I recently had the opportunity to attend the Build a Better Lunchbox event at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando. Luckily for us, the weather was perfect for an outdoor brunch on the patio of Portofino’s Trattoria del Porto.The Build a Better Lunchbox event was a buffet-like setup of tables, each with a different food groups’ offering from which children were asked to choose several items from for their “lunchbox.” At each station, the event hosts would explain to the children about the food groups and what each of the available foods were so that the kids were encouraged to try new things. My girls’ favorites were the bread station (just like their Mama) and the fruits. They were able to try new things we hadn’t introduced to them before, so having then get to try from a bevy of options was a great experience for us.
As the parents, we were allowed to eat from the brunch buffet inside the restaurant for the purchase price of the Lunchbox event. While my personal opinion is that the price of the event was a bit high, my girls did receive a full buffet, and they learned some things about good foods. Universal characters where there as well, but at other Loews locations, I’m sure the characters would not be a part of the event. In addition to the characters, there was a clown painting faces for free and each kid left with a gift bag of some coupons and a few “healthy option” goodies.
The Build a Better Lunchbox event will be in the following cities in upcoming months:
Loews Atlanta (Atlanta, GA) – November 13, 2010
Loews Coronado Bay (Coronado, CA) – November 13, 2010
Loews Philadelphia Hotel (Philadelphia, PA) – November 13, 2010
Loews Miami Beach Hotel (Miami Beach, FL) – November 13, 2010
Loews Ventana Canyon (Tucson, Arizona) – November 13, 2010
The Don Cesar, a Loews Hotel (St. Pete Beach, FL) – November 14, 2010
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel (Santa Monica, CA) – November 21, 2010
Loews Vanderbilt Hotel (Nashville, TN) – November 28, 2010
Loews Annapolis Hotel (Annapolis, MD) – December 11, 2010
Photos courtesy: Angie Lynch
Disclosure: Our event tickets were provided in exchange for my articles on the events. The opinions expressed are solely my own.