Emeril Spotlights Iconic Miami Restaurants on National TV

Media Contact:

Elizabeth Ray
FRLA Communications Director
850.224.2250 x255
ERay@FRLA.org

(Miami, Fla.) The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) is proud to present this week’s episode of Emeril’s Florida airing Sunday, January 17, 2016, at 2:30 p.m. EST on the Cooking Channel. In Sunday’s episode, “It’s So Miami” celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse visits three unique restaurants in the Miami area, including: The Forge, Joe’s Stone Crab and Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill. Emeril rounds out the episode preparing Jerk Spiced Pork Tenderloin, Stewed Black Beans Caramelized Sweet Potatoes.

“Miami is known for its signature style and its dining scene is world-renowned,” said Carol Dover, FRLA President and CEO of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association. “This episode of Emeril’s Florida is sure to draw viewers who will certainly want to visit the Sunshine State to sample some of Miami’s finest flavors and exciting experiences.”

On this episode, Emeril’s first stop is The Forge in Miami Beach. It is a high-end steakhouse that’s fine dining in a kicked up atmosphere. Its legendary reputation attracts many A-list celebrities, professional athletes, politicians and South Beach socialites. Emeril and Executive Chef Christopher Lee sample some of the restaurant’s signature dishes including: Yellow Fin Tuna Tartare; Jamaican Bacon; 2 Lb Maine Lobster Entrée; 12oz Filet Alaskan King Crab Oscar with Forge Rub; and S’mores Soufflé.

Next up is Joe’s Stone Crab, a long-standing family run restaurant. Joe’s Stone Crab is a century-old South Beach institution that is world renowned for its sweet and succulent stone crabs. More than just a place to eat, Joe’s has gained status as an international gathering spot for celebrities and foodies alike. Emeril meets with Executive Chef Andre Beinvenu to sample some of Joe’s best dishes including Stone Crabs with Hash Brown, Cole Slaw, Tomatoes; Ginger Salmon; Bone-in Rib Eye; Seafood Cioppino; Grilled Alaskan King Crab; and Key Lime Pie.

Emeril’s final stop is Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill. This is one of the hottest restaurants in the city. Sugarcane was developed and opened in 2010 by the owners of Samba Brands Management as an entirely new concept for Miami. The goal was to create a “shared experience” for diners with an array of styles and dishes that would all excite the palate and are designed to share.  Executive Chef Timon Balloo was brought in to be a partner and chef. Emeril and the chef sample dishes from the Raw Bar: Scallop Crudo, Apple & Black Truffle; Grouper Crudo, Pickled Watermelon & Shiso. From the Robata Grill they try Robata, Aji Panca Octopus and Korean Galbi Beef Short Ribs.

The show reruns on Monday, January 18 at 9:30 a.m. EST and Thursday, January 21 at 10:30 a.m. EST.  Please check local listings.

Emeril’s Florida Season Four is a 13-episode series highlighting the Sunshine State through the eyes of Emeril on-location with a focus on food, cooking, events and activities around the state. Throughout the fourth season, Emeril will be visiting Florida’s top restaurants and resorts. He will also prepare some of his favorite recipes which often will feature some of the best seafood Florida has to offer. The FRLA and VISIT FLORIDA sponsor the series. For additional information on the series, including links to previous episodes, please go to the Cooking Channel website here. For a preview of Sunday’s episode, click here.

Editor’s Note:

For photo and video requests of Emeril Lagasse with personnel from The Forge, Joe’s Stone Crab or Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill, photos of signature menu items and recipes of featured dishes, please contact Elizabeth Ray at ERay@FRLA.org or 850.224.2250 x255.

