September 16, 2014

Farewell and Thank You Orlando City players…it’s been a privilege.

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Orlando City Soccer vs. Harrisburg City Islanders, USL PRO Play Off, 13 September 2014 (Photographer: Nigel Worrall)

Today, the brutal harsh reality of being a professional soccer club hit home for many fans and supporters of Orlando City Soccer Club.

Since forming in 2011, Orlando City has hardly missed a beat in giving its supporter base a constant diet of outstanding success and jubilation. From the amazing excitement of being announced as the 21st MLS franchise last November, the ecstasy of signing Brazilian superstar Kaka, through to the outstanding achievement of 3 league titles and 2 championships in four years, it has always been a success filled road for Orlando City supporters enjoying one victory after another.

That is, until today. Today is the day where the rubber meets the road, the shit hits the fan, so to speak, as the tough decisions have been made and we are forced to say a fond farewell to so many who contributed in a short time to helping the club reach its lofty goals of membership of Major League Soccer.

It’s a hard day as we learn that some of those who have been with us from the outset must move on as the club takes the next stage forward. It’s brutal. It’s cold and frankly, it doesn’t feel right. But, it has to be done.

At times like this, words never seem enough.

We have been fortunate to cover Orlando City Soccer literally from day one. We have been there for the successes and the few lows. Ultimately, we knew this day would come. A day we dreaded. A day where we had to say “Thank You” and “Good luck in the future.”

So, that moment has arrived.

“Thank you and good luck in the future” to all those players who today are moving on from life as an Orlando City Soccer player. We will miss you but we will always cheer you on wherever you may go next. We will always welcome you back as part of our family.

“Thank you” … Rob Valentino, Miguel Gallardo, Dennis Chin, Anthony Pullis, Corey Hertzog, Brad Rusin, Brian Burke, Carl Woszczynski, Justin Clark, Giuseppe Gentile, Austin da Luz, Aodhan Quinn, Bitielo Jean Jaques and Rafael Diaz. It has been a privilege to watch you play.




Orlando City Soccer Says “Goodbye” To Majority of USL PRO Squad

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Orlando City MLS Logo

Orlando City Soccer Club today announced the list of current players the team will retain for their inaugural Major League Soccer (MLS) season.

Head Coach Adrian Heath said, “As we look ahead to 2015, we intend to enter MLS with the same competitive spirit we developed over the past four years at Orlando City – but it is not an easy task. The roster decisions have been incredibly difficult for us to make, especially as many of the players we are releasing today have been with the Club for several years. I want to thank each of them for all they have contributed to our success over the past four years, and wish them good luck in their future careers. They will always be part of our family, and welcomed by the Club and our fans.”

The current 2015 MLS Roster is comprised of the following signed players:

Kaká (@Kaka): Midfielder – Former FIFA World Player of the Year, Ballon d’Or winner, member of the 2002 Brazil World Cup Championship team and world class footballer.
Darwin Cerén (@CerenDarwin): Midfielder – A member of the El Salvador National Team, Cerén scored two (2) goals and three (3) assists as a defensive midfielder for Orlando City in 2014.
Kevin Molino: Midfielder – The Club’s first MLS signee, Molino was the 2014 USL PRO goal scoring (20), assist (9) record holder and Golden Boot winner.
Estrela: Midfielder – A EUFA Youth League finalist with SL Benfica, Estrela joined the Club late in the USL PRO season, scoring in his debut match.
Rafael Ramos (@rafaelramos_27): Defender – A EUFA Youth League finalist with SL Benfica, Ramos joined the Club late in the USL PRO season as an attacking defender, scoring in his debut match.
Tommy Redding (@Tommy_Redding29): Defender – An Oviedo, Fla., native and member of the U18 Men’s National Team, Redding was signed as the Club’s first MLS Homegrown signing.
Tyler Turner (@TyTurner02): Defender – A former U.S. U17 Men’s National Team captain, Turner joined the Club prior to the 2014 USL PRO season.

The Club is currently in contract negotiations with 2014 USL PRO players Luke Boden, Harrison Heath and Adama Mbengue. The remaining members of the 2014 roster have been released.

