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Cool Ice Cream, Hot People at the Ice Cream Social!

13 August 2011 1,346 views 10 Comments

I don’t know about you, but all I want during this 100 degree summer is ice cream, ice cream, and more ice cream so last week’s ice cream social came at a perfect time for me. As readers of the blog know, I wanted to throw an ice cream party to thank folks for voting for me to win Whole Foods Foodie Fantasy trip to Europe, and because of a generous donation from Graeter’s of 15 gallons of ice cream — enough to feed 500 people (!), I was able to invite everyone!

It was 103 degrees out last Sunday, so Adam and I did what we usually do on weekends in the summer, we hid away indoors. I bought supplies that morning at Michael’s to make a fun poster and Adam helped me with the layout and also created that cool ribbon look. The only other preparation I did for the event was to borrow ice cream scoopers, ask friends to come early and help serve the guests, and pick up helium balloons and ridiculous sunglasses from the dollar store.

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Scoopers Kenny, David, Heather + Ilyse at the Open Room

I couldn’t have done it without the huge freezer we have at my work — and a little help from my friends. Jessica, Ilyse and Tom picked up the ice cream and along with David, Betsy, Heather, Kenny, and Brooke, helped scoop from the six, 2.5 gallon tubs. Flavors included black raspberry chip, chocolate chip, vanilla, mocha chip, and chocolate chocolate chip.

Betsy armed to scoop!

Betsy armed to scoop!

And the ice cream is truly delicious! I’m somewhat ashamed to say that I had never tried Graeter’s before and was amazed at the rich, creamy, yet light texture, and the wonderful chunks of chocolate throughout that never seemed to get hard and brittle like many chips do in ice cream. Graeter’s tells me it has something to do with their french press process. Anyway, I now understand why people from Ohio, where Graeter’s is based, go crazy for the stuff.

Some folks have asked why I served Graeter’s at the ice cream social. How it happened was really just good timing. I had already decided, and committed on the blog, to hosting the ice cream social. Adam’s parents had given me $50 in gift certificates to Baskin Robbins, and I was planning on using those, and then buying the rest of the ice cream in bulk from Amy’s.

However, I got an email from the PR firm that works with Graeter’s that they were now offered for sale in Austin — you can purchase pints at HEB — and asked them if they would be interested in providing ice cream for the social and they were generous enough to sponsor the whole thing! They sent me 15 gallons of ice cream, cups, and spoons so I was good to go.

Graeter's Black Raspberry Chip, Mocha Chip, + Chocolate Chip

Graeter's Black Raspberry Chip, Mocha Chip, + Chocolate Chip

But the best part of the ice cream social was the people. I loved seeing friends I’ve made over my almost eight years in Austin, meeting readers of the blog, and just enjoying a summer night in Austin in a beautiful location. I may have even convinced my friends Sunni and Chet to get married at the Open Room, and have their reception at the Pfluger pedestrian bridge overlooking Lady Bird Lake!

And how gorgeous is the Open Room at night with the solar-powered lamps creating that lovely glow?!

Photo by roxannejo.com

Photo by roxannejo.com

In case you want to have your own gathering at the Open Room, and I highly recommend you do, please know that it is open to the public and cannot be reserved so be prepared to share the space. I have a feeling it’s going to get even more popular once the weather is no longer Africa-hot.

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  • Ilyse

    Thanks Tasty Touring for bringing ice cream happiness to the ATX!!!!!!!!

  • Mom

    I wish I could have been there…but I may have stayed in an air conditioned car. Great pictures!

  • jodibart

    I couldn't have done it without “a little help from my friends” Ilyse!

  • jodibart

    Once the sun went down, the heat wasn't so bad. You would have loved it!

  • Paula

    I would have loved to have been there, but due to already having plans the next day, wasn't able to.  I know I would have loved the ice cream, probably all flavors, but would have done like your mother, stayed in an air conditioned car!

  • Paula

    I would have loved to have been there, but due to already having plans the next day, wasn't able to.  I know I would have loved the ice cream, probably all flavors, but would have done like your mother, stayed in an air conditioned car!

  • Paula

    I would have loved to have been there, but due to already having plans the next day, wasn't able to.  I know I would have loved the ice cream, probably all flavors, but would have done like your mother, stayed in an air conditioned car!

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