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Rosen Centre Vine & Dine Event a Palate-Pleaser Inspired by the Pacific Northwest

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Gourmet Dinner Friday, April 26 Couples World-Class Wines, Regional Delicacies in ‘Oregon’s Town & Country Affair’

For more information, contact: Mary Deatrick, DPR 407-332-5212, mary@deatrickpr.com Facebook/RosenCentre and Everglades Restaurant Twitter/RosenHotelsNews and RosenEats Pinterest/RosenCentre Photography available at http://www.rosencentre.com/media-and-press/press-gallery/ ORLANDO (April 8, 2013)– Food and wine that capture the fusion of free-spirited nature with the stylish sophistication of the Pacific Northwest are the inspiration behind a tasty trip along the Oregon Trail during the next Vine & Dine event at the Rosen Centre and its award-winning Everglades restaurant. This latest exclusive, one-of-a-kind dining experience begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 26. Everglades Head Chef Fred Vlachos will create a unique, five-course “Oregon’s Town & Country Affair” inspired by the scenic Dundee Hills wine country of the Beaver State and the contemporary style that defines its most populous city, Portland. Each course will be paired with wines that include famous Pinot Gris and Pinot Noirs from the best of Oregon’s 300 or so wineries such as Chehalem, Lange Estate (Wine & Spirits magazine 2012 Winery of the Year) and Shea Vineyards, which are blessed with grapes similar to those grown in the Alsace and Burgundy regions of France because of the region’s similar soil and climate. Chef Fred will start off the evening with an elegant King Prawn salad accented by Raspberry and Cardamom coulis, followed by a traditionally rustic Morel Chicken Pot Pie. The intermezzo is a plum sorbet that sets the stage for Venison Steak with Oregon Black Porter Sauce. The main course will be accompanied by Shea Vineyard Estate 2009 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley, voted seventh on Wine Spectator magazines “Top 100 of 2012.” Concluding the experience is a beautiful Pear Tarte Tatin, which takes the French dessert classic made with apples and gives it a true Oregon twist using pears and hazelnuts. “Oregon’s Town & Country Affair” will be followed by two more Vine & Dine events in coming months. “It’s All a Blend” on Friday, May 17 will showcase blended wines and fusion food. Then on Friday, June 28, Chef Fred will create a wine-and-dinner pairing of the century, of sorts: “Robert Mondavi’s 100th Birthday” honors the wine icon’s best wines and favorite dishes. Each Vine & Dine event begins with a reception in Everglades Bar featuring a welcome wine or unique wine cocktail. The group then adjourns to Everglades restaurant – offering a comfortable, yet refined setting that evokes the natural beauty and relaxed atmosphere of the Florida Everglades – for a multi-course gourmet dinner highlighted by fresh, seasonal ingredients and wines expertly selected to complement the cuisine. During dinner, guests may engage in casual conversation about wines with an experienced wine maker or knowledgeable sommelier chosen for each event. Guests can also enter to win exciting raffle prizes, such as bottles of wine, wine-related items or hotel stays. An intimate dining experience, each Vine & Dine event is limited to no more than 40 guests, ensuring personal attention for each attendee. The cost of each Vine & Dine dinner is $75 per person, plus tax and 20 percent gratuity. Diners may make their evenings even more special by spending the night in a deluxe guest room for a special rate. As with all Everglades dining experiences, valet parking is complimentary. For Vine & Dine reservations and more details, call 407-996-8560. For more information, visit www.evergladesrestaurant.com or www.rosencentre.com. Vine & Dine dinners can be customized for private group events. The Everglades restaurant’s extensive wine list, which features an array of wines from all regions, winemaking styles and price points, allows the culinary team to work with event and meeting planners to arrange unique experiences within any budget. The restaurant also offers an extensive selection of organic wines from wineries that share the hotel’s passion for protecting the environment and creating quality products in a sustainable manner. Rosen Centre has received Meetings & Conventions’ prestigious Gold Platter Award, which is given to select properties throughout the nation that demonstrate creative and culinary excellence. Just minutes away from the Orlando International Airport and the area’s most popular theme parks and attractions, Rosen Centre is located at 9840 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819. For more information, visit www.rosencentre.com or call (800) 800-9840.

Rosen Hotels & Resorts Joins Nation in Supporting Green Initiatives with March 23 Earth Hour Events

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For more information, contact: Mary Deatrick, DPR 407-332-5212 , mary@deatrickpr.com Follow us on Facebook@RosenHotels Follow us on Twitter@RosenHotelsOrl ORLANDO (March 21, 2013) – While Rosen Hotels & Resorts prides itself on practicing green initiatives 24 hours a day with little fanfare or promotion, the company will be highlighting one of those hours this Saturday during the national Earth Hour celebration to help educate hotel guests about the importance of living as eco-friendly as possible. Earth Hour is a global environmental initiative in partnership with WWF (World Wildlife Fund) in which individuals, businesses, governments and communities are invited to turn out their lights for one hour from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday March 23, 2013 to show their support for environmentally sustainable action. The seven Orlando Rosen Hotels & Resorts properties will be turning off all non-essential interior and exterior lighting to include the rose garden and fountains at Rosen Shingle Creek, Rosen Centre and Rosen Plaza. In addition, special activities such as candlelit dinners and glow drinks for guests will be served in hotel restaurants. Rosen Hotels & Resorts and its seven Orlando hotels will be joining hundreds of millions of participants in more than 7,000 cities and towns, in 152 countries and territories, and across seven continents in showing support for the importance of sustainable action around the world. “We don’t claim to be the first hotel group to implement a green meetings initiative, nor do we claim to be the experts, but we can say that we have been practicing conservation efforts for many years and continue to look for ways to reduce, reuse and recycle wherever possible,” said Harris Rosen, President & COO of Rosen Hotels & Resorts. Rosen Hotels & Resorts’ three Orlando convention properties, the 800-room Rosen Plaza, 1334-room Rosen Centre and 1500-room Rosen Shingle Creek, were each designated Two Palm Green Lodges in 2009 under the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)’s Florida Green Lodging Program. Launched in March 2004, the Florida Green Lodging Program establishes environmental guidelines for hotels to conserve natural resources and prevent pollution. Long before Florida’s Green Lodging program was established, Rosen Hotels & Resorts has made efforts to be responsible stewards of the area’s resources. For example, each of the hotels offers guests the opportunity to use linens and towels more than once, and each has water-efficient toilets and washing machines. Outdoor lighting and back-of-house lighting is operated by sensors. Programmable thermostats, Energy-Star appliances and paper and newspaper recycling programs are among the many ways the hotels lessen their eco-footprint. Rosen Shingle Creek goes as far as to convert used cooking oil into bio-fuel to operate its golf course maintenance equipment. A website www.rosengreenmeetings.com shows meeting planners the ways in which Rosen Hotels & Resorts is already working to help the environment, provides 10 meeting planner tips for holding a greener meeting and offers numerous links to learning more about “going green.” Rosen Hotels & Resorts also offers its associates the opportunity to conserve resources by offering Lynx bus passes via a payroll deduction program, posts a directory of associates interested in carpooling and offers alternate work schedules of four 10-hour days in certain departments to help reduce gas costs. These energy-saving programs are imperceptible to hotel guests, proving that upscale accommodations don’t have to waste resources such as water and energy, to provide a superior guest experience. “Guests may never notice the small changes we’ve made to help save our planet, but we do them because it’s simply the right thing to do,” said Rosen. “Those guests who do take note applaud our efforts because they, too, are socially responsible citizens who are concerned about the effects man has on his environment.” Over the past 38 years, Rosen Hotels & Resorts has grown from 256 to approximately 6,300 rooms, approximately six percent of the total guest rooms in Central Florida. Today, the Rosen family of hotels includes three award-winning meetings properties — Rosen Shingle Creek, Rosen Centre and Rosen Plaza — and four leisure properties — Quality Inn International, Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando, Rosen Inn closest to Universal and Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista. All seven Rosen Hotels are located in the Orlando tourism corridor and remain committed to providing outstanding value for all guests. For more information, visit www.rosenhotels.com or call 866-33-ROSEN.