September 15, 2014

Tiger Woods welcomes Hero MotoCorp as sponsors of Hero World Challenge

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Pawal Munjal & Tiger Woods announce Hero World Challenge -  15 September 2014 (Photographer: Nigel Worrall)

The Tiger Woods Foundation and Tavistock Group today announced India-based Hero MotoCorp, the world’s largest manufacturer of two-wheelers, will become the title sponsor of the Hero World Challenge, beginning this year.

The 16th-annual Hero World Challenge, held Dec. 3-7, 2014, at Isleworth Golf & Country Club in Orlando, Fla., will again welcome host Tiger Woods along with 17 of the PGA TOUR’s best players to compete for the $1 million top prize. The 72-hole, stroke play event is co-sponsored by the PGA TOUR and benefits the Tavistock Foundation and the college-access programs of the Tiger Woods Foundation.

 Tiger Woods announces Hero World Challenge -  15 September 2014 (Photographer: Nigel Worrall)

“This tournament has been an integral part of my foundation since 1999 and has raised $25 million for my foundation and local charities,” Tiger Woods said. “We are thrilled to partner with Tavistock Group to make the tournament an even stronger platform for the game of golf and I am very excited to welcome Hero MotoCorp as title sponsor. They are a global brand and a great fit for the Hero World Challenge.”

Hero MotoCorp has been the world’s largest manufacturer of two-wheelers in terms of unit volumes sold by a single company in a calendar year for 13 consecutive years. Hero MotoCorp, which sold 6.2 million two-wheelers in 2013, has been one of the largest corporate promoters of sports in India, having long-term associations with various games such as golf, cricket and hockey.

Pawal Munjal announces Hero World Challenge -  15 September 2014 (Photographer: Nigel Worrall)

“This title sponsorship of the Hero World Challenge is reflective of Brand Hero’s rapidly expanding global footprint,” Pawan Munjal, Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Hero MotoCorp said. “Having been associated with the game in India for over two decades, and being the title sponsor of the Hero Indian Open for both men and women for several years, it is only befitting that we should be stepping on to the global arena of golf with the Hero World Challenge. It is also our love for the game, and especially for Tiger Woods, that we have come on board for the Hero World Challenge This is just the beginning. Going forward, we will certainly look at further cementing this relationship.”

In 2013, the Tiger Woods Foundation announced the Hero World Challenge would relocate from Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif., to Isleworth Golf & Country Club in Orlando, Fla., in partnership with the Tavistock Group, who previously hosted the successful Tavistock Cup.

“The Hero World Challenge features the strongest invitational field in golf,” Andrew Odenbach, vice president of Sports Ventures at Tavistock Group said. “We are honored to build on its strong history and welcome the players, sponsors and fans at Isleworth Golf & Country Club.”

The Hero World Challenge will continue to raise funds and awareness for the college-access programs of the Tiger Woods Foundation and will also benefit the Tavistock Foundation. The Tiger Woods Foundation provides educational opportunities for underserved youth nationwide, with the mission to break the cycle of poverty. Seven Tiger Woods Learning Centers nationwide offer STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) courses such as robotics and graphic design, while the Earl Woods Scholarship Program is an unyielding support system of mentors, funds and workshops to help send students to universities including Georgetown, USC, UC-Berkeley, UCLA and Harvard.

The Tavistock Foundation is dedicated to supporting communities in which the Tavistock Group has significant business interests, with a focus on funding education and medical research programs. In the last decade, the Tavistock Cup provided direct charitable contributions to Orlando Minority Youth Golf Association, First Tee and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.  The Foundation was also instrumental in the development of the Lake Nona Institute, and has contributed to Lake Nona Medical City partners, including Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute and the University of Central Florida.

In 2013, Zach Johnson forced a playoff with five-time Hero World Challenge champion Tiger Woods after he holed out a 58-yard shot from the drop zone on No. 18 at Sherwood Country Club. He then secured the victory when Woods lipped out a five-foot par putt on the playoff hole. The two dueled in 2011, when Johnson fell to Woods by one stroke. This year’s winner will join a prestigious list of past champions including Davis Love III (2000), Padraig Harrington (2002), Luke Donald (2005), Vijay Singh (2008), Jim Furyk (2009) and Graeme McDowell (2010, 2012).


