Oh yes, right there between The (currently-in-the-midst-of-expanding) Silly Goose and The Wild Cow in the Walden complex on Eastland, Jeni's will be offering at least 24 flavors — and "up to the low 30s," JSIC spokesman Aaron Beck tells Bites — in Tennessee's first such
franchise store. From 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Seven days a week. The opening date is not firm yet, but we're told we can expect it to open in late June.
And if you possess "a love of eating Jeni's handmade ice cream" — which, how could you not — they're hiring. Now for some equally cool news, which relates to the delicious-looking dollop of strawberry ice cream pictured at right.
The strawberries used in said ice cream were raised in Tennessee — more precisely, they're from The Orchard, a farm run by Don Henry just north of Nashville. Jeni herself came down to collect them because strawberry season comes weeks earlier here than it does in Ohio, and so our early crop helped bring this year's batch of Strawberry Buttermilk into being that much faster. Everybody wins! A bit more on the flavor from Jeni's spokesman Beck:
The strawberry ice cream Jeni makes is a lot different than most strawberry ice creams because the berries are pulverized and blended straight into the cream (rather than diced and added in chunk form; chunks are ice; pulverized berries yield really smooth, and creamy strawberry ice cream that pops with real-strawberry flavor.
Uh, yeah, sign me up for that, I'm drooling, and here's some more related news: The book Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home comes out June 15, and there will be a book signing here in Nashville at some point. The date for that is TBA, too, though if you're really dedicated, you can head up to Columbus on June 11, where Nashville's own The Dynamites Featuring Charles Walker will play a release party. (There's some real Columbus-Nashville synergy going here, isn't there?)
Stay tuned to Bites and we'll let you know when the dates get firmed up and anything else we find out about our sweet new addition to the East Side.