2015-1 January

posted Jan 9, 2015, 7:02 AM by Susan Dodd   [ updated Jan 16, 2015, 6:23 AM ]

January 2015 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

Issue1 Volume4      

Happy New Year!  We hope your holidays were pleasant. We spent a magical week in Colorado Springs visiting Steve’s daughter and her 3 children enjoying lots of snow, games and quality family time. Santa was very good to us both this year. I love the New Year, a
chance to start again, refresh, renew and rebuild. Thank you for your friendship and support during our 1st year of business. We learned a lot, met a lot of people, and have a lot of ideas about how to move forward in 2015. Our website is growing, our Facebook page has a record number of followers, we are dabbling with You Tube & Instagram, our recipe file is expanding, we now have over 20 olive flavors including the craft beer varieties, we have joined 2 local business organizations, and we have several new festivals on our calendar this year.  So 2015 is shaping up nicely.


New Recipe - Italian Frittata with Steve’s Gourmet Olives

A frittata is an Italian style omelet, or a crust-less quiche. Like a casserole, you can put almost anything  in it.  It can be served hot or cold, for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It can be dressed up or dressed down, and it keeps very well in the refrigerator for several days. For those of you who resolve to increase protein & decrease carbohydrate intake for the New Year, frittatas are a great way to achieve that goal. Print off the recipe from our Recipe tab or follow this link to view the You Tube video
 http://youtu.be/j6c-2oZhuBQ.  Mangia!!


New Item  -  Craft Beer Olives

We are now collaborating with 3 local breweries – Cigar City Brew Pub in Carrollwood, Darwin Brewing Co in Bradenton and Green Bench Brewery in St Pete. We use our Spicy Pirate recipe, one of our best sellers, and replace the wine in the recipe with their craft beers. The results are surprisingly good, even to us!  Each flavor is unique and delicious, and quite different than the original wine version. Right now these olives are sold exclusively at local markets, but look for retail shelf availability in the New Year.

New Retail Location

We are pleased to announce an expansion of our product line into the Central Sarasota Farmers Market at 4748 South Beneva Rd, Sarasota, FL 34233. This is a year round farmers market every Saturday, rain or shine, from 8 am until 1 pm. Along with fresh produce from local farms and hand-crafted items from local vendors, they have a General Store which offers a selection of locally-made sauces, jams, jellies, oils and now Steve's Gourmet Olives. 


Calendar of Events

  1. Fri Jan 9th, Local Evolution Market, 5-9 pm, Darwin Brewing Co, 803 17th Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34205. Geraldson’s Community Farms & Darwin Brewing are collaborating for an evening of everything local. Enjoy freshly-prepared foods, local music and craft beer in a beautiful brewery setting. Both wine & craft beer olives will be available from Steve’s Gourmet Olives. Free admission.
  2. Sat Jan 17th,  20th Annual Einstein on Food & Wine, 8-11 pm, MOSI. Celebrate the delicious & diverse cuisine of Tampa Bay. Ideal event for anyone who enjoys wine, food, music & supporting science. 30 local restaurants & 120 vintners indoors, plus food trucks, live music & cigars outdoors. Look for Steve’s Gourmet Olives in the VIP area with ABC Fine Wines, the host sponsor.
  3. Thur Jan 22nd, Wine Tasting Event, 6-8 pm, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, 2720 Bee Ridge Rd, Sarasota, FL 34239. $10 at the door buys you samples of over 75 fine wines, spirits, craft beers and local food. Souvenir glass and discount coupon included.
  4. Thurs Jan 29th,  Beer Tasting Event, 6-8 pm, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, 1741 S Tamiami Trail, Venice, FL 34239. $10 at the door buys you samples of over 75 fine wines, spirits, craft beers, and local food. Souvenir glass and discount coupon included.
  5. Thurs Jan 29th,  Wine Tasting Event, 6-8 pm, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, 4319 S Florida Ave, Lakeland, FL 33813. $10 at the door buys you samples of over 75 fine wines, spirits, craft beers, and local food. Souvenir glass and discount coupon included.
  6. Sat Feb 7th,  Localtopia Market, 10 am - 5 pm, Williams Park, 330 2nd Ave N, St Pete, FL 33701. A community celebration of all things local. This FREE event is both family and pet friendly. Mazzaro’s Italian Market is the 2015 Presenting Sponsor.


Bring a Friend & Win

In order to continue building our social media presence, 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 pair of free wine glass charms. I personally make these wine charms, and they come in many fun designs to accompany the olives. The best advertising is the support of loyal customers sharing our product with others. Please follow us on Facebook, Instagram & You Tube. Thanks for your help!

January also brings us to the beginning of a new Gasparilla season here in Tampa Bay! We love Gasparilla, the annual pirate-themed festival that is Tampa's unique  version of Mardis Gras. We run the Gasparilla 15K each year and we are both active in the Krewe of Pandora. Our float is #7 in the parade line-up this year, and we are super excited to perhaps catch a little TV coverage.  Look for special Gasparilla promotions inside ABC Fine Wine locations throughout Tampa Bay. Argh!  Enjoy the new Frittata recipe, join us at as many of the events as you can, tell your friends about us, and we hope to see you out on the parade route this year.



Susan Dodd, M.B.A

Steve's Gourmet Olives