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posted Dec 6, 2018, 4:34 AM by Susan Dodd   [ updated Dec 6, 2018, 5:08 AM ]

T'is the season to be busy! Let us relieve your holiday stress at one of these holiday  shows by knocking out all your shopping at once! Prices start at $15, and shipping is free over $50. We specialize in Corporate Gifting and deliveries begin Dec 3rd. Have a blessed holiday season, and see you in the New Year!
Cheers, Susan & Steve

New Whole Fruit Spreads 
from Plant Cit, FL

New Marinades and Dry Rubs
from Bradenton, FL


posted Oct 31, 2018, 9:47 AM by Susan Dodd   [ updated Nov 6, 2018, 4:31 PM ]

Announcing our new new business, Moonbay Consulting, Inc - a sales & promotions company specializing in gourmet foods & beverages (including Steve's Gourmet Olives). We offer services to help build your business, utilizing 9 years experience in the industry.   We specialize in Corporate Gifting, just in time for the holidays! Have a Happy Thanksgiving, and let us know how we can help you get ready for Christmas!

                                                                                                      Cheers! Susan & Steve                                                    

Nov 8 - 11th, Florida State Fairgrounds

This 15th annual fundraiser by the Junior League of Tampa features over 200 vendors, and 100% of  net proceeds benefit support childrens' charities in the community.  This is our first time vending at the event, and we are so excited. Stop by Booth #130 for gourmet gifts from 6 local companies. More info here.

Dec 1 - 2nd Keystone Prep High School

This is  family-friendly event featuring over 200 vendors in an outdoor setting with food trucks, live entertainment and free admission. This is our 3rd time vending here, and it is always fun. 

Westshore Mall - next to Starbucks

This is event has been MOVED FROM THE CITRUS PARK MALL. It runs every weekend starting on Black Friday November 23rd through Christmas. Moonbay will be there Dec 8 - 9th and Dec 15 - 16th. Stop by and knock out all your holiday shopping. 


posted Oct 18, 2018, 5:58 AM by Susan Dodd   [ updated Oct 25, 2018, 6:53 AM ]


We love October - Halloween parties & Oktoberfest celebrations!  Join us for a fundraiser,  a Halloween event at a a gourmet market, and a one-year anniversary at a brewery in Tampa this month.

Big news: our side-gig has turned into a full-time gig. Introducing Moonbay Consulting, Inc. We got a little bored with one product line, so we consult with other local gourmet food & beverage brands. Check out our new website, and more news to come.  Next month's newsletter will be from Moonbay, if we can figure out Mail Chimp.              Cheers! Susan & Steve

October 25th 5:30 - 9 pm
Bryan Glazer JCC

This FUNdraiser features a fashion show, appetizers & wine, vendors, and live entertainment to benefit women in technology. This is our 3rd year attending, and we will have lots of gourmet goodies there to try and buy. Buy tickets here.

LUTZ, FL 33549

Start your Halloween celebration at Quality Foods Gourmet Market! Enjoy house specials on wine & beer, party planning tips, costume contests, live art displays, and free samples from Keel & Curley Winery, Two Henrys Brewing and Moonbay Consulting.

8729 Gunn Highway
Tampa, FL 33556

Happy One Year Anniversary Bru Growler Bar! Fun for the whole family with a special line-up craft beers, hourly raffle prizes, free pumpkin painting, decorate the Tampa Chalk Car, and Got Lobstah? food truck.  In less than a year, this has become one of our favorite watering holes. Join us!


We are pleased to be working with these great local brands under our new Moonbay Consulting, IncLook for big news from these brands soon, and thanks for taking us along for the ride.


posted Sep 17, 2018, 3:21 PM by Susan Dodd   [ updated Sep 18, 2018, 4:38 PM ]


In spite of the heat index, we are in full holiday prep mode. After 3 years of applying, we finally got accepted as vendors to the Junior League of Tampa Holiday Gift Market. Yipee!  Stay tuned. In September,  join us for a great wine tasting at ABC, and a fabulous night of networking with STCOC.                                                    Cheers! Susan & Steve

SEPTEMBER 20th, 6 - 8 pm
1845 Bruce B Downs Blvd
Wesley Chapel, FL 

Sept 27th, 4 - 7 pm
Tampa Convention Center

Connect with over 100+ local businesses and 800+ professionals for the 4th Annual STCOC Biz Expo and Networking Night! This year's theme, 'MEET SOUTH TAMPA'S SUPER HEROES", promises to be fun with giveaways, live entertainment, door prizes, and a cash bar. FREE for Chamber members & Military, $10 at the door for guests. 

