{HBR_LEAD_468x60.media}

Business & Finance

Top Regional Chefs Unite for a Charitable Farm to Table Event

Highball & Harvest Hosts Homestead Harvent at Whisper Creek Farm - October 26

ORLANDO, FL. September 12, 2017 - Highball & Harvest of The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes offers a sophisticated take on southern fare with the signature refinement of The Ritz-Carlton. Through its partnership with Fleet Farming, Highball & Harvest will host its first annual Homestead Harvest dinner to raise funds to bring awareness to sustainable agriculture. Kicking off at 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 26, Homestead Harvest at Whisper Creek Farm will highlight some of Florida’s most talented chefs at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes’ very own farm.

For $135 per person, guests will have the opportunity to indulge in an outdoor feast featuring gourmet dishes highlighting fresh ingredients provided by Frog Song Organics. This one-night-only event is a collaborative dinner to bring awareness to Fleet Farming and their mission to shift how Orlando eats. Fleet Farming strives to reduce the environmental impact of food production through a pedal-powered, hyper local urban farming model that creates a culture of health and vibrant ecosystems by: teaching an intergenerational fleet of volunteers how to grow their own food, activating and re-engaging the community through biweekly Swarm Rides and creating a breathe free and biodiverse environment through emissions-free, organic farming.

“Raising money for an organization focused on sustainable agriculture and gathering some of the best chefs in the state of Florida was the inspiration behind creating Homestead Harvest,” says Chef Peter Zampaglione. “Each participating chef practices the belief that guests should consume responsibly sourced and local ingredients, and we really wanted to focus on that.”

The Highball & Harvest team will be joined by local talent including Kathleen Blake of The Rusty Spoon, James Petrakis of The Ravenous Pig, Kevin Fonzo previously of K Restaurant, Austin Boyd of The Osprey Tavern, Kenny Gilbert of Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen and many more. Guests can also expect live music by Brocato Entertainment. Beverage pairings will also be available with beer, cocktails and wine by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, Tito’s Vodka, Big Storm Brewing Co. and Icelandic Water.

For ticket information and a complete list of participating restaurants and sponsors, please visit www.HomesteadHarvesatWCF.com.

About Highball & Harvest

Highball & Harvest at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes combines rustic authenticity with Ritz-Carlton refinement to feature interactive dining, a novel rail-road inspired design, handcrafted cocktails and a creative menu. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Highball & Harvest offers Low Country and Cajun inspired dishes infused with local Floridian citrus flavors using ingredients from local purveyors and the 7,000-square-foot on-site farm at Whisper Creek Farm. Complementing its fine dining cuisine, Highball & Harvest offers Central Florida’s largest selection of wines from the cask, which ensures perfect temperature and freshness, and an interactive cocktail table complete with a high-end Japanese ice saw and Whisper Creek Farm fruits and herbs. For more information and reservations please call (407)393-4422 or visit our website. Highball & Harvest is located at 4012 Central Florida Parkway Orlando, Florida 32837. Connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates more than 90 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. For more information or reservations, visit the company web site at www.ritzcarlton.com, for the latest company updates, visit news.ritzcarlton.com and to join the live conversation using #RCMemories. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR).

Media Contact:
Green Olive Media, LLC.
404-815-9327

Catalina Medellin
cmedellin@greenolivemedia.com

Amanda Crowe
acrowe@greenolivemedia.com

Coming Up In The December Online Hotel Business Review




{300x250.media}
Feature Focus
Hotel Law: Issues & Events
There is not a single area of a hotel’s operation that isn’t touched by some aspect of the law. Hotels and management companies employ an army of lawyers to advise and, if necessary, litigate issues which arise in the course of conducting their business. These lawyers typically specialize in specific areas of the law – real estate, construction, development, leasing, liability, franchising, food & beverage, human resources, environmental, insurance, taxes and more. In addition, issues and events can occur within the industry that have a major impact on the whole, and can spur further legal activity. One event which is certain to cause repercussions is Marriott International’s acquisition of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. This newly combined company is now the largest hotel company in the world, encompassing 30 hotel brands, 5,500 hotels under management, and 1.1 million hotel rooms worldwide. In the hospitality industry, scale is particularly important – the most profitable companies are those with the most rooms in the most locations. As a result, this mega- transaction is likely to provoke an increase in Mergers & Acquisitions industry-wide. Many experts believe other larger hotel companies will now join forces with smaller operators to avoid being outpaced in the market. Companies that had not previously considered consolidation are now more likely to do so. Another legal issue facing the industry is the regulation of alternative lodging companies such as Airbnb and other firms that offer private, short-term rentals. Cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles and Santa Monica are at the forefront of efforts to legalize and control short-term rentals. However, those cities are finding it’s much easier to adopt regulations on short-term rentals than it is to actually enforce them. The December issue of Hotel Business Review will examine these and other critical issues pertaining to hotel law and how some companies are adapting to them.