Review: Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic food

Last year we attended the Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic for the first time. It had been on our list for the past couple of years but we could never manage to be there when it was happening. However, this time, we had to be there and we were so glad we were. The event is amazing!

So we already told you about the event. Now it is time to tell you all about the delicious food that we sampled. Joining us was our good friend Tony Caselnova from Disney By The Numbers, and John and Sarah Donahue.

Il Mulino

Menu

  • Friday: Hand Cut Garganelli with Veal Cheek Ragu, Organic Vegetable and Micro Chives
  • Saturday: Yukon Gold Potato Ravioli with Chanterelle Mushrooms, Truffle and Charred Onions
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Garganelli with veal cheek ragu from Il Mulino

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Yukon Gold Potato Ravioli from Il Mulino

The food at Il Mulino was some of our favorite. It was no surprise to us because we love this restaurant. The food is consistently good and this was no exception! The ragu on the garganelli had a lot of flavor. Those of us that like mushrooms really enjoyed the ravioli. The black truffle was a nice touch too.

Todd English

Menu

  • Tuna Tartare with Sexy Scallions with Nitro Aioli Miso Cracking; Oyster Shooter; Huckleberry Foam Rock Shrimp Tacos with Creamy Jalapeño Slaw, Pickled Onion and Micro Cilantro
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Todd English had fresh tuna on display!

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Tuna Tartare with Sexy Scallions from Todd English

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Dry iced used in making Tuna Tartare at Todd English’s booth

If you’ve dined at bluezoo you know that Todd English creates an exquisite menu.  The Tuna Tartare was so good that we went back for seconds. It was so fresh! We enjoyed getting to see them put the Nitro Aioli Miso on the tuna too. The only dish none of us were crazy about was the Oyster Shooter and most of us enjoy raw oysters.

Shula’s Steakhouse

Menu

  • Carved Prime Rib with Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Horseradish Crème Faîche and Watercress
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Carved Prime Rib from Shula’s Steakhouse and Troublemaker Red Blend wine

Shula’s Steakhouse is owned by Hall of Fame football coach Don Shula. It features exceptional steaks and the carved prime rib was just that, exceptional. It was tender and flavorful. Even those of us that don’t like prime rib enjoyed it enough to go back for a second round.

Cib’s Smoke Shop

Menu

  • Friday: Texas Style Beef Brisket with Brioche Puree, Rhubarb Pudding and Garlic Chips
  • Saturday: Handcrafted Bacon with Black Eyed Pea Puree and Maple Fluid Gel
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Texas Style Beef Brisket from Cib’s Smoke Shop

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Handcrafted Bacon served Saturday night by Cib’s Smoke Shop

This might have been the best overall. We found the food both nights to be amazing. The Texas Beef Brisket was so tender but the highlight was the Handcrafted Bacon. At Cib’s Smoke Shop guests could choose from a variety of Swan and Dolphin Executive Chef Robert Ciborowski’s barbecue sauces.

Kimonos

Menu

  • Friday: Dragon Roll
  • Saturday: Spicy Yellow Fin Tuna
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Dragon Roll with crispy shrimp, tuna and avocado from Kimonos

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Spicy Yellow Fin Tuna Roll from Kimonos

Kimonos, located in the Swan Resort, offers fresh sushi. At the booth, you could watch the sushi chefs hard at work preparing the dishes. Our favorite? The Dragon Roll with crispy shrimp, tuna and avocado.

Fountain

Menu

  • Friday: Falafel-Chick Pea Fritter with Tahini and Traditional Garnish
  • Saturday: Lamb Gyro – Braised Lamb, Toasted Pita and Tzatziki Sauce
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Falafel – Chick Pea Fritter with Tahini from Fountain

The Falafel and Lamb Gyro are part of the Fountain Features on Fountain‘s menu. The gyro (14.25) is served with potato chips and the falafel (11.95) with a side salad. We didn’t get a chance to try the gyro but we did enjoy the falafel. It’s a perfect dish for vegetarians!

Garden Grove

Menu

  • Friday: Open Face Tomato and Handcrafted Mozzarella Sandwich with Sweet Basil and Locatelli
  • Saturday: Fish n’ Chips – Beer Battered Sustainable Bass with Tartar Foam and Vinegar Chips
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Fish n’ Chips from Garden Grove at Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic

Garden Grove at Swan Resort is a buffet which features characters nightly. We loved the Fish n’ Chips – beer battered bass with tartar foam and vinegar chips. The fish was hot, fresh and perfectly cooked. It was some of the best fish n’ chips we’ve had.  We want this recipe!

bluezoo

Menu

  • Friday: Short Ribs Oscar – Braised Beef Short Rib with Maryland Blue Crab, Asparagus and ISI Hollandaise
  • Saturday: Pan Seared Shrimp n’ Grits with Pickled Okra and Organic Tomatoes
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Pan Seared Shrimp n’ Grits from bluzoo

We are huge fans of Todd English’s bluezoo. The food is always amazing! What does that mean? This was too. The steak was perfectly cooked, the shrimp perfectly cooked… I don’t think you could ask for more.

Picabu

Menu

  • Taqueria-Corn Tortilla Barbacoa of Beef, Braised Pork or Organic Vegetables with Cheddar Cheese, Lime Wedge, Lettuce, Onion, Shaved Radish, Pico de Gallo and Assorted Hot Sauces
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Taqueria with choice of beef, pork or veggies available at Picabu

Open 24 hours, the whimsical Picabu is located in the Dolphin Resort.  The restaurant set up their very own taqueria. Guests could choose from barbacoa of beef, braised pork or organic vegetables to fill their corn tortilla and top off with cheddar cheese, lettuce, onion, shaved radish, pico de gallo, hot sauces and lime wedge. This was just so much fun and good too!

Fresh

Menu

  • Friday: Thai Chicken Salad with Organic Greens, Green Papaya and Tamarind-Ginger Dressing
  • Saturday: Blackened Fish Sandwich with Butter Lettuce, Tomato, Caramelized Onion and Old Bay Remoulade on a Sesame Seed Roll
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Thai Chicken from Fresh at the 2013 Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic

Fresh is open just for breakfast and lunch and features Mediterranean cuisine. We enjoyed the Thai Chicken. It had pretty good flavor and not spicy like one might think.

Cabana Bar and Beach Club

Menu

  • Friday: Belle and Evans Chicken Yakitori with Edamame Relish and Lemongrass Foam
  • Saturday: Yu Chen’s Vegetarian Bao
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Chicken Yakitori with edamame relish and lemongrass foam from Cabana Bar and Beach Club

The Chicken Yakitori with edamame relish and lemongrass foam from Cabana Bar and Beach Club was really light and refreshing. It would be perfect to enjoy on a hot summer day while relaxing at the resort.

Laurent Branlard

Menu

  • Selection of Desserts
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Dessert trio featuring raspberry, chocolate and blueberry from Laurent Branlard

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House-made ice cream sandwich by Laurent Branlard

Laurent Branlard is the Swan and Dolphin executive pastry chef and has been named one of the Top Pastry Chefs in America. It’s no surprise when you taste these sinfully good deserts. All of the desserts were so outstanding that it was hard to pick a favorite. One thing we all agreed on… the ice cream sandwich was the best we’ve ever had!

Check out our review on the Modern Mixology seminar hosted by Lindsay Skillman! If you missed our article on the Fourth Annual Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic, check it out! Interested in attending this year’s event? We have all the details on our Fifth Annual Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic page.

What menu items would you like to see return this year? We’d love to know!

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