“Food” & Garden is HERE! It’s the All in WDW Pre-Festival Top 10! This Year’s Menu!

Good morning, my friends!  The day has finally arrived.  “Food” & Garden ’17 opens its doors this morning!

So, when it comes to this year’s festival, two opposing forces descend upon me.  Diet and Disney.  To be truthful, it has me quite sad.  I know.  You’re going to WDW, Bob.  Poor you.

You see, over the last two months, I’ve successfully transformed my diet and exercise regime into something much more healthy.  15 pounds down, folks, and I don’t want to stop!

Of course, the old adage is … calories don’t count in Disney, right?  Well, as we all know, they certainly do.  Sorry for that heart-crushing news, folks.

Therefore, in the spirit of saving our “cheat days” for ADRs at Paddlefish and Planet Hollywood Observatory, Mrs. All in WDW and I have come up with a plan to take on Epcot’s “Spring Fling”.

First, we cut our list down to a Top 10.  Originally, it was going to be a 15-item menu.  Second, we will share everything!

Third, we’ll use “Food” & Garden to sub for the day’s breakfast and lunch.  Finally, and fourth, when it comes to the scale, we’ll hope for the best!

Having said all that, what is this year’s menu?  What is our target list?  Well, let’s see!

Honorable Mentions

  • Jamaican-braised Beef – La Isla Fresca
  • Beef Tenderloin Tips – Northern Bloom
  • Grilled Chicken with Red and Green Bell Pepper – Jardin de Fiestas
  • Seared Pork Tenderloin – Urban Farm Eats
  • Bratwurst with Curry Ketchup – Bauernmarkt: Farmer’s Market

10 – Crabless Cake – Urban Farm Eats

I’ve chosen this one for my good friend and podcast partner – Dennis Conroy. I know he’s very sad he’s going to miss out on this dish.  Right, Dennis?

9 – Lamb Chop with Quinoa Salad – The Berry Basket

I’m in a very benevolent mood this festival.  This item is on the menu for Mrs. All in WDW’s benefit. After all, her love of Food & Wine’s Lamb Chop is legendary.

Food & Wine '16 - Australian Lamb Chop!

Food & Wine ’16 – Australia’s Lamb Chop!

8 – Sugar Cane Shrimp Skewer – La Isla Fresca

Epcot’s shrimp dishes always end up being very popular.  How can I not try one that involves sugar cane?  My diet is going to take a hit with this one, I’m afraid.

7 – Baked Chicken with Crawfish – Fleur de Lys

I know.  Baked chicken doesn’t seem all that exciting, does it?  I’m clearly counting on the crawfish to separate it from the “pack” and make it much more interesting!

6 – Battered Poblano Pepper filled with Ground Beef – Jardin de Fiestas

We don’t get the chance to make “stuffed peppers” all that often, but I am quite fond of them.  But, a “battered” version?  Mmmm.  Don’t let me down, Jardin!

5 – Meatball Parmigiana – Primavera Kitchen

I know.  Sounds pretty mundane, eh?  It’s a meatball.  What so exciting about a meatball?  Well, have I ever told you about my adoration of Food & Wine’s Lamb Meatball?

Food & Wine '16 - New Zealand's Lamb Meatball!

Food & Wine ’16 – New Zealand’s Lamb Meatball!

4 – Smoked Pork Ribs – THE SMOKEHOUSE: Barbecue and Brews

2016’s ribs were fall off the bone tender and one of Mrs. All in WDW’s festival-favorites.  I have to admit, they were quite good!  I loved the corn salad, as well.

"Food" & Garden '16 - The Smokehouse's Ribs!

“Food” & Garden ’16 – The Smokehouse’s Ribs!

3 – Seared Scallops – Northern Bloom

I love that Disney presented this menu item as scallops.  Plural.  It would be great to not have to share a single scallop with Mrs. All in WDW this year.

2 – Pulled Pig Slider – THE SMOKEHOUSE: Barbecue and Brews

The American Adventure’s smokehouse usually delivers great food, and this dish is their crowning achievement.  What a meal!  This one can fill you up for the entire day!

"Food" & Garden '16 - The Smokehouse's Pig Slider!

“Food” & Garden ’16 – The Smokehouse’s Pig Slider!

1 – Shrimp and Stone-ground Grits – Florida Fresh

This is how I’ve described this dish in the past … it’s a symphony of flavors, folks.  An absolute orchestra!  One of Epcot’s best-ever festival dishes, in my opinion.  Best.  EVER!

"Food" & Garden '16 - Florida Fresh's Shrimp and Stone-ground Grits!

“Food” & Garden ’16 – Florida Fresh’s Shrimp and Stone-ground Grits!

There you go, my friends!  That’s our full “hit list” for 2017.  Will some other items sneak onto our palates?  The diet will probably win, but only time will tell!

Stay tuned throughout the day, everyone.  With luck, food pics will be coming very, very soon!  Enjoy them!  Use them to build your menus!  Until then, here’s the Top 10 in a list …

The FULL Menu!

  1. Shrimp and Stone-ground Grits – Florida Fresh
  2. Pulled Pig Slider – THE SMOKEHOUSE: Barbecue and Brews
  3. Seared Scallops – Northern Bloom
  4. Smoked Pork Ribs – THE SMOKEHOUSE: Barbecue and Brews
  5. Meatball Parmigiana – Primavera Kitchen
  6. Battered Poblano Pepper filled with Ground Beef – Jardin de Fiestas
  7. Baked Chicken with Crawfish – Fleur de Lys
  8. Sugar Cane Shrimp Skewer – La Isla Fresca
  9. Lamb Chop with Quinoa Salad – The Berry Basket
  10. Crabless Cake – Urban Farm Eats

Honorable Mentions

  • Jamaican-braised Beef – La Isla Fresca
  • Beef Tenderloin Tips – Northern Bloom
  • Grilled Chicken with Red and Green Bell Pepper – Jardin de Fiestas
  • Seared Pork Tenderloin – Urban Farm Eats
  • Bratwurst with Curry Ketchup – Bauernmarkt: Farmer’s Market

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