This summer, Los Angeles chef Sylvia Yoo has dazzled the West Coast crowd with her small-batch ice creams and famous churro ice cream sandwiches. But she’s not the only one with tasty frozen delights up her sleeve, or rather, in her cooler.
Yesterday in Birmingham (more specifically the suburb of Hoover), Geri-Martha and Ryan O’Hara debuted their new ice cream. Going old school, their first pop-up shop was held in the couple’s driveway.
Borrowing tips from their friend Sylvia, the newlyweds served the first batch of Big Spoon Craft Ice Cream to the public, with nothing more than word of mouth and social buzz.
“We want to be Birmingham’s first handcrafted ice cream,” says Geri-Martha, while she offered samples of their flavors: sweet corn blackberry, buttermilk peach, and salted caramel peanut. Among the ingredients: blackberries from her aunt’s farm in Wilsonville, Alabama, peaches from Chilton County, and eggs from Georgia White Oaks farms.
The O’Haras aren’t the only ones getting in on the craft ice cream-movement. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream and Atlanta-based High Road Craft Ice Cream & Sorbet are two of the leaders returning to the tradition of homemade ice cream.
Geri-Martha and Ryan work full-time for Frank Stitt — she is a pastry chef and he the sous chef at Chez FonFon. The couple’s next pop up will be July 20 (follow them on social for the location). After that, they hope to get a cart, and eventually open a storefront.
In the meantime, follow them on Twitter and @BigSpoonBHAM.