Red Lobster is an American casual dining restaurant chain that is owned and operated by Darden Restaurants, Inc., headquartered in Orlando, Florida. The company also has operations in Canada, the United Arab Emirates, and Japan. As of May 29, 2011, there are 698 Red Lobster locations worldwide.
Red Lobster was founded in 1968 by entrepreneurs Bill Darden and Charley Woodsby. Originally billed as a "Harbor for Seafood Lovers", the first restaurant in Lakeland, Florida, was followed by several others throughout the southeast. In 1970, General Mills acquired Red Lobster as a five-unit company. With new backing, the chain expanded rapidly in the 1980s.
Cheddar Mashed Potatoes
Red Lobster Cheddar Mashed Potatoes
2 lb. potatoes, peeled and quartered
2 oz. butter, unsalted, room temperature
1/3 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup sour cream
1/2 cup Cheddar cheese, grated
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
Place potatoes in pot and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil and simmer until fork tender. Drain completely. Mix potatoes with an electric mixer until smooth. When smooth, add butter and blend. Add cream, a little at a time and beat; add sour cream and blend. Add cheese, salt and pepper and blend again.