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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


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

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