Starting this Friday, September 7th, the table will be set for a feast of opportunities at the 2007 Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show — the event that caters to the specific needs of the Southeast foodservice industry. Thousands of industry professionals are expected to demo, touch, taste, smell, compare and source all the latest products and services required to run a successful foodservice business. This annual event will be held September 7-9 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. There are dozens of story ideas; here are some of the highlights:

— Attend the launch of the Ferdinand Metz Foodservice Forum with industry
experts handpicked by Ferdinand Metz, Master Chef and former head of
the Culinary Institute of America for more than 20 years. These
sessions will give restaurant professionals the keys to all aspects of
a successful foodservice business, help uncover hot new trends,
increase revenue, loyalty and operational excellence, lower costs,
minimize turnover while building winning teams, deliver optimal
customer experience, enhance menu, cuisine and profits, minimize risk
and legal issues and boost beverage earnings.

— PMQ’S Orlando Pizza Show will once again host the annual U.S. Pizza
Team Trials Competition where pizza dough spinning acrobats compete for
a spot on the U.S. Pizza Team. Each year the U.S. Pizza Team selects
America’s best pizza makers and pizza acrobats to represent the
nation’s pizza industry in the World Pizza Championships in
Salsomaggiore, Italy.

— Experience the finest cuisine and food preparation techniques at the
World Class Culinary Competitions. Watch as skilled chefs showcase
their talents in a variety of cooking and pastry contests throughout
the three days of the Show.

— The Ultimate Barista Challenge is back at the Florida Restaurant &
Lodging Show. Come watch as professional barista face challengers on
the exhibition floor where they prepare their signature espresso
beverages for a panel of discerning judges. There will be a showdown
of three flights of espresso frappe, espresso cocktails and beautiful
cafe latte art.

— Be the first to discover the hottest new foods and beverages to hit the
market at the Innovative New Product Gallery. Attendees will be able
to view new products in the gallery and throughout the exhibition floor
each day of the Show.

— New to the show this year is, Consulting Services Center, featuring
FCSI Consultants. FREE advice on both front and back of the house
design options. To schedule a 30 minute appointment with professional
foodservice experts please email Cindy Wyant at

— Be a part of the Gordon Foodservice Demo Theater as GFS Corporate Chefs
Brenda Adler and Gerry Ludwig demonstrate how easy it is to add
flavorful and profitable hand-held offerings to a menu. Session will
begin each half-hour throughout the Show.

— Savor a four-course lunch at the Chef’s Table Luncheon beginning at
12:30 pm on Friday and continuing through Sunday. Attendees will have
lunch prepared by the best chefs in America served right on the Show
floor. Tickets are $35 each day and can be purchased on-site.

— Former White House Executive Chef, Walter Scheib, and Ralph Brennan,
Owner of the Brennan Restaurant Group will both be keynote speakers
during the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show. Walter Scheib, “The
American Chef” will discuss “Serving at the Pleasure of the Presidents”
on Friday, September 7 from 1:00 – 2:30 pm. Scheib was White House
Executive Chef for two of America’s First Families and has dazzled and
delighted world leaders, congressional members, journalists and other
House visitors. New Orleans restaurant legend Ralph Brennan will speak
on Saturday, September 8 from 1:00 – 2:30 pm presenting “Rising Tide:
The Rebirth of the New Orleans Restaurant and Foodservice Industry.”

Friday, September 7, 2007 11:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday, September 8, 2007 11:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, September 9, 2007 11:00am – 4:00pm

WHERE: The Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL