A couple of weeks ago, I was contacted by Gina Melton of Zest in order to extend an invitation to a Holiday Party sponsored by Bard Valley Natural Delights and taking place in one of the most popular spots in South Tampa right now, Pane Rustica.
I did not have to be asked twice, I accepted so fast, I think I did not give her a chance to say another word.
My first impression of Pane Rustica was that it was cozy and was bigger than I had imagined. They are known for Contemporary American style cuisine and are very popular with the lunch crowd. At night it elevates its casual lunch atmosphere for fine dining and a great wine selection along with a hopping full bar.
The hosted walked me to a private dining room, where I started to mingle with my fellow bloggers who I have met before and some who I was looking forward to meeting for the first time. Isabel from Family Foodie, Cara and Megan from Healthy Tampa Bay Living, Mr. Jeff Houck from TBO’s The Stew (love this guy!), Tracy from My Other City by the Bay, Elizabeth from Food Nation Radio Network, Nina From Panache Vue magazine, Jim from Gastroblog and Jodi from HashtagFoodPorn.
This was a serious crowd and I was delighted to share a Wednesday night in their company.