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Upcycled Ice Cream
Plus Stanley Tucci's Ginloma Mea Culpa and a Shake with Pride
Salt & Straw Ice Cream is debuting a new collection of ice creams called the “Upcycled Food Series”, offering five different flavors using upcycled foods to help reduce food waste. Salt & Straw co-founder, Tyler Malek’s idea behind the ice creams is to help, “move the conversation forward about food waste and possible solutions that chefs and restaurants can support.” The ingredients are “upcycled certified” by the Upcycled Food Association (UFA). The ice creams will be available at Salt & Straw scoop shops and online starting this Friday, May 26 through the month of June. The flavors include:
Day-Old Bread Pudding & Chocolate Ganache: in collaboration with Urban Gleaners, a Portland-based nonprofit redistributing food from restaurants and grocery stores to schools and agencies working to end hunger, the custard bread pudding ice cream is layered with housemade chocolate ganache and bread gathered from Portland bakers.
Cacao Pulp & Chocolate Stracciatella Gelato: in collaboration with Blue Stripes, founded by chocolatier Oded Brenner, the cacao gelato, which is made using the whole pod including the shell and pulp, is striped with ribbons of dark chocolate stracciatella.
Lemon Curd & Whey: in collaboration with the Spare Food Co., the culinary innovation company co-founded by chef Adam Kaye (former Culinary Director at Blue Hill) and Jeremy Kaye (formerly Patagonia, Nike), whose mission is to create food and beverage products that aim to fix the broken food system. This gelato is infused with The Spare Food Co.’s upcycled probiotic sparkling Lemon & Ginger Spare Tonic.
Salted Caramel & Okara Cupcakes (V): in collaboration with Renewal Mill, the flavor features a salted coconut oat milk ice cream base with bits of dark chocolate cupcakes, frosted with vegan caramel and featuring okara flour, made from the pulp left when making soy milk.
Malted Chocolate Barley Milk (V): in collaboration with Evergrain, a company that is upcycling barley, chocolate barely milk and candied fig ice cream are infused with upcycled malted barley milk.
Last week, Stanley Tucci made a Paloma on Instagram. The cocktail looked refreshing and delicious and was made with gin instead of tequila. Apparently, social media freaked out on Tucci’s spirited faux pas, prompting the actor to issue an apology. Tucci explained that he likes his Palomas with gin. “I tried it with tequila, and it didn’t work for me.” Tucci then explained that, in hindsight, he should have named the cocktail something different…maybe the Ginloma? Personally, I’ll drink any cocktail Tucci would make for me.
The Habit Burger Grill, a California-based burger and shake restaurant chain, is celebrating Pride Month with a limited-edition Rainbow Shale. The shake is the idea of The Habit Burger Grill’s facilities manager, Jorge Guevara, who drew the shake on a piece of paper as a way to raise awareness for members of the LGBTQ+ community. One dollar from every shake sold (up to $50,000 total) will be donated to the It Gets Better Project, whose mission is to uplift, empower, and connect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) youth around the globe.