A delicious look at the Florida Restaurant and Lodging trade show



The annual Florida Restaurant Association trade show was in Orlando this weekend. Owners, managers, chefs and students from all over the state were here to try the latest food from suppliers, and to be inspired to prepare the best food in the world.

Above is the dessert portion of the Loews Royal Pacific team entry in one of the professional competitions. It’s a Banana Brulee Tart, with Dark Chocolate Mousse, Peach Sorbet and Strawberry Coulis.

Students also entered in the culinary competition. This student is putting the final touches on the salad course.

Here’s the salad entry for that team. Looks very interesting and different.

The dessert course of the same team entry.

Each entry had an appetizer, a salad, an entre and a dessert.

Above, the complete student entry, and below is the dessert course.

Another great-looking student dessert.

Above and below, great-looking student entres.

An intriguing student salad.

The judges share words of encouragement to the students. The students seemed to have prepared outstanding meals.

Some of the entries in the chocolate competition. Each of these chocolate sculptures is about three feet tall!

Most of the show floor at the Orange County Convention Center hall was a vendor showcase, often with live demonstrations.

A popular booth was the Wisconsin Cheese, where several small cheese makers offered tasty samples.

One of the tastiest Wisconsin cheeses was this Cranberry Chipolte Cheddar Cheese.

There were a few other cheese vendors at the show and dozens of cheeses to sample.

Small samples were also available of many kinds of baked goods and prepared desserts.

The show had a special section of first-time vendors. Among the things to discover was a vendor selling chocolate pizza! One of the best flavors of the chocolate pizza was Sangria, and it was heavy with bits of fruit.

Also in the first-time exhibitor showcase was this vendor of edible real flower garnishes.

Another great find in the showcase were Yucca Fries!

Be on the lookout for these hand-crafted ice cream sandwiches.

The samples of these ice cream sandwiches were very professionally distributed in a small sealed cup, right from the freezer.

The Florida Restaurant and Lodging trade show ends today. It is not open to the general public.


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