Harris Rosen Foundation Donates $1 Million to Help Build New Villas at Give Kids The World

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Hotelier and Philanthropist Donates to Organization’s Capital Expansion Project to Help Accommodate More Children with Life-Threatening Illnesses KISSIMMEE, Fla. (December 18, 2012) – Orlando hotelier and recognized philanthropist Harris Rosen, president of Rosen Hotels & Resorts, has donated $1 million to Give Kids The World (GKTW) towards the construction of 64 new villas which will accommodate more children with life-threatening illnesses and their families visiting the nonprofit resort for a once-in-a-lifetime dream vacation. The donation, which was made through the Harris Rosen Foundation, will go towards GKTW’s $40 million Capital Expansion and Improvement project, which is part of a larger $120 million, four-year Village Campaign. “Give Kids The World got an early Christmas present this week when I received a phone call that all non-profits dream of getting,” said GKTW President Pamela Landwirth. “Mr. Rosen’s incredible gift not only jump-starts the fundraising for our new villas, but also provides the inspiration to hope for many more generous gifts in support of our campaign.” Rosen is a widely recognized and respected hotelier, community builder, father and philanthropist who founded Rosen Hotels & Resorts in 1974 before donating 25 acres of land and $10 million to the University of Central Florida in 2002 to develop the Rosen College of Hospitality Management at UCF. Students from Rosen College volunteer regularly at GKTW, following their founder’s mantra of giving back to the community. Rosen has a long history of giving to those in need, particularly children. “I realize what an incredibly fortunate individual I am because I have been able to achieve so much more than I ever imagined, and now I have an opportunity to give back, something I have always wanted to do,” said Rosen. “My hope is that others in my position will recognize their duty to engage in what I refer to as ‘responsible capitalism’ and to use their success and wealth to benefit others, simply because it’s the right thing to do.” Every year, GKTW welcomes more than 7,000 families from around the world for a weeklong, cost-free vacation complete with accommodations in whimsical villas, meals, donated attractions tickets, nightly entertainment and more. However, with only 140 villas on the 70-acre resort, nearly 500 of those families must stay off-site at nearby hotels. Rosen’s gift will allow more children and their families the opportunity to experience the magic of staying at the whimsical Village where ice cream is served for breakfast, Christmas comes once a week and 6-foot-tall bunny rabbits named Mayor Clayton and Ms. Merry tuck the children in at night. Today, Rosen had the opportunity to meet one of the families who will be helped because of his gift. The Vandiver Family from Pelham, Ala., is staying at Give Kids The World Village this week as part of 4-year-old Abigail’s wish to visit Walt Disney World. Diagnosed with cancer at seven months old, “Abby” has been cancer-free for three and half years. Rosen shared in the family’s fun this morning by indulging in ice cream for breakfast – a tradition a Give Kids The World Village – with Abby and siblings Patrick, 10, and Sarah, 7. Afterwards, he joined the children for a ride on the Village’s Enchanted Carousel. Watching her children’s faces light up with joy as the carousel spun around, Abby’s mother, Amy, remarked, “I stay at home with the children and my husband is a police officer so being [at Give Kids The World Village] is something we could never have afforded on our own. It is truly the vacation of a lifetime.” For more information on GKTW’s Village Campaign, please visit: http://www.givekidstheworld.org/campaign/ About Give Kids The World Give Kids The World Village (GKTW) is a 70-acre, non-profit resort in Central Florida that creates magical memories for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. GKTW provides accommodations at its whimsical resort, donated attractions tickets, meals and more for a weeklong, cost-free fantasy vacation. With the help of many generous individuals, corporations and partnering wish-granting organizations, Give Kids The World has welcomed more than 120,000 families from all 50 states and over 70 countries. Visit www.gktw.org for more information on GKTW and its mission. For our latest news, visit www.twitter.com/gktwvillage, www.facebook.com/gktwvillage, www.youtube.com/givekidstheworld and follow our blog at www.givekidstheworld.org/blog. About Rosen Hotels & Resorts: The Rosen Hotels & Resorts family includes three award-winning convention properties, Rosen Plaza, Rosen Centre and Rosen Shingle Creek, and four leisure properties in the Orlando tourist corridor, including the Quality Inn International, Rosen Inn closest to Universal, Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando and Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista. For more information, visit www.rosenhotels.com or call 866-33-ROSEN.

