This past weekend, Grant and I had the supreme pleasure of attending Sunday Suppers.
As part of our cooking class, we met Ben Van Leeuwen, one of the brothers who created Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream, and his wife/business partner, Laura O’Neill. (Founding brother, Peter, was scooping ice cream elsewhere this night.
Laura and Ben
With the enthusiasm of little children, we watched and listened as Ben & Laura made chocolate ice cream, while describing their artisan process and their special sources for ingredients – Michel Cluizel chocolate, pistachios from Sicily – and local, organic milk, eggs and cream.
Once the rich, creamy chocolate custard was ready, Ben pulled it off the stove and offered us each a spoon. It tasted like the most delicious, decadent hot chocolate! After dinner, we were able to enjoy it in its chilled state of perfection.
With a sense of humor, and as a former driver for Good Humor, Ben and his team, have retrofitted 3 mail carrier trucks – painted them a butter cream yellow – and dispatched them to locations throughout New York City.
To find where the trucks will be on any given day….just follow them on Twitter. What else would a team of entrepreneurial twenty-somethings do?! So, whether you live in Manhattan, go in occasionally or are planning a trip to the Big Apple….track down one of their trucks. I promise you, it’s worth it!
Luckily for me, my nearby Whole Foods stocks them too! So, in the “name of research” (big grin), I tried their Vanilla and Pistachio flavors tonight. Let’s just say…..Ben and Jerry who?
Have you tasted Van Leeuwen ice cream yet?