On Friday, April 5th at the Orlando Premium Outlets on Vineland Road in Orlando, The Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association hosted its Bacchus Bash – a community-wide “street party”.
It featured more than 70 different booths selling sample size portions of their gourmet foods and specialty drinks from premier hotels and restaurants. I, along with Chef Emily Ellyn and Chef Dawn Viola were honored to be chosen as judges for the Bacchus Bash tasting competition.
All proceeds raised at Bacchus Bash benefit the CFHLA’s Foundation a 501(c) 3 tax-exempt organization established to provide scholarships and grants to area hospitality students and schools. Since 2005, the CFHLA Foundation has awarded over $200,000 in Student Scholarships and $128,000 in School Grants!
This year, according to estimates, over $120,000 was raised at the event!
SECOND PLACE BEVERAGE
CFHLA Food & Beverage Council 4 Orange Muse Blast
FIRST PLACE BEST PRESENTATION – FOOD
Florida Technical College
Pork Baby Back Ribs with African FuFu, Sweet and Spicy Jack Daniels Sauce and Macerated Dried Fruits
FIRST PLACE BEST PRESENTATION – BEVERAGE
Bohemian Hotel Celebration / Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando Citrus Infused Sangria
SECOND PLACE BEST PRESENTATION – BEVERAGE
Villas of Grand Cypress Nine18ni
FIRST PLACE BEST PRESENTATION – DESSERT
Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar Chocolate Butterscotch Cups
SECOND PLACE BEST PRESENTATION – DESSERT
Marriott’s Grande Vista “Nicks Grill” Faldo’s Foster
MOST CREATIVE BOOTH – FIRST PLACE
Bravo/Brio Restaurant Group
MOST CREATIVE BOOTH – SECOND PLACE
CFHLA Engineers Council
MOST INTERACTIVE BOOTH – FIRST PLACE
Paramount Hospitality Group
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