Stop by Booth #96 for some Super Hero snacks from Intensity Academy Gourmet & Hot SaucesThe Serious Foodie and Steve's Gourmet Olives.  Yes, we will be in costume :-)

**** I have 10 free tickets  - respond to this email if you want tickets***


posted Aug 7, 2018, 7:38 AM by Susan Dodd   [ updated Aug 8, 2018, 5:10 PM ]


Survive the Dog Days of summer with some cold craft beer, chilled white wine and FUNdraisers this month. And the swimming pool, lots of swimming pool time. Hope to see you soon.

Cheers!   Susan & Steve

BRU Florida Growler Bar
8729 Gunn Highway
Tampa, FL 33556

Tues/Wed    3 - 10 pm
Thurs/Fri    2 - 11 pm
Saturday    12 - 11 pm
Sunday     12 - 7 pm

BRU Growler Bar is Florida's premier growler-filling bar, featuring craft beer, kombucha, nitro coffee and gourmet foods from around the state. Owners Christian & Jill Brugal  have mastered the fun of social media, and invite you in for Free Wing Wednesday, Trivia Thursday or anytime! How about August 15th with us?

August 15th, 5 - 8 pm

It's free Wing Wednesday, and we will be sampling Bloody Marys, olives & Voodoo Chef bbq sauces. Stop by  Aug 15th, 5 - 8 pm and check out this fun new craft beer bar with us. Every purchase qualifies you for a raffle ticket to win 1 of 4 FREE tickets to the 27th Annual Gourmet Feastival ($200 total value). Cheers! 

27th Annual Gourmet Feastival

We are honored to be a part of this FUNdraiser for The Helen Gordon Davis Centre for Women again this year. Stop by and see us at booth #26, right beside Hard Rock Cafe. Other exhibitors include ABC Fine Wines, Florida Cane, Nothing Bundt Cakes and The Centre Club. We will be raffling off 4 FREE tickets to this event at  BRU on August 22nd. Cheers!

Stop by and sample Steve's Gourmet Olives Bloody Marys and 3 Daughters Brewing craft beer at ABC Fine Wine in Carrollwood on August 30th 5 - 7:30 pm.  Cheers!


posted Jul 10, 2018, 4:15 AM by Susan Dodd   [ updated Jul 12, 2018, 1:57 PM ]

JULY 2018

Hope you had a great July 4th! We visited Tennessee & Jacksonville for some quality family time. We invite you to 3 tasting events and 2 new retailers in the Tampa area this month. No summer slow down here, and that is just fine with us. Hope to see you soon.                                                                           
                                                                                   Cheers!   Susan & Steve


Have you been to the hottest new spot in Tampa yet? Come check out Armature Works with us on Friday 13th 4 - 7 pm at Inside the Box. Then chose from 12 different restaurants & bars to kickoff your weekend. 

Odessa, FL

BRŪ Growler Bar is Florida's premier growler-filling bar, featuring craft beer, kombucha, nitro coffee, and gourmet foods from around the state. This new spot, located at 8729 Gunn Highway Odessa, FL,  opened in Sept 2017 by husband &  wife team Christian & Jill Brugal.  They host Free Wing Wednesday and Trivia Thursday every week.  Check it out!

Lutz, FL
Mon - Fri 7 - 9 pm
Saturday 9 - 9 pm
Sunday  11 - 9 pm

Quality Foods Gourmet Market, 16307 N Florida Ave Lutz, FL is a locally owned, specialty grocer bringing you the best of Tampa Bay featuring a deli, fresh produce, local gourmet foods, and craft beer & wine on tap. Owned by husband & wife Chris & Emily Houp, they host happy hour daily 4 - 7 pm, monthly wine tastings, and a weekly farmer's market Sat 10 - 3 pm.  

We will be hosting a tasting event  there on July 19th, 4 - 7 pm. Join us!

11615 West Hillsborough Ave
6 - 7:30 pm


posted Jun 4, 2018, 4:54 PM by Susan Dodd   [ updated Jun 26, 2018, 2:00 PM ]


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 Market, started in Boulder CO in 2003, 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

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