and golden brown, about 1 hour. Remove, let sit until cool enough to handle. Squeeze garlic, gently pressing to release cloves into a bowl. Stir to blend to a spreading consistency. Makes 3 tablespoons. Extra can be used as a spread for bread.

'''Disney's Contemporary Resort''' is located at [[Walt Disney World Resort]] near [[Orlando, Florida]]. It is owned and operated by [[The Walt Disney Company]], first opened [[October 1]], [[1971]], at which time it featured state-of-the-art facilities. It is currently in the process of renovation to make it state-of-the-art again. It is categorized as a 'Deluxe' Disney resort.

[[Image:Disneys-contemporary-resort-mosaic.jpg|left|300px|thumb|A prominent mosaic by [[Mary Blair]] seen in the Grand Canyon Concourse.]]

== Design ==

The most prominent of the hotel's four stand-alone buildings is the Contemporary Tower, built as an [[A-frame]] with outer walls which slope inwards around an inner atrium. This design was a collaboration by Disney, the [[United States Steel Corporation]], and [[Los Angeles, California|Los Angeles]] [[architect]] [[Welton Becket]]. To construct it, [[steel]] frames were erected on site and modular pre-constructed rooms were lifted into place by [[crane (machine)|crane]]. Approximately 500 guest rooms line the outer walls of this building. Room renovation should have been a simple matter of replacing modules when refurbishment was needed; however, it was found that the modules settled and became stuck in place, rendering them irremovable. Most of [[Disney's Polynesian Resort]] was built this way also.
Another resort in Orlando that was built by [[US Steel]] was the [[Court of Flags Resort]] in 1972. They also had the slide-in modular units.

The Contemporary Tower houses most of the resort's key facilities, including resort registration and guest services ([[concierge]]). The main hall, named the Grand Canyon Concourse, is also located in the main Tower, and houses two restaurants and a variety of shops. The [[Walt Disney World Monorail System]] runs through the inside of this building, providing a monorail station here for resort guests. Also adorning the concourse walls is an enormous [[mosaic]] designed by [[Mary Blair]].

One three-story wing flanks the south side of the Tower, and offer an additional two 250 rooms. A [[convention center]] was added to the resort and opened on November 11, 1991, with more than 90,000 square feet (more than 8,300 square meters) of convention space.

As of [[November]], [[2006]], the North Wing was closed and surrounded by construction walls that also encompass portions of the guest parking lot. By [[January 30]], [[2007]], Disney's Racquet Club has been demolished's_Contemporary_Resort/2007. and demolition on the North Wing began. The North Wing has also been removed from the Contemporary's maps and signs. Demolition began on [[January 31]], 2007 and as of April 6, 2007, the North Wing has been removed. These developments, as well as online photographs of a newly designed 16-story, crescent-shaped tower leads to speculation that a [[Disney Vacation Club]] building will be constructed in the former location of the North Garden Wing.

Permits for the Contemporary DVC project has been filed. [ PDF File of paperwork]. This PDF file shows drawings, maps, and info regarding this WDW project.

== Guest rooms ==
[[Image:Contemporary Room2.JPG|thumb|A renovated room]]
While rooms vary slightly, standard guest rooms contain two queen beds (or one king bed), a [[bed (furniture)|day bed]]/couch, a sitting table, a [[credenza]] with a [[TV]] and a coffee maker, a small [[refrigerator]], and a fairly large closet. Bathrooms for standard rooms at the Contemporary usually have dual sinks and vanity, a standard western toilet and a bathtub. The Guest Rooms make use of muted Browns, Reds, Purples and Greens as a part of their theming, partially inspired from current Asian interior design trends. Rooms previously made use of vivid [[primary colors]] red, yellow and blue, to match the theming of the hotel, which was said to be influenced by [[contemporary art]] from the [[1960s]] and [[1970s]]. As one of the original resorts on property, the Contemporary Resort sports some of the largest rooms on Disney property, matched only by [[Disney's Polynesian Resort]] which also opened in 1971.

The Contemporary Resort also offers a variety of suites, as well as two levels of [[concierge]] (sometimes referred to as "club") service on the 12th and 14th floors.

== Restaurants ==

There are several restaurants in the Contemporary Resort's main building.

