Quality Foods Gourmet Market in Tampa Bay, Florida celebrated their grand opening on Saturday, June 9th. Already, owners Emily and Christopher Houp have had an exceptional turn-out and it may have to do with the demand for vegan meats and cheeses in the Florida area.

Quality Foods Gourmet Market is the only specialty food store in Florida to sell products by the Herbivorous Butcher, which carefully crafts small-batch artisanal vegan meats and cheeses.


This husband and wife dream team are dedicated to providing exceptional food to their customers no matter what their dietary preference is. Christopher Houp is passionate about food, and he desires to support local food vendors and farmers markets by bringing their products to his store.

In addition to meat and cheese from the Herbivorous Kitchen, Quality Foods will also carry gluten-free and vegan products from local businesses like HaleLife Bakery and Mammoth Foods. Their grocery store will carry artisan items like sauces, salsa, baked goods, fresh bread, produce, spices, and pastries.

If you happen to be in the Tampa Bay area, be sure to visit Quality Foods Gourmet Market. Not only do they carry specialty vegan products, but they also sell homemade pasta, sandwiches, cheeses plates, and charcuterie boards that owner, Christopher, whips up back in the kitchen. They also sell local craft beer and fine, Italian wines.

Quality Foods Gourmet Market is located at 16307 N. Florida Avenue.


Excited about vegan, artisanal eats? 

Delicious, craft vegan meats and cheeses seem to be popping up everywhere both in stores and online. If you cannot make it to Quality Foods Gourmet Market, check out this ultimate vegan cheese guide, and these artisanal recipes from our Food Monster App!

Baked Herb-Crusted Cashew-Almond Cheese

This Baked Herb-Crusted Cashew-Almond Cheese would be perfect on a vegan cheese board. It is decadently creamy, spiced with fresh herbs like rosemary and thyme, and pairs exceptionally with fig jam or fresh fruit.

Homemade Spicy Italian Sausage

Homemade Spicy Italian Sausage would make a flavorful contribution to a vegan charcuterie board. The flavor profile is robust with spices like smoked paprika, fennel, and red pepper flakes, and it is both crispy on the outside and tender in the inside.

Whole Wheat Pizza with Caramelized Onions, Figs, & Arugula 

Nothing is more pleasing to the eyes and the stomach than fancy, artisanal vegan pizza. This Whole Wheat Pizza with Caramelized Onions, Figs, and Arugula is a beautiful merriment of flavors, and will be sure to impress any dinner guest!


For more information about gourmet vegan food like Why the Future of Artisanal Cheese is Vegan, we recommend downloading our Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 10,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to new recipes every day. Check it out!

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