September 14, 2014

End of an Era as Orlando City Bow Out of USL PRO

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Orlando City Soccer vs. Harrisburg City Islanders, USL PRO Play Off, 13 September 2014 (Photographer: Nigel Worrall)

Orlando City Soccer has played it’s last game as a USL PRO affiliated club. Surprisingly losing 1-0 to Harrisburg City Islanders at home in the quarter final of the USL PRO play offs, it wasn’t the closing ceremony all involved at the club envisaged.

It would be easy to talk about a poor performance and where things went wrong during the game but it would be wrong to dwell on this final disappointment particularly when the players, coach and staff have given so much over the last four years.

39 players have represented the club since it was formed in 2011 and three USL PRO titles and two Championships later, the club now leaves to join Major League Soccer. Everyone at the club can be proud of that record and it was something a disappointed Head Coach Adrian Heath reflected on after the game:

“At the end of the day, we didn’t do enough,” Heath said. “It’s sad that the season that we’ve had, with all the records that we’ve broken, ends with that type of performance. But hey, that’s football. That’s the way it goes. That’s the way sport is.” He continued, “This might be the last time that a lot of these guys will be together, and that’s the tough part. The guys that have been here for a few years have given unbelievable service to this football club. I’m privileged to have been their coach for four years.”

The game itself was an anti-climax. In front of 4,855 fans, it started well as both sides created half chances but the decisive moment came in the 39th as Islanders forward Anthony Hoppenhot found himself clear on the edge of the box and he beat Carl Woszczynski in the Lions goal with a well executed shot to the upper right corner of the net.

Moments later Adama Mbengue was brought down in the Harrisburg box but the referee waved play on and the teams went into the half time break with the Islanders maintaining their 1-0 lead.

Orlando City Soccer vs. Harrisburg City Islanders, USL PRO Play Off, 13 September 2014 (Photographer: Nigel Worrall)Orlando City Soccer vs. Harrisburg City Islanders, USL PRO Play Off, 13 September 2014 (Photographer: Nigel Worrall)

Orlando opened the second half with attacking intent. Estrela shot high and wide in the 55th minute, Corey Hertzog saw his effort blocked in the 66th minute, Dennis Chin (pictured above left) headed just wide in the 78th minute and Adama Mbengue saw his goal bound shot deflected for a corner in the 80th minute.

With time winding down, the Lions continued to push forward in a dramatic close to the match.

Frustration began to build on both sides and in a moment of madness in a highly competitive match, Harrisburg midfielder Robbie Derschang was sent off for a reckless challenge on Mbengue. With Orlando City holding a one-man advantage, the Lions pressed into Harrisburg’s half, searching for a game-tying goal to send the match into extra time.

The Islanders were resolute and they managed to hold off the mounting pressure from Orlando. In the end, the eighth-seeded side deserved their win as they were the more composed side. They now go on to meet Richmond Kickers in the semi final after the Kickers disposed of Charleston Battery 2-1 at City Stadium. In the other quarter finals, Sacaramento Republic beat Wilmington Hammerheads 4-1 and LA Galaxy II beat Rochester Rhinos 2-1.


Orlando City SC – GK Carl Woszczynski, D Tommy Redding, Bryan Burke (Tyler Turner 68’), Luke Boden, Rob Valentino, M Adama Mbengue, Harrison Heath (Anthony Pulis 68’), Kevin Molino, Estrela, Brian Span (Dennis Chin 58’), F Corey Hertzog (Giuseppe Gentile 72’)

Harrisburg City Islanders – GK Nick Noble, D Neil Shaffer, Coady Andrews, Matt Bahner, M Yann Ekra, Jose Barril, Jamiel Hardware (Morgan Langley 65’), Robbie Derschang, F Jimmy McLaughlin (Danny DiPrima 78’), Antione Hoppenhot (Colin Zizzi 88’)

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September 12, 2014

“Frozen” to replace “Maelstrom” at Epcot


It’s official! “Frozen” is coming to Epcot.