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About the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association
FRLA is Florida’s premier non-profit hospitality industry trade association. Our mission is to ‘Protect, Educate and Promote’ Florida’s $82 billion hospitality industry which represents 23% of Florida’s economy and more than 1.1 million employees – making it the state’s number one industry. We offer regulatory compliance and food safety training needs (RCS and SafeStaff®); industry developed career-building high school programs (FRLAEF); sponsor the only event in Florida exclusively serving the restaurant and foodservice industry (FR&L Show, September 27-29, 2016 in Orlando); and we safeguard the needs of the hospitality industry by providing legislative advocacy. We represent and serve more than 10,000 independent and household name members, suppliers, and theme parks. For more information, go to www.FRLA.org and find us on Twitter @FRLAnews, Facebook and YouTube.

Tourism Leaders to Gather in Tallahassee for 2016 Florida Tourism Day on Wednesday, Jan. 20

(Tallahassee, Fla.) –The Partnership for Florida’s Tourism is proud to present Florida Tourism Day on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 in Tallahassee. Tourism and hospitality leaders from across the state will convene for a daylong event designed to educate the legislature, media and Floridians about the importance of Florida’s tourism industry. Eleven statewide organizations are participating in the effort and will be hosting a downtown celebration that evening.

Media interested in attending either the morning CEO Briefings and/or the Florida Tourism Day Street Party are asked to contact Christina Johnson at 850.391.5040 or via email at Christina@On3PR.com.

 

WHAT:  

Florida Tourism Day

CEO Briefings and Guest Speakers, Legislative Visits, and Downtown Street Party

 

WHEN:                                

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

CEO Briefings and Guest Speakers from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Legislative Visits at the Capitol from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Street Party from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

 

WHERE:

CEO Briefings and Guest Speakers

Donald L. Tucker Civic Center Exhibit Hall

505 West Pensacola Street

Tallahassee, FL 32301

 

Street Party, Downtown Tallahassee

Corner of Adams Street and College Avenue

 

GUEST SPEAKERS*:        

Attorney General Pam Bondi

Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam

Department of Business and Professional Regulations Secretary Ken Lawson

*List as of 01.14.16

 

PARTICIPANTS:                

Film Florida

Florida Association of Destination Marketing Organizations

Florida Association of Museums

Florida Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds

Florida Attractions Association

Florida Cattlemen’s Association

Florida Department of Agriculture / Fresh from Florida

Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association

Florida Sports Foundation

Florida Vacation Rental Managers Association

VISIT FLORIDA

 

About the Partnership for Florida’s Tourism

The Partnership for Florida’s Tourism began in 2006 as a grassroots coalition designed to raise awareness of the importance of tourism and increase public funding of tourism marketing. Key stakeholders in the tourism industry have joined in this effort. The Partnership consists of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, Florida Attractions Association, Florida Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds, Florida Association of Destination Marketing Organizations and VISIT FLORIDA. For additional information, please go to TourismWorksforFlorida.org.

International Society of Hotel Association Executives (ISHAE) Names FRLA Director of Membership to 2016 Board of Directors

Contact: Elizabeth Ray

FRLA Communications Director

850.224.2250 x255

ERay@FRLA.org

(Tallahassee, Fla.) The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) is thrilled to be represented on the 2016 International Society of Hotel Association Executives (ISHAE) Board of Directors. During its annual meeting in December, ISHAE named Dannette Lynch, FRLA Director of Membership, an At-Large Member.

“Dannette is truly dedicated to Florida’s hospitality industry, will be a fantastic representative for our great state and certainly an asset to the ISHAE Board of Directors,” said Carol Dover, President and CEO of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association. “We are pleased to continue our partnership with ISHAE and always proud to ensure Florida is involved in the global conversation.”

ISHAE provides professional development and networking opportunities for lodging association executives and represents the unified voice of state lodging associations in collaboration with our national industry partners. For more information on ISHAE please visit ISHAE.org.

Dannette joined the FRLA team in 1997. In addition to her role as Director of Membership, she serves as Regional Director for eight local chapters: Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, Desoto, Sarasota, Polk, Central Florida and the Space Coast. Dannette came to FRLA with more than fifteen years of marketing, special event and sales management experience. For more information about FRLA, please visit FRLA.org.