Rosen Hotels & Resorts Celebrates the True Meaning of the Holidays with Free Holiday Entertainment Celebrating Local Performing Arts

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Local Residents and Hotel Guests Invited to Enjoy Free Performances, Innovative Holiday Workshops and Seasonal Dining Events at Rosen Plaza, Rosen Centre and Rosen Shingle Creek

For more information, contact: Mary Deatrick, DPR (407) 332-5212 mary@deatrickpr.com Facebook: RosenHotelsOrlando Twitter: RosenHotelsNews For photography, visit http://www.rosenhotels.com/press-room-media-gallery/media-gallery/ ORLANDO (Nov. 1, 2012) – While parties, feasts, decorations, and carols are all a welcome part of the holiday season, the associates at Rosen Hotels & Resorts recognize that friends and family are what make the season bright. Friends and families reuniting to share memories and create new ones are at the heart of the holiday celebrations at the company’s three award-winning leisure and convention hotels. Rosen Plaza, Rosen Centre and Rosen Shingle Creek will play host to a variety of traditional and innovative holiday events showcasing local visual and performing arts groups, as well as a host of holiday buffets and teas, hands-on activities such as chocolate making, holiday tree decorating, craft cocktail making, cookie decorating, and much more. While there is a charge for dining and other selected activities, many of events at each of the hotels are offered at no charge and are open to anyone in the community who cares to share in the spirit of the season. Capturing the true spirit of the holiday season, Rosen Shingle Creek also is proud to present a new program to benefit Runway To Hope. From Nov. 28, 2012 through Jan. 4, 2013, the hotel will raise funds for the Orlando-based charity (www.runwaytohope.org), a not-for-profit organization founded by Mark and Josie NeJame. Runway To Hope’s mission is to serve and provide direct support to the children and families in the Central Florida community who have been impacted by pediatric cancer. Throughout the season, Rosen Shingle Creek will sell boxed ornaments for $15 each available for purchase at the hotel’s front desk to benefit the charity. Josie NeJame will decorate a themed Christmas tree in the Rosen Shingle Creek lobby in celebration of the holiday giving campaign. For a complete listing of all of the holiday events at Rosen Shingle Creek, Rosen Centre and Rosen Plaza, please refer to the information below. Special room rates also will be available at the hotels on select dates. Please call each hotel for more details.

ROSEN PLAZA

www.rosenplaza.com 9700 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819 For more information, please call 407-996-9700. Holiday Performances and Santa Visit Fridays, (Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 14 and 21), 6-10 p.m. Free From 6-7 p.m., enjoy Santa sightings, holiday carolers and holiday cheer, to the tunes of holiday jazz performed by the “Solid State Jazz Trio.” The trio will perform from 7-10 p.m. “A Classical Holiday” Entertainment Saturdays (Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 22), 6-7 p.m. Free The hotel presents “A Classical Holiday” with presentations from local artists who will share classical harp and violin selections, accompanied by holiday carolers. Santa’s Cookie Stop Saturday, Dec. 15, 2:30-4 p.m. Free It’s all about Santa! Visit Santa’s Workshop, put in a gift request with the big man and his number one elf, get a photo taken, sing along with Christmas carols and enjoy holiday cookies and punch. Santa’s Cookie Stop is located in the hotel’s lobby next to the holiday tree. Breakfast with Santa and Gift Event Saturday, Dec. 22, 8:30-10:30 a.m. $15 per adult; $10 per child age 4-12; children under 4 free with paying adult. Price includes tax and gratuity. Join us at Café Matisse where Santa and one of his hard-working elves host a breakfast and gift event. After breakfast with Santa, children can select their gift for wrapping (wrapping station, paper provided). Adult supervision is required. One gift is included with purchase of each child or adult lunch buffet. Space is limited; reservations recommended. Stay over on December 21, 2012 for just $79 plus tax and receive Breakfast with Santa included in the price of the room. Dining and Caricatures at Jack’s Place, Rosen Plaza On-going Fridays and Saturdays (Nov. 30 thru Saturday, Dec. 22), 6-9 p.m. Varies Dine under the stars at Jack’s Place this holiday season and receive a complimentary holiday caricature with the purchase of dinner for two. Jack’s Place is named after Harris Rosen’s father Jack, who worked as a safety engineer at the Waldorf Astoria NY starting in 1932. As a side vocation, Jack sketched thousands of caricatures of celebrities and VIPs visiting the hotel and who autographed their drawings, a selection of which are now adorning the walls at Jack’s Place at Rosen Plaza. Cost of each caricature without dinner is $10 per person including tax. Reservations are suggested.

ROSEN CENTRE

www.rosencentre.com 9840 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819 For more information or to reserve your space at a paid holiday event, please call 407-996-9840. Holiday Lobby Entertainment and Culinary Events Fridays (Nov. 30, Dec. 7 and 14), 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free Get into the spirit of the season with roving carolers who will perform standard holiday favorites while gathering ‘round the hotel’s holiday tree gracing the Grand Lobby. Then, stay to learn tips and tricks from the pros to impress your guests this holiday season at our hands-on tasting events conducted by our experienced team of award-winning chefs and beverage professionals. This is the perfect activity for anyone hosting parties this season or just looking for a fun Friday night with friends. Attend one or attend all sessions. Guests will have the opportunity to watch the professional demonstrations and then make their own, tasting everything along the way. Take home gifts, recipes and tips are included and an extra special holiday gift will be provided to guests that attend all three sessions. Cost is $25 plus tax per adult. Space is limited; reservations recommended. Holiday Cocktail and Culinary Artistry Friday, Nov. 30, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. $25 plus tax per adult. Learn how to make and present holiday cocktails that will have your friends believing you are a true mixologist. Then watch as our chefs show you amazing tricks to make any food presentation a masterpiece. Two cocktails and hors d’oeuvres included. Wine & Food Pairings and Wine Gift Giving Tips Friday, Dec. 7, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. $25 plus tax per adult. Learn insider tips for food and wine pairings and how to pick the perfect bottle of wine for a gift from our wine expert all while enjoying five wine and nibbles combinations that will make your holiday party sparkle. If this wasn’t enough, you can get your holiday shopping done as wines will be available for sale with holiday packaging to take home. This is true multi-tasking at its best! Five wine with tasting bites included. Sweet Sensations: Holiday Desserts & Dessert Cocktails Friday, Dec. 14, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. $25 plus tax per adult. Learn how to craft beautiful and delicious miniature desserts including our unique Fruit Sushi created and taught by our Pastry Chef. Dessert wouldn’t be the same without a sweet concoction presented by our resident mixologist. Two cocktails and desserts included. Holiday Lobby Entertainment and Santa; Holiday Dining Experiences — International Buffet and Free Holiday Movie or Everglades and Cool Jazz Saturdays (Dec. 1, 8 and 15), 5:30-11 p.m. From 5:30-6:30 p.m., join guests in the Grand Lobby where roving carolers and a visit from Santa await to spark holiday cheer. From 8-11 p.m., jam to the sounds of the band Chill Switch who will perform live holiday favorites and jazz in the Lobby Lounge. In addition, enjoy one of two of our holiday dining offerings and our holiday gift to you of free holiday entertainment: International Holiday Dinner with Santa & Holiday Movie Under the Stars 5:30-8 p.m. $23.95 per adult; $10.95 per child ages 4-12; under 4 free with a paying adult. Price does not include tax and gratuity. From 5:30p.m. – 6:30pm, join us in the Grand Lobby where roving carolers will delight with songs of the season, then have dinner with the jolly one himself during Dinner with Santa in Café Gauguin. Family fun to be had as young and old enjoy our International Holiday Dinner buffet featuring our award-winning Herb Crusted Prime Rib, stations of holiday favorites from around the world and an extensive selection of holiday cakes and pies and ice cream sundae bar for dessert. Restaurant reservations recommended. Wine Pairing Dinner and Evening of Live Jazz 5:30-11 p.m. $45 plus tax and gratuity per adult. For the grown–ups, enjoy a three course prix-fix gourmet menu expertly paired with wines selected by our sommelier at the award-winning Everglades. After dinner, enjoy reserved seating in our Lobby Lounge, an after dinner cocktail and sweet bites all included in dinner price while jamming to the sounds of the band Chill Switch who will perform live holiday favorites and jazz from 8:00p.m. -11:00pm. Cost of three-course wine pairing menu is $45 plus tax and gratuity. Reservations recommended. Lunch With Santa and Holiday Cake Pop Decorating Saturdays, (Dec. 1 and 8), 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. $15.95 per adult; $9.95 per child age 4-12; under 4 free with a paying adult. Price does not include tax and gratuity. Enjoy a bountiful buffet lunch with Santa at the hotel’s Café Gauguin, get your picture with Santa and then decorate cake pops with our Pastry Chef to the tunes of favorite holiday songs. Santa and cake pop decorating included at no charge in the regular price of each lunch buffet. Adult supervision required. Cost is $15.95 plus tax and gratuity for adults; $9.95 plus tax and gratuity per child age 4-12; children under 3 are free with a paying adult. Space is limited; reservations recommended.

