Magical, Tasty New Food Items at Universal's Diagon Alley
Throughout the novels, author J.K. Rowling fabricates her fair share of magical creatures as well as delectable wizarding food. We can't naturally concoct any fantastic beasts, but with a little imagination and some flour, sparks can fly in the kitchen.
When planning the latest expansion of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Orlando, senior vice president of revenue operations Ric Florell and executive chef Jayson worked together to conjure up dishes that are both authentic to wizards and delicious for muggles.
Holding up his battered copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Florell explains how he and his team are driven by authenticity. "We do our research within the work of fiction and make sure it fits. Just to give you an idea, this is one of my seven books," he says, showing how the pages bleed with colorful tabs.
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Every tab, every marking, every dog-eared page "is everything that was a potential food item [or] a potential beverage."
"When we sat down to talk about what we were going to serve, we went straight to our books," Florell says, adding how they used a combination of food references in the books as well as the films.