At PCMA Convening Leaders last month in Austin, Texas, locally sourced food and regional flavors were a hot topic. As travelers become savvier in their dining preferences, hotels are responding. In Orlando, Rosen Plaza is heeding that call, and for Michael McMullen, Rosen Plaza’s executive chef, it’s truly a calling.
“Overseeing our catering and restaurants at Rosen Plaza in Orlando gives me the opportunity to work with amazing ingredients due to our extended growing season,” McMullen said. “Citrus, strawberries, tomatoes, lettuces, avocados, and so much more are sourced from local farms and used throughout our hotel — and peak freshness means peak flavor.” In addition, specialty cheeses from award-winning local dairies figure prominently in Rosen Plaza’s menus.
Florida’s peninsular location means some of the best seafood in the country comes stateside. Rosen’s Jack’s Place restaurant’s signature shrimp and corn bisque is made with royal red shrimp from nearby Cape Canaveral, and McMullen showcases ethically sourced, sustainable seafood on catering menus and venues throughout the hotel. On-site Zayde’s Kosher Catering — Central Florida’s premier kosher caterer — can provide upscale, modern, kosher cuisine for groups of all sizes.
More Than Meets the Palate
Rosen Plaza isn’t just a treat for the taste buds; staying in the heart of Orlando’s tourist corridor is a feast for all of the senses. Not only is this resort-style meeting venue conveniently connected to the Orange County Convention Center via the Gary Sain Memorial Skybridge, its ideal location means one-of-a-kind experiences are within easy reach.
The sights and sounds of world-class shopping and entertainment at Pointe Orlando are right across the street. The I-Drive Trolley offers affordable access to the iconic Coca-Cola Orlando Eye, Madame Tussaud’s wax museum, and shopping at Premium Outlet Malls. With hundreds of entertaining and dining venues, I-Drive offers nonstop fun — where else can you lie on a bed of nails, fly in a helicopter, and create your own chocolate bar all in the same day?
This family-friendly aspect is an important consideration with more attendees embracing “bleisure,” a combination of business and leisure travel. Whether it’s extending a trip by a day or two for vacation or bringing a spouse or family member along, bleisure is a growing trend. A 2015 study by the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) showed that the majority of travelers (67 percent) feel it is important to extend their business travel for leisure, and 36 percent had done so in the past 12 months.
Rosen Plaza is ideally positioned to embrace this trend. “We are proud to offer our guests the full experience of what Orlando has to offer,” said Victoria Hall, Rosen Plaza’s director of sales & marketing, “from complimentary transportation to Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld Orlando, to a tranquil poolside spot under the swaying palms.” Rosen Plaza’s professional and knowledgeable staff can arrange leisure activities to help guests make the most out of a visit to the Sunshine State.
Now a member of Preferred Hotels, Rosen Plaza offers loyal guests an easy way to earn free future stays. For more information, visit rosenplaza.com or call (407) 996-9700.