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Smithfield to sponsor Bacon Celebration at annual Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show

The Bacon Celebration Event is being sponsored by Smithfield Foodservice, dedicated to the needs of foodservice operators producing the highest quality fresh pork and value-added pork products. "With bacon fanaticism at an all-time high, we're proud to sponsor the Bacon Celebration Event at this year's show," said Kristen Orr, Associate Brand Manager for Smithfield Foodservice. "Bacon is one of the most versatile ingredients, now used in everything from sandwiches to sweets, so we're looking forward to celebrating new and original uses alongside some of Florida's leading chefs and restaurateurs."

The 42nd annual Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show will include hundreds of exhibitors showcasing thousands of new products and services including 3M Foodservice, Domino Foods Inc., True Foodservice Equipment, and US Foods – in addition to 500 booths of food and supply products for restaurants and foodservice professionals. Reed Exhibitions will be giving away $20,000 in product vouchers throughout the show. There will also be several special events, included in the "Exhibits Plus" pass.

  • Food Trends Experience - debuted in 2012 to overwhelming excitement, this tasting arena and Demo Theater will be home to over 100 trend focused food and beverage products. This is the perfect place to find and source new products.
  • Ferdinand Metz Foodservice Forum – offers an educational program showing the keys to a successful foodservice business from experts chosen by Ferdinand Metz, Certified Master Chef, Dean for Le Cordon Bleu and the past President of the World Association of Chefs Societies.
  • Culinary Demonstration Theater - Featured chefs include Chef Emily Ellyn, as well as other industry professionals, will highlight the trends in the foodservice industry and entertain spectators with demonstrations.
  • The 2013 American Culinary Federation Culinary Arts Competition. Chefs will compete in various competitions, including the USA Culinary Cup Challenge, Taste of Elegance Port Signature Recipe Competition, Mushroom Signature Recipe Competition and Florida Pastry Challenge. Many of the award winning meals will be served during the Chef's Table Luncheons, a four-course surprise lunch prepared by the participating chefs.

Smithfield Foodservice - www.smithfieldfoodservice.com - is a division of the Smithfield Packing Company. As a USDA Process-Verified company, Smithfield Foodservice produces a variety of fresh commodity cuts, value-added fresh pork products, and packaged meats for commercial and non-commercial foodservice segments. All of the company's products are made with the highest standards of quality, safety, traceability through vertical integration, and environmental responsibility. Smithfield Foodservice also supports customers with recipe development and product innovation.

The 2013 Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show will be held Sunday, September 22 - Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. The Show is produced and managed by Reed Exhibitions, and sponsored by the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association - www.frla.org.