Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show returns to Orlando's Orange County Convention Center Sept. 7th through 9th

The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show, the source to gain knowledge from insightful education to palate-pleasing food and drink trends; new product options and idea generating special events will bring together thousands of restaurant and foodservice professionals from Sunday, September 7 - Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. This three day trade show and conference, sponsored by the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association,offers educational programs, special events, new food products, and equipment and services from over 400+ exhibiting companies
 
"We are thrilled to be offering several new and exciting special features at the upcoming Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show including the Fresh from Florida Pavilion, the Roam Food Truck Academy, culinary demonstrations from Celebrity Chef Emeril Lagasse, and others as well as returning highlights including the Ferdinand Metz Foodservice Forum, the Food Trend Experience, the prestigious ACF Culinary Competitions and much more," said Ron Mathews, Vice President, Restaurant and Foodservice Events Portfolio. Urban Expositions. "We look forward to this year's gathering where thousands of industry professionals will see the most innovative new products and trends in the restaurant and foodservice industry."
 
Highlights for the upcoming Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show, include:
 
  • Fresh from Florida Pavilion - The top restaurant menu trend is focused on local sourcing and The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will sponsor the new Fresh from Florida Pavilion. This new pavilion, which will be part of the Food Trends Experience on the show floor, offers tantalizing organic, sustainable, artisanal, gluten-free and ethnic ingredients giving restaurant and foodservice operators the opportunity to source local, Florida offerings.
  • Culinary Demonstrations - Emeril Lagasse, American award-winning celebrity chef, restaurateur, television personality, and cookbook author will be conducting a culinary demonstration at the Show on Monday, September 8 at 1:00 pm. He will be joined by Chef Ryan Vargas, Chef de Cuisine at Emeril's Tchoup Chop, located at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal® Orlando. The chefs will come to together for an exclusive demonstration that will focus on the local and seasonal offerings from Florida.
  • Food Truck Academy and Pavilion - Mobile vending continues to grow in cities all over North America and now represents $1Billion in revenue. For those restaurant and foodservice operators wanting to open food trucks or carts will now find practical education and support services at the Roam Food Truck Academy which will be held in conjunction with the Show on Monday, September 8th. The one day fast track mini Roam Food Truck Academy will give restaurant and foodservice professionals all the fundamentals they'll need to launch a successful mobile food business. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from national experts about business planning, permitting, equipment, production and food ideas, profits, sales and marketing. To register, click here: http://ftafl.brownpapertickets.com/. In addition, Prestige Food Trucks will be organizing a Food Truck Pavilion on the show floor.
  • The Ferdinand Metz Foodservice Forum will offer dozens of sessions focused on operational excellence, winning teams, maximizing profits, hot trends, and building loyalty. Sessions include the Foodservice Council for Women, Fine Dining - Is It Dead?, Making Menus Matter for Healthy Diners, Airport Franchising, What's Hot in the Social Media World for Restaurants, Trends in the Industry, and many more. For the complete conference program visit http://www.flrestaurantandlodgingshow.com/133/Education.htm.
  • The 2014 American Culinary Federation Culinary Arts Competition presented by US Foods. Chefs will compete in the R.L. Schreiber Apprentice/Jr. Member Florida State Championship Team Skills Competition; Taste of Elegance Pork Signature Recipe Competition, sponsored by Iowa Pork Producers Association; the USA Culinary Cup Team Competition, sponsored by Bari Beef International, Creekstone Farms, Dole, Rich's, Maple Leaf, MillerCoors, Barry Callebaut, McIlhenney Co., Wisconsin Cheese, Fresh from Florida, and Bar Harbor Seafood; The Florida Pastry Challenge, sponsored by The Culinary Source and Barry Callebaut; and the Florida Department of Agriculture Shrimp Signature Recipe Competition. Many of the award winning meals will be served during the Chef's Table Luncheons, a four-course surprise lunch prepared by the participating chefs.
  • The Food Trends Experience is where attendees will have direct access to product, flavors and ingredients driving the most recent trends in the market - healthy, organic, sustainable, ethnic, artisanal, and more. A few of the companies participating in the Food Trends Experience include: Amoroso's Baking Company, Captain Foods, Carmi Flavor & Fragrance Co Inc, Fresh Origins LLC, La Chiquita Tortilla, Northfork Bison Distribution Inc, Teaspoon Willie's, in addition to 50 more.
  • $35K Giveaway - Show Management will be giving away $35,000 in product vouchers - redeemable from the 2014 Distribution Partners.  Attendees can win $500 or $1000 vouchers to cash in for new products or menu items.
The 2014 Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show is sponsored by the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association (www.frla.org). For more information on exhibiting or attending, visit the official Show website at www.flrestaurantandlodgingshow.com. The tradeshow and conference is managed and produced by Kennesaw, GA based Urban Expositions, which offers a complete roster of trade show management services, including exhibit sales and marketing, operations, exhibitor/attendee promotions and services, media relations, seminar and event coordination, database development and management. Through a logical, hands-on approach, Urban Expositions has become one of the fastest growing and most successful trade show companies in the United States. Contact Urban Expositions atwww.urban-expo.com.

