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posted Jun 4, 2018, 4:54 PM by Susan Dodd   [ updated Jun 7, 2018, 5:23 AM ]


Steve & I are taking the summer off from Hyde Park & Seminole Heights Market to spend some time with family. We have some special summer events on our calendar, and we encourage you to follow us on Facebook & Instagram. Please continue to purchase our products at ABC Fine Wines in Central Florida,  Locale Market,  Armature Works and the new Quality Foods Market  in Lutz. Or from our website, of course. Thanks for your support!

Introducing -  Great Grandson

Lucky's Market St Pete 
Grand Opening June 6th - 10th
Tyronne Square Mall

Lucky's Markets, started in Boulder CO, believes good food shouldn’t be a luxury. If you don’t want to eat things like pesticides, antibiotics and growth hormones, you shouldn’t have to. They feature mountains of fresh produce, bulk grains & nuts, fresh squeezed juices, take-home entrees, salad bar, and oven-baked pizza, with a special focus on local products.
Think Whole Foods with better prices. And you can shop while enjoying a pint of craft beer or glass of wine. Join us for the Grand Opening at Tyronne Square Mall in St Petersburg. Cheers!
Lucky's Market, 
6765 Tyrone Blvd N, 
St. Petersburg, FL 33710

Thursday Jun 7th 12-3 pm
Friday Jun 8th 1-4 pm
Saturday Jun 9th 4-7 pm
Sunday Jun 10th 11-2 pm

Introducing The Serious Foodie's
New Southwest Brunch Kit

Everything you need for a delicious Southwest-inspired brunch. Serious Foodie Hatch Chile sauce for heuvos rancheros, Duke's Hatch Chile jerky, Kodiak Cakes Protein Cornbread mix, and Steve's Gourmet Olives Chipotle Bloody Mary mix.  Retail $39.99. Order here -  20% off, and free shipping with code “NewKits2018”.

Wine Tasting
Thursday June 7th 5 - 8 pm


posted Apr 6, 2018, 11:36 AM by Susan Dodd   [ updated May 4, 2018, 8:39 PM ]


We had so much fun at the Strawberry Festival last month with Mario that there is rumor of a double booth next year.  Thanks to all who came out! We have decided to try the Blueberry Festival in Brooksville this year, so we will not be at the Keel & Curley event. See more photos & events on Facebook & website.  Enjoy this great Spring weather, and hope to see you out this month.  
                                                                                      Cheers!     Susan & Steve

Hillsborough High School
Sun April 8th
This year-round market is the 2nd Sunday of each month and features 75+ vendors, live music, food trucks, and fun for the whole family. Free admission & parking. Come get your olives, Bloody Marys, spicy mustard, BBQ sauces & dry rubs at Booth #56.

                                                                                    ABC WINE TASTING

Pay $15 at the door for a souvenir wine glass, a coupon towards purchase, and samples of over 75+ fine wines, craft spirits & liquers. We will be pouring up Bloody Marys with Pigalle Vodka. Stop by! 

April 28th 12 - 6 pm / Apr 29th 12 - 6 pm
205 E St Dade Ave, Brooksville, FL

Returning to downtown Brooksville again this year, the Blueberry Festival offers food, music, shopping & fun for the whole family. FREE admission & FREE parking.  Look for Tampa Bay favorites like Jessi's Flaming Fruit SauceKombucha Tampa, and Steve's Gourmet Olives there.

2018 - 03 - Mar

posted Feb 27, 2018, 11:56 AM by Susan Dodd   [ updated Mar 1, 2018, 10:30 AM ]


Steve & I are taking March off from Hyde Park & Seminole Heights markets to work the Strawberry Festival with our friends Mario Camacho Foods. We hope to see you at the festival, a wine tasting, a fun night of cooking, and the ever-popular Taste of South Tampa this month.                                                              Cheers!  Susan & Steve

Gasparilla 8K Road Race
Feb 25, 2018
Tampa, FL

In celebration of landing their new organic line in Publix, Mario entered a team into the Gasparilla Distance Classic sponsored by Publix on Feb 25th.  They invited me & Steve along for the fun & photos. It was the perfect venue to promote a healthy, nutritious product line like theirs.  Evidently olives make you fun fast. 

