This puzzle is part of the Puzzling Stack Exchange Advent Calendar 2023. The accepted answer to this question will be awarded a bounty worth 50* reputation.
*UPDATE FROM OP: I have decided that instead of giving a single 50-point bounty to one person, I will instead give two 50-point bounties, one to sean47 and one to juicifer, as they had equally contributed the most in the solving of the puzzle.
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It was nighttime. The next stage of the puzzle hunt started, and we were told to go to a certain restaurant.
Our team was the last to enter. Once we sat down at our assigned table, two waiters started giving every team the menus.
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Dinner dish commonly seen in some regions of Norway. Lamb ribs in the spotlight, and some rutabaga, potatoes, and sausages.
Swedish rye bread with molasses, brown sugar, and spices. May also incorporate wort, butter, raisins/prunes, or orange peel.
Poultry consumed by indigenous American ethnic groups; the typical main course in Thanksgiving feasts (may be stuffed).
A Dutch pastry with almond paste filling. May be served in individual slices, or in whole, shaped into a letter (usually an S).
Anise-flavored biscuit from southern Germany with a detailed pattern popping right out! Crunchy outside, chewy inside.
Latin American slow-roasted pork leg/shoulder, marinated a day before with spices, salt, and sofrito (garlic, onion, pepper).
Venezuelan corn dough with filling varying daily (but constantly has beef/pork/chicken stew, raisins, capers, and olives).
An Italian-Sammarinese cake eaten all year. Includes honey, cornmeal, bread crumbs, figs, raisins, apples, and citrus rinds.
🎜🎝 62242(_?_) 🎜🎝
I noticed that the waiters had the same name displayed on their name cards. Their appearances were even a bit similar... they're twin brothers, aren't they?
Then, the waiters introduced themselves.
"Hi guys, I'm Ben." "And I'm... also Ben."
"And today we'll be at your service.
To pass this stage of the puzzle hunt, you need to tell us the food item that is hidden in the menu we gave you. And not only that - in return, we will give you servings of the actual food item."
"You heard that right! We prepared it for you. After you figure out what the food is, you get to actually eat it. It's yummy, we promise."
"So go solve now, so you can get the food while it's still hot!"
This better be worth the solve, then. If the food item turns out to be something like blood sausage then I might just quit.
Question: What Christmas delicacy, commonly associated with one country but found in at least three, is hidden in the menu?
sean47's discovery is correct. But that implies the order of things in the menu is wrong. I mean, why aren't "password" and the description for pinnekjott partnered together? So perhaps we should put them in the right order, then? But which right order?
Blood-sausage hater here. I'm sorry I didn't tell you guys my observations sooner. It's supposed to be my duty as part of the team. I had noticed that for each meal, both the word, price, and the meal description were printed on paper. The word and price have been glued to the menu, while the description is placed in a transparent plastic slot. It seems like I can take it out...
Puzzle creator here. I'd also like to say that the 62242 string is not used to extract letters in the nth position or anything like that. And to hasten the puzzle-solving process, the menu should give you 16 letters.