OCT 2012

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2012 Sneak Peek Directory Subscribe Advertise Contact INSIDER'S GUIDE By Ashley Wright Orlando & Kissimmee If you think Orlando and the neighboring Central Florida cities like Kissimmee are just for families, think again. Yes there are ample theme parks and attractions, but thereʼs also a wealth of convention-focused hotels and "after five" attractions. Thereʼs a misconception of what the area has to offer, said Danielle Courtenay, chief marketing officer for Visit Orlando. "Our research made it clear the primary rea- son Orlando wasnʼt selected for their convention or meeting event was a perceived lack of after-hours offerings. We who live and work here and our millions of annual visitors know thatʼs simply not the case. Orlando has phenomenal dining and enter- tainment options." According to Courtenay, fine dining in the Orlando area was put on the global map by internationally renowned chefs such as Emeril Lagasse, Kat Cora and Roy Yam- aguchi. More recently, the home-grown talents of John Rivers (4Rivers Smoke- house), Kevin Fonzo (K restaurant), and James and Julie Petrakis (Ravenous Pig) have begun to expand the destinationʼs foodie image. ■ ALABAMA ARKANSAS FLORIDA GEORGIA KENTUCKY LOUISIANA MISSISSIPPI NORTH CAROLINA OKLAHOMA SOUTH CAROLINA TENNESSEE TEXAS VIRGINIA WEST VIRGINIA The Table is a new wine-pairing & special events dining experience in Orlando where guests enjoy a 5-course meal and wine pairings by award-winning chefs. www.con v OCTOBER 2012 ConventionSouth 45 Visit Orlando via Facebook

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