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September 16, 2019


ORLANDO, FL, September 16, 2019 - Thousands of new products and services from 400 exhibiting companies for restaurants, caterers and foodservice establishments were introduced during this week's Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show and Healthy Food Expo Florida being held together at the Orange County Convention Center.   Several Awards were presented, including:
The  Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show and Healthy Food Expo are produced and managed by Clarion UX, and sponsored by the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association.  The trade show and conference provide industry professionals access to the hottest menu trends, state of the art design and decor, a renowned education program, several culinary demonstrations, and 400+ of the leading vendors and purveyors dedicated to serving the restaurant & foodservice community. For more information, visit

September 12, 2019


Dinner Show Includes Four-Course Menu and Entertainment by See Magic Live
ORLANDO, Fla. (Sept. 12, 2019) – Tantalize the senses at Christner’s Prime Steak & Lobster during Orlando’s most thrilling dinner show. Enjoy the award-winning flavors of a four-course menu while Kostya Kimlat and his team of See Magic Live magicians tease the eyes with an interactive live performance.

“Our Evening of Magic dinner show is the perfect way to celebrate a special occasion or simply enjoy an intimate evening with friends and family,” says Owner Alice Christner. “We guarantee you are in for an entertaining experience of fascinating mysteries and delectable food and wine.”

September 10, 2019


Guests Can Enjoy Menu Items Inspired by Netflix’s “Stranger Things,”
Sony Pictures’ Ghostbusters and Fan Favorites from the ‘80s

ORLANDO, Fla. (September 10, 2019) – This year“Halloween Horror Nights” brings a taste of the biggest names in horror and pop culture directly to Universal Orlando Resort, where guests can enjoy delectable foods inspired by Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” Sony Pictures’ classic film Ghostbusters and more.

September 9, 2019

Huey Magoo’s Chicken Tenders Now Open In Daytona Beach


Central Florida’s Greatest Tasting Chicken Tenders Brand Celebrates Its First Location In Volusia County, Florida

Orlando, FL (September 9, 2019) – Following nine successful restaurants in Central Florida and major plans to expand to multiple cities throughout the Southeast, Huey Magoo’s celebrates the grand opening of the first location in Daytona Beach, Florida today, President and CEO Andy Howard announces.  The 2,000 square foot store, which seats 60 guests, is owned by skilled new Huey Magoo’s Franchisee Evan Klingman, who brings 27 years of management experience in the food service industry to the fast-growing brand.  Daytona Beach is the first of three Huey Magoo’s restaurants that Klingman plans to open in Volusia County over the next two to three years.

September 5, 2019

Teak Neighborhood Grill Serves Up $5 Burgers All Month Long For Teak’s Inaugural “Burger World Tour”

Enjoy a Different One of Teak’s Most Popular, Unique and Delicious, Award Winning Burgers Every Day in September for Only $5

Orlando, FL (September 5, 2o19) – No one serves up burgers better than Teak Neighborhood Grill, and now, the home of Central Florida’s best burgers is offering their top-rated, tasty burgers at a discounted price.  For the entire month of September, Teak is introducing their “Burger World Tour” and featuring a different burger every day for only $5.  From Teak’s popular “Drunken Monk” and “Cronie Burger” to their mouthwatering “OMG Burger” and “Waffle Burger”, all the burger favorites off Teak’s ever-evolving main menu and Underground Menu are showcased in their Burger World Tour this month.

September 2, 2019

GUIDE - Celebrating National Beer Lovers Day in Orlando

Beer and the process of brewing it are rich in history, tradition, and evolution. National Beer Lover’s Day is observed annually on September 7th, paying tribute to the tradition, and to cerevisaphiles - those who love one of the world's most popular alcoholic drinks!


  • The first President of the United States recorded a recipe for brewing beer in his notes. 
  • Many early recipes and origins of brewing in America stemmed from German immigrants.
  • Beer has been around for centuries dating as far back as the Egyptians and Romans. 
  • Women did the majority of beer brewing in ancient Egypt.
  • An ancient Egyptian document lists 17 types of beer, with names like joy-bringer and heavenly.
  • Nowadays, Craft beer is a thriving business and breweries are becoming wildly popular.
  • The beer industry in the United States turns annual profits of over 100 billion dollars.
  • In 1983, there were 49 licensed breweries in the U.S.; by the end of 2017, there were 8,863.
  • The largest brewery in the world is Anheuser-Busch, maker of Budweiser and Corona.
  • Germany serves beer ice cream in popsicle form.
  • The strongest beer in the world is Snake Venom, by Scottish brewery Brewmeister. 67.5% abv
  • Odd ingredients used by modern brewers include coffee, oatmeal, avocado, cookie dough, chipotle peppers, seaweed, oysters, candy corn, squid ink, blue cheese, pastrami, and pig brain.
  • Cenosillicaphobia is the fear of an empty beer glass.
  • At the end of Prohibition, FDR said, "What America needs now is a drink."

