If you like jazz and great food, especially Creole or New Orleans style cuisine, then Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen is the ideal place for you to hold your event. It is located in the middle of Downtown Disney, a part of the Disneyland Resort that is open to the public without any gate fee except parking – and the Jazz Kitchen validates for parking.
This is the second year that Dorothy and I have had the pleasure of participating as the Jazz Kitchen’s guests at their “Artful Open House” for media and event planners. They were promoting their ability to handle banquets, parties and special events of 10 to 600 people, giving each of your guests a special experience.
There is something romantic about New Orleans, its French Quarter, and its unique culture, a blend of Creole, which has flavors from French, Spanish, African, Native American and American influences. The wonderful part about holding an event here is that the architecture, the food, and the music all pull from that heritage to make a uniquely memorable experience.
For us, service is a crucial part of making any dining experience special, whether an event or just a meal together. We have always found Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen staff to be warm, friendly, helpful and in every way delightful to work with. This “Artful Open House” held true to form.
We were warmly greeted and given our raffle tickets plus my press kit. Mario was great as their bartender because of how friendly and helpful he was about my non-alcoholic requests. If you intend to offer an open bar, though, my suggestion for your guests who avoid alcohol is to have non-alcoholic drinks readily available with tall glasses for things like fresh brewed iced tea.
Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen did have a dispenser for lemonade, which was very good. Unfortunately, for anyone with diabetes, that is a less than ideal solution. I prefer to minimize my sugar intake so I drink fresh brewed iced tea without sugar and without lemon. The good news is that Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen is a class act and uses fresh brewed iced tea, not the fountain drink, which leaves a nasty after taste if you don’t have sugar covering it up.
We missed the waiters from last year who passed through with a variety of yummy appetizers. Still, they had lots of bus people who kept our table cleared of used dishes.
This year they had a variety of sponsors who had displays and performed.
- In the Parlor Room, Amanda Castro and her band entertained us throughout the open house’s two hours
- Artistry Matters Entertainment Services’ ‘gypsy’ visited the tables to answer questions about their staffing for themed parties
- Cheesy Photobooths set up a photo booth with sample costume accessories for party goers
- Invisible Touch Events, Inc. ran the music and light show in The Queens Room
- Eagle Print Dynamics provided the printing for this event
- BearCom.com’s radios ensured communications among the key staff members
There were food tables set up throughout the upstairs private rooms
- The Wine Room had a roast beef carving station and a baked ham carving station together with a wide assortment of relishes and dressings: Three Olive Relish, horseradish, Creole mustard (dark mustard similar in appearance to Grey Poupon Country Dijon) mango chutney, peach & habanero relish with bits of nuts, Green Goddess dressing and ranch dressing. I found fresh veggies for dipping in those dressings: slices of red bell peppers, julienned carrots, broccoli florets and cauliflower florets.
- On the balcony, the Jazz Kitchen set up two food areas. The first table (Disneyland end of Downtown Disney) served the Andouille Grits had little pieces of Andouille sausage blended into the grits and the BBQ Shrimp. The western table had the crawfish boil station for the crawfish with red potatoes and corn on the cob.
- In the Queens Room, Ralph Brennan’s staff set up the dessert station with vanilla bean ice cream, beignets and various toppings:
This was a truly delightful event! It blended good food, enjoyable music, a fascinating atmosphere and added the new friends we made at the table we joined. While Bruno Duarte, Sales & Special Events Manager, and Evageline Lyu, Sales Assistant and Special Events Manager, invited us as their guests, this is a sincere review. When you read my other reviews, you’ll see that Dorothy and I enjoy the Jazz Kitchen enough to dine here on our own funds.
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Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen
- 1590 South Disneyland Drive
- Downtown Disney® District at the Disneyland® Resort
- Anaheim, CA 92802
- Sales & Special Events Manager
Evangeline Lyu Duarte
- Sales Assistant & Special Events Manager
Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen’s website
Disneyland Resort’s Web Page on Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen’s
Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen’s location -
- Anaheim Convention Center, 800 W Katella Ave, Anaheim, CA 92802: 0.5 to 1.0 mile depending on direction whether coming from or going to
- Disneyland, Anaheim, CA: 0 miles though probably a 0.5 mile walk to Disneyland’s entrance.
“The uniqueness of New Orleans' food comes from the varied cuisine which have been incorporated into the melting pot of Creole cooking, including French, Spanish, African, Caribbean, Italian and American Indian influences. For hundreds of years, residents and visitors to New Orleans have enjoyed the rich bounty of ingredients from the rivers and bayous of south Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico.” 
“A Real New Orleans Experience!
Every Sunday, 10 am - 3 pm”
Every Thursday, 9:00 PM in the Flambeaux Room!
- Sunday Brunch – Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen’s itself only serves breakfast for Sunday brunch.
- Breakfast - Jazz Kitchen Express (Creole Café) next door.
- Classic New Orleans style, Creole
- New Orleans style seafood
$$ ($15 to $29.99 per adult)
- Table service
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