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About the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association
FRLA is Florida’s premier non-profit hospitality industry trade association. Our mission is to ‘Protect, Educate and Promote’ Florida’s $82 billion hospitality industry which represents 23% of Florida’s economy and more than 1.1 million employees – making it the state’s number one industry. We offer regulatory compliance and food safety training needs (RCS and SafeStaff®); industry developed career-building high school programs (FRLAEF); sponsor the only event in Florida exclusively serving the restaurant and foodservice industry (FR&L Show, September 27-29, 2016 in Orlando); and we safeguard the needs of the hospitality industry by providing legislative advocacy. We represent and serve more than 10,000 independent and household name members, suppliers, and theme parks. For more information, go to www.FRLA.org and find us on Twitter @FRLAnews, Facebook and YouTube.

Chef Emeril Lagasse Tours Eccentric Florida Restaurants on National Television

Contact:
Elizabeth Ray
FRLA Communications Director
850.224.2250 x255
ERay@FRLA.org

(Tallahassee, Fla.) The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) is proud to present this week’s episode of Emeril’s Florida airing Sunday, January 10, 2016, at 2:30 p.m. EST on the Cooking Channel. In Sunday’s episode, “Tattoos, Rebels and a Rooster,” celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse visits three unique restaurants in St. Petersburg, Tampa and Boca Raton. Emeril rounds out the episode cooking Char Sui BBQ.

“Florida is known for restaurants with flare and this episode features some of our absolute favorites,” said Carol Dover, FRLA President and CEO. “We are thrilled to participate in this show, which showcases the Sunshine State’s hospitality industry and encourages viewers around the country to come savor flavorful experiences that are found nowhere else in the world.”

On this episode, Emeril’s first stop is Z Grille in St. Petersburg. There, he meets with owner and Executive Chef Zack Gross who opened the restaurant with his wife Jennifer in 2005. The menu features New American and Southwestern staples with an inventive SoCal twist. For Emeril, he prepares some of his signature dishes including 3 different kinds of deviled eggs: Beet Truffle Arugula/Tomato Basil Parmesan/California Avocado Bacon; along with Dr. Pepper Ribs: Kale Salad with Pork Belly; Achiote Chicken; and Black Grouper with Smoked Pimento Cheddar Cheese Grits and Old Bay Whipped Crème.

Next Emeril visits Rebel House, a restaurant in Boca Raton that’s a little out of the ordinary, which explains their rebel name and rebellious reputation. In 2012, when owners Mike Saperstein and Evan David opened Rebel House they enlisted a friend and local artist to plaster the centrally located space with rebellious sayings, paintings of rebellious figures, and even a few shadowbox pieces symbolizing various rebellious eras in history, all of which were made for the restaurant. Mike is the chef and he brings out some of their most popular dishes for Emeril to try including: House Made Charcuterie; Wahoo Crudo; Lambcetta; and Belle Glade Corn Pudding Brûlée.

Finally, Emeril heads to Tampa where two local guys and their rooster mascot have taken the dining scene up a few notches with their inventive cuisine. At Rooster & the Till he meets with the two owners who started hatching their own restaurant plan back when they met working at another restaurant. Emeril gets to sample some of the dishes that are making this a popular restaurant in Tampa including: Grilled Octopus; House-Made Tofu; Gnocchi; and Salmon Belly.

The show reruns on Monday, January 11 at 9:30 a.m. EST and Thursday, January 14 at 10:30 a.m. EST. Please check local listings.

Emeril’s Florida Season Four is a 13-episode series highlighting the Sunshine State through the eyes of Emeril on-location with a focus on food, cooking, events and activities around the state. Throughout the fourth season, Emeril will be visiting Florida’s top restaurants and resorts. He will also prepare some of his favorite recipes which often will feature some of the best seafood Florida has to offer. The FRLA and VISIT FLORIDA sponsor the series.