Friday, August 8, 2014

$1 Filet Mignon Sandwichies at Morton's

Photo courtesy Landry's Inc.
On Wednesday, August 13, Morton’s The Steakhouse locations nationwide will celebrate National Filet Mignon Day with $1 filet mignon sandwiches in the bar area all day.

“We look forward to commemorating this day with diners at any of our over seventy locations across the country,” said Tim Whitlock, Sr. Vice President of Operations for Morton’s The Steakhouse. “We hope our customers will enjoy this special discount and share the experience with family and friends.”

Patrons can enjoy various bar bites with their sandwiches, including Morton’s crowd-favorite parmesan truffle matchstick fries or crisp iceberg wedge bites.

Morton’s The Steakhouse opened its first location in Chicago in 1978 and now boasts 73 locations worldwide. Morton’s strives to exceed guests’ expectations through its food, award-winning wine list, atmosphere, genuine hospitality and unparalleled service.

Morton’s offers diners “The Best Steak… Anywhere,” serving only USDA prime-aged beef. Besides its exceptional steaks, Morton’s offers diners fresh fish and seafood, and hand-picked produce. Morton’s commitment to excellence is unwavering and is showcased in each menu item through the careful preparation and quality ingredients. Whether gathering with friends or enjoying a business dinner, Morton’s guests have come to expect remarkable service and reliable experiences that keep them coming back from more. For more information on Morton’s The Steakhouse, please visit www.mortons.com.

Monday, August 4, 2014

It seems like there's a bloomin' new restaurant opening every week on I-Drive. The newest: Outback

Wow, there seems to be a new restaurant opening on I-Drive near the big wheel every week. A new Outback opens today. The new restaurant, located at 8351 International Drive at the Orlando Eye, is open for lunch daily, and is the first in the area to feature a new “Modern Australia” building design inside and out.

I checked it out over the weekend and really liked the new look. But don't worry, all the old favorites are still on the menu including the Bloomin' Onion.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Free Chick-fil-A winners

Congrats Chick-fil-A winners:

Adam Scheinberg
Ryan Mezzell
Jamie Vidamour

You've won free food for 3 months. Please email me at eatingorlando at gmail.com with your name and address and I'll send you your card out right away.

Thanks for entering and for your support!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Innovative new BBQ concept to debut this summer in Disney area

Gearing up toward its opening this summer, B Resort, located in the Walt Disney World® Resort, announces an innovative dining concept developed in partnership with restaurateur Jeffrey Chodorow and China Grill Management. The renowned group, of famed China Grill and Asia de Cuba, will showcase its food and beverage expertise with the inaugural location of its newest concept, American Q, which promises to showcase a modern take on classic barbeque.

Located just off the lobby, the signature restaurant will feature an a la carte menu of barbeque specialties from more than a dozen regions throughout the United States and Latin America, as well as an “all-you-can-eat” parade of BBQ meats, seafood and poultry, continuously served tableside by American Q’s ”cowboy/cowgirl” carvers. Guests will enjoy an appetizer and salad buffet served from the bed of a ’50 cherry red Ford F1 pickup truck. Freshly made sides and cornbread skillets, all served family style, will be enjoyed as guests revel in the fun of spontaneous line dances, led by their friendly servers.

A full bar will serve creative cocktails, wines and a large selection of craft beers from regions throughout North America. American Q will offer a children’s menu aiming to win over the next generation of barbeque fans, completing the American Q dining experience.

“American Q will have a flavor and style unlike any restaurant we’ve seen,” says Jeffrey Chodorow, CEO and Founder of China Grill Management. “We are thrilled to be introducing the concept in Orlando and are confident that locals and visitors alike will appreciate its uniqueness.”

A distressed brick smokehouse, barn-inspired wood-clad bar and mason jar chandeliers add to the modern yet nostalgic “industrial farmhouse” charm of this American BBQ original, which will be open daily for breakfast and dinner.

For over two decades, Jeffrey Chodorow’s China Grill Management has created exciting culinary experiences, whether as a keystone attraction for hotel brands or as freestanding destinations. China Grill Management’s first-class restaurant and nightlife creations worldwide include, among others, the flagship China Grill in New York, Mexico City, and Miami (opening summer 2014); Asia de Cuba in London and New York (opening Spring 2014); Ed’s Chowder House and the Empire Hotel Rooftop in New York; and Plunge at Hotel Gansevoort in the Meatpacking District in New York.

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