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August 8, 2019

CENTER STAGE AT THE FLORIDA RESTAURANT & LODGING SHOW AND HEALTHY FOOD EXPO TO OFFER CELEBRITY CHEFS, PANEL DISCUSSIONS AND COMPETITIONS

 

ORLANDO, FL, August 8, 2019 - Some of the biggest names in the Florida region culinary arts scene will present various cooking demonstrations, provide samples to taste, participate in panel discussions and competitions on Center Stage during the 2019 Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show being held SundaySeptember 15 and MondaySeptember 16 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. The Center Stage Emcee is Chef Mareya Ibrahim, The Fit Foodie, a TV chef, holistic nutrition coach, author and award-winning entrepreneur and inventor.  

"We are thrilled to be welcoming a terrific line-up of Florida-inspired celebrity chefs who are involved with some of the leading restaurants in the region to Center Stage as well as present the Beacon and Torch Awards, and watch two exciting competitions," said Tom Loughran, Vice President for the Clarion UX Food & Beverage Group. "Our attendees have become accustomed to seeing the most influential names in the restaurant industry on Center Stage and our 2019 event will not disappoint the restaurant, foodservice and retail professionals attending the upcoming Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show and Healthy Food Expo."  To access the full schedule, click here.

August 5, 2019

THE RAVENOUS PIG'S JAMES AND JULIE PETRAKIS AND FOOD WRITER HEATHER MCPHERSON TO RECEIVE AWARDS AT THE FLORIDA RESTAURANT & LODGING SHOW


ORLANDO, FL, August 05, 2019 -The 2019 Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show will present their annual Torch and Beacon Awards to three inspirational leaders in the industry on Center Stage during this largest gathering in the Southeast for the food and beverage industry. The Beacon Award, recognizing an outstanding woman leader, will be presented to Heather McPherson, a former food editor, restaurant reviewer and multimedia journalist for the Orlando Sentinel. The Torch Award, honoring an outstanding chef and/or restaurateur will be presented to power couple James & Julie Petrakis, owners of The Ravenous Pig. The awards will be presented during the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show, taking place SundaySeptember 15 through MondaySeptember 16, 2019 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. For  information about the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show, visit https://www.flrestaurantandlodgingshow.com/

"Congratulations to James and Julia Petrakis and Heather McPherson for all they have achieved throughout their careers to bring them the recognition they deserve through these distinguished awards. We look forward to presenting this year's Torch and Beacon Awards on Sunday and Monday afternoon on Center Stage," said Tom Loughran, Vice President of the Clarion UX Food & Beverage Group. "These individuals are very talented and put their best foot forward in the restaurant industry and truly deserve this recognition."

July 26, 2019

HIP SIP: BATTLE OF THE MODERN BARTENDER RUM EDITION TAKING PLACE AT THE FLORIDA RESTAURANT & LODGING SHOW


Calling All Bartenders:  Now Accepting Entries Through August 2, 2019

Orlando, FL, July 24, 2019 - Rum is often a misunderstood spirit, but this versatile alcoholic beverage has such a vast history and will be featured at this September's Hip Sip: Battle of the Modern Bartender Competition taking place at the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show in Orlando.  Chosen finalists will battle in this fun and exciting competition on Center Stage for the chance to win $1,000, bragging rights, an article in the October 2019 issue of Bar Business Magazine. Entries are being accepted until FridayAugust 2, 2019 and can be sent to Patricia Copela at patricia.copela@clarionevents.com.  The competition will take place on SundaySeptember 15, 2019 from 1:30 - 3:30 pm.  For more information about the Hip Sip Battle and guidelines, visit https://www.flrestaurantandlodgingshow.com/hip-sip-florida

"We are looking for the best rum cocktail or the most creative spin on a Mojito, Hurricane, El Presidente, Daiquiri, Cubanito, Hemingway Special, etc.," said Tom Loughran, Vice President for the Clarion UX Food & Beverage Group. "Bartenders will be judged on creativity, use of product, taste, presentation, and flair. We thank our sponsor Bar Business Magazine, our esteemed emcee and judges for their participation and support."