ROSEN SHINGLE CREEK

www.rosenshinglecreek.com 9939 Universal Blvd., Orlando, FL 32819 For more information or to reserve your place at a paid holiday event, please call 407-996-9939. Lobby Nutcracker Dance Performances Fridays (Nov. 30, Dec. 7, and 14), 6-9:30 p.m. Free Greet Santa as he makes his appearance from the North Pole, then stay for selections from The Nutcracker Ballet performed by the Elizabeth Parsons School of Dance and Windermere Ballet Community Theatre. Santa and caroling will begin at 6 p.m., followed by ballet performances. After the ballet performances, join holiday revelers at the hotel’s Osceola Winter Path located outside on the lower lobby to enjoy with holiday karaoke. A cash bar and snacks will be available for sale from 7:30 -9:30 p.m. Visit from Santa and Holiday Dance Performances Saturdays (Dec.1, 8, and 15), 6-9:30 p.m. Free Enjoy a visit from Santa and holiday caroling and then tap your toes as Miriam and Val’s School of Dance and The Sanford Pops Dance Troop present a variety of ballet, tap and contemporary holiday dances. Santa and caroling will begin at 6 p.m followed by the Sanford Pops. After the ballet performances, join holiday revelers in the hotel’s scenic Rose Garden for holiday karaoke. A cash bar and snacks will be available for sale 7:30 -9:30 p.m. Shingle Creek Winter Wonderland Stroll Friday, Dec. 21 and Saturday, Dec. 22, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Free (other than Shingle Creek Express Train — $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 12 – 4, under 4 is free. Price does not include tax) Join us for Rosen Shingle Creek’s newest tradition, the Shingle Creek Winter Wonderland Stroll. Stroll among the hotel’s pristinely manicured grounds now magically transformed into a winter wonderland complete with gently falling show (at 7:30, 8:00, and 8:30pm), holiday carolers and a beautifully lit 25-foot Christmas tree and tree lighting by Santa Claus. Enjoy storytelling and winter characters such as the Sugarplum Fairy, Snowflake girls, Santa and his elves, available for photos. Or take a ride on the Shingle Creek Express Train with our very own conductor. Those who want to truly revel in the spirit of the season can grab the microphone for holiday karaoke. The event is free and open to the public. Cash dining carts and cash bar will be available for sale 6:30-9:30 p.m. Snow falls nightly 7:30 p.m., 8:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Santa tree lighting at 7:00 p.m. Nutcracker and Sugar Plum Fairy Afternoon Tea Sunday, Dec. 2, 1:30- 3:30 p.m. $20 plus tax for guests age 4 and older; under 4 is free with paying adult. Enjoy a traditional English-style tea service with a deluxe assortment of sandwiches, imported teas, lemonade and fabulous desserts along with a visit from the Sugar Plum Fairy. The stunning costumed character will pose for photos, sign autographs and mingle with guests from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Each child will receive a complimentary tea hat, and each guest will receive a complimentary photo and novelty holiday frame by which to remember the special day. Space is limited; reservations recommended. Holiday Entertaining and Tree Fluffing Retro Rad Style hosted by Emily Ellyn Saturday, Dec. 8, 5-6:15 p.m. $25 plus tax per adult. Back to the 1960’s we go for a “Mad Men” holiday! Have fun making retro holiday hors d’oeuvre and cocktail recipes with Emily Ellyn, previously featured on the 2012 Food Network Star. Guests will enjoy holiday cooking demonstrations, food and cocktail making and sampling, a photo with Chef Emily and will go home with recipe cards. Space is limited; reservations recommended. Holiday Tap ‘n Tea Social Saturday, Dec. 15, 1:30-3:30 p.m. $20 plus tax for guests age 4 and older; under 4 is free with paying adult. Put on your glitz and glam for Rosen Shingle Creek’s first annual Holiday Tap ‘n Tea Social. Mix and mingle with girlfriends of all ages while enjoying tasty treats from the hotel’s award-winning culinary team and lively tap performances featuring the Sanford Pops. Your afternoon will be captured in a photo to take home as a gift. Space is limited; reservations recommended. Holiday Chocolate Making Workshop Saturday, Dec. 22, 1:30-3:30 p.m. $25 plus tax per person (for all participants). Chocolate lovers young and young-at-heart will enjoy an afternoon with “Orlando’s Willy Wonka” Executive Pastry Chef David Ramirez. Guests will enjoy sampling treats, as well as creating their own chocolate-themed gifts they can bring home after the workshop. The event is open to the entire family. Space is limited; reservations recommended.