For additional information on the series, including links to previous episodes, please go to the Cooking Channel website here. For a preview of Sunday’s episode, click here.

Editor’s Note:
For photo and video requests of Emeril Lagasse with personnel from Z Grille, Rebel House or Rooster & the Till, photos of signature menu items and recipes of featured dishes, please contact Elizabeth Ray at ERay@FRLA.org or 850.224.2250 x255.

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About the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association
FRLA is Florida’s premier non-profit hospitality industry trade association. Our mission is to ‘Protect, Educate and Promote’ Florida’s $82 billion hospitality industry which represents 23% of Florida’s economy and more than 1.1 million employees – making it the state’s number one industry. We offer regulatory compliance and food safety training needs (RCS and SafeStaff®); industry developed career-building high school programs (FRLAEF); sponsor the only event in Florida exclusively serving the restaurant and foodservice industry (FR&L Show, September 27-29, 2016 in Orlando); and we safeguard the needs of the hospitality industry by providing legislative advocacy. We represent and serve more than 10,000 independent and household name members, suppliers, and theme parks. For more information, go to www.FRLA.org and find us on Twitter @FRLAnews, Facebook and YouTube.

Gov. Rick Scott: More Than One Million New Jobs in Florida

NAPLES, Fla. — Governor Rick Scott announced today that Florida’s private sector has created more than 1 million jobs since December 2010. In November, the private sector added 35,600 jobs across Florida, resulting in 1,011,800 new private sector jobs created in the last five years. Florida’s unemployment rate also dropped to 5.0 percent, the lowest in seven years. Florida’s annual private sector job growth rate, now at 3.6 percent, has exceeded that of the nation since April 2012.

Governor Rick Scott said, “Today, I am proud to announce that Florida’s hardworking businesses have created MORE THAN 1 MILLION JOBS across Florida in just five years. Thanks to our focus on cutting taxes and making it easier for job creators to succeed, our businesses are creating jobs faster than we ever expected. Even though today’s news is great, we have to continue to diversify our economy by cutting $1 billion in taxes and creating the Florida Enterprise Fund so Florida can be FIRST for jobs.”

Governor Scott made the announcement at Azimuth Technologies, a manufacturer founded in Naples. Azimuth has created more than 100 jobs for local families, including 30 new jobs in the past eight months. The company has also saved more than $200,000 from the tax cut on manufacturing equipment, which has allowed them to invest more in growing their businesses and hiring new employees.

Len Zaiser, CEO of Azimuth Technology, said “We are proud to celebrate Azimuth Technology’s continued success in Florida with Governor Scott today. Our company has directly benefitted from the Governor’s commitment to cutting taxes, allowing us to make more investments in purchasing new manufacturing equipment and hiring new team members. We look forward to seeing these tax cuts continue so Azimuth Technology can keep expanding and providing more opportunities in our community.”

The November 2015 unemployment rate is the lowest since January 2008. Florida’s unemployment rate has declined by 5.7 percentage points since December 2010. Florida’s unemployment rate is down by a 0.7 percentage point over the year, and down by a 0.1 percentage point over the month.

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Executive Director Jesse Panuccio said, “In November, Florida’s economy hit two milestones: 1 million private-sector jobs in five years and the highest job demand in our history. This incredible economic recovery has happened because of the leadership of Gov. Scott, who from day one has supported the policies that have helped families get good jobs – tax cuts, a sensible regulatory climate, and major investments in education and infrastructure. If we stay the course, Florida will have the strongest economy in the nation.”

