From Traditional Holiday Dishes to Florida-Inspired Favorites, Rosen Hotels’ Buffets are Holiday Dining at its Finest
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Mary Deatrick, DPR
ORLANDO (November 11, 2016) – The holidays are just around the corner, and it’s time to start making plans for hosting those special meals with family and friends. Rosen Hotels & Resorts makes entertaining easy, with lavish holiday buffets, Thanksgiving brunch and a host of activities sure to fill you with holiday cheer. There are more opportunities than ever to join the festivities, with several new events being held this year. Rosen Plaza will hold “Iced Out,” an ice carving competition among area chefs to be held at ’39 Poolside Bar & Grill. Rosen Centre will host a cake pop decorating with the buffet lunch at Café Gauguin. Rosen Shingle Creek will feature Chef David Ramirez and his team’s gingerbread houses depicting the Twelve Days of Christmas, among many events at all of the hotels. And of course, there is an extensive offering of holiday buffet dining options throughout the hotels.
Extend your holiday dining experience with a relaxing overnight stay in a deluxe guestroom or suite. For a complete list of holiday events, dining specials and holiday overnight stay packages, visit rosenhotels.com/holidays.
Thanksgiving Day Buffets
Thanksgiving Day Buffet is a favorite among locals and visitors alike for the extensive selection of carefully prepared dishes. From traditional favorites like roast turkey, prime rib and stuffing to an exciting stir fry station, soups and chilled salads, there is something to please every palate. The emphasis is on fresh flavors and quality ingredients featuring Gulf Shrimp, House Cured Smoked Salmon, seasonal fruits and house made pastries, soups and sauces. The challenge at the dessert station is making a choice from the vast selection – Key Lime Pie, Chocolate Indulgence, Pumpkin Pie or a little bit of everything?
Buffet hours are November 24, from noon to 5 p.m. and include complimentary wine and valet parking. Advanced pre-paid reservations are: $37.95 for adults/$18.95 for children ages 4-11, not including tax or service charge. Walk-ins are welcome at a cost of $41.95 for adults/$18.95 for children. Children under four are free. Call (407) 996-0256 for reservations or visit rosenplaza.com/thanksgiving.
Rosen Shingle Creek
is the place to go if you just don’t feel like cooking this year. The hotel is offering a 25% discount to Florida residents for their Thanksgiving Day Buffet at Café Osceola. Guests can drink in floor-to-ceiling views of the luxurious grounds, as well as unlimited mimosas and champagne. This Spanish-revival style restaurant will offer holiday favorites such as Hand-Carved Herb-Crusted turkey, French beans, sausage sage dressing and pumpkin apple bisque soup, as well as dishes with a creative flair like Duck Leg Confit with Bourbon Glaze. Enjoy create-your-own pasta, omelet and seafood stations and even a gourmet grilled cheese station with options like brie cheese with pear and bacon for a decadent treat. The perfect ending to the perfect buffet awaits with a lavish dessert display including pies, cakes, cheesecake shots, chocolate fountain and more. The buffet is offered Thursday, November 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and costs $67.95 for adults, $29.95 for children ages 4-11 and children under four are free. (Tax and service charge not included). There is complimentary valet parking and reservations are required by calling (407) 996-3663 or visit rosenshinglecreek.com/thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving Day Brunch runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and includes an elaborate buffet of holiday favorites like turkey, cornbread dressing and Yukon gold mashed potatoes, but that’s just the beginning. Guests will enjoy made-to-order omelets and waffles, a chef’s pasta and paella station, an antipasto display, Cedar Key bisque, and market salads. There will be specialty selections from several of the hotels’ highly acclaimed restaurants, like 98Forty’s Mango Crab Cake and Banshoo Sushi Bar’s California rolls and spicy tuna rolls. Don’t miss the Mahi Mahi wrapped in banana leaves drizzled with coconut curry, or the extensive selection of sweet indulgences for dessert, including the decadent chocolate fondue fountain. The buffet brunch is $43.95 for adults, $16.95 for children ages 4 to 12 and children under four are free. The price (not including tax and service charge) includes complimentary valet parking and champagne and mimosas. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling (407) 996-8551 or visit rosencentre.com/thanksgiving.
Christmas Day Buffets
December 25 Christmas Holiday Buffet pulls out all of the stops to make this a memorable meal. Every detail from European pastries with flavored butters and jewel-like miniature desserts to the Passion Fruit-Guava gastrique served with the Baked Christmas Ham and buttery croissants in the caramelized vegetable stuffing is designed to make this an outstanding dining experience. Bring the extended family or all of your out-of-town guests – there is something for everyone. Traditional favorites include roast turkey with fresh pineapple cranberry sauce, prime rib, Dijon Crusted Pork Loin, and Buttermilk and Cheddar Mashed Potatoes. Those opting for a lighter meal will find fresh vegetables and dips, artfully displayed salads, Asian noodles with wok vegetables, Florida Red Snapper with Shaved Fennel and fresh seasonal fruits and berries. In addition to traditional pumpkin and pecan pies, Christmas Rum Cake and Chocolate Yule log, guests can choose no-sugar added Chocolate Mousse Cake or small dessert shots and pops.
