JUN 2018

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ J U N E 2 0 1 8 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 24 SOUTHERN FOODIE DESTINATIONS Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel, which is connected by skywalk to the city's Arthur R. Outlaw Convention Center, can experience local fare at The Harbor Room, specializing in local seafood and seasonal produce. The hotel's Fathoms Lounge offers creative cocktails, live music and covered outdoor seating. And, with eight other dining establishments within walking distance, groups have many options for dine-arounds. Just outside Mobile, the Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa in Point Clear is com- pleting a $32 million transformation that will in- clude new signature restaurants and a reinvention of all dining services with an emphasis on food and beverages using ingredients sourced from local farms and the resort's Estate Garden. Upon finalizing these and other changes, the historic property will become part of Marriott's Auto- graph Collection. according to General Manager Scott Tripoli. In July, the 550-acre resort's new Southern Roots restaurant will open, offering chef- driven menus focused on farm-to-table fare, along with scenic views of Mobile Bay. Also coming in July, Bayside Grill will feature appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, salads, and pizzas and flatbreads from wood-fired ovens in a casual atmosphere where families can dine inside or on the outdoor patio while the kids have fun playing on the activities lawn. A new bar, 1847, named for the date that the original hotel opened on the property, will soon begin offering Grand Garden-to-Glass crafted cocktails, local libations and signature wines by the glass. Cultural Cuisine Destinations such as Myrtle Beach, S.C., and New Orleans use their local food scenes to pro- vide visitors with glimpses into regional history and culture. Kim DaRoja, director of group ► Upside-down margarita glass chandeliers are just one of the fun design elements that will be part of Margaritaville Resort Orlando, expected to open in late 2018. Along with a man- made beach and waterpark, the new 300-acre immersive property, located just south of Walt Disney World, will feature a giant tiki bar and 15 food and beverage options. n Foodie Design Element Gumbo (left) and King Cake (right) from the Hilton New Orleans Riverside

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