The Third PA Blogger Meet-Up

by Lauren on December 3, 2012

This past Saturday marked the third PA Blogger Meet-Up, and what a great event it was!

Last year, after realizing that there were a great amount of writers right in my neighborhood, I decided to put together a networking group of local bloggers and began organizing our first meet-up. Over the course of a few months, word spread, more bloggers emerged, and our tiny little group grew into a congregation of 30 or more diverse, and wonderfully passionate people that all share similar interests.

Since then, I’ve upgraded my strategies and managed to oversee the group by serving as the leader of the events and the liaison between blogger and local businesses.

I try to plan a meet-up every 2-3 months, and each time, we focus on gathering in a place that, one, has good food, and two, is a local establishment that we can feature.

(if you’re interested in planning a meet-up, you might want to check out my “how to” post on, How to Organize a Blogger Meet-Up.)

This time, our group met for brunch at a fairly new spot in Harrisburg, The Tomato Pie Cafe.

I have been to the original Tomato Pie in Litiiz a few times before, and was thrilled to find out they were opening a branch in Harrisburg.  It made the perfect spot for an assembly of  aspiring foodies to conjure over a fancy latte and urban style eating.

This meet-up brought a few new faces, so I was especially excited to meet some new friends and see some my old pals as well.

 

 

 

 

We began our introductions with oversized coffee cups in hand, each filled with a delicious frothy warm beverage.

My choice was delightful- a London Fog; earl grey tea with vanilla and steamed soy milk.

The conversations continued without a moment of silence, and before we knew it, our meals arrived.

It was a difficult decision because I wanted ten different things off the menu, but I eventually settled on the Beet Scrambler- egg whites with beets, goat cheese and fresh cilantro.

It was served with whole wheat toast and fresh fruit.

I can’t say I’ve had beets in my eggs before, but this is a new favorite.  Beets and goat cheese go with just about anything in my opinion.  I also loved the fresh cilantro and didn’t think I would as much as I did. It worked so well in this dish to bring all of the flavors together.

This particular meet-up brought a special guest, Melissa from PennAg Industries, a member-based trade association, representing agribuisness in and around Pennsylvania.  Melissa contacted me a few months ago about helping her put together a VIP blogger event for their exhibit at the PA Farm Show this year and wanted to come and give some more information on our next event.

A big thanks to PennAg for sponsoring this meet-up and taking care of the bill.

A few of us brought some goodies to share….

 

We spent a few hours chatting about music, food, fitness, and of course, blogging.  It was such a great event and a so nice to include more and more people to the group.

 From left to right: Danielle, Steph, Ellie, Erica, Me, Laura, Melissa, Lindsay, Nikki

 Thank you to everyone that came out for another fantastic meet-up!

We already have our next event in the works with the PennAg and the PA Farm Show and after that, I’ve got some pretty exciting stuff planned with Hershey for February.

If you are a PA local (south central, central, south east) and want to find out more about joining the group, shoot me an email at LPodolsky410(at)Gmail(dot)com.  

 Question:

Have you ever attended a blogger meet=up?  

 

Check It Out:

Looking for a fast, easy, and delicious dinner for tonight?  Check out my latest recipe for Italian Balsamic Quinoa Stir Fry on the Shiloh Farms blog today!

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