HOLIDAY BUFFETS AND DINING EVENTS

On Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, Thanksgiving Day and Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, Christmas Day, Rosen Hotels & Resorts will offer a choice of three delicious holiday buffets: Rosen Plaza/Grand Ballroom 9700 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819 Holiday Buffet with Wine Buffet Hours: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Price: Adults $34.95 plus tax and gratuity; children ages 5 – 10; $15.95 plus tax and gratuity; children 4 and under, one free child with each paying adult; Visit the website for a coupon for $5 off each adult. Reservations: 407-996- 0256 www.rosenplaza.com Rosen Centre/Cafe Gauguin 9840 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819 Champagne and Mimosa Holiday Buffet Buffet Hours: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Price: Adults $39.95 plus tax and gratuity; children ages 4 – 12 $16.95 plus tax and gratuity; children under 4 are free Reservations: 407-996-2385 www.rosencentre.com Rosen Shingle Creek/Café Osceola 9939 Universal Blvd., Orlando, FL 32819 Champagne Holiday Buffet Buffet Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Price: Adults $64.95 plus tax and gratuity; children ages 4 – 11 $24.95 plus tax and gratuity; children under 4 are free; 25 percent off adults if Florida resident or hotel guest Reservations: 407-996-FOOD (3663) For parties of 10 or more, please call 407-996-9770. www.rosenshinglecreek.com

Orlando’s Rosen Hotels Invite Guests to “Sleepover for the Cause”

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Offered Through the End of the Year, Rosen Shingle Creek, Rosen Centre and Rosen Plaza Offer Nightly Rate with Portion of Proceeds to Benefit the American Cancer Society and Breast Cancer Research

For more information, contact: Mary Deatrick, DPR 407-332-5212, mary@deatrickpr.com For photography, visit http://www.rosenhotels.com/press-room-media-gallery/media-gallery/ ORLANDO (Sept. 13, 2012) – As a hospitality group known for its support of numerous healthy initiatives, Rosen Hotels & Resorts is offering a special nightly rate at each of its three award-winning convention hotels — AAA Four Diamond Rosen Shingle Creek and two award-winning hotels Rosen Centre and Rosen Plaza – to support breast cancer research. Not only will guests receive an incredibly low rate on room nights at their choice of the three luxurious Orlando hotels, in addition, the company will donate three percent of each room night sold to the Central Florida Chapter of the American Cancer Society which is dedicated to education and research about breast cancer causes, treatment and the search for a cure. “We at Rosen Hotels & Resorts value the gift of good health, as we know our guests and community do,” said Harris Rosen, President/COO, Rosen Hotels & Resorts. “Realizing this, we were compelled to create a package that offered our guests an affordable respite at one of our beautiful hotels while making a contribution to a worthy cause.” The special “Sleepover for the Cause” package is available for select dates now through Dec. 31, 2012 and is $85 at Rosen Plaza, $89 at Rosen Centre and $99 at Rosen Shingle Creek, plus tax per night, double occupancy, based on date and rate availability and includes:
  • Complimentary self parking
  • Two for one golf at Shingle Creek Golf Club, named a Four Star Best Places to Play by Golf Digest
  • Fifteen (15) percent off coupons valid at Rosen Shingle Creek, Rosen Centre and Rosen Plaza dining and lounging outlets including:
  • “Dine around” restaurants including AAA Four Diamond A Land Remembered, AAA Four Diamond Cala Bella, Café Osceola, Tobias Flats and Banrai Sushi at Rosen Shingle Creek; Everglades Restaurant, Banshoo Sushi, 98Forty Tapas & Tequila and Café Gauguin at Rosen Centre; and Jack’s Place and Café Matisse at Rosen Plaza
  • Headwaters Lounge, Cala Bella quiet bar, A Land Remembered Bar and Osceola Bar at Rosen Shingle Creek; The Sam & Bubbe’s and Everglades Bar at Rosen Centre; and The Sam & Bubbe’s and Backstage Nightclub & Sports Bar at Rosen Plaza
  • Coffee and pastries at Smoooth Java coffee bar at all three properties
The package also includes amenities that are always complimentary at the three hotels including:
  • Complimentary internet/WIFI in guest rooms and public areas
  • Complimentary daily scheduled transportation to Universal Orlando, SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica and Wet ‘n Wild (reservations required)
To book this special rate, guests may call 866-996-6338 and ask for the “Sleepover for the Cause” available dates. The offer does not include taxes or gratuities and is not valid for groups or with any other discounts or offers. Reservations are recommended for golf and dining. In addition to its support of breast cancer research, Rosen Hotels & Resorts has been lauded for its revolutionary in-house associate health care and insurance program, which provides low-cost insurance and prescriptions, as well as affordable and accessible healthcare and wellness programs to all Rosen Hotels associates. The hospitality group is also a leader in community philanthropy, having contributed greatly to local education projects through scholarships, donations and youth programs. Together, the Rosen convention hotels boast more than 3,600 luxurious guest rooms, more than 629,000 gross square feet of flexible meeting space including one of the nation’s largest column-free ballrooms and the new Rosen Centre Skywalk pedestrian connector to the Orange County Convention Center. Each offers steps-away convenience to International Drive, the Pointe Orlando shopping, dining and entertainment complex, and Orlando’s world-class theme parks and water parks. Rosen Hotels & Resorts guests may enjoy the amenities at any of the three hotels, including the award-winning championship 18-hole Shingle Creek Golf Club and Brad Brewer Golf Academy, two incredible day spas — The Spa at Shingle Creek and The Spa at Rosen Centre, nearly two dozen award-winning dining, entertainment and lounging options including Backstage Nightclub & Sports Bar at Rosen Plaza, as well as state-of-the-art fitness centers and a variety of sport courts, nature trails and seasonal fishing. For more information about Rosen Hotels & Resorts, visit www.rosenhotels.com.

Rosen Centre Heads South of the Equator for Upcoming Vine & Dine Event “A Different View of the World: The South American Perspective”

