Foodies Club Give Back Day @ PAO Cafe

Come out the PAO Cafe for the Foodies Club at USF Give Back Day on Friday, March 27th, 2015 from 12PM-8PM! We’ll be fundraising for the Foodies Club and a portion of the proceeds will go back to the Foodies Club for future events.

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We’ll be curating a special menu just for the Foodies Club that will showcase different fusion food from around the world.

In addition, there will be an Open Mic @ PAO Cafe from 4PM-8PM! If you have singing talent then sign up! JAMMA will be performing!

Let us know if your org wants to throw its support behind our event!

Tickets will be on-sale for PhilFest 2015! PhilFest is one of the biggest Filipino festivals in the nation and showcases Filipino culture through food, dance, and cultural traditions. Don’t miss it!

Food Truck Rally Friday Feb. 20th @ Venue at North Campus

Come out this Friday, February 20th to the Venue at North Campus (13702 N. 42nd Street Tampa, FL 33613) from 1:00PM-6:00PM for a food truck rally. The Foodies Club at USF will be partnering up with the Venue at North Campus for this event.

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Enjoy FREE FOOD tickets when you RENEW or SIGN for Fall 2015 – 1 FREE Meal to all first time tours this week, 2 FREE Meals to anyone who signs a lease with The Venue as well as Food Truck Rally Tanks, koozies, sunglasses, there will be a few DJ’s on site and carnival games for free!

Call (813) 443-8240 to schedule your tour at the Venue and get a free meal ticket!

Participating food trucks courtesy of Generation Food Truck:

See you Friday!

Sunny Pizza opens across from USF near Boba House

The Foodies Club stopped by Sunny Pizza yesterday for a quick bite to eat. They recently opened next to the International “Boba House” on University Square Drive just minutes from campus and are accessible by the USF Bull Runner Route D.

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We ordered two San Francisco sourdough slices. The sourdough gives the crust an extra sour tastes that is reminiscent of a bread bowl. The cheese and toppings featured quality ingredients and you can taste that they use fresh tomatoes in their base instead of typical marinara.

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We also ordered a Jarritos Mandarin Soda. The total with the two slices was just $4.10 and Sunny’s currently has a deal for $1 slices as well as College Specials and delivers.

Sunny Pizza will be sponsoring us for our upcoming Foodies Club Meeting. Don’t miss it on Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 from 5:45PM-7:15PM in MSC3709.

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Restaurant Name: Sunny Pizza

Address: 2770 University Square Drive Tampa, FL 33612

Phone: (813) 977-5500

Website: http://sunnypizzatampa.com/

Recap: Burrito Eating Competition + Social with Qdoba Mexican Grill

The Foodies Club at USF hosted their first burrito eating competition and social at Qdoba Mexican Grill located at 5001 East Fowler Avenue Tampa, FL 33617 from 5:00PM-8:00PM on Tuesday, January 27th, 2015. We would like to thank the people who came out to make this event a success!

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Six teams of four students competed to be eligible to win free burritos for a year*. Free samples of Qdoba’s menu including chips and salsa and quesadillas as well as Qdoba sunglasses were given to spectators at the event who cheered on participants.

The competition was held in relay format and the team with the lowest overall time score won the contest. All contest participants received a free entrée for their next visit to Qdoba Mexican Grill regardless of their placement.

The team times are as follows:

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1st place: Team Jamaican Hopscotch Mafia (Winners of free burritos for a year) 12 minutes 15 seconds 05 milliseconds

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2nd place: Team We Hungry 12 minutes 20 seconds 18 milliseconds

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3rd place: Team Uptown Funk 13 minutes 07 seconds 50 milliseconds

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4th place: Team Diversity from USF International Student Association (ISA) 14 minutes 10 seconds 39 milliseconds

5th place: FARM Squad 5 from USF FARM (Food Activists Revolutionizing Meals) 14 minutes 31 seconds 76 milliseconds

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Team Clean Eating: Timed out

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Team Jamaican Hopscotch claimed the winning prize of free burritos for a year with team members Jowel Antiquino, Matt Newman, Jason Russ, and Corey Atkins. The Foodies Club at USF would like to congratulate these students on their achievement.

*12 entrees per team member

Foodies Club 1st General Body Meeting of Spring 2015

Hey guys!