July 11, 2019

FLORIDA RESTAURANT & LODGING SHOW ANNOUNCES 2019 RAPID FIRE CHALLENGE: MEATLESS MONDAY EDITION


Submissions Being Accepted Until FridayJuly 19, 2019

ORLANDO, FL July 11, 2019 - This year's Rapid Fire Challenge theme is Meatless Monday and all Chefs are encouraged to get creative and submit their favorite meatless dish for a chance to be crowned the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show Rapid Fire Champion, receive $1,000, and bragging rights.  The event takes place MondaySeptember 16, 2019 from 3:30-5:00 pm on Center Stage at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. Submissions for Rapid Fire should be sent to Patricia Copela at patricia.copela@clarionevents.com by Friday, July 19. Guidelines for submissions can be found here.

The event is supported by Meatless Monday who will write a personality piece about the winner which will be sent in their weekly email newsletter, featured on their homepage and promoted via their social media channels. The winning recipe will accompany the piece, and will permanently be included in the Meatless Monday recipe database, crediting the winning chef and linking to his/her website. 

June 25, 2019

PLANT-BASED FOODS, ADA REGULATIONS, AND DIGITAL MARKETING TO BE DISCUSSED AT THE FLORIDA RESTAURANT & LODGING SHOW AND HEALTHY FOOD EXPO

Education Program and Workshops Announced for September Event Taking Place In Orlando

ORLANDO, FL June 25, 2019 - On September 15 and 16, chefs, restaurant owners, foodservice professionals and retailers will gather for The 2019 Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show, co-located with Healthy Food Expo Florida at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. One of the main reasons thousands of industry professionals will convene at this leading event is to gain knowledge from subject matter experts who will share important information on issues impacting the restaurant, foodservice, and food retail industries. For access to the education program,  visit https://www.flrestaurantandlodgingshow.com/2019-education-program

"The countdown begins, with just under 100 days left until the show, we are thrilled to offer a tremendous line-up of subject matter experts focused on the hottest topics related to building a winning team, health & diet, marketing & social media, operational excellence, bar & beverage, and more," said Tom Loughran, Vice President, Clarion UX Food & Beverage Group.  "The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show and Healthy Food Expo Florida education programs combined offers over 30 complimentary sessions to registered attendees.  New for this year, an additional selection of sessions will be offered before the show floor opens to meet the needs our guests  are requesting - which is even more access to this impactful content."

Below is a sampling of topics that will be discussed in each track:

May 22, 2019

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR THE LARGEST FOOD & BEVERAGE EXPERIENCE IN THE SOUTHEAST - THE FLORIDA RESTAURANT & LODGING SHOW AND HEALTHY FOOD EXPO

Two Days. Two Shows. Unlimited Opportunities.

ORLANDO, FL May 21, 2019 - For two days in September, the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando will be the place to be for thousands of restaurant, foodservice and food retail professionals to attend the 2019 Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show, co-located with Healthy Food Expo Florida, on Sunday, September 15 and Monday, September 16. The event is produced by Clarion UX and sponsored by the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association (FRLA). Registration is now open at www.flrestaurantandlodgingshow.com/.

"This premier industry event, which was just recognized as one of the top US trade shows, gives thousands of industry peers a chance to enjoy samples, culinary demonstrations, education sessions, networking and more as they gather for the Southeast's largest food and beverage experience," said Tom Loughran, Vice President, Clarion UX Food & Beverage Group. "We are excited to once again co-locate these two leading events and offer an additional healthy food and beverage focus, for the restaurant owners and operators, chefs, retail buyers and other foodservice industry professionals to find the best and most current products and information to meet guest demand."

September 19, 2018

THOUSANDS OF HIGHLY QUALIFIED INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS ATTEND THE FLORIDA RESTAURANT & LODGING SHOW AND HEALTHY FOOD EXPO FLORIDA


Recap of Awards Presentations, Cooking Demos and Celebrity Chef Appearances
 
ORLANDO, FL, September 18, 2018 - Last week chefs, industry leaders, owners and operators from the restaurant and foodservice industry networked and conducted business with over 400 exhibiting companies during theFlorida Restaurant & Lodging Show which was co-located with Healthy Food Expo Florida. The robust trade show and conference offered a collection of the best new food, equipment and technology, awards presentations, education sessions, and cooking demonstrations with celebrity chefs. The event is owned by Clarion UX and sponsored by the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association
 

"We saw the number of qualified buyers increase to 94% of the total attendance-walking the aisles looking to buy new products, equipment and service for their restaurants and foodservice establishments and experience for the first time the new Healthy Food Expo Florida." said Tom Loughran, Vice President for the Clarion UX food & beverage event portfolio. "We are also pleased to announce that based on exhibitor and attendee research we will be moving the show to a two-day event in 2019 taking place Sunday, September 15 and Monday, September 16."

