Lottie's Creamery Now Serving Handmade, Artisanal Ice Cream in the Heart of Downtown Walnut Creek, California

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Grand Opening Celebration offers customers the chance to try a free scoop of fresh, seasonal, gourmet ice cream on a hand-rolled waffle cone from 6-9 PM on Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Whether you’re hankering for a scoop of Cookies and Cream on a hand-rolled waffle cone, a sampling of Blue Bottle Coffee ice cream, or a delicious sundae with rich Vanilla Bean ice cream over a house-made brownie, come join the Grand Opening Celebration at Lottie’s Creamery in Downtown Walnut Creek, the area’s newest and most delicious location for fresh and authentic handmade artisanal ice cream.

The Grand Opening will be held Tuesday, April 23 at the creamery’s flagship location, 1414 N. Main Street in Walnut Creek, California, in the heart of the shopping and dining district. The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will be at 5:30 PM. From 6 PM until closing, all patrons visiting the shop will receive one free ice cream scoop on either a cup or a waffle cone, while supplies last.

Food entrepreneurs Deb Phillips and Cesar Angobaldo co-own this bustling creamery and have collaborated to create a delightful scoop shop that has already become a popular destination for ice cream lovers from all over the Bay Area since its soft opening began on February 23rd.

With a full commercial kitchen on site, Phillips makes all ice cream and fold-ins 100% from scratch, including marshmallows, brittles, and cookies, as well as the fresh waffle cones, brownies, and sauces.

While it’s not a new concept to create unique flavors on site, unless an ice cream shop is also certified to pasteurize, they’re required by the state to purchase a standard pre-mixed base. Because Lottie’s Creamery is state-certified to pasteurize, the chef has complete control over exactly what fresh, quality ingredients go into their custom base.

“In the Bay Area especially, customers want to know exactly what goes into their food. That’s why we purchased our own pasteurizer and have been licensed by the state to make our own custom base (a mixture of organic milk, Straus cream, sugar, and eggs) allowing us to minutely control the texture and consistency of each and every flavor,” explains Phillips.

Phillips learned the artisanal ice cream trade apprenticing as a pastry cook for nearly two years alongside Mary Canales, revered founder of Ici Ice Cream in Berkeley. Phillips is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University’s renowned Ice Cream Short Course and also attended the culinary program at Diablo Valley College. She runs the kitchen while Angobaldo, an Ivy League-trained entrepreneur manages business operations.

“We wanted to bring world-class ice cream to Walnut Creek in a bright, family friendly location,” says Angobaldo, who despite the options available still loves classic vanilla best. “Guests are loving our premium ice cream that’s made fresh on site using only the best locally-grown, quality ingredients.”

In addition to classics such as chocolate and vanilla which will always be on the menu, the shop’s unique flavors have so far included Orange Blossom Honey, Toasted Coconut Toffee, Spicy Hot Chocolate, Lemon Marshmallow, Mint Brownie, Chipotle Cinnamon, Vanilla Salted Almond Toffee, Blue Bottle Coffee, Roasted Banana, Earl Grey Vanilla Cookie, Green Tea, Rose Cardamom with Candied Pistachios, Rocky Road, White Chocolate Crème Brûlée, Bourbon Salted Pecan, Irish Coffee Crunch, Orange Chocolate Chip, Orange Fudge, and even a few flavors for vegans: Tangelo Italian Ice, Vanilla Cara Cara Orange Sorbet, and Strawberry Banana Sorbet.

As a perfect accompaniment to the ice cream, the shop’s scoopers are also trained in the art of the pour-over, and serve up piping hot, individually brewed cups of cult favorite Blue Bottle Coffee on demand. Beans are also available for purchase at the shop.

Lottie’s grand opening falls on April 23rd for a reason: the date would be the 107th birthday of the shop’s namesake: Phillips’ grandmother, who lived next door during her childhood. “I spent countless hours baking and cooking with my grandmother. Fresh, seasonal ice cream made from all-natural ingredients brings back wonderful memories for me, and now people of all ages in Walnut Creek can experience it too.”

Contact Information:

Lottie’s Creamery is located at 1414 N. Main Street in Walnut Creek, California.
Regular hours are Sunday through Thursday, noon-9:00 PM; Friday & Saturday, noon-10 PM.
Find Lottie’s online at http://www.lottiescreamery.com or call (925) 472-0723.

Flavors are posted daily on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/lottiescreamery, and on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/lottiescreamery.

Grand Opening is Tuesday, April 23rd. Ribbon Cutting is at 5:30 PM and free ice cream will be available while supplies last, from 6-9 PM, plus samples throughout the day. Read more about the Grand Opening Event on Facebook by visiting http://tinyurl.com/lottiesgrandopening.

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