Oh Datz, everything you do is big from flavors and portions to your love for the local community. It was only fitting that The Big Idaho Potato would make a stop right in front of your doors during its Famous Idaho Potato Tour and I am truly honored to have been a part of this amazing event. Along with the wonderful staff of Datz, I was joined by some of Tampa’s best food writers such as I Run For Wine, Dash of Les, Runners Tales, Family Foodie, The Stew and Tasting Tampa. Can you think of a better way to spend your Friday than with a 12, 130 pound potato and some of Tampa’s best food experts? I sure can’t!
So let’s begin with some interesting facts about this ginormous potato. Aside from weighing in at 12,130 pounds, here are some fun facts:
- It would make 30,325 servings of mashed potatoes!
- It would take more than 10,000 years to grow this giant potato.
- If you were to bake this potato, it would take two years and nine months to bake.
- Built in Weiser, Idaho, it took nearly one year to build the giant potato.
- At nearly six tons, the giant potato is the equivalent of 32,346 medium-sized Idaho® potatoes!
- The potato is 28 feet long, 12 feet wide and 11.5 feet tall.
I am sure many of you are wondering why this giant potato was built and why in the heck did it come to Tampa? In honor of their 75th anniversary, The Idaho Potato Commission decided to celebrate in a big way and built the world’s largest Idaho® spud. They put this massive spud on a 48-foot-long flatbed trailer and have been taking it across the country on a road tour. Can you imagine passing this baby on the Interstate?
Another reason this potato has hit the road is to raise awareness for Meals on Wheels which provides well over one million meals to seniors who need them each day. I am a huge supporter of Meals on Wheels Tampa and recently visited their facility and met the amazing team behind this local organization. Some of the staff from Meals on Wheels Tampa was at the event today and I enjoyed chatting with them about everything from potato recipes to volunteering. If you have not had the chance, I urge you to stop by their facility and learn more about their incredible program.
After several fun photo opportunities and potato jokes, we nibbled on a few bites before heading into the Copper Room at Datz Dough for some potato-inspired delicious creations.
I swear, no matter how hard I try, I can NEVER refuse any of the sweet temptations from Datz and Datz Dough. Today we munched on Spud-Nuts which were potato donuts that were simply irresistible. Don’t judge me, but I think I had six of them. No wonder my pants feel tight as I type this. 😉
As always, I enjoyed their homemade sweet-n-salty chips with creamy, blue cheese drizzle and green onions. These chips are so darn delicious that it is a challenge to stop eating them.
For the grand finale, we made our way into the Copper Room at Dough and enjoyed some of the spectacular creations from Datz Dazzle, which is their innovative catering division. Selections included Chilled Truffle Potato Soup Shooters, Tater Tots with Bacon, Tomatoes and Cheese, Potato Pancakes and my favorite, their Pomme Bombe which was a decadent chocolate and potato chip creation. Suddenly I am inspired to create some new potato recipes.
For more tater fun, be sure to follow The Big Idaho Potato on Twitter @bigidahopotato and see where they will be next. If you are suddenly craving potatoes, just stop by Datz and indulge in some of their housemade chips and other mouthwatering menu selections.[?]