2015 Food and Wine Menu Rankings

Not much as changed with the Food and Wine lineup for 2015.  It does bleed into Future World for the first time in 20-year history of the event but, in terms of new booths, there isn’t much that is new.  We do have the debut of the The Chew Lab and Sustainable Chew but more has to do with synergy with the hosts of The Chew coming down and filming a week’s worth of episodes from the Food and Wine Festival.  The Dominican Republic returns for the first time since 2007.  Wine and Cheese return with their own areas, in 2015, at the Wine and Cheese Studios.  Cheese has had its own dedicated area before with The Land of Cheese stocked with confused castmembers when I would ask when The Land of Cheese was applying for United Nations status.

So, with that let’s dive into the menus and the rankings:

These rankings are more or less my personal rankings.  I try to take my bias out of the rankings but looking at the rankings….it does come through.  Your rankings may differ from mine:

Must Have

There are seven must-haves in the list and four of them reside in Central Europe.

Belgium
Potato and leek waffle with beer-braised beef and smoked gouda cream
Belgium waffle with warm chocolate ganache and whipped cream
Belgium waffle with berry compote and whipped cream

Hoegaarden®
Leffe® Blonde
Palm Spéciale Belge Ale
Stella Artois® Cidre
Chilled coffee featuring Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
Beer flight: Hoegaarden®, Palm Amber Ale, Leffe® Blonde and Stella Artois® Cidre

Canada
Canadian cheddar cheese soup
Chicken sausage with creamy polenta and Minus 8 onion jam
“Le Cellier” wild mushroom beef filet mignon with truffle butter sauce
Moosehead® Lager
Neige Premiere Apple Ice Wine
Inniskillin Vidal Icewine
Tawse Vineyard Cabernet Franc

Desserts and Champagne
Chocolate cherry explosion
Strawberry-basil champagne “toast”
Guylian® Belgian chocolate seashell truffles

Nicholas Feuillatte Blanc de Blancs
Möet & Chandon Impérial
Veuve Clicquot® Ponsardin “Yellow Label”
Dom Pérignon
Möet & Chandon Nectar Impérial
Orange Blossom Brewery Toasted Coconut Porter float with caramel ice cream
Cream soda float with caramel ice cream
Frozen S’mores featuring Monin® Toasted Marshmallow Syrup

France

Boeuf Bourguignon from France
Boeuf Bourguignon from France

Croissant aux escargots with garlic and parsley
Boeuf bourguignon: Braised short ribs in cabernet with mashed potatoes
Crème brûlée vanille chocolat: Vanilla & chocolate crème brûlée topped with caramelized sugar

Beer, Kronenbourg Blanc 1664
Chardonnay, Macon-Villages, Vielles Vignes Mommessin
Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux, Château Bonnet
Sparkling Pomegranate Kir
Ice Pop Pomme: Apple juice, vodka, and St. Germain liqueur
La Passion Martini Slush: vodka, Grey Goose Le Citron, cranberry and passion fruit juice

Germany

Schinkennudeln: Pasta gratin with ham and cheese
Roast bratwurst in a pretzel roll
Apple strudel with vanilla sauce

J&H Selbach Bernkasteler Kurfürstlay Riesling Kabinett
Selbach-Oster Mosel Riesling Spätlese
J&H Selbach Bernkasteler Kurfürstlay Riesling Auslese
Kallstadter Kobnert Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) Spätlese Dry

German Riesling flight:
J&H Selbach Bernkasteler Kurfürstlay Riesling Kabinett
Selbach-Oster Mosel Riesling Spätlese
J&H Selbach Bernkasteler Kurfürstlay Riesling Auslese

Ireland

Lobster and seafood fisherman’s pie
Kerrygold® cheese selection: Reserve cheddar, Dubliner with Irish Stout and Skellig
Warm chocolate pudding with Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur Custard

Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale
Bunratty Meade Honey Wine
Chilled Irish Coffee featuring Bunratty Potcheen
Kerrygold® Irish Cream Liqueur

Italy 

Ravioli alla caprese: Cheese ravioli, tomato sauce, mozzarella, parmesan and basil
Filetto di pollo, con funghi al marsala: Chicken tenderloin, cremini mushrooms, marsala sauce and ciabatta bread
Cannoli al cioccolato: Chocolate-covered cannoli filled with sweet ricotta, chocolate and candied fruit

Moretti Lager Beer
Moretti La Rossa Beer
Pinot Grigio, Placido
Corbinello, Montegrande
Chianti Classico, Placido
Moscato Fior d’Arancio, Montegrande
Prosecco, Bosco del Merlo
Frozen margarita with limoncello and tequila

Worth the Wait

Africa

Berbere-style beef tenderloin tips with onions, jalapeños, tomato and pap
Buttered chicken with micro cilantro and naan bread

Indaba Chenin Blanc
DeMorgenzon DMZ Cabernet Róse
Fairview Pinotage
Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz

Australia

Grilled sweet and spicy bush berry shrimp with pineapple, peppers, onions, and snap peas
Grilled lamb chop with mint pesto and potato crunchies
Lamington: Yellow cake dipped in chocolate and shredded coconut

Coopers Brewery Extra Strong Vintage Ale
Château Tanunda Grand Barossa Dry Riesling
Bulletin Place Unoaked Chardonnay
Yangarra Estate Vineyard Shiraz

Brazil

Escondidinho de carne, “Little Hidden One”: layered meat pie with mashed yucca
Crispy pork belly with black beans and tomato
Pão de queijo: Brazilian cheese bread
Cocada: Brazilian coconut candy

Kaiser Brewery Xingu Black Beer
Carnaval Moscato Sparkling White Wine
Frozen Caipirinha featuring LeBlon Cachaça

Farm Fresh

Loaded mac n’ cheese with Nueske’s® pepper bacon, cheddar cheese, peppers and green onions
Griddled “yard bird” with braised greens

Woodchuck Raspberry Hard Cider
Wyder’s® Dry Pear Hard Cider
Two Henrys Elderberry Hard Cider
ACE Hard Pumpkin Cider
Florida Orange Groves, Key Limen Wine
Tom Gore Chardonnay
Tom Gore Cabernet Sauvignon

Hard cider flight:
Woodchuck Raspberry Hard Cider
Wyder’s® Dry Pear Hard Cider
Two Henrys Elderberry Hard Cider
ACE Hard Pumpkin Cider

Hops and Barley

New England Lobster Roll
Florida grass fed beef slider with pimento cheese
Fresh baked carrot cake with Craisins® and cream cheese icing

SweetWater Take Two Pils
Goose Island® Honkers Ale
Samuel Adams® Rebel IPA
Dogfish Head Sixty-One IPA
La Crema® Chardonnay
Cambria Estate Winery Julia’s Vineyard Pinot Noir

Beer Flight (Includes 4, 4 oz. servings):
SweetWater Take Two Pils
Goose Island® Honkers Ale
Samuel Adams® Rebel IPA
Dogfish Head Sixty-One IPA

Mexico

Tacos de camarón: Battered shrimp, pico de gallo, pickled onions, and chipotle mayonnaise
Chilaquiles de pollo: Corn chips layered with seasoned chicken, queso fresco, sour cream and cilantro
Pastel de elote con queso: sweet corn cheesecake

Dos Equis Lager Beer with Floater
Mexican sangria
Tequila Flight
Guava margarita

Patagonia

Beef empanada
Grilled beef skewer with chimichurri sauce and boniato purée
Roasted Verlasso salmon with quinoa salad and arugula chimichurri

Undurraga Sparkling Wine Brut
Calle Ocho Chardonnay
Kaiken Torrontés
Terrazas Reserva Malbec

Scotland

2013 Scotland Menut
2013 Scotland Menut

Haggis with neeps and tatties: Traditional Haggis with rutabaga and mashed potatoes
Fresh potato pancake with Scottish smoked salmon and herb sour cream
Seared sea scallop with spinach-cheddar gratin and crispy bacon
The Tipsy Laird: Whiskey-soaked cake with lemon cream and toasted oats

To drink:
Innis & Gunn® CASK OAK Aged Beer*
Brew Dog Punk Ale
Citrus Thistle featuring Hendrick’s Gin
Glenfiddich® Single Malt 12-Year Scotch
Glenfiddich® Single Malt 15-Year Scotch
Glenfiddich® Single Malt 18-Year Scotch
Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch flight (12-, 15- and 18-year)

Scotland spent last year on the If the line is short list but moved up to Worth the Wait.  It appears that the Vegatarian Haggis has been replaced with a traditional Haggis so, for that reason, Scotland moves up a rung.

Wine/Cheese Studio

Trio of artisan cheese
Karst cave-aged cheese served with honey
La Bonne Vie goat cheese served with Craisin® bread
Rogue Creamery Oregon Blue Cheese with berry port compote

Avviato Pinot Grigio, Oregon
14 Hands Chardonnay, Washington
Franciscan Equilibrium White Wine, California
Acacia Pinot Noir, California
Dry Creek Zinfandel, California
Spellbound Petite Sirah, California
Clayhouse Malbec, California
Line 39 Cabernet Sauvignon, California

If the Line is Short

China

Beijing roasted duck in steamed bun with hoisin sauce
Gaoli beef slider
Black pepper shrimp with Sichuan noodles
Chicken pot stickers

TSINGTAO Beer
Francis Ford Coppola Su Yuen Riesling
Ritzy Lychee with cognac and vodka
Happy Peach with peach liqueur and dark rum
Kung Fu Punch with vodka and triple sec
Mango jasmine tea with popping bubbles