August 29, 2018

HEALTHY FOOD EXPO FLORIDA TO BRING WORLD-CLASS EDUCATION AND NEW HEALTHY PRODUCTS TO THE FLORIDA RESTAURANT & LODGING SHOW



ORLANDO, FL, August 29, 2018 - The inaugural Healthy Food Expo Florida, a new event that is focused on healthy, natural and organic food products, is co-locating with the 2018 Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show. One badge grants attendees access to both shows, over 450 industry-leading and innovative exhibitors and a new "Healthy" conference program that will educate restaurant, foodservice and retail professionals about the newest trends and practices in the health food industry - everything from gluten-free and allergen-free to vegan, vegetarian and plant-based foods and products. The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show and Healthy Food Expo Florida will be held from Thursday, September 6 to Saturday, September 8 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL.For information visit https://www.healthyfoodexpos.com/healthy-food-florida.
 
"We have gathered top industry speakers who will lead our new education sessions for Healthy Food Expo, and fantastic exhibitors who will offer products and demonstrations to attendees looking to add healthy items to their menu, or expand existing options," said Tom Loughran, Vice President for the Clarion UX Food & Beverage Portfolio.  "Our attendees are at the forefront of the restaurant and foodservice industry, and we pride ourselves on keeping them up to date on industry trends and innovations. Healthy Food Expo Florida will bring our attendees access to world-class exhibitors and a comprehensive education program that will teach them all they need to know to keep up with the evolving healthy food industry."

August 28, 2018

UNPARALLELED LINE-UP OF CELEBRITY CHEFS, PANEL DISCUSSIONS AND COMPETITIONS TO TAKE CENTER STAGE AT THE FLORIDA RESTAURANT & LODGING SHOW


ORLANDO, FL, August 28, 2018 - Center Stage − an educational, interactive and entertaining area for restaurant and foodservice professionals to stay abreast of what's hot in the food world - is a feature area at the 2018 Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show being held Thursday, September 6 to Saturday, September 8 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. Some of the biggest names in culinary arts will present various cooking demonstrations, provide samples to taste, participate in panel discussions and competitions and even offer a yoga class. The Center Stage schedule is below, to access updates click here.
"Our attendees have become accustomed to seeing the most influential names in the restaurant industry on Center Stage and our 2018 event will not disappoint the restaurant and foodservice professionals attending the upcoming Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show," said Tom Loughran, Vice President for the Clarion UX Food & Beverage Portfolio, "We are thrilled to be welcoming a terrific line-up of celebrity chefs who are involved with some of the leading restaurants in the country to Center Stage as well as present the Beacon and Torch Awards, and watch two exciting competitions."

August 1, 2018

CALLING ALL BARTENDERS AND CHEFS - HERE'S A CHANCE TO WIN $1,000 AT THE FLORIDA RESTAURANT & LODGING SHOW

Now Accepting Entries for Hip Sip Competition and Rapid Fire Challenge- Deadlines Approaching
 
ORLANDO, FL, August 1, 2018 - The 2018 Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show will be offering two exciting competitions for chefs and bartenders to enter and have the chance to win $1,000, bragging rights and gain exposure to over 100 media outlets as well as 8,000 industry peers. Both competitions, Hip Sip: Battle of the Modern Bartender  and The Rapid Fire Challenge: Chicken, Honey and Beer Edition are looking for leading bartenders and chefs to compete at the Expo taking place at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, September 6-8, 2018. Entries for both events can be sent to Patricia Copela at pcopela@urban-expo.com. Act fast: the deadline for the Rapid Fire Challenge is Friday, August 10th and the deadline for the Hip Sip Competition is Friday, August 17th.



The inaugural Hip Sip: Battle of the Modern Bartender is open to any bartender currently working in the bar, restaurant or spirits industry. To enter, bartenders must submit recipes that are expressed in ounces, drops, or dashes and scaled for a single serving. No frozen drinks are permitted in this competition. Applicants must also attach a video submission, no longer than 1-2 minutes, and a photo of the cocktail and recipe is required. Bartenders will be judged based on creativity, use of product, taste, presentation and flair. The nine finalists chosen will be announced on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 and must be available to compete on Thursday, September 6 from 3:30 - 5:00 pm at the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show. The bartenders will battle in their respective spirit category and the three winners of those rounds will advance into a sudden death round for the opportunity to be crowned the overall winner.  For more information about Hip Sip: Battle of the Modern Bartender, visit https://www.flrestaurantandlodgingshow.com/hip-sip-florida.

