Soon you may be able to buy delicious, artisanal, wine infused olives made right here in Tampa Bay at your neighborhood Winn Dixie store. Steve’s Gourmet Olives, a Tampa-based gourmet food business specializing in wine-marinated olives, will be pitching Winn Dixie executives on July 17th hoping to get on their shelves. They were invited to this competition as part of Winn Dixie’s “Winn Local” initiative to bring new local brands into their stores. There are over 100 local brands participating in this competition.
Steve’s Gourmet Olives was founded in the fall of 2011 by husband and wife team, Steve and Susan Dodd. Steve has been marinating olives for 10+ years for his own recipes, because they were never spicy enough. They produce 4 flavors of olives – Greek Mild, Greek Spicy, Italian Pirate Mild and Italian Pirate Spicy. They are all bathed in a red zinfandel wine from California and accented with fresh garlic, peppers, herbs and spices. The pirate recipes include Caribbean spices, and the spicy recipes have fiery habanero peppers.
Currently these olives can be purchased at ABC Fine Wine & Spirit locations in the Tampa Bay area, at weekend Tampa Bay Markets (www.tampabaymarkets.com) and from their own website (www.stevesgourmetolives.com). The website contains a monthly newsletter, a calendar of events, recipes, retail locations, plus olives & gift items for purchase. Follow their business on Instagram and Twitter @captolive or @mrscaptolive. And look for changes soon at your neighborhood Winn Dixie.
Susan Madix Dodd, MBA
Founder – Moonbay Consulting, Inc
Distributer of “Steve’s Gourmet Olives”