March 1st - 11th 
Plant City, FL

Did you know Mario is a 4th generation family-run company with operations in Spain & Greece? Their products include olives, capers, olive oils, cherries & jams with US headquarters in Plant City, FL. Their products can be found in Publix, Walmart, Sam's and on Amazon in the East Coast. 

Join me & Steve at their Strawberry Festival Booth in Main Exhibit Hall Booth # 62 to taste their delicious, all-natural products. 

ABC Fine Wines - 1845 Bruce B Downs Blvd, Wesley Chapel
March 15th 6 - 8 pm
$10 at the door

Epicurean Theater
Cooking Class

Come meet The Serious Foodie at the beautiful Epicurean Theater for a night of cooking fun & flavor on Mar 16th at 7 pm.  Get your tickets now for a four course meal featuring his gourmet rubs & spices, each course paired with a signature cocktail. 

Tickets  are going fast and include free tastings from dozens of restaurant, bars and breweries. Look for us pouring Steve's Gourmet Olives Bloody Marys with Pigalle Vodka under the big oak tree along Bayshore Boulevard. 


posted Feb 1, 2018, 6:47 AM by Susan Dodd   [ updated Feb 1, 2018, 5:27 PM ]


After much anticipation, we are announcing the grand opening of an entirely new culinary concept in Tampa - Armature Works! We are thankful for their support of local brands like ours. Join us for several fun events this month, and enjoy the meatball recipe. They are perfect for feeding a hungry crowd at Super Bowl. Happy February!

Saturday Feb 3rd

Armature Works is a food-lover’s dream & true innovation in Tampa. The 22,000 square foot industrial market features an open floor plan with communal seating surrounded by restaurants showcasing the top chefs & restaurateurs in the Bay. With more than a dozen casual eateries, culinary options range from daily prepared foods, meats, cheeses and fresh produce to beer, wine, cocktails & desserts.  Purchase local products like Steve's Gourmet Olives,  Kombucha TampaVoodoo ChefMario Olives & Intensity Academy Hot Sauces at "Inside the Box" booth. 

Super Bowl Recipe

February Events

ABC Wine Tastings

Feb 8th, 6 - 8 pm, ABC Brandon            
1405 E Brandon Blvd Brandon, FL 33511
Feb 22nd, 6 - 8 pm, ABC Tampa       
3015 W Kennedy Blvd Tampa, FL 33609


posted Jan 31, 2018, 1:00 PM by Susan Dodd   [ updated Feb 1, 2018, 6:42 AM ]

HAPPY NEW YEAR!  We hope you had a fabulous holiday season. Steve & I visited Steve's daughter & granddaughters in Colorado Springs. It was a great time to relax and reconnect. We know the kids are growing up fast, and we cherish every holiday with everyone together. 

Monthly Tampa Bay Markets

We will continue to sample and sell our products at these 2 monthly markets this season. We will be adding some new products to our booth, all local and delicious. Come see us!

Facebook Store

You can now purchase our products directly from our Facebook page. Look for the Shop tab in the left margin on your phone, or at the top on your computer.  The prices include shipping & tax. Products are sent USPS flat rate 2-3 day priority shipping. You can still order product from our website too.


December 2017

posted Dec 8, 2017, 10:19 AM by Susan Dodd   [ updated Dec 8, 2017, 10:20 AM ]

We are thrilled to announce that Steve's Gourmet Olives is collaborating with 3 other Tampa Bay brands to offer gift sets this season- Voodoo ChefIntensity Academy & Mario Olives. These sets include delicious, all-natural sauces, spices & martini items for a variety of gift options starting at just $20.

Purchase them directly from me & Steve at Citrus Park Mall in Tampa on these dates. Mention this newsletter for 20% off one gift set.

Or ship directly from our website anywhere in the U.S. Check our Facebook for special offers throughout the season. Wholesale prices are available for larger order. And don't forget one gift for yourself. 