July 29, 2018

8,000+ FOOD INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS WILL GATHER IN SEPTEMBER TO TASTE THE EDUCATION MENU AT THE 2018 FLORIDA RESTAURANT & LODGING SHOW


ORLANDO, FL July 27, 2018 - The 2018 Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show will offer dozens of educational sessions across six separate tracks covering operational excellence, marketing & social media, hot trends, healthy, building a winning team, and bar & beverage. This complimentary education program will be offered during the Expo & Conference taking place at the Orange County Convention Center, in Orlando, September 6-8, 2018. Restaurant, foodservice and catering professionals will learn about the latest trends, technologies and methods by attending over 60 education sessions delivered by industry experts who will cover topics vital to the restaurant and foodservice industry.  
"Restaurant and foodservice professionals from throughout the Southeast will be able to experience and immerse themselves in the newest trends, including a focus on healthy food, through our extensive education program which provides attendees with exciting new skills and knowledge to bring back to their businesses," said Tom Loughran, Vice President for the Clarion UX Food & Beverage Portfolio. "Our speakers are truly a who's who list of experts in the industry who will share up to date information, case studies and provide actionable tools." To view the full conference schedule, visit this link.
The Bar & Beverage sessions will feature Peter Camps from Heineken USA who will talk Increasing Revenue with Beer through product assortment, beer & food pairing suggestions, proper menu merchandising, and proper service standards.  In addition, David Scott Peters, founder of TheRestaurantExpert.com will talk about Preventing Theft Behind the Bar
Emma Vaughn, lead of Main Street Hub's business outreach will discuss 3 Ways to Use Social Media to Attract Customers to Your Restaurant in the Marketing & Social Media track. Other education sessions will include presentations on How to Use Your Online Reviews to Fill Your Restaurant During the Week with New Customers as well as Next Gen Marketing, and Turn Up Online Messaging for Social Media
The Theory of Profitability: Understanding the Theoretical Food Cost will be part of the Operational Excellence sessions.  Kevin Paider with Culinary Software Services will take a look at the baseline food cost calculation, what key items need to be tracked, and how to analyze the difference between your theoretical cost and actual cost.  Other topics will address franchises, protecting cash flow, optimal customer experience and much more. 
Darren S. Dennington, CFBE, will present The Nine Dysfunctions of a Restaurant Team and provide ways to bring a team together, improve morale, drive productivity and allow managers the time to focus and ability to work on the areas of the operation that truly need their attention in the Building a Winning Team track. Other sessions include Diversity and Inclusion for All by Oasis Outsourcing and a panel discussion on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace with Johnson Jackson LLC.
The Hot Trends track will offer insights surrounding launching your business, increasing your sales, robots to augment your serving staff's capabilities, weed in the workplace, building customer loyalty, and knowing how a professional critic looks at your operation. One session featuring restaurant coach Donald Burns will discuss What Will It Take to Win Over Gen Z as Foodies? Another session led by CEO & founder of MenuTrinfo Betsy Craig will present 10 key principles to launch your business or take you to a new level personally based on Betsy's successful experience. 
Attendees of the 2018 Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show will also have access to an additional education program. New this year will be Healthy Food Expo Florida which will include an education program featuring sessions such as Gluten-Free: Not Just a Fad Anymore but Your Future, presented by Marlisa Brown award-winning Registered Dietitian, Chef and Author of 4 gluten-free books,and Poke Craze! The Proof is in the Poke with Patrick Eichstaedt Co-Founder of Tupat's Hawaiian. For more information on educational sessions offered as part of Healthy Food Expo Florida, visit https://www.healthyfoodexpos.com/healthy-food-florida.
Featured workshops include How to Become a RockStar Restaurant with Darren S. Denington who will give the tools on operating a successful restaurant in today's challenging environment. This is open to servers, bartenders, key employees, managers and owners. A fun and exciting Why Whiskey education and tasting workshop led by Tom Fischer, Founder of BourbonBlog.com and co-founder of the first whiskey marketing school and sommelier program. For those in need of allergy training, Betsy Craig, CEO and Founder of MenuTrinfo will offer AllerTrain, an ANSI accredited, manager level, food allergy and gluten-free training course with a test at the end for certification. All of these workshops are being offered at a special Show rate. 
The 2018 Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show will be held Thursday, September 6 - Saturday, September 8, 2018 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. The tradeshow and conference will provide 8,000 industry professionals with access to hottest menu trends, state of the art design and decor, a renowned education program, special events including Hip Sip, Rapid Fire Challenge, several culinary demonstrations, and 450+ of the leading vendors and purveyors dedicated to serving the restaurant & foodservice community.  For more information, visit www.flrestaurantandlodgingshow.com.
The tradeshow and conference, is managed by Clarion UX, (www.clarionux.com) and sponsored by the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (www.frla.org). The 2018 event will be co-located Healthy Food Expo Florida, and attendees will have access to both events with just one badge.  
About Clarion UX - Clarion UX produces 37 events across 13 sectors of both trade and consumer events.  Clarion UX, which is the U.S. division of Clarion Events, UK, and backed by The Blackstone Group has become one of the fastest growing event companies in the U.S. with aggressive growth through both acquisition and launch.  Clarion acquired PennWell in early 2018, bringing 4 Tradeshow 200 events into the U.S. portfolio and super-charging the already rapid growth.  Clarion UX has offices in Trumbull, CT; Kennesaw, GA; Boca Raton, FL; Tacoma, WA, and Fairlawn, NJ. www.clarionux.com