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Wine Pairing Dinner Thursday July 26 to Feature Master Sommelier Andrew McNamara Presenting Wines from South America and Chile For more information, contact: Mary Deatrick, DPR 407-332-5212, mary@deatrickpr.com Facebook/RosenCentre and Everglades Restaurant Twitter/RosenHotels and RosenEats Photography available at http://www.rosencentre.com/photos ORLANDO (July 24, 2012) – Rosen Centre’s popular Vine & Dine wine pairing series is heating up and heading south this summer — south of the equator, that is, as the award-winning hotel presents “A Different View of the World: The South American Perspective” on Thursday, July 26 at 6:30 p.m. Andrew McNamara, Master Sommelier at Premier Beverage, a leading distributor of wine and spirits in Florida, will select wines from Argentina and Chile to pair with a six-course South American inspired menu developed by Everglades Chef, Fred Vlachos. The six-course meal begins with a selection of Spanish Cheeses paired with a Bodega Colome Torrontes, Argentina 2011, followed by a Lobster and Artichoke Salad topped with Green Gazpacho Vinaigrette, Shaved Fennel and Olive Oil Caviar paired with a Montes “Limited Selection” Sauvignon Blanc, Chile 2011. The third course features White Asparagus Soup with Mussels Escabeche paired with a Santa Ema “Amplus” Chardonnay, Chile 2009. Guests may cleanse their palates with a refreshing Papaya Lime Sorbet before indulging in the main course, a succulent New York Strip Steak drizzled with Sherry Sauce and topped with Green Chili Aioli. Two wines will be served with the main course – a Colome Malbec, Argentina 2009 and Errazuriz Carmenere, Chile 2011. For dessert, Chef Vlachos will serve a Chocolate Cream Cheese & Chipolte Empanada and Grilled Pineapple Arroz con Leche enhanced with an Errazuriz Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc, Chile 2010. During the dinner, McNamara will share with guests his extensive knowledge of South American wines and discuss the differences in the winemaking process in the southern hemisphere. As the seasons are reversed below the equator, what patrons may know about the growing season for California wines, for example, no longer applies in Argentina, Chile and other South American countries. McNamara has been a Master Sommelier with Premier Beverage in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area for more than three years. Prior to joining the privately held company, he served as the Wine Department Chairman for the Professional Culinary Institute, which offers the only Court of Master Sommelier’s approved program. He is a member of numerous wine associations including the Aspiring Masters of Wine, Wine Reviews, Wine Tasting Argentina, Wine Tasting Chile, Wine Tasting Uruguay and World’s Best Sommeliers and Wine Writers. McNamara is just one of the many distinguished wine experts to appear at Rosen Centre’s Vine & Dine series this year. In January, Vine & Dine featured Jesse Lange, general manager/winemaker of Lange Estate Winery & Vineyards, an award-winning winery in Willamette Valley, Oregon. In March, Rosen Centre welcomed as its distinguished guest speaker, Advanced Sommelier D. Lynn Proctor, subject of the soon-to-be-released documentary film “SOMM.” Then, in May, Rosen Centre welcomed Master Sommelier Joseph Spellman of Justin & Landmark Vineyards in California, one of only 118 Master Sommeliers in North America. Each Vine & Dine event begins with a reception in Everglades Bar featuring a welcome wine or unique wine cocktail. The group then adjourns to Everglades restaurant, offering a comfortable, yet refined setting that evokes the natural beauty and relaxed atmosphere of the Florida Everglades for a multi-course gourmet dinner highlighted by fresh, seasonal ingredients and wines expertly selected to complement the cuisine. During dinner, guests may engage in casual conversation about wines with an experienced wine maker or knowledgeable sommelier chosen for each event. Guests can also enter to win exciting raffle prizes, such as bottles of wine, wine-related items or hotel stays. An intimate dining experience, each Vine & Dine event is limited to no more than 40 guests, ensuring personal attention for each attendee. The cost of each Vine & Dine dinner is $75 per person, plus tax and 20 percent gratuity. Diners may make their evenings even more special by spending the night in a deluxe guest room for a special rate of only $79 plus tax. As with all Everglades dining experiences, valet parking is complimentary. Vine & Dine dinners can be customized for private group events. The Everglades restaurant’s extensive wine list, which features an array of wines from all regions, winemaking styles and price points, allows the culinary team to work with event and meeting planners to arrange unique experiences within any budget. The restaurant also offers an extensive selection of organic wines from wineries that share the hotel’s passion for protecting the environment and creating quality products in a sustainable manner. For Vine & Dine reservations and more details, call 407-996-8560. For more information, visit www.evergladesrestaurant.com or www.rosencentre.com. The final Vine & Dine event of the year will take place Oct. 26, 2012. Rosen Centre has received Meetings & Conventions’ prestigious Gold Platter Award, which is given to select properties throughout the nation that demonstrate creative and culinary excellence. Just minutes away from the Orlando International Airport and the area’s most popular theme parks and attractions, Rosen Centre is located at 9840 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819. For more information, visit www.rosencentre.com or call (800) 800-9840.

Guests at Rosen Hotels & Resorts Celebrate Independence from Internet Charges at Convention Properties Starting July 4

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Orlando’s Rosen Shingle Creek, Rosen Centre and Rosen Plaza Enhance Value and Service with Free Wireless and Hardwired Internet Services in Guest Rooms, Public Areas For more information, contact: Mary Deatrick, DPR (407) 332-5212, mary@deatrickpr.com Follow us on Facebook@RosenHotels&ResortsOrlando Follow us on Twitter@RosenHotelsNews ORLANDO (June 21, 2012) – Guests at the three Rosen Hotels & Resorts convention hotels, the award-winning AAA Four Diamond 1500-room Rosen Shingle Creek, 1334-room Rosen Centre and 800-room Rosen Plaza, will soon be able to celebrate independence from Internet charges as the Orlando-based hotel group offers free internet service — both wireless or hardwired — in guest rooms and public areas beginning July 4. Rosen Hotels & Resorts has implemented this change as part of its ongoing commitment to providing exceptional value and service to its business and leisure guests. The costs will not be reflected in a resort fee or otherwise hidden said President & COO Harris Rosen. “To us, free means free, and we thought Independence Day was the perfect time to announce this liberating change for our guests. It gives them the freedom to connect on their own terms, in the privacy of their guest rooms, without worrying about financial constraints or additional charges.” Today’s travelers are even more reliant on their smart phones, iPads/ tablets and laptops for work or play. Leisure travelers are increasingly reliant on the Internet not only for access to e-mail but also for last-minute vacation planning and research on attractions, activities, shopping, and more. Business and convention guests can now work productively and more affordably on their own schedules, from their guest room, meeting room, restaurant, lobby, or even poolside. Free internet connectivity is also an attractive incentive for meeting planners, for whom price, value and amenities are always deciding factors among Orlando’s many convention choices. The new free internet service is just one of the many Rosen Planner Perks™ and specials available to meeting planners. To book meetings or for more information, meeting planners may visit www.RosenHotels.com/ROI or call 407-996-9939. Together, the three Rosen convention hotels offer the most rooms, most meeting space and closest proximity to the Orange County Convention Center of any Orlando convention hotels. Combined, they lead the local convention market offering more than 3,634 rooms and a total of 611,000 gross square feet of flexible meeting/event space featuring the nation’s second largest column-free ballroom, an award-winning championship 18-hole golf course and golf academy, world-class spas, nearly two dozen dining, entertainment and lounge options, state-of-the-art fitness centers, a variety of tennis and sport courts which will provide meetings attendees and leisure guests unparalleled convenience and amenities. Each of the Rosen convention properties has been designated a Two Palm Green Lodge by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, meeting and often surpassing the state’s requirements to be deemed eco-friendly hotels. Over the past 38 years, Rosen Hotels & Resorts has grown from 256 to approximately 6,300 rooms, approximately six percent of the total guest rooms in Central Florida. Today, the Rosen family of hotels, which includes the award-winning Rosen Shingle Creek, Rosen Centre and Rosen Plaza, and four leisure properties in the Orlando tourist corridor, including the Quality Inn International, Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando, Rosen Inn closest to Universal and Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista, remain committed to providing outstanding value for all guests. For more information, visit www.rosenhotels.com or call 866-33-ROSEN.

