YoLo Midtown unveiled its five finalists in the Project Green Fork Gelato Contest yesterday, and the results were delectable, local, and totally grassroots.
After receiving 115 (!) gelato flavors, Margot McNeeley of Project Green Fork narrowed down the choices to the few that best represented PGF’s local, sustainable bent. Out of eight that were tested in actual gelato form, only five made the cut:
Dad’s Jack, created by the mysterious and otherwise unidentified “Dad” — organic ginger root and Jack Daniel’s Tennessee whiskey reduction.
Anna’s Afternoon Amusement, by Anna Hatfield — Dinstuhl’s caramel and sea salt blended into McCarter coffee gelato.
Come Home, Honey, by Olivia Wilmot — local honey from Hughes Apiaries mixed into pistachio gelato.
Dining with Green Monkeys, by Stacey Greenberg — green tea gelato steeped with Jones Orchard apple butter.
Pearadise Lost, by Davis Kidd Booksellers — Jones Orchard pear preserves in pear sorbetto.
All the gelatos were uniquely tasty, so hats off to PGF for choosing a nice range of flavors.
Dad’s Jack was more ginger than whiskey, but that’s a battle I’d love to see at the gelato bar more often. Anna’s Afternoon Amusement, might have been my favorite, because sea salt and caramel is a killer combination, and if you add in the rich coffee flavor (with the crunch of roasted coffee beans), the flavor gets even more interesting. Come Home, Honey was a simple, mild sweet that you would expect from a honey and pistachio blend — very subtle and smooth. Dining with Green Monkeys was definitely the most complex of the flavors and the apple butter was the perfect amount of tart to cap off the floral green tea flavor. A light summer treat, Pearadise Lost was crisp and fresh, without being too sour or too sweet.
Overall, I was very impressed with the array of unusual, sophisticated flavors, and also the focus on incorporating local ingredients.
Stacey Greenberg popped in to taste, and brought along her “green monkeys.”
I also met Sarah Lorenz while taste-testing, shown here with Margot McNeeley. (Sarah submitted a strawberry, balsamic, and cracked pepper gelato to the contest.)
When I got there around 4:45 p.m., at least 40 ballots had been turned in already. Each tasting cost $10 and the proceeds went to Project Green Fork. After tallying the votes, the winner was... Anna’s Afternoon Amusement, by Anna Hatfield! Her flavor will be available at the YoLo gelato bar for at least six months, so go check it out.