Other positive economic indicators include:

  • Florida’s private sector job growth month-to-month has been positive for 49 consecutive months.
  • Private sector industries gaining the most jobs over the month in November were construction with 10,600 new jobs; trade, transportation, and utilities with 6,500 new jobs; and professional and business services with 6,400 new jobs.
  • Florida job postings showed 299,530 openings in November 2015.
  • Statewide, closed sales for single-family homes in October rose 1.2 percent over-the-year.
  • In November, Florida’s 24 regional workforce boards reported 37,095 Floridians, including 1,827 veterans, were placed in jobs.

To view the November 2015 employment data visit www.floridajobs.org/labor-market-information/labor-market-information-press-releases/monthly-press-releases.

New Video Highlights Importance of Cutting Florida’s Burdensome and Costly Business Rent Tax

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Dec. 17, 2015) – A new video highlighting Florida’s burdensome and costly business rent tax was released today as part of a statewide campaign to encourage lawmakers to eliminate– over six years –this Florida-only tax starting with one percent during the 2016 Legislative Session.

Coalescing around a common goal of making Florida’s business climate more competitive, small businesses, job creators and business groups, known as the Business Rent Tax Coalition, are collectively advocating for a one percent business rent tax cut.

 Business Rent

Click the image above, or watch the video here: cutmybizrent.tax

“For Florida to be more competitive and inviting to business, we must cut the business rent tax,” said Carrie O’Rourke, Florida Realtors® vice president of public policy. “Adding sales tax to rent can mean the difference in whether a small business is able to grow and expand – or even if they can stay in business at times. We urge lawmakers to take action this year to cut the business rent tax by one percent, which will provide broad-based tax relief for businesses across Florida, increase job opportunities and encourage economic growth.”

Florida is currently the only state in the nation that charges a business rent tax. That means in Florida, businesses pay a six percent tax on the space they lease, including added costs to that lease, such as property taxes, maintenance and the cost of insurance.

Florida’s business rent tax costs Florida businesses $1.7 billion every single year. A one percent reduction this year, as advocated by the Business Rent Tax Coalition, would keep $287 million in the hands of Florida’s job creators, allowing employers to hire additional employees, increase employee benefits and reinvest back into their businesses.

The Business Rent Tax Coalition currently includes 31 statewide, regional, and local organizations, including:

  • Associated Builders and Contractors of Florida
  • Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of Florida
  • Florida Chamber of Commerce
  • Florida Ports Council
  • Florida Realtors
  • Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association
  • International Council of Shopping Centers
  • Manufacturers Association of Florida
  • NAIOP of Florida
  • Bay County Chamber of Commerce
  • Bonita Springs Chamber of Commerce
  • Citrus County Chamber of Commerce
  • Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Destin Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Flagler County Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce
  • JAX Chamber
  • Lake Wales Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Lauderhill Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Manatee Chamber of Commerce
  • North Port Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce
  • Ocala-Marion County Chamber and Economic Partnership
  • Orlando,
  • Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce
  • Upper Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce
  • Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce
  • West Orange Chamber of Commerce

Each member of the Business Rent Tax Coalition is actively engaging their grassroots member network and pooling resources to create awareness of this costly tax and engaging lawmaker support to cut – and eventually phase out – the Business Rent Tax.

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING:

Florida Chamber of Commerce: “With two out of three jobs being created by small businesses, reducing the business rent tax will help small businesses grow, benefit Florida’s families and make Florida more competitive,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber.

Florida Ports Council: “Florida is working to be more competitive at all levels, including reducing the cost of doing business for our companies,” said Doug Wheeler, president and CEO of the Florida Ports Council. “We appreciate the efforts of Governor Scott and the Florida Chamber to eliminate the burdensome business rent tax and increase our ability to attract businesses to Florida.”

Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association: “Burdening our businesses with an unnecessary rent tax cuts directly into state revenues generated by the tourism industry, which represents the state’s number one job creator,” said Carol Dover, President and CEO of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association. “By cutting the business rent tax, lawmakers will help ensure restaurants, hotels and attractions can continue to offer employment opportunities for Florida families and the dollars saved by our businesses can be put back in the pockets of taxpayers.”

