Inside Rosen Shingle Creek’s Vibrant Culinary Scene

Author: Sarah Beauchamp       

When Goodyear Tire & Rubber hosts a company event, they look to Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando. That’s because it’s not only important that their attendees are in close proximity to the Orange County Convention Center, but with more than 15 onsite dining options, the property has the most vibrant and varied food scene of any hotel in the area.

“Their flexibility of meeting space and their banquet food quality are both fantastic,” said Mark McDonald, Goodyear’s director of customer relations and events. “They are very creative in putting on a great event around food and beverages.”

The property is now expanding its already exceptional dining options with the new Tobias Burgers & Brews. Attendees can enjoy specialty burgers and flatbread and some local craft beer in a warm, pub-like atmosphere. The restaurant’s name comes from one of the lead characters in the historic novel A Land Remembered, set in pioneer Florida, which aligns nicely with the restaurant’s Florida theme.

Another on-site restaurant that recently got a makeover is Mi Casa Tequila Taqueria, which doubled in size due to its immense popularity. The new venue features authentic Mexican fixtures, from the cobalt glass to terra-cotta tiles and tin-punched star lighting. Much like A Land Remembered, the property’s high-end steakhouse, and Cala Bella, serving upscale Italian cuisine, there’s romance and authenticity to Mi Casa. Visitors can enjoy tableside-made guacamole and jefe Margaritas, made with pineapple.

If attendees prefer buffet-style options, there’s Cafe Osceola, which serves up extensive buffets three times daily, as well as a full menu. The restaurant was also recently refreshed, in order to intensify its original natural color palate and bring in more vibrant hues of blue, orange, and yellow for a dramatic effect. The new look brings one of Rosen’s signature design principles — carrying the outside inside — into sharp relief. Sweeping picture windows line the restaurant walls, offering lovely views of the hotel’s pristine golf course, pools, and scenic rose garden.

Other dining outlets at Rosen Shingle Creek include Banrai Sushi, Smoooth Java, and 18 Monroe Street Market, offering 24/7 hot and cold deli options and Rosen’s Perfect Pizza, with a low-fat honey wheat crust, developed by Harris Rosen and his company’s head executive chef, Jorge Oliveira. There’s also Par-Take at the golf course, Cat-tails Poolside Bar & Grill, and 24-hour in-room dining for attendees who want to spend a night in.

As for nightlife venues, Headwaters Lounge was recently refreshed with jewel-tone blues and greens, with extensive electronic charging stations tucked under tabletops for guest convenience. Clean, crisp, white decor and new modern full-service bar seating create a hip, modern look for more intimate meetings.

Larger groups can enjoy the property’s standout catering options. Rosen Shingle Creek has 524,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and event space that is ready and waiting for the most creative and inventive events and, of course, that includes stellar catering, utilizing the freshest of local ingredients.

Cala Bella even has “living art” wall hangings that contain organic greens, which the sous chefs pluck daily to create fresh organic salads. The hotel also has an organic herb garden that guests can spot poolside near the rose garden. It’s not unusual to see a chef with a basket, snipping the freshest oregano and other herbs to use in dishes.

And no event is too large or demanding for Rosen’s staff. Recently, the hotel’s catering team handily hosted an event of close to 1,000 at its new 1,800-square-foot, covered golf pavilion, while simultaneously serving more than 4,000 gathered at the expansive outdoor terrace outside the hotel’s ballrooms — all without breaking a sweat.

“We can make on-the-spot decisions and handle virtually any request an event planner can come up with,” said Leslie Menichini, vice president of sales and marketing for Rosen Convention Hotels. Going above and beyond for guests is a part of “The Rosen Difference,” a dedication to providing tailored, hands-on solutions for event planners, free of any red tape. Even the founder and COO of Rosen Hotels & Resorts, Harris Rosen, can be found on site with event planners to help field requests.

“When evaluating each meeting, Rosen Shingle Creek always brings top results,” McDonald said. “The banquet staff and food quality is the best in class when compared to other resorts we use. Everyone should put Rosen Shingle Creek at the top of their list for an important meeting or event.”

Planners can visit Rosen Shingle Creek to learn more about the Orlando hotel’s latest specials and how The Rosen Difference can elevate your next meeting.

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