If 5/21 was Rapture Day than I hope it’s an annual event! Not only was it an amazing day weather wise here in SF but ForageSF was happening which took the “demise of life” to a tasty unforgettable level.
This time Forage was at Public Works which is a nighclub-ish venue that has two levels of fun. I LOVE THIS SPACE. It definitely provided vendors more space to spread out and felt less cramped for attendees too because they could roam at the pace they felt most comfortable. How did I work with the space? With 3 coolers, 3 scoops, a 2-foot ice cream lamp, sprinkles, 120 mini cones, menus and more…here’s how things looked:
I had to…
Let’s cut to the chase…what was on the menu?
The hot seller which I sold out of at the end was Candied Violet. I actually had a cool guy come up to me at the end and say he came to Forage just to try out candied violet because he was from Sweeden where violet flavors are much more popular and wanted a taste. UMMMMMM AWESOME!!!!
This time at Forage I paid more attention to the feelings and observations I had than my first time which I was more concerned about process and the dry ice situation. Going in I had a few goals, soak it all in more, make it fun, and try an relax as much as possible. I think I achieved most of these but the third one is a tricky one for me because when I focus on something I can’t really stop, I was definitely more relaxed this time time because I conquered the dry ice situation.
Soaking it all in was amazing and the thing I will remember the most. Some of my favorites: people taking pictures with the ice cream lamp, chuckles at the menu where it says “calories: meh”, the mom who was so appreciative I gave her a cup of sprinkles to bring to her son who was waiting outside, the guy who told me he hasn’t had Nilla wafers since he was a kid, the folks that came back for seconds, the satisfaction from others that made me squirm with excitement, and of course most of all, my amazing support team, my friends. Each friend who showed up is a sprinkle on my ultimate ice cream cone and my life would never taste as good if it wasn’t for each one of them. Special thanks goes to Tricia who brought me much needed spoons, LK who also brought me much needed spoons, Mike & Mary for being troopers and stayed until the end and watched me spill ice cream water all over the table, Stef for organizing the $$ so I wasn’t throwing it everywhere, and of course Irene who helped me from set up to when her feet wore out.
Can’t really sum up in words how I feel right now but this song does a good job at filling in the blank.
Here’s what the menu looks like! Hope to see you on Saturday!
As you can see, I am very excited to be part of ForageSF again!
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.
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”.)
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.
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.
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.)”
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:
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.]
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.
Speechless. The mother of all “Cat got your tongue”. This was an amazing experience. I made over 250 servings of ice cream for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Man & Woman of the Year charity event. I could go into detail about all the setbacks I went through but I don’t even want to waste my mood on reliving those moments. Those learning experiences led me to this euphoric mood that I am currently in so I’ll take those any day. When it’s all said and done this was one of the coolest (pun intended…NOT) experiences I have had in a long time. It was a great challenge and something new that I was eager to do.
It started when my friend texted me about 3 weeks ago with something like this, “Adam has hookup at an event, want to make ice cream for 200-400 people?” Me: “UMMMMMMMMMMM YES.” Next came a montage of planning, purchasing, and making.
I made three flavors: Oh My Darling Clementine: (clementine and vanilla bean sorbet), Plain Jane Vanilla Bean, and Drunken Girl Scout (Bailey’s with homemade thin mint cookies). These are some of my favorite flavors but I also thought they made sense, one dairy-free, one plain, and one with extra flavor. I pretty much mimicked the recipes on how I made them before however I did modify the Clementine recipe some to make it more fruity and less sugary, so needless to say I went through many pounds of clementines and hope to not peel another one for at least 6 months.
This time around, I made homemade thin mint cookies for The Drunken Girl Scout for two reasons. #1 I didn’t have any thin mints left and #2 I wanted everything to be homemade. Maybe it’s a control thing but I felt better knowing I made the cookies vs. store bought.
My thin mints weren’t as crumbly as the official ones, they were more like a crumbly brownie. I also threw in some homemade mint extract which I was a huge fan of and plan on using not just in ice cream but also for tea.
I made a total of 21 quarts of ice cream which is a little over 5 gallons. Here’s a peek of what my freezer looked like:
The feedback I got back was way beyond my expectations, people really enjoyed it and even asked where they could buy some. I was ridiculously flattered by the whole experience and even gave a local restaurant 3 quarts in hopes of partnering with some flavors and distribution. (!!!!!!)
One of my favorite stories from the event was when an older lady approached the table and the following took place:
Lady: I want the one with the nuts.
Me: Oh actually those are cookie pieces.
Lady: Yeah I want the one with the nuts.
Me: Umm well I think you mean with the cookie pieces?
Lady: Yeah nuts.
Me: Ok well it’s a little frozen right now, why don’t you try another flavor or come back in about 10 minutes.
Lady: Let me do it!
Me: Go for it!
Here is a lil collage of images from the event!
Special thanks to my friends Jeannine and Mark for helping me scoop, couldn’t have done this without you guys!!