Unfortunately, it is going to the Norway pavilion in World Showcase and it is going to replace family favorite “Maelstrom.”

“Maelstrom opened in 1988 and since then it has entertained millions of families as they began their journey through the rough Norwegian Seas with the resounding “You Are Not The First To Pass This Way” uttered by the God Odin.

The last day for the ride will be 5th October and it will eventually reopen as a new “Frozen” ride complete with a meet and greet location for the Anna and Elsa characters. The sisters had previously been stationed in Epcot for several months beginning late last year, creating lengthy queues for waiting guests. The popular duo later moved to Magic Kingdom to accommodate crowds.

Disney has not given details about what additional changes it has planned for the ride although Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, in a post on the official Disney Parks Blog earlier this afternoon said: “The new attraction will take our guests to Arendelle and immerse them in many of their favorite moments and music from the film.” He added: “We think these ‘Frozen’ elements are great compliments to the Norway pavilion, which showcases the country and region that inspired the film.”

It will be a sad day when it closes. Our family has always enjoyed Maelstrom and has been known to ride it several times in succession! We have loved the somewhat mystical experience as we departed the dock, turned the corner and headed into the dark uphill tunnel with Odin’s words echoing in our brains.  The chilly boat tour through Norwegian scenes ranging from Vikings, oil rigs, polar bears and amazing trolls has always been a lot of fun. The anticipation always build up to the point where, midway through the ride, the vessel goes backward down a hill and peeks out through the facade in the exterior of the ride building before heading back downhill on a mini roller coaster type experience to create a final splash. The narrator then utters the closing words of the journey: “Norway’s spirit will always be adventure.” Indeed.

We wish a fond farewell to “Maelstrom.”




September 11, 2014

9/11 Remembered

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9/11 Memorial New York 2014  (Photographer: Nigel Worrall)

Today is the thirteenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States. It’s a solemn day for so many people and a reminder of the evil side of the world we live in.

2,996 people died that day and many more have passed away since as a result of injuries sustained or diseases they contracted.

Living close to Walt Disney World, as we do, often puts us in a fanciful mind-frame but the events of September 11, 2001 can never be forgotten.

This Summer, at the end of July – start of August, I paid a visit to New York with my family. It was my youngest daughters 21st birthday and her desire was to celebrate in the “Big Apple.”

We did a lot of wonderful things including trips to the theater, a carriage ride around Central Park, a boat ride to take in the Manhattan skyline and get up close with the Statue of Liberty.  We also made a trip to the 9/11 Memorial.

All of these things made us realize why we are so lucky to live in America. A place with so much hope despite some of the worst events of modern times happening here. I’ll say no more… the following pictures truly say it all…

Statue of Liberty - New York 2014  (Photographer: Nigel Worrall)New York 2014  (Photographer: Nigel Worrall)

9/11 Memorial - New York 2014  (Photographer: Nigel Worrall)9/11 Memorial - New York 2014  (Photographer: Nigel Worrall)

9/11 Memorial - New York 2014  (Photographer: Nigel Worrall)9/11 Memorial - New York 2014  (Photographer: Nigel Worrall)

9/11 Memorial - New York 2014  (Photographer: Nigel Worrall)New York 2014  (Photographer: Nigel Worrall)




September 10, 2014

Eat To The Beat Concert Series

Filed under: Epcot at Walt Disney World Orlando,Restaurant — ngw101 @ 10:07 am

Eat To The Beat - Epcot

The Eat To The Beat concert series starts at Epcot on 19th September when Jo Dee Messina kicks off a whole host of fabulous concerts at the 2014 Epcot Food & Wine Festival.