Rosen Centre’s Everglades Restaurant Presents Second in Three-Part Series “Dinner with Harris Rosen hosted by Scott Joseph” June 28

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Five-Course Dinner Features Wines from Acclaimed Markham Vineyards with Special Guest Appearance from Winery President For more information, contact: Mary Deatrick, DPR (407) 332-5212, mary@deatrickpr.com
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ORLANDO (June 13, 2012) – Rosen Centre’s Everglades Restaurant is known for its upscale dining and wine pairing events, including its popular Vine & Dine series featuring renowned sommeliers and wine experts, but the International Drive hotel continues to raise the bar on local gourmet culinary events with the second of its three-part culinary series featuring its President & COO, Harris Rosen along with Orlando food critic, Scott Joseph.
“Dinner with Harris Rosen hosted by Scott Joseph” takes place Thursday, June 28 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and features special guest, Bryan Del Bondio, president of Markham Vineyards in St. Helena, Calif., whose wines will be featured along with the five-course meal. Rosen, whom Joseph has called a “charming and gracious host as well as a great storyteller,” will visit with guests and share stories about Everglades Restaurant and its tie-in to Everglades National Park, among other engaging tales about his life and business. Seating is limited to ensure an intimate and enjoyable experience for each guest.
The five-course dinner follows suit with the Healthy Summer menu concept which Rosen spearheaded as a way to provide healthy menu options in a fine dining setting. The May Vine & Dine event was themed “Food for Thought” and featured foods that nourished mind, body and soul.
The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with a welcome reception in the Everglades Bar, where guests can enjoy a glass of Markham Sauvignon Blanc, 2010 Napa Valley. Seating will begin at 7 p.m. and is soon followed by the first course: Whole Wheat Angel Hair, Morels, Asparagus in Saffron Tomato Broth and Markham Chardonnay, 2010 Napa Valley. The second course is comprised of Roasted Quail & Sweet Grape Jus paired with a Markham Merlot, 2009 Napa Valley, followed by a Pink Grapefruit Sorbet to cleanse the palate before moving on to the entrée.
For the main course, patrons will enjoy Filet of Buffalo Au Poivre with Blueberry Balsamic Sauce & Blueberry Onion Jam, served with a Baked Sweet Potato & Wilted Arugula and paired with a Markham’s “The Altruist” Cabernet Sauvignon, Calistoga Estate Vineyard, 2006 Napa Valley, which is made exclusively from estate-grown grapes. This particular wine is dedicated to Markham’s “Mark of Distinction” winners, a program in which the vineyard awards grants to passionate and inspiring individuals to complete projects that make a positive impact on their community. The wine was selected as a tie-in to Mr. Rosen’s extensive philanthropy work.
Guests will surely want to leave room for dessert: a trio of treats including a Pecan Tuile with Mascarpone Cream, Fresh Blueberries and Strawberries Peach Melba Cheesecake, and Grand Marnier Chocolate Mousse, accompanied by Santa Marguerita Prosecco.
The cost of the event is $95 per person including tax and gratuity. Diners may make their evenings even more special by spending the night in a deluxe guest room for a special rate of only $69 plus tax. As with all Everglades dining experiences, valet parking is complimentary. The third installment of “A Dinner with Harris Rosen hosted by Scott Joseph” is scheduled for the fall at Rosen Shingle Creek.
Reservations are required via www.ScottJosephOrlando.com. For more information, visit www.evergladesrestaurant.com or www.rosencentre.com or call 407-996-8560. The next Vine & Dine events at Rosen Centre will take place July 27 and Oct. 26, 2012.
About Markham Vineyeards: Bordeaux immigrant Jean Laurent came to California in 1852 to seek gold, but instead founded one of the first wineries in Napa Valley. Bruce Markham arrived in Napa Valley almost 100 years later, also looking to start a winery. In 1978, he founded Markham Vineyards and the old Laurent winery was reborn. In 1988, the old Laurent Winery once again rose like a phoenix to take on another new life. The winery was sold to Mercian Corporation and began an ambitious four-year, multi-million dollar renovation, expansion and vineyard-replanting program. These efforts would more than double the capacity and make Markham one of the most advanced, winemaking facilities in the country. Even through the renovation, Markham was able to produce three of the number-one rated wines from California, as judged by Wine Spectator magazine.
About Bryan Del Bondio: Winemaking is a Del Bondio family tradition. Bryan’s grandparents settled in the Napa Valley over 100 years ago. His father, Al, worked at Inglenook for 45 years and taught his son about the unique and challenging art and science of winemaking. His mother, Marie, also spent 40 years at Inglenook. Del Bondio’s formal education was completed in 1977 when he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Viticulture from the University of California, Davis. In 1977, he joined Markham Vineyards as General Manager, and in January of 1988 was promoted to President.
About Scott Joseph: The author and creator of Scott Joseph’s Orlando Restaurant Guide, Joseph has been reviewing restaurants in Central Florida and beyond for more than 20 years. In that time he established himself as the most trusted, reliable and comprehensive source of restaurant information in the region. During his career at the Orlando Sentinel, Joseph wrote thousands of reviews under his two spotlight columns, Chow Hound and Table Matters. His other columns have included State Fare, Takeout Cuisine, The Right Wine, and Let’s Do Lunch.
About Harris Rosen: The President & COO of Rosen Hotels & Resorts, Harris Rosen is a self-made businessman known throughout the Central Florida area for his dedication to philanthropic efforts, including the creation of the Tangelo Park Project, a program he started in 1993 which offers free preschool as well as full college and vocational school scholarships to disadvantaged youth in the Tangelo Park neighborhood, as well as his sizable contributions to create the University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management and the Jack & Lee Rosen Southwest Orlando Jewish Community Center. Dedicated to the health and wellness of his associates, he has been earned national recognition for his cost-saving and forward-thinking onsite healthcare program as well as his relief work for earthquake victims in Japan and in Haiti. His latest passion is Rosen’s Perfect Pizza™, a program designed to bring healthier foods to public schools and also funds scholarships and educational grants.
About Everglades Restaurant: Everglades Restaurant offers a comfortable, yet refined setting that evokes the natural beauty and relaxed atmosphere of the Florida Everglades. The restaurant’s extensive wine list, which features an array of wines from all regions, winemaking styles and price points, allows the culinary team to work with event and meeting planners to arrange unique dining experiences in the spirit of Vine & Dine and within any budget. The restaurant also offers an extensive selection of organic wines from wineries that share the hotel’s passion for protecting the environment and creating quality products in a sustainable manner.
About Rosen Centre: Rosen Centre has received Meetings & Conventions’ prestigious Gold Platter Award, which is given to select properties throughout the nation that demonstrate creative and culinary excellence. Just minutes away from the Orlando International Airport and the area’s most popular theme parks and attractions, Rosen Centre is located at 9840 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819. For more information, visit www.rosencentre.com or call (800) 800-9840.

“An Evening with the Sommelier” March 23 at Rosen Centre’s Vine & Dine to Feature Renowned Sommelier Serving World’s Top-Rated Wines

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Guest Sommelier D. Lynn Proctor, Subject of Documentary Film "SOMM," to Lead Guests in Tasting Six Wines Rated 90 or Better from Treasury Wine Estates For more information, contact: Mary Deatrick, DPR 407-332-5212,mary@deatrickpr.com Facebook/RosenCentre and Everglades Restaurant
Twitter/RosenHotels and RosenEats ORLANDO (March 7, 2012) — Rosen Centre is proud to welcome sommelier D. Lynn Proctor, subject of the soon-to-be-released documentary film "SOMM" as the distinguished guest speaker at the next installment of its popular "Vine & Dine" wine and food pairing dinner series entitled "An Evening with the Sommelier" on Friday, March 23. Throughout the evening, Proctor will introduce guests to a selection of six wines rated 90 or better from Treasury Wine Estates, an Australian-based global winemaking and distribution business. The documentary, produced by Forgotten Man Films, follows Proctor and three other sommeliers throughout their rigorous training and preparation for the Master Sommelier exam held by The Court of Master Sommeliers. Dubbed by the filmmakers "the hardest test you’ve never heard of," the exam has one of the lowest pass rates of all certification tests in the world. The title of Master Sommelier is considered the highest achievement in the world of wine and is a distinction that only 118 people in North America and 186 people in the world have received since The Court of Master Sommeliers was established in 1973. Proctor is just one of the many distinguished wine experts to appear at Rosen Centre’s Vine & Dine series over the years. In January, Vine & Dine featured Jesse Lange, general manager/winemaker of Lange Estate Winery & Vineyards, an award-winning winery in Willamette Valley, Oregon. On May 18, the next Vine & Dine event, Rosen Centre will welcome Joseph Spellman, a Master Sommelier from Justin Vineyards & Winery in Chicago who earned his M.S. certification in 1996. Beginning at 7 p.m., the welcome reception will feature Penfolds "Thomas Hyland" Riesling Adelaide 2008, which was rated 90 points by Wine Spectator magazine & Top 100 Best Values. The first course during "An Evening with the Sommelier" will feature Heirloom Beets, Goat Cheese and MicroGreens with Pistachio Vinaigrette paired with a 2008 Matua "Paretei" Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough New Zealand, rated 92 points by Wine Spectator. The second course includes a Seared Sea Scallop, Celery Root Cream and Candied Grapes served with a 2009 Chateau St. Jean "Belle Terre" Chardonnay from Alexander Valley, which earned 91 points from The Wine Advocate & Margo Van Staaveren, voted 2008 Winemaker of the Year by Wine Enthusiast. Guests will then have the opportunity to cleanse their palates with an Elder Blossom Sorbet before moving on to the main course, Filet of Beef with Chanterelle Mushrooms and Cipollini Onion Ragout, Smoked Tomato Grits and Grilled White Asparagus. Diners may then compare two Cabernet Sauvignons with the main course: the Beringer "Knights Valley" Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma 2009, rated 91 points by The Wine Advocate and the Beringer "Napa" Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa 2009, a new release that has not yet been rated, although past wines scores for the vineyard have been in the 90s. And finally, for dessert, guest may contrast one wine, the Penfolds "Club" Tawny, SE Australia, with a sweet and savory Duo Dessert plate: Artisan Cheeses and an Engadiner Nut Torte with Chocolate Truffle. Each Vine & Dine event begins at 7 p.m. with a reception in Everglades Bar that features a welcome wine or unique wine cocktail. The group then adjourns to Everglades restaurant, offering a comfortable, yet refined setting that evokes the natural beauty and relaxed atmosphere of the Florida Everglades, for a five-course, gourmet dinner highlighted by fresh, seasonal ingredients and wines expertly selected to complement the cuisine. During dinner, guests may engage in casual conversation about wines with an experienced wine maker or knowledgeable sommelier chosen for each event. Guests can also enter to win exciting raffle prizes, such as bottles of wine, wine-related items or hotel stays. An intimate dining experience, each Vine & Dine event is limited to no more than 40 guests, ensuring personal attention for each attendee. The cost of each Vine & Dine dinner is $70 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Diners may make their evenings even more special by spending the night in a deluxe guest room for a special rate of only $89 plus tax. As with all Everglades dining experiences, valet parking is complimentary. Vine & Dine dinners can be customized for private group events. The Everglades Restaurant’s extensive wine list, which features an array of wines from all regions, winemaking styles and price points, allows the culinary team to work with event and meeting planners to arrange unique experiences within any budget. The restaurant also offers an extensive selection of organic wines from wineries that share the hotel’s passion for protecting the environment and creating quality products in a sustainable manner.

For Vine & Dine reservations and more details, call 407-996-8560. For more information, visit www.evergladesrestaurant.com or www.rosencentre.com. Subsequent Vine & Dine events will take place May 18, July 27 and Oct. 26, 2012. In May the event will be titled "Food for Thought" with a menu consisting of "brain food" that is incredibly decadent, too. Joseph Spellman, Master Sommelier, one of only 118 in North America to achieve this designation, will be the guest speaker and will share the inside story of becoming a Master Sommelier.

Rosen Centre has received Meetings & Conventions’ prestigious Gold Platter Award, which is given to select properties throughout the nation that demonstrate creative and culinary excellence. Just minutes away from the Orlando International Airport and the area’s most popular theme parks and attractions, Rosen Centre is located at 9840 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819. For more information, visit www.rosencentre.com or call (800) 800-9840 For more information, visit www.rosenhotels.com or call 866-33-ROSEN.