June 27, 2018

8,000+ FOOD INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS WILL GATHER IN SEPTEMBER FOR THE 2018 FLORIDA RESTAURANT & LODGING SHOW

Early Bird Rates Expires June 29th, Register Today at www.flrestaurantandlodgingshow.com/
 
ORLANDO, FL June 26, 2018 – Registration has officially opened for the 2018 Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show, co-located with Healthy Food Expo Florida, to be held Thursday, September 6-Saturday, September 8 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. This trade show and conference will bring thousands of restaurant owners and operators, chefs, foodservice professionals and other food industry professionals together to take advantage of all the great product launches and networking opportunities the show has to offer. The event is sponsored by the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association, (FRLA) a partner of the National Restaurant Association. Registration is now open here
 
The 2018 Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show will provide 8,000+ industry professionals with access to the hottest menu trends, state of the art design and decor, a renowned education program, special events including the Rapid Fire Challenge, the Foodservice Council for Women, Show Party, several culinary demonstrations, and 450+ of the leading vendors and purveyors dedicated to serving the restaurant & foodservice community. The show floor will offer several pavilions, including The Food Trends Experience, Beer, Wine & Spirits, Gourmet Way, New Exhibitor, Pubware & Equipment, International Showcase and Coffee Fest Marketplace.  Attendees will also have access to the new Healthy Food Expo Florida, an event which will showcase organic, vegan, gluten-free, allergy-safe, hormone-free, non-GMO, raw, low-sodium and low-fat food solutions, as well as demos, education sessions and other special events.

October 21, 2017

AFTER BEING RESCHEDULED DUE TO HURRICANE IRMA THOUSANDS OF INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS GATHER FOR THE FLORIDA RESTAURANT AND LODGING SHOW

Mike Carlucci, Sr. Vice President of Urban Expositions, producers of the show, presents Michelle Bernstein with the Torch Award.
ORLANDO, FL October 20, 2017 - This year's Florida Restaurant and Lodging Show, held last week at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, brought together the foodservice and hospitality industry after being delayed due to the impact of Hurricane Irma. Despite a rescheduled show, restaurant owners and operators, chefs, foodservice professionals and others gathered to take advantage of all the great product launches and networking opportunities the show had to offer. The event was sponsored by the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, (FRLA) a partner of the National Restaurant Association.

October 5, 2017

DOZENS OF ACTION PACKED SPECIAL EVENTS PLANNED FOR RESCHEDULED FLORIDA RESTAURANT AND LODGING SHOW

Celebrity Chefs to be Featured on Center Stage


Orlando, FL October 5, 2017 - After an unexpected delay of date due to the impact of Hurricane Irma, The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Show is back on track to provide an excellent event for the restaurant and foodservice industry. The show will be held Wednesday, October 11 through Friday, October 13, 2017 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL.

"We hope everyone in the path of the hurricane, including all the restaurant and foodservice professionals who play a role in making the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Show the spectacular event it is, stayed safe and are well," says Tom Loughran, Show Director. "Urban Expositions and the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association are excited to host another incredible show, and despite the delay, we know our exhibitors, attendees and sponsors will make this the best show yet."

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