Saturday, May 30, 2009

Gelato King

The City Beat "Hot" issue is out and they have given me the noble title of Gelato King! Thank you City Beat and thank you to all of the City Beat readers. If you have not had a chance to check out the issue pick one up today. It is loaded with good stuff.
This weekend is loaded with cool Gelato and Sorbet news. Let me first review last week. On Saturday I traveled to Colombus Ohio to Hills Market for the Annual Salmon Roast. Wow! what an event. I have no iedea how many pounds of salmon they had but it was much. I had the great pleasure of sampling over 500 portions of Dark Chocolate Orange, Mocha Chip and Lemon Basil Sorbet to all who waited in line. I also met a really cool owner of a comapany out of Colombus called Little Rosie's dressings and marinades. Pam was serving her dressings on a mini salad. Very cool.
This week we are sending some gelato and sorbet down to the Know Theatre. The Fringe Festival is in full swing this week. Madisono's has been a proud partner of The Know Theatre. For each opening we donate gelato and sorbet so people can have a sweet treat at the end of the show. It is a great way for people to taste my products and it also allows the theatre to offer something with out additional expenses. I am delivering a fine selection today, so if you are down there be sure to get a scoop.
Sunday night I am providing gelato and sorbet to the annual meeting of Maiytres Cuisiniers De France. This is a delagation of chefs, pastry chefs and food professionals from Canada and France. Every year they meet and this year it is Cincinnati. I have been asked to speak at the meeting and I am looking forward to it. I will let you know more about after the event.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Eclectic Curio Coffee House

Friday is fast approaching thank goodness. This has been one busy week. I want to let all of you know about a great coffee shop in the Eastgate area. It is the Eclectic Curio Coffee House. It is owned by Sherri and Brian. They love the shop and it offers some unique items including furniture. Please see the link for more information. I dropped off a tub of French Vanilla, Lemon Basil Sorbet, Mocha Chip and Chocolate Gelato. They will be offering it to their customers for free as a way to introduce it to them. They will also start with pints in the next week or so. I am excited to work with them. If you get a chance stop in for a cup. From State Rt 32 going East turn right on Glen Este and then turn left into the strip just past the Golden Coral.
This Saturday I will be in Columbus for the Hill's Market Salmon Roast. I will be sampling Gelato and Sorbet. This is the first year for me and they say that the crowds are huge. If you are in Columbus stop by for some free salmon. Check out the link for more information.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Findlay Market

Did you know that Madisono's is available at Findlay Market? My parents Bryan and Carolyn own and operate Madison's at Findlay Market. It is a small specialty food store featuring many local products, organic produce, all kinds of fresh and dried mushrooms and the only source for Lookout Joe Coffee. I stuck in this photo of some blackberries from the farm. They should be available in July. I started working with my parents at Findlay 12 years ago. The beginning was with a 3 x 3 cardboard table. I sold organic produce from the farm and the business has grown since then. The store was firebombed in the riots. The Current location is 110 W. Elder St. This was the new location as the old one was toasted. Madison's at Findlay offers the larges selection of Madisono's Gelato and Sorbet in the City! They also offer small individual cups ready to eat. I would like to invite you to visit my parents store and Findlay Market as well. With the farm season is full swing you are sure to find a local farmer, or cheese maker that will have a great story about the products they sell. My mom always says to customers that Madisono's is made by her son. I hope to get to Findlay for a demo as soon as the soccer season is over. I hope to meet you there some day.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Dorothy Lane Markets Dayton Ohio in Full Swing!

Dorothy Lane is running a special on the gelato and sorbet. They are moving alot of product which means that we are making alot. We have been very busy keeping up with the orders. All of us have enjoyed the extra pressure and excitement of serving a great customer. Just when you think you have everything figured out it always changes. That is why I love my job and my business. Everyday is an adventure!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Dorothy Lane Pastry Show 2009

In April I had a great oppertunity to participate in the Springtime in Paris Pastry Show at Dorothy Lane Market in Springboro. This was the 2nd year participating in the show. We debuted the private label DLM Gelato in April of 2008 at the show! Since that time we have added three new flavors and very soon we will be adding Pistachio. I must direct you to the web site for DLM and check out the pastry show information as well as the wine show. If you love food and wine you must consider attending. The Dorothy Lane team is incredible. They are a one of a kind organization. Customers, quality and service are there priority and it shows. One step in any of their stores and you will know what I am talking about. It would be worth a trip to Dayton for the experience.

Martha Stewart Ice Cream

Saturday May 9th, I had the pleasure of working with Rita Heikenfeld, Macy's Culinary Coordinator, Chef Deb Goulding from Chef's Choice Catering and two very special guests Marissa and Vickie from Martha Stewart Magazine. Marissa and Vickie flew in from New York to talk about the great products available from Marthat Stewart. They featured several table settings, picnic options and many fine products available at Macy's from the Marthat Stewart line.

I have worked with Rita many times in the past and have done three of these Macy's events to date. All of them are great fun. The first was with Chef Rick Bayless last year. I prepared Horchata gelato for his audience. Horchata is a Mexican inspired cocept of cinnamon and lime zest. In April I provided Dark Chocolate Gelat for Andrea Robinson. She was in town discussing wine parings and foods. This brings me to the title. In the spirit of keeping everythin Martha, I used her recipe from the web site and magazine for her Vanilla Ice Cream. I prepared the ingredients exactly they way the recipe called for and wound up with a very smoothe and creamy rich ice cream. I used Nielsen Massey two fold bourbon vanilla. I have to say that this flavor brought back many memories for me. This basic recipe is one that we all have had as kids whenever there has been a salt and ice ice cream maker used at family gatherings and picnics.

We served the ice cream in cups with mini cones to the delight of everyone there. I will get some fo the links over the next few days and add them to the post.
The picture is of Marissa, Chef Deb Goulding, Me, Vickie