Lots of fun returning acts such as Boyz II Men, Sister Hazel, Hanson and BBVD while a few new acts have been added to the mix! Check it out…

2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Eat to the Beat Concert Line-Up

Sept 19-21 – Jo Dee Messina
Sept. 22-23 – The Pointer Sisters
Sept. 24-25 – The Commodores
Sept. 26-27 – Christopher Cross
Sept. 28-29 – Hanson
Sept. 30-Oct. 2 – Air Supply
Oct. 3-5 – STARSHIP starring Mickey Thomas
Oct. 6-8 – Sugar Ray
Oct. 9-10 – Fuel
Oct. 11-12 – Sister Hazel
Oct. 13-14 – Richard Marx
Oct. 15-16 – Billy Ocean
Oct. 17-19 – Night Ranger
Oct. 20-22 – Smash Mouth
Oct. 23-24 – Jim Brickman
Oct. 25-26 – Los Lonely Boys
Oct. 27-28 – Wilson Phillips
Oct. 29-31 – Dennis DeYoung, original member of STYX
Nov. 1-2 – 38 Special
Nov. 3-5 – Boyz II Men
Nov. 6-7 – David Cook
Nov. 8-10 – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

September 9, 2014

Orlando’s Magical Dining Month is back!

Filed under: Orlando Vacation Tips,Restaurant — ngw101 @ 9:32 am

Orlando Magical Dining Month

September is a great month to be in Orlando as not only is it a quieter place to be, as the tourists go back to their normal lives, but it is a magical place to dine.

September is the month where 70 local fine dining restaurants come together to provide savory appetizers, enticing entrees and sweet dessert sensations on one prix-fixe menu.

For a set price of $33 per person, you can choose a three course meal that includes an appetizer, entree and dessert.

Here’s the list of the 2014 Magical Dining participant restaurants.

Disney Area

Deep Blu Seafood Grille- Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Seafood
Hawk’s Landing Steakhouse- World Center Marriott Steak & Seafood
Hemingway’s- Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Steak & Seafood
Il Mulino New York Trattoria- Walt Disney World Swan Italian Cuisine
Kobe Japanese Steakhouse Japanese & Sushi
La Luce® by Donna Scala – Hilton Bonnet Creek Italian Cuisine
Mikado Japanese Steak House – World Center Marriott Asian & Pacific Rim Cuisine
NINE18- Villas of Grand Cypress Steak & Seafood
Siro: Urban Italian Kitchen- World Center Marriott Italian Cuisine
The Venetian Room – Caribe Royale Hotel Continental Cuisine
Todd English’s bluezoo – Walt Disney World Dolphin Seafood
Bohemian Bar and Grill- Bohemian Hotel Celebration American Cuisine
Eleven- Reunion Resort Steak & Seafood
Kobe Japanese Steakhouse- Kissimmee Japanese & Sushi

Sand Lake Road – Restaurant Row

Big Fin Seafood Kitchen Seafood
Bistro CloClo French Cuisine
Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine Mediterranean, Greek & Turkish
Dragonfly – Robata Grill & Sushi Japanese & Sushi
Eddie V’s Prime Seafood Steak & Seafood
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar Steak & Seafood
Morton’s The Steakhouse Steak & Seafood
Ocean Prime Steak & Seafood
Roy’s Restaurant Steak & Seafood
Ruth’s Chris Steak House Steak & Seafood
Seasons 52 American Cuisine
Stefano’s Grill American Cuisine
The Melting Pot Fondue

Convention Area

A Land Remembered – Rosen Shingle Creek Steak & Seafood
Cala Bella – Rosen Shingle Creek Italian Cuisine
Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar Latin, S. American & Caribbean Cuisine
Everglades Restaurant – Rosen Centre Hotel Steak & Seafood
Fiorenzo Italian Steakhouse- Hyatt Regency Orlando Italian Cuisine
Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse Steak & Seafood
Funky Monkey Bistro & Bar Continental Cuisine
Jack’s Place- Rosen Plaza Hotel Steak & Seafood
Kobe Japanese Steakhouse Japanese & Sushi
Ming Court Asian & Pacific Rim Cuisine
Napa- Hyatt Regency Orlando California Cuisine
Spencer’s for Steaks and Chops – Hilton Orlando Steak & Seafood
The Capital Grille Steak & Seafood
The Oceanaire Seafood Room Seafood
Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar Steak & Seafood
Vincenzo Cucina Italiana Italian Cuisine