Associated Builders and Contractors of Florida: “Reducing the sales tax on commercial leases will make business more competitive,” said Gary Stout, Chairman of the Board of Associated Builders and Contractors of Florida.

BOMA of Florida: “A vibrant commercial real estate industry housing expanding small businesses is a key contributor to economic and employment opportunities for individuals, and their families. The Business Rent Tax cut will play a prominent role in the economic well-being of our industry and therefore our communities, positively impacting the quality of life that has become synonymous with the State of Florida,” said Lacey Willard, President of BOMA Florida, and Director with CBRE, Inc.

International Council of Shopping Centers: “The business rent tax in our state unfairly disadvantages our business owners, whether they are small retail shops or new businesses requiring office space. There is no other state in the country that imposes this tax and if there is a choice for where to locate based on cost, Florida is immediately at a disadvantage. This tax inhibits businesses from expanding given the added costs and directly impacts employment and our  ability to grow jobs in our state,” said Ivy Greaner, Florida Government Relations Chair, ICSC and Executive Vice President, Lennar Commercial.

Manufacturers Association of Florida: “Manufacturers in Florida are growing. When they grow they need more space. Competing with others for land space to build and along with facing months and years of planning and permits forces them to turn to leasing and renting existing space for their expanding operations. When they realize Florida is the only state that charges sales tax on commercial rents and leases, they think twice about expanding here. Reducing the tax will keep more of them in Florida and attract others that provide those well-paying jobs for Florida’s families,” said Nancy Stephens Executive Director, Manufacturers Association of Florida.

NAIOP of Florida, Commercial Real Estate Development Association: “Elimination of just one percent of the business rent tax can put $287 million of revenue back into Florida’s economy for job creation and expansion or to help with the ever rising cost of such things as healthcare for employees.” Nelson Bradshaw, President 2016 NAIOP of Florida, Commercial Real Estate Development Association.

Orlando, Inc.: “Businesses throughout Central Florida are increasingly concerned about the business rent tax, which is why Orlando, Inc. is urging the Florida Legislature to take action to reduce this tax.” Jose Fajardo, Executive Vice President, Orlando, Inc.

 

Learn more about the Business Rent Tax Coalition by visiting cutmybizrent.tax.

FRLA Supports the Florida Competitive Workforce Act in 2016

The Florida Businesses for a Competitive Workforce coalition is pleased to have the support of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, one of 37 major Florida employers backing the Florida Competitive Workforce Act. House Bill 45 by Rep. Holly Raschein (R-Key Largo) and Senate Bill 120 by Sen. Joe Abruzzo (D-Boynton Beach), commonly referred to as the Competitive Workforce Act, is a bi-partisan measure that will go before state lawmakers during the 2016 Florida Legislative Session, slated to begin Jan. 12, 2016.

While it is illegal to discriminate in employment, housing and public accommodations based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicap or marital status, the gay and transgender community is left out of statewide non-discrimination protections. The Competitive Workforce Act would modernize state law to include anti-discrimination protection based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in the workplace, and in housing and public accommodations. Thirty-seven Florida counties and municipalities have local protections in place for the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) community, but local government ordinances cover only 56 percent of the state’s population.

The Competitive Workforce Act not only has the backing of major Florida employers, including nine Fortune 500 companies, but also more than 400 local businesses in Florida have endorsed the legislation. The coalition believes that the Competitive Workforce Act will make Florida more competitive in the national and global marketplace in much the same way companies have benefitted from adopting anti-discrimination policies.

Want to show your support for the Competitive Workforce Act? Here are some ways you can participate on a personal level:

  1. Endorse HB 45/SB 120 by signing the online petition by clicking here.
  2. Contact your local lawmakers to voice your support for the Competitive Workforce Act.

Learn more by visiting Florida Businesses for a Competitive Workforce online at www.FLCompetitiveWorkforce.com or visit the coalition on Twitter and Facebook.

