Food and Wine Classic Seminar Instructors:

Wine Blending
Grand Tasting Experience

Tony Porcellini

Certified Sommelier, Director of Food & Beverage

Tony Porcellini has over 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry. He is extremely passionate about food and beverage and loves sharing his knowledge with others by teaching as well as demonstrating on a daily basis with his team. This Johnson and Wales University Alumni has endless awards and achievements under his belt; the most recent being Caterer of the Year! As a Certified Sommelier, Tony is the perfect instructor for our Bordeaux Blending seminar. He is a very strong advocate of continuing education and hopes to assist our Food and Wine Classic attendees to develop and grow the same passion for the great red wines of Bordeaux.

Riesling, So Sweet and So Dry
Grand Tasting Experience

Luciano Sperduto

B.A.R. Certified, Certified Sommelier, Asst Director of Food & Beverage

Luciano Sperduto, Assistant Director of Food & Beverage at the WDW Swan & Dolphin Hotel, grew up in an Italian household strong in tradition. As a child, Luciano spent early fall making wine with his parents and grandparents, and has had a strong passion for wine ever since. He became certified as a Sommelier in 2003 and Beverage Alcohol Certified in 2007 (the equivalent of a sommelier for spirits).

Instructor: More than Malbec

Tatiana Rolfson

Certified Sommelier, Catering Sales Manager

Tatiana Rolfson grew up in Sao Paulo, Brazil and has been an essential member of the Swan and Dolphin food and beverage team since 2005, most recently as the General Manager of Il Mulino NY Trattoria and now Catering Sales Manager. Her passion for people, wine, and mixology has led her to excel in each of the leadership roles she has held here in the award winning restaurants of the Swan and Dolphin. Tatiana studied to become a Certified Sommelier and was awarded this honor in October of 2007.

Instructor: It’s Better to Wine in Italian

Kristian Laplante

Certified Sommelier, Director of Restaurants

Kristian Laplante, Director of Restaurants at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin is driven by his passion and curiosity for the ever expanding world of wine. Possessing a thoroughly Italian upbringing, he embraced his love of food and wine at an early age. As a boy, he was stomping grapes with his grandmother in Naples, learning about the rich traditions of Italian wine culture from the start! This eventually led to him becoming a Certified Sommelier in 2003.

Kristian has created an enjoyable class that breaks down misperceptions about Italian wine and makes it easy to demystify this ancient art. He will guide you through the fascinating and complex marriage of food and wine, Italian style!

Instructor: Craft Cocktails

Ariel Bruckner

General Manager of Garden Grove

Ariel Bruckner, General Manager of Garden Grove, has been a certified sommelier since 2013. Since earning her Certified Sommelier she has fallen love with the world of wine and spirits. Ariel enjoys learning about the classics as well as new and upcoming trends for cocktails and spirits.

Ariel will be teaming up with Aaron Simmons for “Craft Cocktails”, a new class that will breakdown the different components and ingredients of traditional cocktails into simplified steps and do-it-yourself recipes. “Creating a great cocktail doesn’t have to be overly complex, it all comes down to good ingredients in the right proportions.”

Instructor: The Fine Art of Sushi & Sake

Joe O’Donnell, CMP

Associate Director of Event Management

For the past 12 years, Joe O’Donnell has been Event Manager for the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin and enjoys the unique challenges and opportunities each convention brings. When not managing events, Joe can often be found sampling the varied selections of sake available at Kimono’s restaurant. Prior to his career at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin, Joe lived in Nara, Japan and it was here that his passion for sake truly began. This will be the seventh year that Joe has been part of this seminar and he is excited to once again share his passion for all things sake. In this action packed seminar, guests will learn through tasting various classification of sake whilst preparing their own sushi. Enjoy this fun, hand’s on course to learn quality sushi and sake pairings.

Instructor: The Cheese Course

Ed DiAntonio, CMP, CPCE

Certified Sommelier, Director of Catering/Event Management

With over 35 years of experience in Catering and Event Management, Ed is proud to be part of a team that has earned Catering Magazine’s Catering Team of the Year Award - 2005, and the Catersource Achievement in Catering Excellence Award - 2008.

