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Rosen Hotels & Resorts Chefs Prep for Christmas Brunch 2018

Meet Rosen Centre’s Everglades Head Chef Fred Vlachos, Banquet Chef Francis Daniels and Executive Chef Michael Rumplik

It’s the busiest time of the year for the chefs at Rosen Hotels & Resorts as they are preparing for their highly anticipated Christmas day brunch; one of the most spectacular brunches in town.  I got to sit down and chat with a few of the chefs at the hotels before I return next week to Rosen Centre with my family for their delicious and diverse Christmas day brunch.

You can find the dynamic duo Chef Fred Vlanchos & Chef Francis Daniels working all of the holiday brunches at Rosen Centre.  They have been working together at Rosen Centre for 13 years.  They first met when they were both working at Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort.

What do you do for Christmas every year?  Every year on the 24th I have some friends coming over to my place and we celebrate and exchange gifts, lamb, turkey and Christmas cake that my wife makes. – Chef Francis Daniels

I’m so looking forward to having Christmas brunch here with my family.  What is your favorite dish? I love the carved turkey with the gravy and cornbread stuffing.  One of my favorites! – Chef Fred Vlanchos

What Christmas present do you want this year? For me the best present is when all of the family comes to the house.  For me, that’s the best thing. – Chef Michael Rumplik

Photo credit: Mary Deatrick

Rosen Centre Hotel’s Christmas Day Buffet is a special way to spend time with family while enjoying an incredible holiday feast!  An extensive buffet features holiday favorites such as roast turkey, candied yams, mashed potatoes and pineapple rum glazed ham, as well as unique dishes sure to become traditional favorites.  Seafood lovers enjoy a spiced shrimp boil and a sushi spread.  Be sure to make your own omelets and include Belgian waffles on your plate.  Save room for dessert!  Choices include Swiss sweets, all-American pumpkin pie, holiday cookies and cakes, flowing white and milk chocolate fountains and more.  Adults receive unlimited mimosas and champagne.  Take a stroll after and admire chef’s beautiful Gingerbread House on display, a sweet confection (pictured above).  Reserve your seats at the table today for this very popular holiday event.  Complimentary valet parking.

Christmas Buffet at Rosen Centre
Dec. 25, 11am – 5pm
9840 International Dr., Orlando, FL 32819
Price: $47.95* per person
Children ages 4-12: $18.95, children under 3: free
Complimentary champagne & mimosas
Free valet parking

*Christmas day only.  Reservations recommended.  Plus service charge and sales tax. Not valid with any other offers or discounts.

To make a reservation, please visit: or call (407) 996-8551



  • Seafood Gumbo
  • Saffron Vegetable with Cannoli Beans


  • Roasted Beets with Feta
  • Fresh Fruit Ambrosia with Honey & Coconut
  • Couscous Salad with Shrimp & Mint
  • Hearts of Palm with Grape Tomatoes
  • German Fingerling Potato Salad with Caraway & Bacon
  • Marinated Grilled Vegetable Salad with Fresh Dill & Feta


  • International and Domestic Cheese Display
  • Fresh Fruit & Berries Spectacular


  • Featuring an Assortment of Freshly Grilled Red & Yellow Peppers, Portobello Mushrooms, Kalamata Olives, Beefsteak Tomato, Buffalo Mozzarella, Artichoke & Asparagus along with Freshly Marinated Calamari, Clams & Mussels
  • Prosciutto, Salami, Capicola, Mortadella, Assorted Italian Smoked Cheeses


  • Crab Claws, Spiced Shrimp Boil with Lemon, Cocktail & Cajun Remoulade
  • Escabeche Marinated & Fried Mahi with Lemon & Lime
  • Lemon-Basil Shrimp Salad
  • Smoked Salmon with Classical Garnishes & Fresh Breads


  • Chef Yoshi’s Spicy Tuna & California Rolls


  • Shrimp Pinchos
  • Chipotle Spiced & Glazed with a Dark Rum Mango BBQ


  • Steamed Little Necks with Basil, Garlic, White Wine
  • Egg Tortellini with Shiitake Mushroom, Peas & Fresh Basil


  • Roasted Tom Turkey & Cranberry Sauce
  • Traditional Cornbread Dressing
  • Pan Seared Salmon with Roasted Fennel Cream
  • Tenderloin of Beef Tip with Pearl Onions
  • Candied Sweet Yam
  • Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes
  • Broccoli Au Gratin


  • Pineapple Rum Glazed Ham
  • Apricots & Figs


  • Belgium Waffle with Flavored Butters & Omelets Made-to-Order
  • Lemon Buttermilk Pancakes served with Country Sausage or Applewood Smoked Bacon
  • Eggs Benedict


  • Assorted Breakfast Danish, Croissants & Muffins
  • Warm Fresh Berry Chambord over Vanilla Ice Cream
  • White & Dark Chocolate Fountain with Fresh Pineapple, Strawberry and Marshmallows
  • Eggnog Cheesecake, Pumpkin Pie, Traditional Yule logs, Linzer Torte, White Chocolate Peppermint Mousse
  • Black Forest Cake, Chocolate Pecan Pie, French Pastries & Petits-Fours
  • Swiss Sweet Shots, Caramel Banana Bread Pudding, Ginger Bread Cheesecake
  • Bûche de Noel and Stollen
  • Spiced Egg Nog Caramel Flan


Meet Executive Chef Preston McCord from Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista, a Rosen Hotel

This newly-hired Maryland native is bringing the cajun flavor to Christmas day brunch this year.  He is most looking forward to serving up his Maryland crab cakes, peppercorn-crusted beef tenderloin, ham, sweet potatoes, and a nice, flavorful mac & cheese that he keeps getting rave reviews about.

Christmas Day Buffet at Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista, a Rosen Hotel
Dec. 25, 11am – 3pm
8442 Palm Parkway, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32836
Price: $32.99* per person
Florida Residents’ Discount: 25% off on adult meals, must present valid Florida state ID when paying.
Children ages 4-11: $13.99
Children under 3: FREE (limit one child per paying adult)
FREE wine & champagne
FREE self-parking
FREE transportation to Disney, Universal Studios, Seaworld and outlet malls

*Christmas day only.  Reservations recommended.  Plus service charge and sales tax.  Not valid with any other offers or discounts.

Fore more information or to make a reservation, please visit: or call 407-996-7236



  • Broccoli cheddar soup
  • Cranberry salad with walnuts
  • Fruit salad
  • Gourmet cheese and cracker display
  • Ahi tuna with wasabi
  • Shrimp cocktail


  • Fireside marshmallow sweet potatoes
  • Loaded mashed potatoes
  • Green bean almondine
  • Cheesy mac & cheese


  • Herb crusted mahi-mahi
  • Rustic chicken with garlic gravy
  • Maryland crab cakes


  • Honey ham
  • Peppercorn crusted beef with mushroom gravy



  • Chicken fingers
  • French fries
  • Pasta marinara
  • Mac & cheese


  • Apple pie à la mode
  • Jack Daniels chocolate cake
  • Lemon meringue pie
  • Christmas Jell-o®
  • Christmas cookies


  • Eggnog
  • Build-your-own hot chocolate bar
  • Coffee bar
  • Red or white wine

**Watch Executive Chef Preston McCord do a live Christmas cooking demonstration on FOX 35 WOFL this Saturday, Dec. 22 at 8am!**

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