August 28, 2019

TooJay’s Deli September Cake Sales Take a Slice Out of Hunger

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (August 28, 2019) – TooJay’s Deli is taking a slice out of hunger during the month of September with one dollar from every slice of cake sold directly benefitting Feeding Florida.

Feeding Florida is a statewide network of Feeding America food banks providing a healthy, adequate and consistent food supply to those in need. Every dollar donated provides 11 meals through the Feeding Florida network.

August 22, 2019


Blake Shelton-Inspired $15 Million Bar, Restaurant & Music Venue Expected To Open Late Spring 2020

Orlando, Fla. – Visitors to ICON Park got an unexpected surprise as construction crews suspended a 1940 Farmall Model A tractor on the ceiling of the fourth Ole Red location, expected to open late spring 2020. 
Inspired by country music superstar and Grand Ole Opry member Blake Shelton’s satirical hit “Ol’ Red,” Ole Red Orlando will bring the best of southern food, hospitality and live music to one of the nation’s most exciting tourism markets.

August 13, 2019


The All-American Restaurant and Upscale Sports Bar Opens Fourth Location and First in Orlando
 on Famed Restaurant Row
ORLANDO, FL (August 2019- American Social Bar & Kitchen, a South Florida-based, upscale sports bar & restaurant, has opened its fourth location on Orlando’s famed Restaurant Row on Thursday, August 8.

The 8,500 square-foot, 281-seat restaurant expands the brand’s portfolio, which includes locations in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Tampa. American Social, often referred to as “AmSo”, will offer lunch, dinner, weekend brunch, various happy hour specials and an exciting late-night experience. AmSo will serve as the place to see and be seen, featuring an exciting lineup of primetime sports, live music, entertainment and renowned DJs. Specializing in sports entertainment, AmSo will also offer game day specials for just about every sporting event displayed on the 27 TVs throughout the space.

August 11, 2019

GUIDE - Our Favorite Orlando Area Burgers

Now more than ever, people are getting passionate about their hamburgers. Craft burgers, impossible burgers... who knew this traditional favorite would spark such epic innovation - or that there really could be so many ways to make a burger? The Orlando-area is fast becoming a haven for burger joints, and Ronald McDonald is simply not ruling the roost as he once did.

While checking out our list of favorite burgers, there are a couple things to keep in mind. For starters - I'm a Texan's Texan in the stereotypical sense. In other words, I love beef. I don't do vegan or vegetarian burgers, so this list isn't covering that option. It's just not something I am an authority on. Secondly, I won't try to claim that we've tried every burger in the area. Have we missed a few? I'm sure we have! Feel free to share your recommendations with us. More to come as we discover them!

August 8, 2019



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

Ace Cafe Orlando Begins Construction on “Backyard” Event and Concert Space

ORLANDO, Fla. – When Ace Cafe announced that it would be coming to the United States with a debut location in Orlando, site plans originally referenced an outdoor patio-style concert and events venue that would expand the facility’s ability to host large-scale events in the heart of downtown Orlando. Following two years of steady growth – especially in the events space – Ace Cafe has officially pulled permits with the City of Orlando to build out that outdoor space, to be called the “Backyard at the Ace.”

Krispy Kreme® and Reese’s Combine their Newest Innovations to Give Fans More of What They Love: New Reese’s Lovers Original Filled Doughnuts

Two new doughnuts created for chocolate lovers and peanut butter lovers alike,
available for a limited time beginning MondayAug. 5
ORLANDO, Fla. (Aug. 5, 2019) – Krispy Kreme and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are combining two of their biggest innovations of 2019 to give you “more (and more and more)” of what you love in the form of Krispy Kreme’s new Reese’s Lovers Original Filled Doughnuts.
Available at all Krispy Kreme shops throughout Central Florida for a limited time beginning MondayAug. 5, the Reese’s Original Filled Peanut Butter Lovers Doughnut has MORE peanut butter with chocolate, and the Reese’s Original Filled Chocolate Lovers Doughnut has MORE chocolate with peanut butter.
Earlier this year, Krispy Kreme created a new way to give doughnut fans more flavors in one bite by filling its iconic Original Glazed® Doughnut for the first time, while Reese’s introduced its limited‑time Reese’s Lovers Cups to enable fans to make more room for what they love – chocolate or peanut butter. Now, Krispy Kreme and Reese’s have reunited for an innovation mashup that treats fans to more of what they love: more peanut butter, more chocolate and more doughnuts.

