By Sara Gutierrez |Staff Writer|
The cream melts on your tongue, your taste buds are in overdrive savoring the delicious organic ingredients and you know ice cream has reached new heights.
Á La Minute, an ice cream parlor in downtown Redlands brings a new taste that make you rethink what ice cream is all about.
Founded March 1 of last year by husband and wife, Cassie and Ryan Berk, Á La Minute, is a unique choice for rewarding your sweet tooth.
Chef Ryan Berk, former chef at Morongo Casino, got the idea of using liquid nitrogen to make ice cream while at work one day.
The kitchen received a shipment of frozen fish and using the dry ice Berk made ice cream.
Two months later, the couple opened their creamery in Redlands.
I went this past weekend and I enjoyed both the ice cream and decor.
The shop is set in a quaint brick building and the short walk affords you the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of downtown Redlands.
The glass windows and door with the parlor’s emboldened logo are welcoming and open.
Berk’s photos are hung inside featuring the Straus farm’s livestock and the country furnishing inside adds a charming quality.
Every scoop of ice cream is made to order and frozen in front of your eyes using liquid nitrogen.
The liquid nitrogen “minimizes ice crystals in the ice cream . It’s a much creamery product,” says Ryan Berk.
Berk uses only quality ingredients in his ice cream as well.
The ice cream base comes from organic and kosher dairy farm, Straus Family Creamery, located in Northern California.
Straus Family creamery is known for their superior products as well as humane treatment of their cows and the environment.
“90 percent of my product comes from local vendors. I try to create as much sustainability from Redlands,” said Berk.
This enables Berk to know where his product comes from directly and he benefits from getting to know other local business owners.
Á La Minute in conjunction with Augie’s coffee shop in Redlands built an espresso cart that make affogatos on designated days.
This is just one example of Á La Minute’s ability to collaborate and constantly expand their marketability.
This month, Á La Minute, had a customer choice contest on their Facebook page.
They had a total of 220 entries and every week there will be a winning customer flavor.
This past week’s winner was Spicy Tom Ka or Thai coconut soup flavored ice cream.
“We are always doing something different. Something fun and unique,” said Berk about his company’s innovative promotions and ice cream flavors.
I tasted the espresso chip with cinnamon topping.
The cinnamon on top gave a subtle boost of flavor to the ice cream and the chocolate chips were just the right amount.
Other flavors include the salted caramel, chocolate lavender and fresh mint chip.
There are also a selection of ice cream sandwiches to choose from.
I found the staff to be welcoming and polite, the rate of service also was superb.
So hurry in and taste the perfection of Á La Minute.