Outback Steakhouse Best Mates Blogger Event in Tampa

By Shannon Gurnee
In Food
August 19, 2014

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Have you been to Outback Steakhouse before?  I’m a big fan of Outback Steakhouse and was so excited when they asked me to a part of their Outback Steakhouse Best Mates Program.  Part of the perks of being a Best Mate is getting to try different menus from Outback Steakhouse and attending the Outback Steakhouse Best Mates Blogger Event in Tampa, Florida.  I had a great time and enjoyed a LOT of yummy food!!!

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The Outback Steakhouse team flew me out to Tampa, Florida, where I stayed in the beautiful Tampa Renaissance Hotel.  In the morning, we had breakfast at Outback headquarters.  There we had breakfast and met Outback Steakhouse President Jeff Smith.  He’s been with the company for a long time and his dedication to customer satisfaction emanated through him as he spoke to us.  I left feeling like Outback Steakhouse did want their customers to have the best dining experience possible.

After we met with Jeff and  a few other members of the team, we had the opportunity to take a tour of the Corporate Kitchen with Chef Paul Fabre.  I should say that this was a huge privilege for us to do as bloggers.  In fact, only a small amount of Outback Steakhouse employees have ever stepped foot in the Corporate Kitchen.

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After the tour, it was time for lunch.  Oh yeah baby!  There was so much food!!!  We had the opportunity to sample the Moonshine BBQ menu.  It was amazing!  Here is what we ate for lunch:

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#OutbackBestMates #adSkillet Apple Pie

The Moonshine Menu at Outback Steakhouse is really yummy.  I’m craving those Moonshine BBQ Ribs and Moonshine BBQ Wrapped Shrimp as I write this post.  This limited time only Moonshine BBQ Menu is made with real moonshine.  Be sure to try all three Moonshine cocktails, including the Huckleberry Hooch, Watermelon Hunch Punch and Just Peachee. 

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After lunch, we watched a demo from the Kitchen Crew and even learned how to make the Bloomin’ Onion.  Sorry, but I can’t share details.  I can tell you it was pretty awesome and we were all craving a Bloomin’ Onion afterwards!  One of the perks of watching a demonstration is getting to eat the end product afterwards – hee hee!

Have you tried the new Moonshine Menu at Outback Steakhouse?  What was your favorite item?  If not, what item would you try first?

This is a sponsored post as part of the Outback Best Mates program.  All opinions are mine.

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of Redhead Mom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

36 Responses to “Outback Steakhouse Best Mates Blogger Event in Tampa”

  1. Christine H says:

    That’s great, what an awesome experience. I need to go try those out, looks so good!

  2. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    I am totally jealous! They need to have one of these events for all of us Boston bloggers up here. I would be in heaven. I love the Outback!

  3. Mmm! Bloomin Onions are my favorite thing from there. It looks like you had a very good time and what an exciting thing to participate in.

  4. Nicole says:

    Oh, it all looks so good. I might need to go to the Outback now.

  5. Jaime says:

    What a fun (and yummy!) event! It’s been a while since I’ve eaten at Outback – there are so many new items to try.

  6. Melinda says:

    that skillet apple pie looks good. I love that they showed you how to cut the onion

  7. Lisa Bristol says:

    I have never been to an Outback steak house but now I really would like to try it out. The Bloominโ€™ Onion looks amazing, all the pics looked great. I will have to see where the closest one to me is and go soon.

  8. Laura says:

    Shut the front door. I want to eat all of this and I want to eat it now. I know that sounds like I am a little miss piggy – but it is way too close to dinner, I don’t want to cook, and all of those photographs looked delicious. I am totally craving those bacon wrapped shrimp now and I want an onion.

  9. I love the kitchen experience. And you saw a bloomin’ onion in the making. Cool!

  10. Mickey C says:

    Looks like you had a great time! There isn’t an Outback where I live, unfortunately.

  11. Dawn says:

    Holy deliciousness, Batman! That looks like one amazing outing. I’m totally jealous. Outback is awesome.

  12. I have not tried Outback’s new menu. I think it is cool the way you do to see the behind the scenes stuff, especially how they make the blooming onion.

  13. Emily says:

    I’m craving all of that delicious food. You can’t beat a bloomin’ onion!

  14. I have not had the opportunity to try their newest moonshine items but my boyfriend and I have been planning a trip to Outback and I can’t wait! Looks like you guys had a fun and delicious trip ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. The food looks delicious. My family and I like to go to Outback for their blooming onions. So yummy.

  16. becka says:

    What a great experience! I like seeing where my food comes from. ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Shell says:

    What a fun trip! I love Outback!

  18. Janell P says:

    Wow it looks like you had a great time, what a fun thing to get to do! We love Outback and just recently got one in town, I’m excited to try the moonshine menu! Thanks for sharing!

  19. Mellisa says:

    Oh how I love me some Outback! That is actually one of my favorite places to go when I am craving a steak.

  20. Debbie Denny says:

    Looks like a great event. Food, as always, looks delish!

  21. Oh man, that looks like so much fun. I love Outback!

  22. Catherine S says:

    My family and I love going to Outback. The Moonshine cocktail Just Peachee was my favorite.

  23. What a privilege to be able to go to this! I am from Tampa so this is awesome to see. ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Christie says:

    What an amazing trip and opportunity for you! Congrats on such wonderful success (and delicious food)

  25. Liz Mays says:

    I wish I’d been able to make it to that event. I love the Moonshine BBQ though!

  26. Yum! Outback is one of our favorite date night locations. We love their bread and apple butter, and their onions!

  27. Dina says:

    I love outback. I’d love to have done the kitchen tour and see that blooming onion made.

  28. Ann Bacciaglia says:

    The food looks amazing. I wish we had a Outback Steakhouse here in our area. Thanks for sharing the great post.

  29. Super fun! I love Outback- always consistent and good!

  30. Erica says:

    The Outback Steakhouse Best Mates Blogger Event looks like it was a great time! I love Outback Steakhouse! Yum!

  31. Jennifer says:

    I actually watched on a show once that Outback has specific people at each restaurant that are only allowed to do the Bloomin’ Onion thing so it’s perfect every single time.

  32. I love Outback! That’s so neat seeing what’s in the background.

  33. Tami says:

    My uncle would go crazy for an opportunity like this. He loves Outback. I, on the other hand, have never been.

  34. Yum, the Moonshine BBQ Bacon Wrapped Shrimp looks delish! Outback has some great food options!

  35. kristin says:

    The food sounds like the highlight!!! YUm! Our family loves Outback!

  36. Tracey says:

    This looks like such a cool event. I would love to see how they make that delicious blooming onion!

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