August 3, 2019

TooJay’s Deli Introduces Creative New Sandwiches for National Sandwich Month

$4 coupon offers special deal for Delicious Rewards Members

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (August 1, 2019) – August is National Sandwich Month and TooJay’s Deli is kicking off the annual tribute with three savory new sandwiches featuring sliced-to-order deli meats and bread baked fresh daily in TooJay’s bakery:

·         Turkey Pastrami Reuben
Turkey lovers rejoice! The new Turkey Pastrami Reuben is made up of pastrami-seasoned turkey breast, sauerkraut topped with Swiss cheese and home-style Russian dressing, served on fresh rye bread and grilled to perfection.

July 27, 2019

GUIDE - Celebrating National Chicken Wing Day in Orlando

National Chicken Wing Day was proclaimed on July 29, 1977 by the Mayor of Buffalo, New York, Stan Makowski. As the story goes, Teressa Bellissimo (co-owner of the Anchor Bar) created chicken wings when trying to come up with a quick and easy late-night snack for her son and his college pals in 1964. At the time, chicken wings were typically reserved for soup stock, but Teressa tossed them in butter and hot sauce before frying them up... an instant hit! After catching on locally and popping up to rave reviews in other local eateries beyond the Anchor Bar, the Mayor had to acknowledge the tasty morsels, declaring “thousands of pounds of chicken wings are consumed by Buffalonians in restaurants and taverns throughout the city each week”... and National Chicken Wing Day was born.

This July 29, you don't have to wing it on your quest to find your National Chicken Wing Day celebration spot. We're here to help point you in a few right directionS where you can properly pay tribute to one of America's best edible innovations. With options like these, you may want to plan lunch and dinner stops!

July 26, 2019


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  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

"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 21, 2019

GUIDE - Celebrating National Tequila Day in Orlando

Tequila is an alcoholic beverage made from the blue agave plant, originating in either the 14th or 16th century, depending on which source you refer to. Today, there are well over 1,000 registered tequila brands from more than 150 producers worldwide, with the Jaliscan Highlands of Mexico generally considered to be the point of origin.

In Mexico, the tradition is to drink tequila "neat", while many of us Gringos are known to slam back a shot with salt and lime. With craft cocktails becoming such the in thing, it seems that our boozy innovations have caught flight, and tequila is no stranger to the creative party. From clever cocktails and classic margs to tasteful flights and traditional shots - here's your guide to celebrating National Tequila Day in Orlando on July 24th.

July 12, 2019

Let’s Party! Krispy Kreme® Celebrates Birthday with Special Release Original Filled Birthday Batter Doughnut

ORLANDO, Fla. (July 11, 2019) – It’s our birthday, but it’s your party! This year Krispy Kreme is celebrating with the introduction of a new limited-time birthday doughnut available beginning July 15 and an epic offer July 19 to fulfill fans’ doughnut cravings.
Krispy Kreme’s newest Original Filled variety – the Original Filled Birthday Batter Doughnut – is festively filled with delicious birthday cake batter, dipped in strawberry icing and topped with party sprinkles. It will be available for one week only beginning MondayJuly 15, as part of Krispy Kreme’s 82nd birthday.
On FridayJuly 19, the birthday celebration gets even sweeter when fans can purchase one dozen Original Glazed® Doughnuts for just $1 with the purchase of any dozen at all shops throughout Central Florida:

July 11, 2019

Simply Wish TooJay’s Deli “Happy Birthday” on Wednesday, July 24 and Enjoy a Free Slice of Birthday Cake

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (July 11, 2019) – TooJay’s Deli celebrates its 38th birthday on WednesdayJuly 24 with free slices of funfetti birthday cake created just for the occasion* and the opportunity to earn an additional 38 Delicious Rewards points.

“Since the first TooJay’s opened in 1981, our restaurant teams have worked hard to provide great experiences for our guests,” said TooJay’s President and CEO Maxwell Piet. “As we celebrate 38 wonderful years of serving simply great food, we thank our guests for their loyalty and invite new patrons in for our made-from-scratch specialties and amazing hospitality.”

In addition to enjoying a free slice of funfetti birthday cake just for saying “Happy Birthday,” TooJay’s Delicious Rewards Members who make a purchase and scan their receipt on July 24 will earn an additional 38 points.

TooJay’s Delicious Rewards program is perfect for loyal guests looking for freebies, rewards and special deals year-round. Guests may register through the restaurant’s mobile app, available for iOS and Android devices, and at Once registered, guests receive a free dessert just for joining and every dollar spent equals one point earned. Every 150 points equal a $10 reward!


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 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. 

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