New kosher catering coming to town
Shown here (l-r): Harris Rosen, president and COO, Rosen Hotels & Resorts; Rabbi Yosef Konikov, RCF-Orthodox Rabbinate of Central Florida, Inc.; Executive Chef Michael McMullen, Rosen Plaza; Keith Keiser, director of catering, Rosen Plaza.
Harris Rosen, president and COO of Rosen Hotels & Resorts, announced plans to create a kosher catering service at Rosen Plaza Hotel. The new venture will include the building of two new, certified Orthodox kosher kitchens at the hotel. The new kitchens will open in fall 2015 to service individual guests and groups at Rosen Plaza, as well as to provide kosher catering for all seven Rosen Hotels and Resorts and catering for other groups, banquets and events in the vicinity of the Orange County Convention Center and throughout Central Florida.
To ensure that kosher law is followed at the new kitchens, Rosen Plaza has partnered with Rabbi Yosef Konikov, RCF-Orthodox Rabbinate of Central Florida, Inc., who will consult on all aspects of the new kitchens. The hotel also will employ a full-time mashgiach, a supervisor and single key holder of the kitchens, who will provide mashgiach temidi, or constant supervision, of all activities there.
"With the new catering service supported by the kosher kitchens at Rosen Plaza, we will fill a current void in the Orlando meetings and convention industry, particularly in the convention center area, for high-quality certified Orthodox kosher meals," said Rosen. "We aim to meet and exceed the needs of every guest at our hotels, so we are honored to be able to take the necessary steps to meet the needs of our visitors from the Jewish community."
"I applaud Mr. Rosen for his commitment to supporting this endeavor to meet the needs of Jewish visitors and the greater Orlando Jewish community," said Rabbi Konikov. "This is a necessity that has been missing from our area until now, and I am nappy to partner with Rosen Hotels & Resorts to ensure that they are able to create and maintain a high level kosher kitchen at Rosen Plaza."