PLANT CITY – Some desserts and drinks being served at Red Lobster and its sister restaurants have their roots in Plant City – literally.
More than 360 Darden Restaurants in Florida and Georgia are using Plant City grown berries through February. It’s a sweet deal for both local growers and customers.
Red Lobster Chef de Cusine Heidi Lane said she has always loved using Plant City berries in desserts.
“They are always super sweet and we can get them fresh this time of year. We are simply showcasing how good they are,” she said. “I love being able to use fresh produce this time of year when a lot of the country is knee deep in snow.”
Red Lobster is using Plant City berries in two desserts, Strawberry Shortcake in a Jar and on top of cheesecake, and in two alcoholic beverages, Sunset Passion coladas and sangrias, Lane said.
Another Darden restaurant, LongHorn Steakhouse, is also using Plant City strawberries.
Lane said she always likes to use produce grown close to the company’s Orlando headquarters. She didn’t know how many flats of berries that Red Lobster will go through over the next two months, but she said it will “be quite a few.”