Buffet hours are from noon to 5 p.m. and include complimentary wine and valet parking. Advanced pre-paid reservations are: $37.95 for adults/$18.95 for children ages 4-11, not including tax and service charge. Walk-ins are welcome at a cost of $41.95 for adults/$18.95 for children. Children under four are free. Call (407) 996-0256 for reservation or visit rosenplaza.com/holidays.com.
Rosen Shingle Creek
comes alive with Christmas Magic this year, with Christmas trees decorated by local charities and gingerbread houses creatively crafted by the hotel’s pastry team on display. Indulge in a sumptuous Christmas Day Buffet at Café Osceola, relaxing in the airy restaurant with unlimited champagne and mimosas and spectacular holiday dining. Herb and Garlic Crusted Prime Rib, Pecan and Dill Crusted Salmon and a spiced shrimp boil headline a gastronome’s feast. Inventive holiday dishes like Peking Pork Belly Crepes and Banrai Sushi favorites join traditional fare such as Roasted Tom Turkey, savory soups, market fresh salads and more. Gather the family and enjoy a 25% Florida resident discount. The December 25 buffet runs from 11:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and costs $67.95 for adults, $29.95 for children ages 4-11 and children under 4 are free. (Tax and service charge not included). There is complimentary valet parking and reservations are required by calling (407) 996-3663 or visit rosenshinglecreek.com/holidays.
Christmas Day Buffet features so many tempting choices it’s difficult to know where to begin. Seafood-lovers will be enticed by the spiced shrimp boil, Pan Seared Sea Bass and topped with lemon and dill, seafood gumbo and sushi display. Looking for traditional holiday favorites? Rosen Centre’s chefs have that covered with turkey, candied yams, mashed potatoes, and pineapple rum glazed ham. A few of the brunch items include made-to-order omelets, Belgian waffles and Lemon Buttermilk Pancakes. Make sure to save room for dessert (or start there first!) so you don’t miss out. Choices span the globe from French Bǔche de Noel, to German Stollen, Swiss sweets, and all-American pumpkin pie. The piece-de-resistance is the white-and-dark chocolate fountain with fresh pineapple, strawberries and marshmallows for dipping. The brunch is offered from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., includes unlimited mimosas, champagne and valet parking, and is priced at $43.95 for adults and $16.95 for children ages 4 to 12, not including tax and service charge. Children under four are free. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made by calling (407) 996-8551 or visit rosencentre.com/holidays.
New Year’s Eve Everglades Dinner and Celebration
Rosen Centre’s Everglades restaurant is offering an indulgent gourmet four-course New Year’s Eve meal prepared by Everglades Head Chef Fred Vlachos. This special runs from 5:30 p.m. -10 p.m. and is $64.95 plus tax and service charge per person.
Guests can wrap up their celebrations at Sam & Bubbe’s Lobby Bar at Rosen Centre. Sam & Bubbe’s will be broadcasting live coverage of Times Square festivities on its nine 75-inch TVs with party favors and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Entry to the event is free and no reservations are required.
Harry’s Poolside Bar & Grill New Year’s Eve Dining
Escape to the Caribbean this New Year’s Eve with a special three-part Prix Fixe menu at Harry’s Poolside Bar & Grill, Rosen Centre’s popular poolside dining spot. Soak in balmy breezes while enjoying your choice of Pan Seared Sea Bass, Harry’s Surf & Turf or New York Strip, among entrees. A bottle of sparkling wine per couple or two glasses of house wine per person are included for toasting in 2017. Open 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. Price is $44.95 plus tax and service charge per person.
New Year’s Eve Stay Package at Rosen Centre
Guests can ring in the new year with an exclusive, one-night, stay-and-play package for two at Rosen Centre. The $399 package features a four-course dinner for two in the Everglades restaurant, including a bottle of wine or champagne, breakfast buffet for two in Café Gauguin and two 50-minute Swedish massages at The Spa at Rosen Centre. Rosen Centre’s 2017 celebration at Sam & Bubbe’s Lobby Bar has live coverage of Times Square, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. Complimentary valet parking, Wi-Fi and use of the fitness center are included. Taxes and gratuity are excluded.
Rosen Centre is located at 9840 International Drive in Orlando. For more information and to make reservations, please visit www.rosencentre.com/holidays or call (800) 204-7234.
New Year’s Eve at 3NINE
Rosen Plaza’s entertainment venue and nightclub, 3NINE, will be hosting the hottest New Year’s Eve celebration in Orlando with the sounds of DJ Ty and a midnight champagne toast. Guests can enjoy a full menu of food and drink items. General admission tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. General admission begins at 9 p.m.
To make the night even more spectacular, VIP tables can be reserved for $50 for parties of four or less and $100 for parties of five or more. Each table comes with party favors and bottle service is also available. VIP open bar packages are available for individual admission tickets starting at $100 which includes access to a private bar area and open bar for premium brand liquor, wine and beer. VIPs enjoy early seating at 8 p.m. VIP reservations are available by contacting John Torry at email@example.com or through www.3NINEorlando.com/newyears/.
Rosen Plaza Hotel is located at 9700 International Drive in Orlando. For more information, or to make reservations, please visit www.rosenplaza.com/holidays or call (800) 627-8258.