Come out to the 1st Foodies Club meeting of the semester on Wednesday, January 21st from 5:30PM-7:15PM in Marshall Student Center Room 3709. We will inform you of our plans for the spring semester and seek some input on what you want to do this year. We will also enjoy FREE food courtesy of sponsors in town.

Make sure you come out and feel free to bring your friends!

-Foodies Club

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MOSI presents Einstein on Food & Wine 2015

Einstein on Food & Wine 2015 is a celebration of the senses that showcases the delicious and diverse cuisine of Tampa Bay alongside the palate pleasers of winemakers from around the country. The event will occur on Saturday, January 17th, 2015 starting at 8PM (GA).

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This year’s event will feature a tremendous variety of wine, a beer garden, celebration of the senses throughout the science center, samplings from top local restaurants, restaurant competition, live entertainment, and a charity auction all for a significant cause, the education programs at MOSI. MOSI being right across the street from USF, we at the Foodies Club want to offer our support!

ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, the host sponsor, will feature more than 120 vintners with a variety of wines, including reds, whites, champagnes, domestic and imported. Delicious food and desserts from more than 30 different local restaurants will be featured including Texas de Brazil, Benedetto’s, Timpano, and BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse along with a variety of food trucks.

This event is strictly for those ages 21+. If you’re interested in volunteering and of age contact Libby Hopkins, their Volunteer Program Manager at Libby.Hopkins@mosi.org.

USF Foodies Club members can receive a discount of $60 (normally $85) for the event by calling 813-987-6000 and mentioning you are part of the USF Foodies Group.

Einstein on Food & Wine is sponsored in part by Bay Area Medical Resources, Inc., Service Systems Associates, Macy’s, the Florida Education Fund, and Molly Demeulenaere.

RSVP: Foodies Club at USF Social with ISA @ Naga Tea

Hey Foodies!

Don’t forget to RSVP to our game night/boba social at Naga Tea for this upcoming Wednesday, January 14th, 2015 from 5:30PM-8:30PM. We will enjoy a game night with the International Student Association (ISA) at USF and sample products from Naga Tea. Naga Tea is a new bubble tea shop located at 10950 N. 56th St. Temple Terrace, FL 33617 that serves fresh, herbal, milk, and fruit teas.

Use #NagaTea for a chance to win a giftcard at our event on Wednesday! Must be present to collect!

Shoot us an e-mail at USFFoodiesClub[at]gmail[dot]com to secure your spot at the event.

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First USF Farmer’s Market of Fall 2014

Today the Food Activists Revolutionizing Meals (FARM) at USF held their 1st Farmer’s Market of Fall 2014. The Foodies Club helped promote the market because it supports the mission of growing the local food movement at USF Tampa. Local vendors came out and setup their stands along Sessum’s Mall (between Cooper Hall and the Rec Center by Pollo Tropical). The message was fresh and organic.

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We were excited to shop around and check out the vendors for the first market. The FARM Club was selling pumpkins from Bearss Grove for $3 and we couldn’t resist picking one up for some Halloween decorations.

One of the first booths we visited was Lutz Nutz Company which has been in business for over a decade and provided tasty nuts for people to eat. We sampled the Bodacious Blend, a mixture of cashews, almonds, pecans, hazelnuts, shallots, garlic, and spices. It was great! We really liked how Lutz Nutz packages their nuts as well making them perfect for grabbing a gift for a friend or family member. The prices were also very reasonable compared to how much nuts cost at grocery stores.

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After Lutz Nutz, we made our way over to Grandma Grace’s Goodies. This vendor sells various jams, jellies, and salsas and has won awards at both the Florida State Fair and the Annual Strawberry Festival in Plant City.

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There was a wide variety of jams and jellies to choose from, but we leaned towards the Habanero Pepper Jam which is one of Grandma Grace’s award winners. Picturing the jam with cream cheese and crackers or a bagel was too tempting to pass up. The prices were very fair with a small jar at $4.00 and a large jar at $6.00. You can also receive $0.25 back if you return your jar after use. Pretty neat.

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A great eye-catch was these bees at the My Sweet Bees vendor booth. Raw local honey is always awesome to grab for things like fruit and cheese platters (don’t forget nuts as well). The local owner was very kind and allowed us to sample some honey while also showcasing some lotions and skin products that are used with the same local honey.

