U.S. Foods Named FRLA Supplier of the Year, Inducted into Hospitality Hall of Fame

 (L-R: Ed Cherry and Gary Nissen, US Foods, accepted on behalf of Pat Monile; Laurilee Thompson, Dixie Crossroads, Restaurateur of the Year; Eduardo Fernandez, Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort, Hotelier of the Year)


TALLAHASSEE, FL – At the 2023 Hospitality Stars of the Industry Gala, the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association (FRLA) awarded Supplier of the Year to U.S. Foods and Area President Pat Monile. They were inducted into the FRLA Hall of Fame during the ceremony, which was held recently at the Opal Grand Resort in Delray Beach.

“Florida’s hospitality industry could not succeed without our amazing suppliers like U.S. Foods – reliable food distributors who enable our restaurants to produce innovative food and create memorable experiences for our guests,” said Carol Dover, President and CEO of the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association. “They are an important partner in hospitality, and we are proud to recognize them as our Supplier of the Year!”

The Hospitality Stars of the Industry Gala pays tribute to operators and suppliers from across the Sunshine State for their remarkable work in hospitality. The Hall of Fame distinction is reserved for those who have dedicated decades to providing excellent service and leadership in hospitality.

To learn more about US Foods and Pat Monile, please watch the FRLA Hall of Fame Video here.


About FRLA: The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) is Florida’s premier non-profit hospitality industry trade association. Founded in 1946 as the Florida Restaurant Association, FRLA merged with the Florida Hotel and Motel Association in 2006. FRLA’s more than 10,000 members include independent hoteliers and restaurateurs, household name franchises, theme parks and suppliers. The association’s mission is to protect, educate and promote Florida’s nearly $112 billion hospitality industry which represents 1.3 million employees. Dedicated to safeguarding the needs of the membership, FRLA provides legislative advocacy to ensure the voices of its members are heard and their interests are protected. The association offers regulatory compliance and food safety training through Safe Staff® and FRLA’s subsidiary, RCS Training. The FRLA Educational Foundation provides industry-developed, career-building high school programs throughout the state.