4 Rivers Smokehouse to Cater Gourmet Tailgate Party at Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard


ORLANDO, Fla. (February 5, 2015) - While taking in the action on the scenic fairways of the Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard, tournament spectators will now dine on barbecue catered by Chef John Rivers of 4 Rivers Smokehouse, a quick-service restaurant nationally recognized for its award-winning 18-hour Smoked Signature Angus Brisket. As the official and exclusive barbecue partner for the Birdies, BBQ & U event on Saturday, March 21, 4 Rivers Smokehouse will be serving up its signature smokehouse fare including Carved Brisket Sliders with Smoked Jalapeños, Mini Meatloaf Sliders, Six Shooters and Whole Smoked Pigs.

The Invitational's annual Birdies, BBQ & U event is a gourmet tailgate party without cars on the Tournament grounds. Featuring fine food and fantastic views of the fairway, the popular smokehouse, which is located in eight cities spanning the state of Florida, will be the exclusive food provider of this unique special event.

"We are thrilled to feature Orlando's best BBQ at our Birdies, BBQ & U event," says Marci Baker, Chief Operating Officer of the Tournament. "Such quality catering by 4 Rivers Smokehouse only reinforces our status as Orlando's signature event."

Birdies, BBQ & U is an all-inclusive special ticket event. Complete with purchase, spectators receive Tournament admission for Saturday, March 21, admission to Birdies, BBQ & U event from 12 - 3 p.m., food, soft drinks and beer from Anheuser-Busch, off-site Parking Pass for Saturday and a signature commemorative tumbler. Prices are $75 in advance or $67.50 in advance when purchased with MasterCard.

About 4 Rivers Smokehouse
Founded in 2009 by Chef John Rivers, 4 Rivers Smokehouse has rapidly expanded throughout the state of Florida and led to opening of The COOP, its sister concept that leads with fried chicken and Southern sides. The restaurant has also attracted local and national recognition including invitations to cook at the prestigious James Beard House in NYC, four consecutive invitations to present at the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival, appearances on NBC and FOX morning shows and features in USA Today, Food & Wine, The Local Palate, Saveur, Oprah, and TravelandLesiure.com.

About Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard
The Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard will hold its 37th annual tournament March 16-22, 2015. The Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard is one of Central Florida's signature events, a premier sporting event and a highlight of the PGA TOUR, attracting some of the greatest talent in golf. The entire event is overseen and directed by one of the game's all-time greats - Arnold Palmer. Proceeds from the tournament benefit Arnold Palmer Medical Center, including Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies. One day tickets to the Tournament start at $50.00. For more ticket information, please visit arnoldpalmerinvitational.com.