Susan & Steve Dodd


posted Nov 4, 2017, 5:32 AM by Susan Dodd   [ updated Nov 4, 2017, 6:41 AM ]

Happy November, let the holiday countdown begin. We are creating gourmet gifts for all the Foodies on your list and selling them at these local shows. Come check them out. There is a new ABC store in the Seminole area of Pinellas for all your holiday entertaining needs. We have a full calendar of fun this month... join us!

ABC Tasting Events

Agora Night Market

Agora Night Market  is a new after dark market designed to support local artisans and is held every Tuesday night in a different area brewery. Join us Sept 7th at 7venth Sun Brewery 6809 N Nebraska Ave Tampa, 33604.

Lutz St Timothy's Holiday Boutique

Tampa Bay Times Holiday Market

The Market at Citrus Park

This market features local artisans in two areas of Citrus Park Mall.  The 9 - 9 pm events are at the Holiday Kiosk across from Starbucks (enter at BJ's Restaurant), and the 10 - 3 pm events are in front of Macy's. 

WWOTB Think Pink Holiday Event

This will be our 3rd year at this great event, and it just keeps getting bigger & better. Look for our table near the bar, and we will have lots of gourmet gift sets available for purchase here. 

Lutz Annual Arts & Crafts Festival


posted Sep 20, 2017, 2:35 PM by Susan Dodd   [ updated Nov 2, 2017, 7:57 AM ]


Hope things are starting to get back to normal for you after Irma. We were fortunate in West Tampa to get no flooding or real damage.  Prayers to all of those affected, and may the season end soon.


26th Annual Gourmet Feastival

 Sept 21st -  A La Carte Pavilion

Enjoy signature dishes from Tampa Bay's finest restaurants, craft cocktails, live entertainment and a silent auction benefiting The Centre for Women. Look for Steve's Gourmet Olives & Pigalle Vodka in the VIP area.


Brunch Market at 81Bay Brewing

4465 W Gandy Blv, Tampa 33611

Join us for a Farm to Table Brunch from Chef Brian Sommers of Clementine Catering, craft beer, Bloody Beers,  Beer Mimosas,  live music, games & local vendors. Get your $15 brunch tickets here, they sold out quickly last month. Cheers! 

New Bloody Mary Mixes

After requests for larger bottles from restaurants, we recently increased  Steves Gourmet Olives Bloody Marys to a 1 liter bottle. They come in 2 flavors - Bacon and Spicy Chipotle - and feature Worcestershire, celery seed, horseradish & anchovies. Sold at ABC Fine Wine & Spirits throughout Tampa Bay. 


Show your love of local products at  Moonbay Gourmet tasting events. We specialize in on-site demos, trade shows & social media management and enjoy working with a variety of brands. How can we help your brand expand?

Sat 9.23, Sprouts West Tampa, 11 - 2 pm, Bee Wild Honey

Sat 9.23, Lucky's Market Orlando, 12 - 3 pm, Darwin Brewing

Wed 9.27, Lucky's Melbourne, 4 - 7 pm, Darwin Brewing & Watson Kitchen

Wed 9.27, Sprouts West Tampa, 4 - 7 pm, Bee Wild Honey

Sat 9.30, Lucky's Melbourne, 3 - 6 pm, Darwin Brewing , The Serious Foodie & Watson Kitchen


posted Aug 8, 2017, 4:53 PM by Susan Dodd   [ updated Aug 9, 2017, 6:37 AM ]

August 2017

The summer is flying by, hope you get a little down time before it is over. Steve & I visited Fairbanks to meet the newest member of the family, our 4th granddaughter.  Keep in touch on Facebook at Steve's Gourmet Olives & Moonbay Gourmet. We always welcome your feedback.


Bee Wild Honey

Bee Wild Honey is raw, gourmet honey produced in small batches in the Georgia Mountains. It is run by 3rd generation bee-keepers who are committed to sustainability. 

WILDFLOWER honey is robust, complex and floral and pairs well with tea & gourmet cheeses. GALLBERRY honey is rich and buttery with a butterscotch finish and pairs well with Greek yogurt, oatmeal & baking.  

Taste for yourself at Sprouts Palm Harbor  on Aug 12th, 19th & 26th.

