HTMP NewsBites August 2017

2017-2018 HTMP Opportunities

The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association Educational Foundation (FRLAEF) offers events, activities, monetary support as well as teacher and student support for your HTMP program. The FRLAEF believes participation in these activities can lead to a richer learning environment for you and your students.  Events and opportunities are listed throughout the August NewsBites below.

Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show

The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show will take place Sunday, September 10 through Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. HTMP instructors are welcome to attend free of charge all three days of the Show. Below are the guidelines for student attendees.


HTMP students may attend the 2017 Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show as long as the guidelines below are followed.  Failure to follow these guidelines could result in expulsion from the Show floor. There is alcohol on the show floor.  Please keep this in mind when selecting your students.

•Attending students must be at least 16 years of age.  Students must provide proof of age when they pick up their name badges.
•There must be one chaperone for every 5 students.  The chaperones must be within eye-sight of the students.  Chaperones must be at least 21 years old.
•No more than a total of 10 students may attend from one school.
•No more than 5 students and 1 chaperone may walk the show floor together.  If all 10 students and 2 chaperones walk the show floor together, show management may ask them to leave the show floor.
•Students must be dressed in business attire or chef attire.

REGISTER (Use this registration if you would like to attend with students.)

HTMP students and chaperones may attend the show one of the three days (Sunday through Tuesday).  There is no fee to attend.  To register, complete THIS SPREADSHEET and return to  The spreadsheets will be processed as they are received.  Only a limited number of student spreadsheets will be processed.  Once that number is reached no more spreadsheets will be processed. Spreadsheets must be received no later than September 1, 2017.

TEACHER REGISTRATION FOR SHOW (Use this registration if you would like to attend without students.)

CLICK HERE to receive your complimentary registration. You do not need an FRLA Member Number.

ServSafe During the FRLA Show

The FRLA is offering the ServSafe review class and exam on Sunday, September 10, 2017 during the FRL Show. The exam review class begins at 9:00 am at the Orange County Convention Center. The exam begins at 2:00 pm following a break. Examinees will be taking the paper/pencil version of the exam.  FRLAEF will cover the cost of the review class and exam for HTMP instructors.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. You must use this link to get free registration.

The deadline to register is Friday, September 1, 2017.

Mini Grants

The FRLAEF is offering $80,000 in Mini Grant funding to HTMP and ProStart schools this year. TMini Grant Logo4here is no fixed amount for individual grant awards, but to assist your planning, the average award last year was $800.

There are two prerequisites for grant funding: 1) you must currently teach the HTMP curriculum, and 2) you must complete an HTMP Fall Survey (more info below).

The FRLAEF Board of Directors prefers to fund items that will make your classroom self-sustaining. If a piece of equipment is requested, it should be something that will be used frequently throughout the year.

The application deadline is Friday, September 1, 2017.

CLICK HERE for the online Mini Grant application.

GRANT AWARD NOTIFICATION: September 22, 2017.  If awarded, funds must be spent no later than November 17, 2017.

HTMP Curriculum & Fall Survey

The FRLAEF will distribute free HTMP curriculum to Florida HTMP schools during the 2017-2018 school year. In order to receive free HTMP curriculum, teachers should complete the Fall HTMP Survey. Once you have completed the survey, you may request up to $2,000 of free HTMP curriculum!

CLICK HERE to complete the online Fall HTMP Survey. It is due no later than Friday, September 1, 2017.

Hospitality Industry Internships

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

To qualify for an HII, the instructor must teach the HTMP curriculum during the 2017-2018 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 also 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.

CLICK HERE to apply.

15th Annual Florida HTMP Competition

The 15th Annual HTMP Competition will take place Monday, March 5, and Tuesday, March 6, 2017 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando.  The FRLAEF will cover some costs of the competing teams, including hotel stay and meals. Competition rules will be available in the September HTMP NewsBites.

Based on feedback received after the 2017 event, the FRLAEF intends to modify the timeline for the 2018 event.  The FRLAEF’s intention is to begin the 2018 competition after lunchtime on Monday, March 5.  This will allow schools to travel in on Monday and not have to travel over the weekend.  The adjusted timeline means the competitions will end with an early evening awards dinner on Tuesday, March 6.  For schools with a long drive, the adjusted timeline may mean some teams stay overnight at the Rosen Plaza on Tuesday evening.

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

CLICK HERE for the competition application.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, October 13, 2017

APPLICANTS NOTIFIED STATUS: Friday, October 20, 2017

Links From the Hospitality + Hotel World

Salute to Excellence Awards Dinner

The Salute to Excellence Awards will take place on Sunday, March 4, 2018 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando. The awards dinner will recognize all Pineapple Award, Scholarship recipients and Hospitality Excellence Awardees. Registration will begin in December 2017.


The FRLAEF will award $44,000 in scholarships during the 2017-2018 school year. These scholarships will be awarded during the Salute to Excellence Awards in the Spring. The scholarship application will be available in December 2017.