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Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show

Posted by culinarydelightsgb on September 13, 2007

On Saturday Sept. 8th, I attended the second day of the 3-day Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. The venue was packed with over 14,000 attendees and showcased 550 exhibiting companies spanning almost 100,000 square feet.

Dubbed as a “must-see” event for professionals in the southeast restaurant and lodging industry, the Show launched a number of new features this year. The newest was the Ferdinand Metz Foodservice Forum, admission to which was included in your pass. The Forum sessions educated restaurant owners on all aspects of running a successful foodservice business – uncovering new trends, increasing revenue and customer loyalty, lowering costs, delivering optimal customer service, minimizing risk, and much more.

Another exciting event was the PMQ’s Orlando Pizza Show. It served as a showcase for all pizza-related products and services and attracted owners, managers, and other restaurant professionals. It also hosted the annual U.S. Pizza Team Trials competition. Each year pizza makers and acrobats compete to represent the industry in the World Pizza Championships in Salsomaggiore, Italy. America’s “best” pizza maker was selected at the Orlando Pizza Show.  

Returning to the Show was the Ultimate Barista Challenge USA, organized by Whole Cup Coffee Consulting. The audience was treated to an exhibition of coffee creativity as the barista presented personally inspired espresso beverages to a panel of highly qualified judges. A barista is someone who demonstrates his/her knowledge of and passion for coffee to customers on a daily basis in cafes, restaurants, and coffee bars around the world. This was a challenging and exciting competition that impressed both chefs and attendees alike.

The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show was organized by Reed Exhibitions, and sponsored by the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association. Photos of the event will be uploaded soon.

Update:

Photos from Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show

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