Ed is active in outside organizations, serves on UCF’S Rosen School of Hospitality’s Event Management Leadership Board, and is the incoming Treasurer for the National Association of Catering and Events, National Board.

Ed has received recognition as NACE National Co-Member of the Year” as well as NACE Orlando’s Caterer of the Year.

Ed has a passion for food and beverage within the event industry. He enjoys offering each client unique event options matched with creative food and beverage ideas that are impressive and out of the ordinary. Ed believes that the most enjoyable events involve an educational component so that clients are involved in the creation and learning process which creates truly memorable experiences.

Instructor: Beer, Please!

Brian Exner

B.A.R. Certified, Certified Sommelier, General Manager of Il Mulino

Brian Exner, General Manager of Il Mulino has been a Certified Sommelier since 2009. Working in many beverage heavy restaurants at the resort has brought his passion to a new level. Over the years he has become very intrigued about the history and culture of beer and has continually strived to increase his knowledge of beer and the overall brewing process.

In this class he will break down the styles of beer and showcase their unique history and flavor profile. This will be his 2nd year teaching the “Beer Please” seminar and he has a strong desire to pass on to others what he has learned during his 16 years in the food and beverage industry.

Instructor: Beer, Please!

DJ Robertson

B.A.R. Certified, Certified Sommelier, Food & Beverage Purchasing Manager

DJ Robertson, Food & Beverage Purchasing Manager at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin, enjoys sharing his passion for home brewing and knowledge of beers with beer aficionados and those relatively new to the art of beer tasting, alike. After learning the craft of home brewing from his father, DJ decided to delve into this hobby and has experimented with several different styles of beer including chocolate porters, American style ales, and Scottish export ales. In addition, DJ is BarSmarts Advanced certified and is currently studying to take the sommelier exam. DJ's favorite craft brew at the moment is Rogue Chocolate Stout.

Instructor: Craft Cocktails

Aaron Simmons

Certified Sommelier, General Manager of Cabana Bar and Beach Club

Aaron Simmons, Currently the General Manager of Cabana Bar & Beach Club, has been a part for the beverage management team for the last 6 years. During that time, Aaron has been heavily exposed to many different aspects of our immense beverage culture, which includes becoming a Certified Sommelier in 2012 and assisting with the previous “Modern Mixology” classes in 2012 and 2013.

Aaron will be teaming up with Ariel Bruckner as instructors for “Craft Cocktails”, a new class that will breakdown the different components and ingredients of traditional cocktails into simplified steps and do-it-yourself recipes. “Ultimately, we want to have fun with our guests and show them how they can build all the key elements of cocktails from scratch in their own home”, Aaron replied when asked about the new beverage seminar. “We are all so passionate about this industry and we can’t wait to share that passion with others.”

Instructor: Base to Bubbles

Olivier Zambaux

Certified Sommelier, Director of Banquets

Olivier Zambaux, Director of Banquets at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin, engages his audiences as he transports them to his home region of Champagne, France; sharing his passion, Champagne. Born and raised in the birthplace of Dom Perignon, Sainte Menehould, Olivier was surrounded by the history and culture of the region which is known worldwide for sparkling wine. Since coming to the United States, Olivier has became a Certified Sommelier and continues to expand his knowledge of wine and champagne through continued learning, research and in educating others.

Instructor: The Cheese Course

Arnaud Violtat

Executive Sous Chef

Arnaud Violtat, currently our Executive Sous Chef at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin, with 7 years on property and over 27 years of Culinarian experience brings his long time passion for cheeses in this first time ever interactive cheese class offered during our Annual Food & Wine Festival. His expertise in cheeses has been acquired through his world travel experience from France, Switzerland, Australia, and Canada. His knowledge brings a unique and interesting flair to cheese and port pairings.

The Fine Art of Sushi & Sake
Pasta Making With Chef Cib

Robert Ciborowski

Executive Chef

Robert J. Ciborowski brings a wealth of experience in the food and beverage industry to his position as the executive chef for the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. Prior to his current position, he served as the resort's executive sous chef. He honed his culinary skills at some of the world's finest restaurants and hotels including The French Laundry, Atlantis Resort and The Ritz-Carlton, for which his talents helped the company win several AAA Four and Five Diamond awards.



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