Social Gastronomy and Ice Cream Month

ice creamOld Blue Marble sign in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

We are not sure how many of our readers are based here in New York City, but if you are there is an interesting little event happening tonight (Tuesday July 24th) in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  The Masters of Social Gastronomy meeting is happening at Public Assembly, and this time the topic is Ice Cream:

Everyone’s favorite summer treat comes to the forefront at this month’s MSG.

Sarah Lohman of Four Pounds Flour will unearth the stories behind our favorite ice cream treats and share some of history’s wildest bygone flavors—that may be due for a revival. By the end of the night, you’ll be able to answer questions like: which came first, chocolate or vanilla? The ice cream sandwich or the ice cream cone? Neapolitan or liquid nitrogen?

Meanwhile, Soma will show you the science behind making the perfect batch at home, and Big Ice Cream’s tricks for plumping up their profit margins. We’ll also track frozen desserts across the globe, from Italian gelato to dondurma, the magically stretchy ice cream from Turkey.

At the storytime halftime show, they’ll make ice cream right before your eyes, using an easy method you can replicate anytime, anywhere.

As always, MSG is free and takes place at Public Assembly (70 North 6th Street) in Williamsburg. Doors open at 7pm, with samples and drink specials all night long.

RSVP here!  // Follow MSG on Tumblr

In other Ice Cream news…

dumbbells: pint size.Pint size dumb bells at Tom Sachs: SPACE PROGRAM: MARS

If you are not following Serious eats you may or may not know that July is Ice Cream Month.  Serious Eats has had countless posts about Ice Cream all over our fine country, including an interview with Doug Quint of our beloved soft-serve shop, Big Gay Ice Cream.

Kira's homemade Momofuku Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake from the Milk Bar Cookbook.

We have been busy with other things this month, and are very sorry to deprive you of new recipes.  These things included Kira showing off her baking talent by making Tom Momofuku’s Carrot Cake for his birthday (from scratch!).  We are working out a dairy free recipe that will be hitting the blog soon, but in the mean time we had a couple questions for you:

What do you think of beer in ice cream?  Or beer ice cream floats?

What is your favorite place to get a frozen treat this summer?

Do you have a favorite place to get spumoni ice cream? Tom used to eat this often as a child, but he would only scoop out the chocolate and cherry.  We want to eat this in New York. Tell us where to go!

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