Universal Area

Bice Ristorante – Loews Portofino Bay Hotel Italian Cuisine
Emeril’s Orlando Cajun, Creole & Louisiana Cuisine
Emeril’s Tchoup Chop – Loews Royal Pacific Resort Asian & Pacific Rim Cuisine
Islands Dining Room – Loews Royal Pacific Resort Asian & Pacific Rim Cuisine
Kobe Japanese Steakhouse Japanese & Sushi
Mama Della’s Ristorante – Loews Portofino Bay Hotel Italian Cuisine
Trattoria del Porto- Loews Portofino Bay Hotel Italian Cuisine

Downtown Orlando

Citrus Restaurant American Cuisine
Funky Monkey Wine Company Continental Cuisine
Kasa Restaurant & Bar Continental Cuisine
Maxine’s on Shine American Cuisine
Mingo’s Seafood
The Boheme – Grand Bohemian Hotel American Cuisine

North Orlando – Winter Park

Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine Mediterranean, Greek & Turkish
Chez Vincent French Cuisine
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar Steak & Seafood
Hamilton’s Kitchen- The Alfond Inn American Cuisine
Kobe Japanese Steakhouse- Altamonte Springs Japanese & Sushi
Kobe Japanese Steakhouse- Longwood Japanese & Sushi
Luigino’s Restaurant Italian Cuisine
Luma on Park American Cuisine
Mitchell’s Fish Market Seafood
Park Plaza Gardens Continental Cuisine
Rangetsu Japanese Restaurant & Bar Japanese & Sushi
Ruth’s Chris Steak House- Lake Mary Steak & Seafood
Ruth’s Chris Steak House- Winter Park Steak & Seafood
Seasons 52 – Altamonte Springs American Cuisine
The Melting Pot- Longwood Fondue

Other Surrounding Areas

K Restaurant American Cuisine
Kobe Japanese Steakhouse- Alafaya Japanese & Sushi
Le Coq Au Vin French Cuisine
Texas de Brazil Steak & Seafood
The Capital Grille- Mall at Millenia Steak & Seafood
Yuki Hana Japanese Fusion Japanese & Sushi

September 8, 2014

2014 Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show

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Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show 2014 - 7th-9th September 2014 (Photographer: Nigel Worrall)Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show 2014 - 7th-9th September 2014 (Photographer: Nigel Worrall)

The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show has returned to Orlando to bring together thousands of restaurant and food service professionals from all over the country. The show is a place for these professionals to gain knowledge from insightful education to palate-pleasing food and drink trends as well as new product and service options.

The show started yesterday and runs through to Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando and we popped along today to take a look at what was going on.

Over 400+ exhibiting companies were present and the highlight of the day was a culinary demonstration given by Celebrity Chef Emeril Lagasse as he entertained hundreds while he cooked.

Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show 2014 - 7th-9th September 2014 (Photographer: Nigel Worrall)

Ron Mathews, Vice President, Restaurant and Foodservice Events Portfolio commented: “We are thrilled to be offering several new and exciting special features at the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show including the Fresh from Florida Pavilion, the Roam Food Truck Academy, culinary demonstrations from Celebrity Chef Emeril Lagasse, and others as well as returning highlights including the Ferdinand Metz Foodservice Forum, the Food Trend Experience, the prestigious ACF Culinary Competitions and much more.”  “

Highlights of the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show, include:

  • Fresh from Florida Pavilion – The top restaurant menu trend is focused on local sourcing and The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is sponsoring the new Fresh from Florida Pavilion. This new pavilion, is part of the Food Trends Experience on the show floor, offers tantalizing organic, sustainable, artisanal, gluten-free and ethnic ingredients giving restaurant and food service operators the opportunity to source local, Florida offerings.
  • Culinary Demonstrations – Emeril Lagasse, American award-winning celebrity chef, restaurateur, television personality, and cookbook author conducted a culinary demonstration at the Show on Monday, September 8 at 1:00 pm. He was be joined by Chef Ryan Vargas, Chef de Cuisine at Emeril’s Tchoup Chop, located at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal® Orlando. The chefs came together to give an exclusive demonstration that focus on the local and seasonal offerings from Florida.
  • Food Truck Academy and Pavilion – Mobile vending continues to grow in cities all over North America and now represents $1Billion in revenue. For those restaurant and food service operators wanting to open food trucks or carts they can now find practical education and support services at the Roam Food Truck Academy. The one day fast track mini Roam Food Truck Academy gives restaurant and food service professionals all the fundamentals they’ll need to launch a successful mobile food business. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from national experts about business planning, permitting, equipment, production and food ideas, profits, sales and marketing.
  • The Ferdinand Metz Foodservice Forum offering dozens of sessions focused on operational excellence, winning teams, maximizing profits, hot trends, and building loyalty. Sessions include the Foodservice Council for Women, Fine Dining – Is It Dead?, Making Menus Matter for Healthy Diners, Airport Franchising, What’s Hot in the Social Media World for Restaurants, Trends in the Industry, and many more.
  • The 2014 American Culinary Federation Culinary Arts Competition presented by US Foods. Chefs compete in the R.L. Schreiber Apprentice/Jr. Member Florida State Championship Team Skills Competition; Taste of Elegance Pork Signature Recipe Competition, sponsored by Iowa Pork Producers Association; the USA Culinary Cup Team Competition, sponsored by Bari Beef International, Creekstone Farms, Dole, Rich’s, Maple Leaf, MillerCoors, Barry Callebaut, McIlhenney Co., Wisconsin Cheese, Fresh from Florida, and Bar Harbor Seafood; The Florida Pastry Challenge, sponsored by The Culinary Source and Barry Callebaut; and the Florida Department of Agriculture Shrimp Signature Recipe Competition. 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.
  • The Food Trends Experience is where attendees have direct access to product, flavors and ingredients driving the most recent trends in the market – healthy, organic, sustainable, ethnic, artisanal, and more. A few of the companies participating in the Food Trends Experience include: Amoroso’s Baking Company, Captain Foods, Carmi Flavor & Fragrance Co Inc, Fresh Origins LLC, La Chiquita Tortilla, Northfork Bison Distribution Inc, Teaspoon Willie’s, in addition to 50 more.
  • $35K Giveaway – Show Management will be giving away $35,000 in product vouchersredeemable from the 2014 Distribution Partners.  Attendees can win $500 or $1000 vouchers to cash in for new products or menu items.

The show comes at a great time for Orlando as September is the time for Orlando’s Magical Dining Month. This is the month where you get chance to satisfy your craving for haute cuisine as Orlando celebrates the cuisine it has to offer the world as select Central Florida restaurants offer a three course, prix fixe dinner for just $33 per person. It’s a chance to indulge your inner gourmet with an appetizer, entree and dessert at a variety of trendy bistros and upscale dining destinations. Further, one dollar from each meal will be donated to this year’s charity which is the Foundation for Foster Children. A great cause and tomorrow we’ll be giving you more information on which restaurants are participating so you can go along and enjoy a superb meal out.

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September 6, 2014

Orlando City Wraps Up Final USL PRO Season With Victory Over Richmond

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Orlando City Soccer vs. Richmond Kickers - 6th September 2014 (Photographer: Nigel Worrall)

In its final USL PRO Regular Season match Orlando City SC (19-4-5, 62 points) defeated the Richmond Kickers (13-2-12, 51 points) 1-0 at ESPN Wide World of Sports (WWoS) on Saturday night. The Lions set a USL PRO regular season record for wins with 19 this season and remained undefeated at home all season.

After the match, USL PRO officials awarded Orlando City its third Regular Season Trophy in four seasons, capping off another successful regular season campaign for the Lions. Midfielder Kevin Molino scored the lone goal of the game, notching his 20th league goal in 2014, also USL PRO record.

City will learn which team it will face in the first round playoff match – scheduled to take place at ESPN WWoS on September 13 – after the final USL PRO regular season game on Sunday.

