When I flew to Columbus last September, I had no idea what to expect. The city had never been on my radar and the only reason I went was because I was invited on a press tour. But, really, I wasn’t all that enthusiastic about the trip. This all, of course, changed for me within the first eight hours of being there. That first night, we were not only treated to a phenomenal meal at the charming Basi Italia, but we finished the evening with a visit to Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream. Now, I love ice cream and I especially love ice cream that completely changes your image of what it can be. And this is what Jeni Britton Bauer does. She uses seasonal ingredients (many that are local, such as the sweet corn ice cream that we had) to create frozen treats that take you to a different place. There’s depth and there’s subtlety, both of which are so rare (the only comparison I can make is Bi-Rite in San Francisco… but some of her pairings are so out there that they feel more like Humphry Slocombe).
That night, we got to meet the woman herself (she’s actually in one of these pictures… no, not the one of her photo. See if you can spot her in another shot). We picked her brain about where she gets inspiration from (local ingredients (including beers, meads, spirits), seasons, and the arts) and tasted pint after pint. Before we left, we were all given a copy of her book, which has received a number of accolades since its release. If you are at all interested in ice cream making, this is THE BOOK to buy.
Now, you may notice some inconsistencies with the lighting in these photos… well, that’s because I went back to Ohio on another press trip and, before flying off, got another taste. Again, it was marvelous.
For Jeni’s locations and to order ice cream, go to their website.
Disclaimer: This Silent Sunday is a part of a series of posts that I will be doing on restaurants, shops, distilleries and breweries in the Columbus, Ohio, area. I was recently invited to take part in an all-expense paid tour of the city that was organized by Experience Columbus and Columbus Food Adventures. The views on my blog are my own and in no way was I monetarily compensated for writing this entry.