I consider myself an easily excitable person. I don’t necessarily jump up and down but internally a lot of synapses fire off and I squirm with excitement.  Example: I love dogs. VERY much. It doesn’t matter if I’m walking, driving, talking, by myself, with friends etc. I stop whatever I’m doing when I see a dog I think is cute and make “the dog noise.” So if a four legged animal who I have no attachment can conjure up such a reaction then you can imagine what participating in an underground farmer’s market making ice cream did to my brain. IT FREAKED OUT.

What is forageSF? It’s an underground farmer’s market of local folks who love food and want to share their specialty goods with others.  I had went to a market a few months ago and really liked it and knew I wanted to participate. How it works is you make a sample batch of whatever you are making and wait a week to hear back. [insert waiting a week] I GOT IN!!!!!!!!!!!

What did I make? I pushed myself to the absolute max on this one…ice cream sandwiches. [echoing] IT. WAS. A. LOT. OF. WORK.

Drunken Penguin

This was originally called “Drunken Girl Scout” but since it found its way into a penguin shaped cookie I found it more appropriate to name it “Drunken Penguin.”  This is the description I wrote on my menu: “Bailey’s ice cream with chopped mint cookies sandwiched between two mint chocolate cookies that satisfies that thing in your brain that makes you gasp with excitement. Something like that.” (This was my “big seller”.)

Island Pinata

My name is Lisa and I have an addiction to Pinatas. It’s true gang. I love the concept, the colors, the idea, everything.  This piñata is stuffed with smiles and coconut ice cream. Its coat is a sugar cookie with vanilla glaze with colored shredded coconut.

The San Francisco

I also love unicorns. Tsk Tsk I know but nonetheless they are fun and as I wrote on the menu,  “There’s nothing happier than San Francisco…so eat it up! The San Francisco is a delicious and refreshing fine Madagascar vanilla bean between sugar cookies decorated with what else, rainbow sprinkles.” The kiddies seemed to be extra drawn to these.

Seeing Double

This was a limited edition sandwich as I had a little extra dough and wanted to try out this cookie cutter.  The menu read “What’s better than eating ice cream? Eating an ice cream sandwich that’s shaped like an ice cream cone! Indulge the double team of ice cream which is a rich vanilla bean sandwiched between two golden soft sugar cookies. (Obviously topped off with sprinkles.)”

Final Product

So how did it go? I worked my little synapses to the core and I saw results before I even got to forage. I saw a result in me. I found myself completely engrossed in this project and focused. Almost too much at times. I thoroughly enjoy testing myself though, I like a good challenge and boy did I sign up for one.

The only major  hiccup was the dry ice situation. I had used dry ice from one store a few times and knew it certainly worked it’s magic. Part of its effectiveness is that it is in pellet form so it’s really easy to stack and position to your liking. Well this establishment is not open on the weekends so I went to another place that sold it in 10 lb blocks. This played a huge lame factor in my plan. I couldn’t really position the ice around the ice cream like I wanted so it wasn’t distributing throughout the cooler. BAD. Ice cream started to melt and it I think my synapses matched the melting effect as they slowly began to stop working and had me perplexed.  I got over it and there was plenty of frozen ice cream to be had.

I could go on more about the lessons learned and the shoulda/woulda but that’s for me and my synapses to figure out and not dwell on. I do want to focus on the sheer joy I had selling my first sandwich to a stranger. Sappy mania…I remember the woman was so excited to buy a Drunken Penguin and said it with such excitement and the fact that I had something to do with that makes me want to come back for more. I remember turning to my friend and I DID JUMP UP AND DOWN and exclaimed “I JUST SOLD MY FIRST SANDWICH TO A STRANGER!” [Long sigh and a smile.]

Other major highlights were:

The Sign by Tricia Choi

My amazing and talented friend made me this for the event. I had asked her for a simple poster and she literally showed up with this…on canvas. [SYNAPSES SYNAPSES SYNAPSES.]

Support Team

My friends are like dry ice…they are the coolest things in the world. I am fortunate enough to have an unbelievable supportive group of friends who showed up to help, eat, and be friendly faces in the crowd.  It was very amazing and warm  to see each of their reaction’s when they came to the booth…they were just as excited as I was and you can’t really ask for more than that.

Thumbs to a Fantastic Night.



4 thoughts on “forageSF

  1. Leeeeeese! Everything looks so good! I am so excited to have some I.E. Ice cream when you come back to visit us on the better coast:) haha you wouldn’t need any dry ice here! just leave it outside.

  2. What a cool event and I love how creative your ideas were… drunken penguin? Sign me up. Love the ice cream cookie c cone ice cream sandwich…. and I cannot wait to try some of these creations!!! So impressive Leese!

    1. Thank you! The market is an amazing and inspiring event that leaves both participants and guests excited. I never thought there could be an outlet for something like this! (big thanks to you and your team, keep up the amazing work!)

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