We've been on the road this summer discovering the best of handcrafted America for the launch of our new handcrafted menu. Check out our adventures. #SummerOfFridays


See Ya, Open Road

We raised a beer with Jim Koch, founder of Samuel Adams®; scored an original Fridays work of art from pop artist Molly Rosner; spotted a handcrafted graffiti proposal; jammed out with over 100 bands at music festivals across the nation; and made it through a few bumps in the road – like when someone “borrowed” our rearview mirror. Although our truck didn’t get to take a lap on the Belle Isle Grand Prix raceway, we still racked up 6,500-plus miles on the road. We say goodbye (for now). Until next time, America.

See Ya, Open Road

We raised a beer with Jim Koch, founder of Samuel Adams®scored an original Fridays work of art from pop artist Molly Rosner; spotted a handcrafted graffiti proposal; jammed out with over 100 bands at music festivals across the nation; and made it through a few bumps in the road – like when someone “borrowed” our rearview mirror. Although our truck didn’t get to take a lap on the Belle Isle Grand Prix raceway, we still racked up 6,500-plus miles on the road. We say goodbye (for now). Until next time, America.

Do you like winning stuff? We’ve got a contest for you.

We’re giving away some choice handcrafted goods from the makers we met on our summer road tour, and they’ve got your name on them.  All you have to do to enter is post and tag a photo from your favorite summer moment on Tumblr, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #ShareYourSummerContest. 

Then you’re entered to win one of several handcrafted prizes, including:

  • A custom home bar unit from Recycled Brooklyn handcrafted entirely from recycled materials
  • An original Stetson hat made in the heart of Texas by makers who’ve been crafting for generations
  • A bar and beverage basket featuring a custom wooden flask from Woodchuck, bar towel from Occasionette, and a bottle opener and Fridays gift card

What are you waiting for? Enter on Tumblr, Instagram or Twitter by September 5th for your chance to win.


Handcrafted Breakdown // Ahi Tuna Crisps

It all starts with blackened ahi tuna. Then that ahi is sliced up and placed on tortilla chips with jalapeños and sriracha sauce. And because nothing complements ahi quite like avocados, we’re all about a double dose of the green stuff: house-made guac and Avocado Vinaigrette. The finishing touch? A drizzle of Cucumber-Wasabi Ranch. Dig in.

Handcrafted Breakdown // Ahi Tuna Crisps

It all starts with blackened ahi tuna. Then that ahi is sliced up and placed on tortilla chips with jalapeños and sriracha sauce. And because nothing complements ahi quite like avocados, we’re all about a double dose of the green stuff: house-made guac and Avocado Vinaigrette. The finishing touch? A drizzle of Cucumber-Wasabi Ranch. Dig in.

Words on Wheels

Mitzi Gordon was always bookish. So it’s not surprising that her spare time is spent in the book trade. Her passion for reading, writing, and all things literary is boldly evident in Bluebird Books, which she proudly describes as a “mobile station of inspiration.” To find it, just look for the bright blue converted school bus roaming the streets of Tampa, Florida.

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All in a clay’s work

Whitney Panetta is an art teacher who isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty. She’s been teaching high school sculpture for the past five years, but when she’s not molding young hands, she’s molding her own line of ceramics.  

For Whitney, the best part of making pottery is that each piece is unique. “I like them all to be different. Slightly different sizes, slightly different aspects. I like to see my hands on them.”

She describes her work as “shabby chic. It’s kind of messy, but at the same time it has a little refined part to it.” One thing is certain; all of her work is undeniably handcrafted.

After checking her ceramics out at Crafted Westsidewe only have one thing on our minds: how good an after-dinner coffee would look in one of her mugs.

Pitch Perfect

Those who have their fingers on the pulse of the Tampa Bay music scene have, without a doubt, heard Rebekah Pulley’s smoky, seasoned voice. The prolific singer-songwriter performs regularly at local St. Pete music venues. Rebekah puts pen to paper, fingers to guitar, and vocals to microphone to craft completely original songs that will pull on your heartstrings and hit you with the cold, hard truth. When asked what her inspiration is, she replies simply, “I dunno – I just write.” We hope she keeps at it. Whether playing by herself or with her band, the Reluctant Prophets, Rebekah puts on a show worth hearing.

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