Discover What's new, what's next & what's trending at the 2015 Florida Restaurant & Lodging show! Print
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ORLANDO, FL, September 1, 2015 - In the restaurant and foodservice industry, professionals are
constantly looking for new ideas, new products, new solutions and new trends -- and the Florida
Restaurant & Lodging Show is their source! From insightful education to palate-pleasing food and
drink trends to new product options and idea generating special events – don't miss this
opportunity to fine-tune your business. The trade show and conference, produced by Urban
Expositions and sponsored by the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association will be held
Tuesday, October 6 - Thursday, October 8, 2015 at the Orange County Convention Center in
Orlando and will offer educational programs, special events, new food products, and equipment
and services from over 450+ leading industry suppliers.
“We are thrilled to be offering several new and exciting special features at the upcoming event
including, the new Beer, Wine & Spirits Pavilion as well as returning crowd favorites including the
Ferdinand Metz Foodservice Forum, the Food Trends Experience, the prestigious ACF Culinary
Competitions and much more,” said Ron Mathews, Vice President, Restaurant and Foodservice
Events Portfolio. “We know that a restaurant cannot survive on the food alone which is why we
have created an education program to provide practical and relevant information as well as feature
areas on the show floor to find fresh and new ideas. For nearly 40 years, the show has been
providing restaurateurs, chefs, foodservice and hospitality professionals with all the tools needed
to stay motivated and inspired, find the newest products, and stay on top of the trends – or set
Special Events for the upcoming Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show, include:
The new Beer, Wine & Spirits Pavilion was created to meet the demand from restaurant
and foodservice professionals seeking access to the alcoholic beverage component of the
market. It provides the opportunity to meet face-to-face with the producers and distributors
of adult beverages and is designed to enhance your learning and sourcing opportunities.
Featured brands include: MillerCoors, Blue Moon, Jim Beam Brands, Heaven Hill Brands,
Chateau Ste. Michelle, Constellation Brands, D.G. Yuengling & Sons to name a few. The
official ingredient sponsor of the Pavilion is the Florida Department of Citrus.
Culinary Demonstration Theater is an educational, interactive and entertaining area for
restaurant and foodservice professionals who want to stay abreast of what's hot in the food
world. Stop by this feature area at the Show and see how our chefs have put their spin on
hot trends. This year’s featured session will include the presentation of the new Torch
Award to James Beard award winning chef Norman Van Aken for his contributions to the
The Torch Award Presentation will take place in the Culinary Demonstration Theater on
Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. The Food Shows and Ferdinand Metz
Foodservice Forum are excited to present the inaugural Torch Award to Norman Van Aken
for his outstanding achievements and contributions to the restaurant and foodservice
community. Norman Van Aken, chef-owner of NORMAN’S in Orlando and the founding
father of New World Cuisine, is the only Floridian on the James Beard list of Who’s Who in
American Food and Beverage, as well as an internationally acclaimed author. He will join
Ferdinand Metz, Certified Master Chef, for a one-on-one on our Culinary Demonstration
Theater stage open to all attendees.
The Ferdinand Metz Foodservice Forum – provides open access to the 30+ educational
sessions focused on operational excellence, winning teams, maximizing profits, hot trends,
and building loyalty. For the complete conference program, visit Features include:
o The Women’s Entrepreneurs Circle, a robust and highly interactive session on
what it takes to win in business and life featuring Kathleen Wood, Kathleen Wood
Partners, Betsy Craig, MenuTrinfo, and Sandy Korem, The Catering Coach.
o New Catering & Events Track presented by Catering Magazine on Tuesday,
October 6 with topics including maximizing catering profits, how to pack for offsite
events and a closer look at outsourcing.
o Industry leading expert consultants including Technomic, MenuTrinfo, Kathleen
Wood Partners,, Service with Style Hospitality
Group, The Catering Coach, Fishbowl with solutions to day-to-day business
challenges - menu planning and labeling, team building, customer service,
marketing and social media, professional development and more. Highlighted
seminars include:

  • Tuesday, October 6 – 11:30-12:30: Building a Winning Hospitality Team in 8Simple Steps; 4-4:45pm: LEADERChoice – The Four Essential Ingredients of Successful Leaders
  • Wednesday, October 7 – 1-1:45pm: What’s Hot & Not in the Social MediaWorld for Restaurants; 1-1:45pm: Top 10 Tips for Winning with Today’s Special Needs Diner; 4-4:45pm: 2015 Outlook, Opportunities & Challenges
  • Thursday, October 8 – 1:30-2:15pm: 5 Ways to Increase Profits Through Your People in Any Economy; 2:30-3:15pm: The One System Your Restaurant Must Have to Survive
  • View the full program at

 The 2015 American Culinary Federation Culinary Arts Competition presented by the
American Culinary Federation (ACF)/ Central Florida Chapter (CFC) will offer over $27,000
worth of prizes that will be awarded during the following competitions.
o The NEW Two Man Team USA Culinary Cup Team Competition, sponsored by Bari
Beef International, Creekstone Farms, US Foods, Rich’s, Maple Leaf, MillerCoors,
Barry Callebaut, McIlhenney Co., Wisconsin Cheese, Steelite International, and Bar
Harbor Seafood.
o The R.L. Schreiber Apprentice/Jr. Member Florida State Championship Team Skills
Competition, sponsored by R.L. Schreiber Inc.
o Taste of Elegance Pork Signature Recipe Competition, sponsored by Iowa Pork
Producers Association and Taste of Elegance.
o The Florida Pastry Challenge, sponsored by The Culinary Source and Barry
o The Freshpoint and Harvill's Produce Farm to Table Vegetarian Signature Recipe
Competition, sponsored by Fresh Point and Harvill’s Produce, Inc.
o The Chef's Table Luncheons, a four-course surprise lunch prepared by the
participating chefs.
The Food Trends Experience is a tasting adventure providing direct access to products,
flavors and ingredients driving the most recent trends in the market – healthy, organic,
sustainable, ethnic, artisanal, and more!
FRLA’s After Party will be taking place October 7, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Orlando.
Make sure not to miss this energy-packed party. Join industry leaders for a fabulous evening
of networking and entertainment.
The NRA/FRLA Bob Leonard Golf Classic is scheduled for October 5, 2015 at
ChampionsGate Golf Course in Orlando. Key decision-makers from national restaurant and
hotel chains and top independents return year after year for this exciting tournament. Save
your space early – not only has this event sold out the last 14 years – but this year is the 15th
Dates:        Tuesday, October 6, 2015 from 11am-5pm
                  Wednesday, October 7, 2015 from 11am-5pm
                  Thursday, October 8, 2015 from 11am-4pm
Location: The Orange County Convention Center, 9990 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819

The 2015 Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show is sponsored by the Florida Restaurant & Lodging
Association ( For more information on exhibiting or attending, visit the official Show
website at 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 at

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