Cuban Food Meets Building Performance in Orlando

The IBPSA-USA Semiannual Winter meeting this year was a great success. Over 80 guests gathered in Orlando to eat Cuban food, socialize and get reconnected. 

This years event almost never happened. 

Prices for venues near the convention center in Orlando have been going up over the past couple of years, and the average per person charge for event centers and local restaurants able to host our event was averaging $120 per head! Thanks to David Eldridge and IBPSA-USA staff, we were able to find an alternative solution that was affordable by being creative. The Unique Touch Events center -- usually booked for small weddings and Quincineras -- was a somewhat risky choice said Mike Wilson, IBPSA-USA Executive Director. “We were not certain that they would be able to accommodate our needs, or that our members would feel comfortable in a space located in a strip mall, next to a nail salon, with an interior draped in white silk.”


Cuban Food Truck

"We paired the highest-rated, most authentic Cuban food Truck in Orlando, with an open bar, to make up for the non-traditional venue and get creative with dinner.” said David Eldridge. Attendees enjoyed local tastes with their friends and peers, which included: Garlic Fries Cubano, Cuban Sandwiches, Molos Shrimp Bowl, Empanadas (meat & cheese) and Caribbean Jerk Fish Filet, followed by local Key Lime Pie.


"This is the biggest Cuban sandwich I have ever seen!” said Dru Crawley, IBPSA-USA President.

Attendees also enjoyed a short program with presentations from IES, EDSL-Tas, shout outs to TRANSYS, as well as organizational updates and a call for more committee participation from members.

Be on the look out for details about our Summer Meeting in Austin…we have heard rumblings about a great Texas BBQ place only locals know about that we may be able to secure.