Strawberry Fields Forever

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Photo by Jenn Thai

On Tuesday, November 29 Datz Restaurant Group (DRG) visited a Florida strawberry farm in Plant City. And it was awesome. And we’ll stop talking in third person beginning right……now.

We met with the Florida Strawberry Grower’s Association (FSGA) and Isabel Laessig from Family Foodie and Sunday Supper Movement. We ate fresh, delicious strawberries practically grown in our backyard. We had a strawberry picking contest with some of our favorite local bloggers and Instagrammers: Jenn Thai, Tracy Guida, and Ryan Rodriguez. Even Creative Loafing came out with us to learn about these locally grown berries, which was a ton of fun. We drove an enormous tractor and managed not to hurt anyone or any strawberries. It was a good day.

Keep an eye out for Datz, Dough, and Roux’s Florida strawberry-inspired dishes and sweets. Datz will have a revamped menu in January that’ll include dishes made with Florida strawberries. Dough will have a Florida strawberry Doughnut Ice Cream Cone and Roux will also have some Florida strawberry magic up their chef sleeves. Take a look at our Florida strawberry adventures below.

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(Photo by Jenn Thai) See all the little bits of red in the field? Those are fresh Florida strawberries!
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The Datz Restaurant Group crew (Executive Chef Keith Williamson, Co-owner Suzanne Perry, Communications & PR Manager Gina Moccio, Kitchen Manager Afton McDermott, Sous Chef Jon Hurrah), bloggers, and members of the Florida Strawberry Grower’s Association posed for a pic (and a Boomerang, of course– which you can check out on Instagram).
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Florida strawberries are amazing whether it’s just one or there’s a whole bunch.
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(Photo by Jenn Thai) From left to right: Andy, Strawberry Sue and Mark of the Florida Strawberry Grower’s Association.
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Datz’s Executive Chef Keith Williamson is really excited to be in Plant City for the day.
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The winning team from the Florida strawberry picking contest gives us all a victory wave with strawberries in tow. From Left to right: Datz’s Kitchen Manager, Afton; Andy of the FSGA; Datz’s Executive Chef Keith; and blogger, Jenn Thai.
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(Photo by Jenn Thai) Chef Keith and his new whip.
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(Photo by Jenn Thai) Executive Director and Florida strawberry man, Kenneth Parker.
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(Photo by Jenn Thai) Strawberry Sue was nice enough to make us chocolate covered Florida strawberries. We ate them ALL. And we’re not sorry.
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(Photo by Jenn Thai) We had so many Florida strawberry treats to choose from during our picnic lunch after we visited the strawberry farm.
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Florida strawberries for the win.
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“Put out your hands!” – Tony Pullaro, DRG Marketing & PR Manager.      We like to have fun and offer delicious food with high-quality ingredients. Florida strawberries will be one of those ingredients. Thanks for joining us on our farm-venture.

 

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Coffee is Best When it’s Local

We visited Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company this week to check out where our delicious coffee is being roasted and it was awesome. First of all, Joffrey’s does all of their coffee bean roasting just 15 minutes north of us on S. MacDill. They roast to order, so you know the coffee you’re drinking wasn’t sitting on a pallet before it got delivered to us. Another great thing is that they only use the highest quality arabica beans and they roast only two bags at a time— meaning each and every coffee bean is evenly roasted.

How’s that for FRESH, LOCAL, and AMAZING?

Enjoy Joffrey’s Coffee iced or hot with us at Datz or at our coffee & sweets shop next door, Dough.

 

The finished product-- a Medium Roast by Joffrey's Coffee & Tea Company!
The finished product– a Medium Roast by Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company.

 

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Before the roasting process. The coffee beans in the top half are from Papua New Guinea. The coffee beans in the lower half are from Costa Rica. Can you notice the difference??
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Meet the roasting machines that get your beloved coffee beans ready for you.
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Meet Miguel! He’s one of Joffrey’s Master Roasters, and has been for nearly 5 years.
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Each of these sets of coffee beans come from a different country! These beans are on their way to be roasted, packaged, and delivered.
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Miguel is pictured here with a bag from Costa Rica, a place he recently visited to select coffee beans from.

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