*The California Grill provides a high-class and critically acclaimed dining experience featuring exotic dishes and attentive service. Located at the top of the Contemporary Resort's main building, the California Grill offers sweeping views of the [[Magic Kingdom]], the Seven Seas Lagoon, Bay Lake, [[Disney's Grand Floridian Resort]], and [[Disney's Polynesian Resort]]. It offers a magnificent view of the Magic Kingdom's fireworks shows also.

*Chef Mickey's, on the Grand Canyon Concourse, is a buffet which features appearances from Disney characters. Open for breakfast and dinner. Chef Mickey's offers a view of the monorail entering the resort and constant character appearances. There are childrens items including Goofy's pizza, Mickeyroni and cheese, and other novelties. There is also an adult buffet which includes pot roast, steak, potatoes etc. Dessert bars are available to all. The characters may vary, but include [[Mickey Mouse]], [[Minnie Mouse]], [[Donald Duck]], [[Goofy]], [[Pluto (Disney)]], and [[Chip 'n Dale]].

*The Concourse Steakhouse, also on the Grand Canyon Concourse, is a casual sit-down restaurant. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There are rumors of the closing of the Concourse Steakhouse. It is said that it is to be replaced by an Asian influenced restaurant called Wave. Wave will be located in the area where The Food and Fun Center is now located. The Food and Fun Center is said to be moved to the Concourse Steakhouse's area.

*The Food and Fun Center, in the main lobby area, is a counter-service eatery serving light fare and snacks with a large [[video game]] arcade. It is open 24 hours a day at peak times of the year. The Food and Fun Center and arcade will be moved during the current renovations.

*The Sand Bar, located just alongside the main pool, offers a variety of outdoor treats from burgers to ice cream sandwiches. There is also a cocktail bar that serves a vast array of alcoholic beverages. The food menu at the Sand Bar's grill is similar in scope and price to the Food & Fun Center inside.

== Entertainment and activities ==

The Contemporary Resort offers two pools and a private beach on Bay Lake. A marina offers several water activities, such as boat rentals, [[personal watercraft]] rides, fishing tours and rentals.

The [[Magic Kingdom]]'s nightly [[fireworks]] show "[[Wishes]]" is visible from the Contemporary Resort, with the show's soundtrack played over speakers in various locations from which the fireworks can be seen. The [[Electrical Water Pageant]] also passes the Contemporary Resort nightly at around 10:05 p.m., pending any inclement weather or other technical conditions.

== Long-term refurbishments ==

During 2005-06, Disney completed a renovation of all guest rooms and many public areas throughout the resort. The decor changed little through the resort's history and has been replaced with more modern decor and furnishings.

=== New guest rooms ===
Using muted colors, updated furnishings and linens, guest rooms of the resort will receive the most drastic of changes, creating a modern appearance consistent with the resort's name. New beds will be installed with white duvets and sheets, with a suede headboard that runs the height of the room. A clear glass desk workspace will be added to rooms, while a new light-green [[futon]]-style [[futon|day bed]]/[[couch]] will also be introduced. Carpet and wall colors now incorporate a soft "chocolate" brown color, while the new entertainment center brings in rich wood touches to the room. This entertainment center includes a 32" [[high-definition television|high-definition ]] [[LCD television]], however the rooms still receive analog video signals, so HD video is still unavailable to these televisions (but possibly available in the near future, somewhere in or before February 2009, when all television signals go digital). Bathrooms also receive similar treatment, with new modern "flat sinks", new mirrors and new wallpaper.

=== Restaurants renewed ===

Restaurants have also been subject to speculation on pending renovations, with the [[Orlando Sentinel]] reporting that all of the restaurants at the resort will be entirely reworked. California Grill and Chef Mickey's are both rumored to receive design updates to compliment the rest of the resort refurbishment, while the Concourse Steakhouse and Food & Fun Center will be completely demolished and will move locations, putting the steakhouse on the lobby level, and have a new name. Food & Fun Center and arcade will be on the Grand Canyon Concourse fourth floor. A new restaurant, possibly called ''"The Wave"'', is rumored to also be in the works, but few details are available, except that it may feature [[Asian cuisine]].{{Fact|date=May 2007}}

=== New Grand Canyon Concourse gift shop ===

The open space between the shopping areas of the Grand Canyon Concourse has been closed off, in which a new gift shop will be placed. Carpet and Tile on the Concourse have also been replaced.

=== New lobby ===

In the lobby of the Contemporary Resort, photos that render what a new renovated lobby would look like have been put up. These changes will most likely begin in the near future.

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