November 2014 Newsletter

Steve’s Gourmet Olives
Delicious Wine-Marinated Olives

Locally owned & operated
Delicious artisanal olives made locally
Spice up a recipe or dress up a cocktail
 Great for entertaining, snacking and gifting
 Sold at “ABC Fine Wines” and gourmet food &
 fine wine stores throughout central Florida

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Craft beer is here!
And we are very happy about that fact.  Did you know that over 50 microbreweries have opened their doors in the greater Tampa Bay area in the last 2 years?  With the recent passing of legislation to allow the sale of popular “growler” sized servings of beer in Florida, microbreweries are popping up everywhere. And they are producing some amazing craft beer. In fact, Cycle Brewing in St Petersburg was just ranked #4 top brewer in the nation by Beer Advocate reviews.

Steve’s Gourmet Olives has been producing wine-marinated olives for over 2 years and we are now
jumping on the craft beer band wagon. On October 18th we were invited to participate in the LOCAL BUDS OctoBEER Farmer’s Market at Green Bench Brewing Company in downtown St Pete.

Utilizing our Pirate Olive recipe, we created new olive flavors with 3 of Green Bench Brewery's craft beers.  It set a new one-day record for sales of Steve’s Gourmet Olives. The roasted flavors of  the Green House Double Stout with its hints of coffee married particularly well with our Caribbean spices to produce a stellar Black Bart olive. Stay tuned for more craft beer events.

New Retail Locations

We are pleased to announce 2 new retail locations selling Steve’s Gourmet Olives. First is Brooklyn South, a unique New York style deli in downtown St Pete at 1437 Central Avenue, St Petersburg. It is owned by Brooklyn-born Matt Bonano. He specializes in delicious made-to-order deli sandwiches using the freshest meats and cheeses. Located right in the Edge District and basically across the street from the baseball stadium, it is a great place to go before or after the game or while running around downtown. Second is the ABC Fine Wine & Spirits location in North Port, Florida. The address is 4250 Aidan Lane, North Port, FL 34287, right off Tamiami Trail.

Recipe of the Month

The weather is cooling down and the holidays are approaching, it is time for some savory meatballs.

These crowd-pleasing meatballs are prepared in a crock pot for maximum ease, allowing you to host a party and actually have time to enjoy yourself. The recipe is so simple we call it “Easy Pleasy Italian Meatballs” and includes frozen meatballs and any flavor of Steve’s Gourmet Olives. The magic is in the sauce, which is made using the entire jar of olives. The wine and olive oil in the jar marries with the tomatoes and spices, making an amazing red sauce. These meatballs are even better on the 2nd or 3rd day. (click here for recipe)

New Items

Speaking of the holidays, we are adding several new items to complement Steve’s Gourmet Olives for gift giving time.  These are fun items like bar towels, coasters and martini twizzles created locally to make a fabulous gift basket. Stay tuned for a separate communication and photos.

Calendar of Events

Friday Nov 7, 5-9 pm. Local Evolution Craft Market, Darwin Brewing Company, 803 17th Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34205. Geraldson Community Farms and Darwin Brewing Co are collaborating for an evening of everything local. Enjoy fresh foods, local music and craft beer in a beautiful outdoor setting.  Presenting 3 new flavors of beer-marinated olives from Steve's Gourmet Olives. Free admission.

Sat Nov 8, 7-11pm, 28th Annual Zoofari, Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave, Tampa, FL 33604. Steve’s Gourmet Olives sampling all flavors of olives and crock pot of meatballs near the Carousel in the Yellow Zone. Tickets at

Wed Nov 12, 6-8pm, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, 1405 E Brandon  Blvd, Brandon, FL 33511. Wine Tasting Event. $10 at the door gets you samples of over 75 fine wine and spirits, local food, a souvenir wine glass and coupon good towards purchase.

Thurs Nov 13, 6-8pm, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, 5810 W Manatee Ave, Bradenton, FL 34205. Wine Tasting Event. $10 at the door gets you samples of over 75 fine wine and spirits, local food, a souvenir wine glass and coupon good towards purchase.

Thurs Nov 20, 6-8pm, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, 1845 Bruce B Downs Blvd, Wesley Chapel, FL 33544, Wine Tasting Event. $10 at the door gets you samples of over 75 fine wine and spirits, local food, a souvenir wine glass and coupon good towards purchase.

Fri Nov 21, 6-9pm, Thieves of San Lorenzo, "Uncorked”Fundraising Event for Lisa Witczak, Egypt Shrine Oasis Lounge, 4050 Dana Shores Blvd, Tampa. Wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, entertainment by DJ Ray, raffle prizes. Free admission.

Sat Nov 22, 10am-7pm, Shopapalooza, South Straub Park, Downtown St Pete. Holiday market of 100+ local vendors. Tampa Bay’s local alternative to Black Friday. Free admission. (tentative)

Thurs Dec 4th, 6-8pm, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, 14729 N Dale Mabry, Tampa, FL 33614. GIANT annual holiday wine tasting event!  Get ready for the holidays in style at this festive event that draws 300+ people. This is where is all began for Steve’s Gourmet Olives. Come say hi and see what holiday items we are offering for your gift giving pleasure. Still only $10 at the door, but so much more to sip, sample and savor.

Bring a Friend and Win

In order to build our newsletter distribution list, we are offering a free gift!  Bring a friend to any tasting event and add them to our email distribution list and you will win a free wine glass charm. These charms are hand-made by myself and come in many different designs. These charms come in handy when there are 300 other people in the room all drinking out of the same souvenir wine glass.

We hope you enjoy the month of November, and don’t forget your olives for Thanksgiving.  Get out your boots and sweaters, drink some good wine, tasty local craft beer, enjoy your family time, and join us at one of our events. 

Susan Dodd, M.B.A. 
Steve’s Gourmet Olives