SPECIAL EVENTS

Special Events

Our Special Events are designed to enhance your experience while attending the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Show.
Center stage

Center Stage

A highlighted feature of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Show - Center Stage is an educational, interactive and entertaining area for restaurant and foodservice professionals who want to stay up to date in the industry. Come see our featured chefs, watch their cooking demonstrations and taste their samples.

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Product Showcase

Product Showcase

While attending the expo, be sure to stop by our Product Showcase on the exhibit floor to see the EXPANDED area and to satisfy your taste for innovation and the newest products! The Product Showcase is your first look at the latest and greatest products in the industry.

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Ice Pro where art meets precision

Ice Carving Demonstration

Ice Pro's team of talented carvers are going to push the limits of what you can do with ice. Join us for a team competition where they will spend 2 hours carving. Winners will be chosen by the audience. Don't forget to stop by the Ice Pro Chill Lounge, the coolest place on the show floor.

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Torch Award

The Torch Award

The Torch Award, presented by The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show and The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association was created to honor outstanding chefs and/or restaurateurs who embody Illumination, Energy, Joy, Victory, Enlightenment, Hope and Education.

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Foodservice council for women

Foodservice Council

The Foodservice Council for Women has created a platform for women in the food and beverage industry to connect, share, inspire and learn from on another.  The panel features women leaders in the foodservice industry who are transforming the hospitality industry with their outstanding contributions.

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Beacon Award

The Beacon Award

The Beacon Award recognizes a woman leader who has truly served as a Beacon for our industry through her leadership, contributions, and inspiration. The word Beacon symbolizes many things including a person that illuminates or inspires. Join us to congratulate this year's honoree!

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Hip Sip battle of the modern bartender RUM

Hip Sip: RUM

Battle of the Modern Bartneder Competition comes to life at the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Show. Our 2019 Rum edition has nothing compared to what we have in store for 2020. Stay tuned for more information about our 2020 Hip Sip competition. 

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Rapid Fire

Rapid Fire

This year's Rapid Fire Challenge theme is Meatless Monday! Let's get meatless! Bring on your favorite dishes minus the meat! Chefs are encouraged to bring on the veggies, get creative and be ready for your one shining moment! 

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Coaches Hot Seat

The Coaches "Hot Seat"

The Coaches "Hot Seat" is not for the faint of heart. Only the brave can withstand the lightening fast session of rapid-fire coaching from 3 of the industries top coaches. Get the early, as volunteers will be selected at the beginning of the event.

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