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Over 8,000 restaurant and foodservice industry professionals will gather at the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show being held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando September 27 – 29, 2016. During this three-day event, attendees will find new ideas, new products, and new solutions. The trade show and conference, produced by Urban Expositions and sponsored by the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association will offer educational programs, special events, new food products, and equipment and services from 400+ leading industry suppliers.

“We know a restaurant cannot survive on 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,” said Ron Mathews, Vice President, Restaurant and Foodservice Events Portfolio.  “We are thrilled to be offering several new and exciting special features as well as returning crowd favorites and welcome all Florida restaurant and foodservice professionals to make plans to join us.”

Returning events include the Ferdinand Metz Foodservice Forum, the Food Trends Experience, the prestigious ACF Culinary Competitions, the Beer, Wine & Spirits Pavilion, The Japan Pavilion, Key Buyer Alliance, Education Station, and the Foodservice Council for Women event.  Other exciting special events and networking opportunities being offered during the three-day event, include:  

FRLA Events include the FRLA/NRA Bob Leonard Golf Classic, Fall Board Meeting, and Installation Gala and After Party, being held on Tuesday, September 27 at the Hyatt Regency Orlando. During the celebration, FRLA will install the Chairman of the Board and Executive Committee and present the FRLA's Hall of Fame winners, and the prestigious Hotelier, Restaurateur and Supplier of the Year. The reception begins at 6:00pm, followed by the dinner and awards at 7:00pm and an After Party Celebration. To purchase tickets, click here.

Independent Operators Workshop is a half-day workshop on Tuesday, September 27 focusing on growth opportunities and best practices featuring speakers Kathleen Wood and Jim Knight followed by an Independent Operators Party at Lafayette’s.  This event is co-organized by the FRLA and is sponsored by Zenith, Heartland, Sysco and UnitedHealthcare, and is open at no charge to all independent operators.

The Torch Award will bepresented to Melissa Kelly for her outstanding achievements and contributions to the restaurant and foodservice community. Kelly’s restaurant, Primo, introduced many diners across the East Coast to the idea of farm-to-table, with up to 80% of ingredients coming from the restaurant’s own four-acre farm. When Melissa opened the satellite Primo location in Orlando she brought the farm-to-table concept to the Florida market. She will join Ferdinand Metz, Certified Master Chef, for a one-on-one discussion on the Culinary Demonstration Theater stage, on Tuesday, September 27 at 1:00pm

Sabor Latino Pavilion will focuson Hispanic and Latin American products for the restaurant, foodservice and retail markets -- specifically new and traditional, authentic ingredients, flavors, products, prepared foods and private label.

Rapid Fire Competition - Three chefs will take the stage to battle for the title Rapid Fire Challenge: Appetizer Edition Champion. The chefs will demonstrate their dish and provide samples for the judges and the audience. Each dish will feature a local ingredient – cheese, bread, protein, sauce. Attendees are invited to help the judges choose the winner on Wednesday, September 28at 2:00pm.

The all-new APPstore (for Appetizers of course) has been created to meet the needs of operators and foodservice professionals.  This new area will provide inspiration, ingredients and finished products to provide new tastes and flavor combinations for the hottest appetizers and small plates that will set the tone for visitor experiences. 

Beacon Award Presentation – In honor of the 5th anniversary of the Foodservice Council for Women, Kathleen Wood and Ferdinand Metz will present the Beacon Award to Edna Morris, Managing Director at Axum and Industry Expert for Axum’s Limited Service Restaurant investments (LSR). Ms. Morris brings over 30 years of experience in the restaurant industry, and served as President of several restaurant companies including Red Lobster and Blue Coral.

The 2016 Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show willbe held at The Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL from Tuesday, September 27 through Thursday, September 29 with the show floor opening at 11 am each day.  The 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.comThe tradeshow and conference is managed and produced by Urban Expositions (www.urban-expo.com), a division of Clarion Events (www.clarionevents.com).