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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


posted Jun 9, 2017, 3:13 PM by Susan Dodd


This month you are invited to try some local craft beer with us, learn marketing tips from one of the best in the food biz, and join us for a unique brewery brunch.  Stay in touch and find some great recipes at Moonbay Gourmet.

Darwin Brewing - Bradenton, FL

 "Brewery of the Month"

Lucky's Market

Darwin Brewing owner Matt Cornelius & Head Brewer/Co-Founder Jorge Rosabal invite you to enjoy their craft beer at Lucky's Markets throughout Florida. They have been named Lucky's "Brewery of the Month" and will be sponsoring tasting events throughout the state in June.  Come join the Moonbay Gourmet team as we pour across the state. Cheers!

Marketing Seminar

Learn sales & marketing tips from one of the best in the food industry, the Saucy Queen herself Michele Northrup, founder of Intensity Academy Gourmet Sauces. This Working Women of Tampa Bay event is $25 for member and $35 for non-members. Worth every penny.

Sunday Brunch Market

81Bay Brewing Co

June 25th 11 - 3 pm

Brought to you by Tampa Bay Made & Your Pro Kitchen Tampa, this event features a Farm to Table Brunch (11 - 1 pm) from Gulf Coast Sourdough & Peaceful Pastures , live music and beer cocktails from Steve's Gourmet Olives &  Tidal Boar Ginger Beer.  Free admission, free parking & family friendly.


Moonbay Gourmet

Sales Support Services

We are a Tampa-based sales consulting firm providing social media marketing, on-site demos, trade show support,  photography services & more.  Let us know how we can help you grow.

April sampling Darwin Brewing Co beer & Graffiti Zoo chocolate at Lucky's Market Naples.

Events Schedule

June 11th - Seminole Heights Sunday Market, 11- 3 pm, Southern Brewing & Winemaking.

June 18th - Safety Harbor Market on Main, 10 - 2 pm.

June 25th - Sunday Brunch Market, 11 - 3 pm, 81 Bay Brewing Co, free admission, brunch, beer cocktails, music and local vendors.

2017 -04-May

posted May 3, 2017, 6:43 PM by Susan Dodd   [ updated May 5, 2017, 11:47 AM ]

MAY 2017 Newsletter

It is festival time in Florida. Time to get out and enjoy the outdoors before the summer arrives. Hope to see you at one or all of these events in May.  We also welcome a new grocery store into South Tampa, and congratulate a local brewery for its expansion. Have a great month, and keep on top of local foodie events by following us on Facebook or Instagram.

Darwin Brewing Co

BIG DEAL Chocolate Cherry Imperial Stout

Congrats Darwin Brewing Co on landing your Big Deal Chocolate Cherry Imperial Stout in Lucky's Market in Florida. Chocolate & black malt balance out the rich & creamy brew. It's an ideal beer for celebrations, enhanced by the addition of sweet chocolate and just a touch of cherry tartness. Come taste the Big Deal for yourself at  

Lucky's Naples - May 10th, 1 - 4 pm and June 6th, 11 - 3 pm

 Lucky's Orlando -  May 10th, 1 - 4 pm.


Sprouts Farmers Market South Tampa

Grand Opening

1523 S Dale Mabry Highway

May 24th

This Phoenix-based chain is focused on making healthy living easy and affordable. They carry many all-natural and organic items, with a special focus on finding local products. This is the 2nd Tampa location to open this spring, with more locations to follow soon.


Tis the season for food, wine, beer & burger festivals in Florida.  Tampa-based Steve's Gourmet Olives is joining forces with ultra-premium Pigalle Vodka  at all of these events. Come try their mild and spicy Bloody Marys for yourself. 

