Chill Out, Atlanta. It's National Ice Cream Day!

Summertime in Atlanta means blue skies and sunshine. It also means sweltering heat. The thermometer reaches the 90s but outside it feels like triple digit temperatures.


It’s a perfect time for ice cream! July is Ice Cream Month and July 19, 2015 is National Ice Cream Day in the United States.


President Reagan proclaimed National Ice Cream Day in 1984, the same year I arrived in the United States from Nicaragua. Back then, about 87 million gallons of ice cream were consumed in the United States. Today, 1.53 billion gallons of ice cream are produced in the United States.


Ice Cream is an International Affair


Even though ice cream is celebrated and enjoyed by Americans, it’s creation is an international affair. The vanilla used in most ice cream comes from Madagascar and Indonesia. Italy introduced gelato to the world.


Many countries have their own versions of ice cream. Israel’s halva is made from sesame seeds, sugar and honey. Turkish ice cream is called dondurma and has a stretchy consistency like taffy. India’s kulfi has a thickness like custard.


Countries also have their own favorite flavors. The Philippines offer cheese ice cream. Japan loves mochi (made of mochigome rice) ice cream and France loves foie gras (goose or duck liver) ice cream.


Americans love their vanilla and chocolate ice cream. They also enjoy cookies and cream, mint chocolate chip, strawberry and butter pecan. And of course, many people enjoy peaches and cream ice cream here in Atlanta.


Some places in the U.S. have some interesting local flavors of their own. One local vendor in Denver uses Colorado honey for Honey Jalapeno Pickle Ice Cream.  The Bi-Rite Creamery in San Francisco offers Ricanela flavor ice cream made of cinnamon, snickerdoodles and toffee.


Include Ice Cream on the Menu for Your Special Event in Atlanta


Selecting the right ice cream flavor to compliment the appetizers, beverages, main dishes and side items on your event menu is very important. As I private chef in Atlanta, I consult with many clients on menu selection. Choosing the right dessert can be tricky.


However, ice cream gives you plenty of options for guests. It’s perfect for kids’ birthday parties and as an indulgent after-dinner treat for grownups. You can serve vanilla ice cream with fresh fruit like strawberries, raspberries or blueberries.


You can also add hazelnuts, walnuts, or even salty cashews to the dish (just remember to ask your guests if they have any allergies to nuts). You can also elevate an ice cream dish with shavings of decadent Belgian chocolate. If you choose Banderas to cater your special event, you can ask your chef to prepare fresh whipped cream.


One Banderas Catering specialty is the grilled peaches tower with vanilla ice cream and amaretto sabayon. Sabayon (also spelled zabaione) is an Italian dessert made with egg yolks, sugar and sweet wine.


Ice cream is a fantastic dessert to include on the menu for your special event in Atlanta. Contact Banderas Catering at 404-383-1323 to get the scoop on how to make your birthday party, dinner with friends or special event unforgettably delicious.

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