Spaghetti 2.0

Intensity Academy roasts over 100 pounds of fresh garlic for every batch of Garlic Goodness. This delicious, all-natural garlic hot sauce is available throughout Tampa Bay including Winn Dixie stores, Hyde Park Market and Seminole Heights Market. 

Moonbay Gourmet

We are a food & beverage consulting company based in Tampa, FL specializing in marketing, social media management, photography, in-store demos and more. Let us know how we can help you grow. 


Thurs  8.10 - Wine Tasting, ABC Fine Wines, St Pete, $10 at door, sample Steve's Gourmet Olives and Pigalle Vodka

Sat 8.12 - Bee Wild Honey Tasting, Sprouts Palm Harbor

Sun  8.13 - Seminole Heights Market, 11 - 3 pm

Fri  8.18 - Darwin Beer Tasting, Lucky's Orlando

Sat  8.19- Bee Wild Honey Tasting, Sprouts Palm Harbor

Thurs 8.24- Fat Cat Hot Sauce Tasting, Winn Dixie Riverview

Sat 8.26 - Bee Wild Honey TastingSprouts Palm Harbor

8.26 - Beer & Hot Sauce Tasting, Lucky's Melbourne

8.30 - Grand OpeningLucky's Oakland Park


posted Jul 11, 2017, 8:10 PM by Susan Dodd   [ updated Jul 13, 2017, 5:04 PM ]

JULY Newsletter

We are excited to be expanding Steve's Gourmet Olives now and are seeking your input!  If you want to help, see below.  We anticipate new products, new logo, new distributor and new retail locations. Keep on top of the latest on Facebook at Steve's Gourmet Olives & Moonbay Gourmet.

Martini Drinkers - Help Wanted

We are adding new products to Steve's Gourmet Olives and need your feedback.  Must love martinis! We are forming Focus Groups to develop new products and will be hosting taste tests in July & August in the Tampa area. If you are interested, simply respond to this newsletter. Thanks!


Sweet & Smoky Apples with Fat Cat Gourmet Foods

Available at Winn Dixie & Lucky's Markets

2 apples, diced into 1/2-inch chunks
Pinch of salt
1 tsp olive oil
1.5 TB Fat Cat Surprisingly Mild Guajillo Ghost sauce
2 TB raw sugar or honey
2 oz dry medium bodied wine

Heat olive oil in a sauce pan over medium heat.

Add apples and pinch of salt, stir and let cook until the apples have softened, about 5 minutes.

Add sugar or honey, stir to combine and lower heat to medium low and cook until apples start to brown slightly, another 3-4 minutes.

Once the apples have browned, raise heat to medium high, add wine & stir, blending any caramelized bits into the wine. After another 2-3 minutes, the liquid will start to glaze the apples. Turn off.

When there is only a little bit of liquid left in the pan, turn off heat and add Fat Cat Surprisingly Mild Guajillo Ghost. Stir well to coat the apples and serve warm.


Grand Opening 

Winn Dixie - Ruskin, FL

Did you know Winn Dixie carries local products? Look for a large end-cap near the produce and beer section labeled "Local" for  Fresh From Florida products. We will be sampling Fat Cat Foods during this grand opening.

7th Annual Christmas in July

Come out and have fun, drink tequila and, of course, celebrate Christmas in July! Bloody Marys featuring Steve's Gourmet Olives mix and Pigalle Vodka. Sponsored by Tampa Bay Business Journal and benefiting "Walk to Freedom Foundation". 


Thurs Jul 13th, 2 - 6 pm, Winn Dixie Grand Opening, Ruskin, FL, sampling Fat Cat Gourmet Foods

Tues Jul 25th, 4 - 9 pm, Christmas in July , Tampa, FL, get tickets

Sun Aug 6th, 10 - 3 pm, Hyde Park Market, Tampa, FL

Thurs Aug 10th, 6 - 8 pm, Wine Tasting ABC Fine Wines 4th Street St Petersburg, FL

Sun Aug 13th, 11 - 3 pm, Seminole Heights Sunday Market, Southern Brewing & Winemaking

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