Not Cool!

Last week in New York city, ice cream trucks got into a brawl over territorial rights to a few feet on the street.

A video of the clash between a Mister Softee truck and a competitor with a similar name was linked on the blog The Consumerist, proving that there is nothing soft about peddlers of icy treats!

Ugly words were exchanged, followed by punches and a call for the police. The incident took place at the corner of Broadway and W. 60th St., near Lincoln Center. Content may not be suitable for tender ears…

Ice Cream Social and New Wheels

Westside Creamery (see previous features here and here) goes fully mobile with a cute new truck the owners bought in Ohio.

Maggie Rentz and Greg Smith took their new wheels on the road to participate in an ice cream social held last weekend in front of The Mercantile on DeKalb Avenue in Candler Park.

Look at Maggie (fresh as a rose as usual) and check out her new flavors.

Keep your eyes peeled and your wallet ready…this is the summer of the ice cream truck!

Gwinnett Is Cool!

Marsha Bomar, the Chief Happiness Officer for Chocolate Perks ( in downtown Duluth, is a born New Yorker and local politician with a knack for street food. We caught up with her ice cream cart in an indoor setting (an art exhibit and talk by our friend David Gelin, the author of BBQ Joints: Stories and Secret Recipes from the Barbeque Belt), where it was put to good use.

Normally, the Chocolate Perks cart is in service outside the restaurant by the same name on the Duluth Town Green and delights the locals with rich, thick, homemade ice cream.

Farm to Bowl Goodness

Maggie Rentz and Greg Smith haven’t given up on being mobile, but the two young lawyers/street food enthusiasts launched their new business while standing on solid ground under a tent at the Sandy Springs Farmers Market last Saturday.

Westside Creamery uses fresh milk and cream from Johnston Family Farm, a Georgia dairy that has been in continuous operation since 1956, and relies as much as possible on ingredients grown and harvested around Georgia.

Phenomenal seasonal flavors we tasted include a deliciously Southern Mint Sweet Tea (our favorite), a tart and refreshing Lemon Buttermilk Sorbet, a rich and chunky Blueberry Buckle, and a Honey and Apricot made with fresh fruit and local honey.

Westside Creamery gave out free samples, sold many many cones, scoops, and pints, and impressed the heck out of everybody.

Visit their website for more information about purchase locations and seasonal flavors ( for their unique product churned in small batches using nothing but virtuous ingredients and old-fashioned know-how.

Nobody Tells You These Things

Fred Flintstone with soft-serve

Follow the adventures of Meg Hilgartner and Siri Skelton, two San Franciscans who started a mobile soft-serve ice cream business called Twirl and Dip and came up against the reality of heavy machinery, perishable inventory, and power supply, and nearly lost their minds in the process. In this ongoing series on, you will learn what it is really like to ditch your job and follow your dream of entrepreneurship.

[Image via Nicobobinus]