Thursday, July 21, 2011

Book Signing With Ice Cream Queen Jeni Britton Bauer

Posted By on Thu, Jul 21, 2011 at 8:49 AM

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Back last fall, before Hot & Cold opened in Hillsboro Village, I wrote a quick post about the impending arrival of Jeni's Ice Cream to our fair burg. We had an internal discussion about whether I was burying the lede — maybe the big story was Las Paletas and Fido coming together the same way their respective owners Irma Paz and Bob Berstein had come together in matrimony. But the Jeni's story was also compelling, because even though I had never heard of it before, every time I mentioned it to transplanted Midwesterners, their eyes rolled back in their heads and they began to moan like Meg Ryan in Katz's Delicatessen.

I knew this stuff had a powerful impact on those who had tried it, and personal sampling confirmed that it is indeed pretty kick-butt. Nashvillians have kept the scoopers scooping furiously at Hot & Cold, which serves Jeni's ice cream. And when Jeni's opened it's first local stand-alone location in East Nashville last month, lines for free samples stretched around the block. Jeni's matriarch Jeni Britton Bauer was in the house that evening. Patrons alternately thanked her for providing such butterfat goodness and kiddingly cursed her for the effect on their waistlines.

In the Scene that hits the stands today, Susannah Felts from Chapter16.org has an intriguing interview with Jeni, who discusses the challenges of starting a business, the reason she chose East Nashville for her store — and of course, butterfat.

And if you didn't get a chance to meet the woman behind the calories last month, you've got another opportunity this Thursday, July 21, at Williams-Sonoma in the Mall at Green Hills. Jeni will be signing copies of her new cookbook Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home: More than 100 Addictively Good Artisanal Recipes, starting at 3 p.m. As per usual, please purchase your cookbook at the store if you would like her to sign it.

The announcement mentions a cooking demonstration, so with any luck you can expect some yummy free samples. Back to the gym for me.

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