Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel: Navigator's Table Diner Series

On Monday, November 6th, I was honored to be a guest at the Inaugural Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel's Navigator's Table Diner Series.  This was such an amazing experience. From the Executive Chef, Brett Austin Gardiner's amazing selections, and General Manager, Jim Bartholomay's warm and engaging welcome, to the company and camaraderie of all that were in attendance, it was truly a magical evening. We dove into this dining experience with excitement as the Renaissance took us on an exploration of coastal catches and deep sea delights.  We started poolside with Mote Marine and Hackleback Sturgeon Caviar, Hamachi Carpaccio, and Hama Hama Oyster Crudo served with Cotes De Provence Sparkling Rosé. The Caviar and Oyster Crudo were so fresh and paired perfectly with the Sparkling Rosé. 

Next we moved to the La Fuente Courtyard and enjoyed Florida Stone Crab and Diver Scallops served with a feature cocktail made from a local St. Petersburg, Florida Rum; Old St. Pete Righteous Rum Spice. As well as some very intriguing metal sculptures, made from old Harley Davidson motorcycles!! 

Our last stop on this amazing journey was the Pelagia Trattoria restaurant. When we walked in, the scene was breathtakingly beautiful. The table was set up with such care and detail. Nothing was overlooked. There were live beta fish swimming on the table, and there was a local artist standing by, ready to paint us as we enjoyed the final part of our journey. We were each given a "menu in a bottle" with all the details of the evening.  Pancetta Wrapped Lobster Medallions, Crustacean Butter, Congaree and Penn Farm Purple Rice Grits, Eastern Razor Clams, Seared Deepwater Opah Steak and West Coast Uni, Porcini-Dusted Bigeye Tuna with King Oyster Mushrooms and Green Lentils served with Stag's Leap "Karia" Chardonnay, Chateau St. Michelle Riesling, Hess Rosé and Boneshaker Zinfandel.  We also enjoyed the Chef's Selection of Dessert Treasures. My sincerest compliments to the Chef and the entire Renaissance Team for this incredible evening.  If you get the chance to sign up for one of these amazing journey's do not wait! Buy your ticket now. It is so very worth it!!

The Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel is located at: 4200 Jim Walter Blvd, Tampa, FL 33607. To reach them by telephone: (813) 877-9200. 

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Rebecca Hagen