Winter Springs Food & Wine Festival

May 6th 5 - 8 pm

Temple Terrace Craft Brewfest

May 13th 4 - 8 pm


6th Annual Burger Showdown

May 20th 4 - 10 pm

Moonbay Gourmet

Sales Support Services

As your brand grows, do you find yourself being stretched too thin to demo your products? Let Moonbay Gourmet help, that is what we specialize in. We cover Central Florida, and offer solo or combo demos to fit any budget.  Contact Susan Dodd 727 644-7500 or


May 6th - Winter Springs Food & Wine Fest, 5 - 8 pm

May 7th - Hyde Park Village Fresh Market, 10 - 3 pm

May 10th - Mother's Day Beat the Crowds,  Lucky's Market Naples, 1 - 4 pm, Darwin Brewing Big Deal Imperial Stout, Graffiti Zoo Chocolate and Out of the Weeds free tasting event.

May 10th - Get Sauced at Lucky's, Lucky's Market Orlando, 1 - 4 pm, Darwin Brewing Big Deal Imperial Stout and Serious Foodie  free tasting event.

May 13th  - Temple Terrace Craft Beer Fest, Woodmont Park, 4 - 8 pm, 

May 14th - Seminole Heights Sun Morning Market, 10 - 2 pm, Southern Brewing & Wine Making

May 18th - Wine Tasting, ABC Fine Wines, 8470 37th St E, Sarasota, 6 - 8 pm, $10 at door

May 20th - 6th Annual Burger Showdown, Curtis Hixson Park, 4 - 10 pm


posted Apr 6, 2017, 8:47 PM by Susan Dodd   [ updated Apr 7, 2017, 11:26 AM ]

April 2017 Newsletter

It's another good month for Florida Foodies. We welcome the opening of a new Sprouts Farmer's Market in Sarasota (think Fresh Market with better prices and local brands). We are highlighting a delicious chocolate company out of Melbourne. And for the craft cocktail connoisseurs, we have a local Bloody Mary collaboration. Follow us on Facebook to keep up with all the news.

Sprouts Farmer's Market
Sarasota, FL

This Phoenix-based chain is focused on making healthy living easy and affordable. They feature fresh fruits & vegetables, barrels of wholesome grains, a full-service deli and a fresh meat & seafood counter.
The Sarasota opening is April 12th, with the South Tampa and Palm Harbor locations to follow soon.  Come sample local brands  Kombucha Tampa and Out of the Weeds at the Friends & Family event April 11th.

Graffiti Zoo Gourmet Chocolate Co
Melbourne, FL

Graffiti Zoo Gourmet Chocolate Co, owned by husband & wife team Mike & Melissa Gordon, is based in Melbourne, FL and has been producing gourmet Belgian chocolates in a variety of fun animal-themed flavors for 15 years.  You can find these award-winning chocolates at Lucky's Markets and specialty stores throughout Florida or order on-line.


Tampa-based Steve's Gourmet Olives is collaborating with Ultra-Premium Pigalle Vodka for several events in Florida this spring.   Look for Bloody Marys to be flowing at these events: Taste of South Tampa,  16th Annual Golf Tournament Wentworth Golf & Country Club, St Pete Vine Affair and Winter Springs Wine & Food Festival.  Both brands can be found at ABC Fine Wines throughout Central Florida. 


Keep Moonbay Gourmet in mind for all on-site demo & Trade Show needs. That is our specialty. We work with a variety of Florida-based brands and are focused on launching them into the new Lucky's and Sprouts locations across the state.  We love helping local businesses grow and we always appreciate referrals.

Sat Apr 8th - Tasting Event, Lucky's Market Gainesville, Kitchen Crafted, 12 - 4 pm
Tues Apr 11th - Friends & Family, Sprouts Sarasota, 4 - 7 pm, Kombucha Tampa 
Wed Apr 12th - GRAND OPENING - Sprouts Sarasota, 7 am
Thurs Apr 13th - St Pete Vine Affair, ABC Fine Wines, St Pete, Steve's Gourmet Olives and Pigalle Vodka
Thurs Apr 20th - Happy Hour Networking, Working Women of Tampa Bay, The Beach, 6 pm
Fri Apr 28th - Happy Hour Networking, S Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Blind Goat, 4 pm

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