Dominican Republic

Lechón asado: Roasted pork with mangú, pickled red onion and avocado
Soufflé de yuca: Yuca soufflé topped with griddled cheese
Pescado con coco: Seared grouper, pigeon peas and rice with coconut sauce
Caramel flan with rum-roasted pineapple

Presidente Pilsner Beer
Frozen Dominican piña colada featuring Ron Barceló Blanco Rum
Frozen sugar cane cocktail featuring Ron Barceló Blanco Rum

Hawai’i

Kālua pork slider with sweet and sour Dole® Pineapple chutney and spicy mayonnaise*
Tuna poke with seaweed salad and lotus root chips

Kona Brewing Company, Big Wave® Golden Ale
Kona Brewing Company, Pipeline Porter
Maui Splash Sweet Pineapple Wine
Mai Tai featuring Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum

Intermissions Cafe

Asian Tuna Salad with Noodles
Southwest Chicken Wrap
Tuna Salad with Pita
Cucumber and Tomato Salad
Crudité of Carrots, Celery and Broccoli with Creamy Pepper Relish
Fruit & Cheese Plate
Side Salad
Grapes
Key Lime Pie
Brownie

Festival Chardonnay, Napa Valley
Festival Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles
MARTINI® Prosecco
Caposaldo Peach Moscato Sweet Sparkling Wine
Iron Horse Vineyards “Fairy Tale Cuvée” Sparkling Wine
Presidente Pilsner Beer
Two Henrys Elderberry Hard Cider
Assorted soft drinks
Dasani Water

New Zealand

2013 New Zealand Menu
2013 New Zealand Menu

Steamed green lip mussels with garlic butter and toasted bread crumbs
Seared venison loin with wild mushroom marsala sauce and kumara dumpling
Lamb meatball with spicy tomato chutney

Kim Crawford Pinot Gris
Brancott Estate® Flight Song™ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
Kim Crawford Chardonnay
Nobilo Icon Pinot Noir

Poland

Kielbasa and potato pierogi with caramelized onions and sour cream
Sauerkraut pierogi with pork goulash

Okocim Brewery, Okocim O.K. Beer
Donausonne® Blaufränkisch Hungarian Wine
Frozen Szarlotka Apple Pie featuring Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka

Refreshment Port

Croissant doughnut with cinnamon and sugar
Dole fruit bowl: choice of pineapple tidbits or mandarin slices
Fried chicken chunks with Dole pineapple sweet and sour sauce
Pineapple Dole® Whip soft-serve ice cream
Pineapple Dole Whip soft-serve ice cream with Bacardí® Coconut Rum

Dragon Berry Refresher featuring Bacardi Dragon Berry Rum

I’ll Pass

Chew Lab

Olive oil poached salmon with fresh corn, bacon and pepper jam
New York strip, parsnip silk, balsamic glaze and arugula foam
Liquid nitro chocolate almond truffle with warm whiskey caramel

Festival Chardonnay, Napa Valley
Festival Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles
Smoking Hibiscus featuring Montelobos® Mezcal Joven

Greece

Greece Display
Greece Display

Vegetarian moussaka with Gardein™ sausage crumbles
Greek salad in a cone
Chicken gyro with tzatziki sauce
Spanakopita

Domaine Skouras Moscofilero
Domaine Siglas Assyrtiko/Athiri
Alpha Estate Axia Syrah Xinomavro
Tzatziki martini featuring Crop Organic Cucumber Vodka and BOLS® Natural Yoghurt Liqueur

Japan

Spicy hand roll: Tuna and salmon with Kazan Volcano sauce
Teriyaki gyoza bun: Steamed bun filled with chicken, vegetables and sweet teriyaki sauce
Miso Udon: steamed shrimp, vegetables, and noodles in a spicy broth

Kirin Draft Beer
Pineapple Fuzed Sake
Sake – Komatsu Tateaki Samurai
Sake – Suigei Drunken Whale

Morocco

Kefta pocket: Ground seasoned beef in a pita pocket
Harissa chicken roll
Baklava

Casa Beer
Guerouane White
Sangria
Mimosa Royale

South Korea

Korean Barbecue Short Rib with Steamed Rice and Cucumber Kimchi
Roasted pork lettuce wrap with kimchi slaw

iCing Grapefruit Sparkling Rice Brew
Myungjak Bokbunja Raspberry Wine
Soju Banana Milkshake featuring The Ginger People® Ginger Soother®

Sustainable Chew

Pork Spareribs with red wine, fennel, and cheesy mascarpone grits
Ricotta & zucchini ravioli with tomato sauce
Vanilla panna cotta with fresh figs and pistachio brittle

Founders Spectra Trifecta (Chamomile Kolsch)
Frozen Chew-tini
Beso Del Sol White Sangria

These rankings only include booths which serve food AND beverage.  There are several beverage-only booths which are not included in these rankings.

Thanks for reading!

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