|(JACKSONVILLE, FL) – The First Coast Chapter of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) today announced it is launching its first Jacksonville Restaurant Seafood Week. From Oct. 12-17, area restaurants will feature special seafood dishes in order to celebrate October as National Seafood Month. FRLA is working in cooperation with Seafood Nutrition Partnership (SNP), a national nonprofit organization whose goal is to educate Americans about the nutritional benefits of eating seafood, as well as promoting ways to prepare seafood.
“This is a great opportunity for our chefs to shine with the best of the best, working with one of Florida’s natural resources,” said Corkey Bergamo, Northeast Florida Regional Director, Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association. “Some of the most wonderful seafood dishes anywhere in this state are prepared right here in our own backyard. It’s an honor for the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association to have such a great group of members willing to help get the message out about how healthy seafood really is.”
Jacksonville Seafood Week posters announcing the campaign will be posted at participating restaurants. They include: One Ocean, Atlantic Beach; Ocean 60, Atlantic Beach; North Beach Fish Camp, Neptune Beach; Marker 32, Jacksonville Beach; Palm Valley Fish Camp, Ponte Vedra; Julington Creek Fish Camp, Jacksonville; Lexington Hotel, Jacksonville; Junior’s Seafood in Jacksonville, Callahan and Yulee; Blue Bamboo, Jacksonville; Los Loros, Jacksonville; Beech Street Bar & Grill, Fernandina; and La Mancha, also in Fernandina.
“Our mission is to help Americans gain the skills and knowledge to eat, buy and cook seafood as part of a well-balanced, nutrient-rich diet and we are pleased to share this important information with the residents of Jacksonville ,” said Linda Cornish, Executive Director of the Seafood Nutrition Partnership. “We are pleased to see so many Jacksonville area restaurants joining us in demonstrating that seafood is not only healthy, but it tastes good and is adaptable to many types and styles of cooking.”
Cornish notes: Research shows that eating seafood twice a week can reduce your risk of heart disease by at least 36 percent and give you more energy throughout the day. That’s why SNP is encouraging people to take the Healthy Heart Pledge and eat seafood twice a week.
|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, October 6-8, 2015 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.
About the Seafood Nutrition Partnership
Seafood Nutrition Partnership is a 501(c)3 charitable non-profit whose mission is to inspire a healthier America through partnerships that raise awareness about the essential nutritional benefits of eating seafood. Through its education efforts, the organization aims to help Americans gain the skills to select, order, and prepare fish and shellfish.