HTM September NewsBites 2023







Don’t miss out on any opportunities this year!

September 22

  • HTM Fall Survey closes
  • Mini Grant application closes

HTM/Foodsafety Curriculum & Fall Survey

The FRLAEF will distribute free HTM and/or Foodsafety curriculum (i.e. ServSafe and/or SafeStaff) to Florida HTM schools during the 2023-2024 school year. In order to receive free HTM and/or Foodsafety curriculum, teachers should complete the Fall HTM Survey. Once you complete the survey, you may request up to $2,000 of free HTM and/or Foodsafety curriculum!


Deadline to complete survey is September 22, 2023

Mini Grants

The FRLAEF is offering $80,000 in Mini Grant funding to HTM and ProStart schools this year. There is no fixed amount for individual grant awards, but to assist your planning, the average award last year was $700.

There are two prerequisites for grant funding: 1) you must currently teach the HTM/HTMP curriculum, and 2) you must complete the HTM Fall Survey.

The FRLAEF Board of Directors prefers to fund items that will make your classroom self-sustaining or equipment that will be used frequently throughout the year.  The board WILL NOT APPROVE most electronics to include printers, computers, iPads, and digital cameras.  They also do not typically approve field trips, curriculum (to include ServSafe and SafeStaff) and transportation.  Please include a good explanation of how the item will be used in the classroom as this is your justification for the purchase.  If you are new to Mini Grants, please let us know what questions you have!

The application deadline is Friday, September 22, 2023


GRANT AWARD NOTIFICATION: The FRLAEF Board will meet in early October to determine awards.

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



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.

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 ProStart 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!

September is National Food Safety Month

Each week in September, Food Safety Focus will roll out a new topic on food safety. Click here for the site which also includes all 2022 content. If you want the material all at once, the content is below in pdf format.

Comprehensive Chart – Food Safety Basics

Food Cooking Policy – Time and Temperature

On Food Time and Temperature

Why We Wash Our Hands

Common Health Code Violations

Health Inspections and Violations

How and Why Food Safety Regulations Are Made

The Secrets to Building a Strong Food Safety Culture

Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show

The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show is November 8-9, 2023 and is back at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. The Show was recently sold so we do not have information on HTM teacher and/or student participation.  As soon as we do, we will let you know.

For more information about the FRL Show, click here.

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.