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We wandered over to Two Seeds in Pod afterward which sells organic heirloom seeds and produce. Free range happy hens were also on-sale.

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Overall, we had a really good time at the 1st USF Farmer’s Market of Fall 2014 and are looking forward to the next ones. The next dates will be 10/21, 11/4, and 11/18 so mark your calendars!

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Foodies Club FIRST Social @ Graffiti Junktion USF

Graffiti Junktion is a new burger bar that recently opened just minutes from USF on 56th Street. When we first checked it out during their soft opening, we just knew we had to have an event there…our first event for the Foodies Club at USF! The inside of Graffiti Junktion is awesome with designs covering all the walls. Sports fans can also enjoy watching the game on the various TVs spread around the restaurant and bar.

Specializing in burgers with names such as Iron City (Canadian bacon, egg, fries, American cheese, and onions) and Brotherly Love (peppers, onions, mushrooms, and provolone), most burgers are $10-$12 and served with french fries and are made fresh, never frozen. Wraps are also available for meat-conscious diners. Specials are held everyday of the week with Trivia Night Tuesdays and 1/2 off Appetizers Fridays from 4PM-7PM being two things that particularly caught our eyes.

Graffiti Junktion provided our members with complimentary samples of their Brotherly Love and Lone Star burgers, Graffiti wings, Turkey Graffito Wrap, Macho Nachos, and Zucchini Fries. Members were also able to order additional items at a 20% discount during our social. Some of the things members tried included the Buffalo Chicken Tots, Chili Cheese Fries, and Chocolate Cake.

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Our event was held in a private back room that can be rented for private parties or catering functions. Two dart rooms were available for play in the private room and the main stage setup is not too far from it as well. Music can also be played in the room or turned off depending on whether you are having a meeting or social function.

The management and staff were very friendly towards our group and we especially loved our waitress who handled our party that was moving around the room very well and who consistently made sure that we were having a positive experience.

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Our members used the hashtag #BullsLoveGraffiti to promote the event on Twitter and Instagram and to share their photos and feedback. On Twitter our tweets reached 7,167 people and 99,026 Twitter Timelines. See a full Twitter report on Hashtracking. See another report on Keyhole.

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We had a blast Graffiti Junktion USF and our members really enjoyed the food. The proximity of Graffiti to USF makes it a great contender for specials events and the assorted specials make it friendly towards college students. College students can also take comfort in the fact that Graffiti Junktion is open late from Monday-Sunday until 2AM.

Make sure to call ahead to make sure the kitchen is still open if you want to order food as the closing hours in the kitchen vary.

We are truly wishing Graffiti Junktion the best of luck at USF and hope everyone goes out to try them and give them a shot! We will be back soon!

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Restaurant Name: Graffiti Junktion USF

Cuisine: American, Burgers

Address: 11401 56th Street Tampa, FL 33617

Phone Number: (813) 983-9000

Website: http://www.graffitijunktion.com/

Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1ue8XW4

Free Coffee for National Coffee Day! #NationalCoffeeDay

College and coffee are a match made in heaven. Coffee gets us through some of the roughest mornings and also some crazy exams. Today is National Coffee Day.

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Here is where you can grab a free cup of coffee today in celebration of this foodie holiday.

Buddy Brew Coffee: Tampa’s local craft masters are offering a FREE Cup-O-Brew today in celebration of National Coffee Day.

Datz Dough: Known for their excellent coffee including their bacon and nutella lattes. Datz Dough is one of the coolest coffee shops in town. Today they are offering a cup of their drip coffee to customers for FREE. One per customer. No purchase required.

Dunkin Donuts: grab a FREE medium cup of DD’s new Rainforest Alliance Certified Dark Roast Coffee, limit one per guest.

Krispy Kreme: FREE 12oz cup of Krispy Kreme House, Decaf or Dark Roast coffee today. Guests can also receive a 12oz Mocha, Latte or iced coffee for $1 at participating Krispy Kreme US locations.

Wawa: FREE 16 ounce Wawa coffee when you sign up for their e-mail list: bit.ly/WawaCoffeeDay

Do you know any other places giving away freebies for National Coffee Day or celebrating? Leave a comment!