HTM October NewsBites 2023







Don’t miss out on any opportunities this year!


  • HTM Competition Application Closes at Midnight

Florida HTM Competition

The 19th Annual HTM Competition will take place Wednesday, February 28 and Thursday, February 29, 2024 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando.  The FRLAEF will cover some costs of the competing teams, including hotel stay and most meals.

To be eligible to compete, the school must 1) have purchased and be using the Year One and Year Two HTMP curriculum, or the new HTM Curriculum, 2) have returned a Fall HTM Survey to FRLAEF and 3) complete the competition application. Please do not submit an application unless you meet these requirements.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, October 6, 2023
APPLICANTS NOTIFIED STATUS: Monday, October 16, 2023



Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show

The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show takes place Wednesday, November 8 – Thursday, November 9, 2023 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. Only ProStart and HTM teachers may receive complimentary registration using the Promo Code below.

ProStart and HTM students will NOT be allowed on the Show floor this year.  All attendees must be at least 18 years old.

PROMO CODE:  prostart


For more information about the FRL Show, click here.

Get Social With Us!

With the 2023-2024 school year underway, FRLA would love to highlight our participating HTM programs and your creative side. We know how much fun your learning experience is and want to show that off, encouraging others to join in and eventually, hopefully, join Florida’s hospitality industry! Here are a few tips and suggestions for you, and don’t forget, whenever you post, tag @frlanews and we can share your post as well. Keep an eye out for future updates on HTM social media competitions too!📱


Be creative with your content. Here are a few fun possible content ideas:

  • Come with us to class! (a video montage of a fun activity during class)
  • POV: You’re in high school and want to be a culinary student! (or You’re in high school and want to go into hospitality!) over a video collage of footage from the class
  • Maybe during September the focus could highlight key elements of Food Safety for Food Safety Month – this could be each student on video giving a food safety tip. Tagging FRLA and the appropriate Food Safety Month #…
  • Challenge others to join HTM …The top 3 reasons you should join HTM…with fun footage or text/caption over photo/video from students.
  • Hashtag challenge – create a fun hashtag
  • Take someone through a night audit, or other task

Most importantly, have fun and tag @FRLAnews!

UCF Rosen Open House

University of Central Florida Rosen College of Hospitality Management is hosting the Rosen College Open House for prospective students and their families on Friday, October 20th.  Space is limited and Reservations are strongly encouraged. If your students are interested in UCF Rosen College, please share encourage them to register at

If you would like to schedule a group visit at the Rosen College Campus, please e-mail Group tours are offered on select Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during the semester and the experience takes about 90 minutes. The visit will include an admissions information session and tour of the campus and Rosen College Apartments.

Mini Grants

The FRLAEF Mini Grant application closed last month with over 180 submissions from ProStart and HTM schools. The Board will meet to determine award amounts. Look out for an email from by October 16 that contains the amount you were awarded and how to spend it.

Hospitality Industry Internships

The Hospitality Industry Internship (HII) provides the opportunity for Florida ProStart & HTM instructors to work in a foodservice/lodging establishment for at least 40 hours. Once the required paperwork has been processed, the participant will receive a personal check for $600.

To qualify for an HII, the instructor must teach the ProStart, HTM, or HTMP curriculum during the 2023-2024 school year. If you are already employed at a restaurant or hotel, you MAY NOT use that site for your internship. The restaurant/hotel must be a new work experience for you, not somewhere you have worked before or used as an HII internship location.

The applicant must secure a position at a foodservice or lodging facility where a minimum of 40 hours of hands-on experience is guaranteed. The host location may pay the recipient but is not required to do so.

The FRLAEF will award 11 HII’s this school year on a first-come, first-served basis. So apply NOW! Work experience may begin once the applicant receives an award notification from the FRLAEF.



The FRLAEF will award at least $50,000 in scholarships during the 2023-2024 school year. These scholarships will be awarded during the Salute to Excellence Awards in the Spring. The scholarship application will be available in January.

All HTM graduating seniors may apply for this one-time $2,000 scholarship. Students must be pursuing a hospitality-related degree to qualify.

HTM Teacher Training

The 3rd Annual HTM Summer Training will take place during summer 2024. It is anticipated the training will be held in Orlando but more details will follow as they are finalized.


The FRLAEF will cover the cost of all Florida HTM instructors who will be teaching the HTM curriculum during the 2024-2025 school year. Attendees will be responsible for their travel and some meals.


Online registration will begin Spring 2024.