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October 12, 2017 Staff

Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show 2017 Exhibitor Review

This week you’ll find M&R Specialty Trailers and Trucks at the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show running from October 11th – 13th, 2017. This annual event is being held at the Orange County Convention Center and brings together over 8,000 professionals from across the culinary and food service industry. Whether you’re looking for cutting-edge flavor combinations for your menu or looking to grow your existing restaurant franchise this Florida’s premier event to accomplish these goals.

If you plan to be in attendance, we encourage you to head on over to booth 1301 to say hi and check out our display.  Our booth is located on the South end of the convention center near the Costco and Panama Jack Outdoor and Sunroom Skyline Design booths. You can view photos from our exhibitor booth below.

Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show

Our Booth at the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show

On display at this year’s event is Tony’s Clam Chowder concession unit built by M&R Specialty Trailers and Trucks.  Tony’s Clam Chowder is the fastest growing clam chowder brand in the United States. If you live in Florida, you might already be familiar with enjoying their brand from Albertson’s or Safeway locations or perhaps enjoyed the chowder at an area ma-and-pa restaurant.

Tony’s Clam Chowder uses their concession van as a mobile promotion vehicle that helps introduce their award winning chowder flavors to new customers and also to serve hungry fans at popular events like the Cedar Key Seafood Festival being held from October 21st – 22nd. Some nifty elements of this concession unit include an external television to display a menu or marketing program, an illuminating display case for showing off product, and a serving window built right into the sliding door. Click here for full video tour of Tony’s Clam Chowder. If you happen to be in attendance, come and take a tour of the vehicle yourself!

clam chowder van

Tony’s Clam Chowder



Interior kitchen view.


Interior view.

Special Events

The conference concludes tomorrow (October 13th, 2017), but there’s still plenty of valuable sessions we look forward to attending. The presentations for this event are broken into different tracks that are critical to any growth-minded restauranteur like operational excellence, hot trends, building a winning team, and increasing customer loyalty. Below is a small sample of the sessions we’re looking forward to seeing including tracks and times:

Menu Design Jedi Mind Tricks 10/13/2017 12:00 PM 12:45 PM Operational Excellence
“It’s All on Me” 10/13/2017 2:00 PM 2:45 PM Build a Winning Team
Culinary Demonstration by Chef DeJuan Roy 10/13/2017 1:00 PM 1:45 PM Culinary Demo

We’ve enjoyed all the people we’ve met at the event so far and look forward to hopefully meeting you at the final day of the event.










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