Orlando City Soccer vs. Richmond Kickers - 6th September 2014 (Photographer: Nigel Worrall)Orlando City Soccer vs. Richmond Kickers - 6th September 2014 (Photographer: Nigel Worrall)

Head Coach Adrian Heath commented on the Lions’ 1-0 win and the upcoming playoffs:

“It’s been a great year at home. I’ve been in this game long enough now to know that winning as much as we have isn’t easy to do. It takes a lot of determination, desire and drive, and we’ve done that now for the last three or four years so I’m really pleased. I’m also very proud of the players tonight. It’s been a good night for us against a very experienced team.”

 Orlando City Soccer vs. Richmond Kickers - 6th September 2014 (Photographer: Nigel Worrall)Orlando City Soccer vs. Richmond Kickers - 6th September 2014 (Photographer: Nigel Worrall)

Molino tallied the lone goal in the 22nd minute with a spectacular header for the Lions.  The Trinidadian ran onto a well-placed ball into to the box from Luke Boden, performing a no-look flick past Richmond Goalkeeper Ryan Taylor to give City a 1-0 advantage.

“He’s demonstrated that he’s more than capable of moving to the next level,” said Heath of Molino’s performance. “I honestly think that he’s one of the most talented footballers in America, whichever division you’re talking about. This has been a huge break-out season for him and I’m really excited for him.”

 Orlando City Soccer vs. Richmond Kickers - 6th September 2014 (Photographer: Nigel Worrall)

Orlando maintained the bulk of possession in the first half, applying constant pressure throughout. In the 30th minute, Molino played a piercing ball in behind the Kickers’ defense to Brian Span, but his effort saved for a corner by Richmond Goalkeeper Ryan Taylor.

Phil Rawlins and Yordany Alvarez of Orlando City Soccer vs. Richmond Kickers - 6th September 2014 (Photographer: Nigel Worrall)Yordany Álvarez of Orlando City Soccer vs. Richmond Kickers - 6th September 2014 (Photographer: Nigel Worrall)

During the half time break, the club paid a moving tribute to star player Yordany Alvarez who was forced to retire last month after some health problems. The clubs fans gave the former Cuban International a rousing reception as club President Phil Rawlins gave Alvarez a club scarf and then walked with him to greet the fans.

Orlando’s momentum carried into the second half, creating several chances to add another goal to the score-sheet.

 Orlando City Soccer vs. Richmond Kickers - 6th September 2014 (Photographer: Nigel Worrall)

In the 54th minute, good build-up play from the Lions allowed Boden to get in behind his marker deep inside the penalty area, setting up a dangerous ball across the six-yard box. Several City players were lurking nearby but the Richmond defense was able to clear it away.

Two minutes later, Molino delivered a wonderful through-ball that led to a one-on-one opportunity for Giuseppe Gentile. The former Chicago Fire striker had a clear chance on goal, but Richmond Goalkeeper Ryan Taylor came charging off his line to prevent a second goal.

With the number of chances increasing, Orlando’s confidence to go forward grew, displaying crafty one-touch passing in the final third. The possession-oriented style of play yielded additional scoring opportunities late in the match, including Corey Hertzog’s effort that went just wide of the target.

Molino’s game-winner was all that was needed for the Lions to notch a record 19th win to close out their USL PRO regular season campaign.

Orlando City begins its post-season run on Saturday, September 13 at ESPN WWoS against the eighth seeded team, which will be determined on Sunday.


Orlando City SC – GK Carl Woszczynski, D Bryan Burke (Justin Clark 76’), Tommy Redding, Rob Valentino (Brad Rusin 60’), Luke Boden, M Adama Mbengue, Harrison Heath (Anthony Pulis 67’), Kevin Molino (Austin da Luz 89’), Estrela, Brian Span, F Giuseppe Gentile (Corey Hertzog 60’)

Richmond Kickers – GK Ryan Taylor, D Yomby William, Matheau Hall, Conor Shanosky, Stephen Basso, M Luke Vercollone, Hugh Roberts, George Davis IV (Alex Lee 76’), Juan Arbelaez (Nate Robinson 57’), F Jason Yeisley, Shay Spitz

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2014 USL PRO Final Table