I cannot speak for this ice cream personally, but Elaine Evans, who is crazy for good taste and creativity, gave Metro Pulse editor Coury Turczyn a sample and he says it's the real deal and that is endorsement enough for me. This Elaine, of Elaine's Ice Cream, has created a "Dogwood" version of her not-for-sale-in-stores delight for the Rhythm and Blooms Festival. Here's what they have to say about it:
Elaine's Ice Cream captures unique flavor of East Tennessee springtime music event
April 1, 2014 [Knoxville, TN] - The American Roots music festival Rhythm N' Blooms, expected to draw nearly 20,000 concertgoers in Knoxville this year the weekend of April 4-6, today announced the birth of an ice cream created just for the event.
Local ice cream artisan Elaine's Ice Cream has gallons of the one-of-akind confection on the dasher in preparation for this weekend's celebration of the arts, culture and natural beauty of East Tennessee.
"I call it 'Dogwood' because that word, that tree and its beautiful flowers stand for springtime itself here in East Tennessee," said Evans. The custom flavor, one of an infinite number Evans creates in her bespoke frozen treats business, tempers a citrus explosion of pink grapefruit with woody notes from rosemary and the perfumed sweetness of elderflower in an ultra-creamy natural dairy base accented with vanilla.
"Rhythm N' Blooms combines live music with nature for a totally unique flavor," said Chyna Brackeen, owner of festival co-producer Attack Monkey Productions, which hand-picked the lineup of more than 60 musical acts. "With this special product from Elaine's Ice Cream, we're adding yet another dimension--literally, taste--to an increasingly rich and memorable live experience that you simply can't get anywhere else."
Hundreds of festivalgoers will share that first taste of Dogwood ice cream this Friday evening at a special reception kicking off the weekend's 86 musical performances, where Evans will serve the signature flavor in her trademark recyclable individual half-pint "stubby" Mason jars.
"I use glass jars because you can see the deliciousness inside--whether in hand or in a photo, and communicate it to others," Evans said, adding that she hopes her ice cream catches on to become a perennial offering for the festival.
About Elaine's Ice Cream
Elaine's Ice Cream began in Knoxville, TN, in 2012 when Elaine Evans, a lifelong culinary and marketing creative, got an overwhelmingly positive reaction from images she posted to Facebook from an ice-cream-making binge she'd been on one weekend during strawberry season. Today Elaine's Ice Cream retails custom, one-of-a-kind frozen treats to individuals, businesses and special events groups and wholesales to local restaurants, cafes and caterers.
Follow Elaine and her ice cream on her blog, ondasher.tumblr.com; on Facebook at Elaine's Ice Cream; or on Twitter: @elaineevans.