Central Florida Hospitality Leaders Help Support Military Service Members and Their Families

(Orlando, FL) – The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association’s Central Florida Chapter is proud to support military service members and their families during its Traditional Holiday Celebration on Thursday, December 10, 2015. The event, scheduled to take place at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando, is slated to celebrate the successes of Florida’s hospitality industry and to raise funds for members of our military who help make our great state a wonderful place to live, work and play. Donations will be made to the Camaraderie Foundation, whose mission is to provide healing for invisible wounds of war through counseling, emotional, and spiritual support for all branches of military service members, veterans and their families.

Media is invited to attend this event. Details are as follows:

WHAT:
FRLA’s Central Florida Chapter Traditional Holiday Celebration

WHEN:
Thursday, December 10, 2015
6:00 – 9:00 PM

WHERE:
Waldorf Astoria Orlando
14200 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane
Orlando, FL 32821

COST:
$50 to Members/Nonmembers

For additional information about the event, please click here or contact Dannette Lynch, FRLA Director of Membership, at 727-642-3404. For media RSVP, please contact Elizabeth Ray, FRLA Communications Director, at 850.224.2250 x255.

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About the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association
FRLA is Florida’s premier non-profit hospitality industry trade association. Our mission is to ‘Protect, Educate and Promote’ Florida’s $82 billion hospitality industry which represents 23% of Florida’s economy and more than 1.1 million employees – making it the state’s number one industry. We offer regulatory compliance and food safety training needs (RCS and SafeStaff®); industry developed career-building high school programs (FRLAEF); sponsor the only event in Florida exclusively serving the restaurant and foodservice industry (FR&L Show, September 27-29, 2016 in Orlando); and we safeguard the needs of the hospitality industry by providing legislative advocacy. We represent and serve more than 10,000 independent and household name members, suppliers, and theme parks. For more information, go to www.FRLA.org and find us on Twitter @FRLAnews, Facebook and YouTube.

Zenith Insurance Company Selected as FRLA’s Endorsed Workers’ Compensation Carrier

(Tallahassee, FL) – The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) is proud to announce the selection of Zenith Insurance Company as its endorsed workers’ compensation carrier. As a result of the partnership, Zenith is committed to workplace safety and health and will provide FRLA members superior service including: quality medical care, management of claim costs, returning employees to work and fighting fraud and abuse.

“In the hospitality industry, businesses face unique risks and we are confident in our decision to choose Zenith Insurance Company as FRLA’s endorsed workers’ compensation carrier,” said Carol Dover, President and CEO of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association. “Zenith Insurance Company strives to improve workplace safety and values long-term relationships with customers.”

For more than 60 years, Zenith Insurance Company has been a specialist in workers’ compensation. The company built its reputation as an industry leader by providing customers with outstanding service and achieving results that continually outperform the industry. Zenith Insurance Company is a top 5 writer of workers compensation insurance in Florida, and Zenith National Insurance Corporation and its subsidiaries, including Zenith Insurance Company, are independently rated and have received an A (Excellent) rating from A.M. Best Company.

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About the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association
FRLA is Florida’s premier non-profit hospitality industry trade association. Our mission is to ‘Protect, Educate and Promote’ Florida’s $82 billion hospitality industry which represents 23% of Florida’s economy and more than 1.1 million employees – making it the state’s number one industry. We offer regulatory compliance and food safety training needs (RCS and SafeStaff®); industry developed career-building high school programs (FRLAEF); sponsor the only event in Florida exclusively serving the restaurant and foodservice industry (FR&L Show, September 27-29, 2016 in Orlando); and we safeguard the needs of the hospitality industry by providing legislative advocacy. We represent and serve more than 10,000 independent and household name members, suppliers, and theme parks. For more information, go to www.FRLA.org and find us on Twitter @FRLAnews, Facebook and YouTube.