Bob Blumer, celebrity chef and host of the show Glutton for Punishment, which airs on the Food Network, called on Cristiana Ginatta, cofounder of Paciugo Gelato & Caffè, to help develop a collection of flavors for the 2009 Austin Ice Cream Festival. Their collaboration resulted in four flavors, including the Ice Cream Festival’s Best in Class award winner, Maple Bacon Crunch. The wacky culinary combinations and successful teamwork with Blumer inspired Ginatta to roll out the flavors as gelato in all Paciugo locations.
“It was fun to work with Bob in the kitchen and see his creative genius come alive,” Ginatta says. “Our work together inspired me to go back to our kitchen to put my own twist on the distinct flavors as gelato. The taste was incredible.”
Starting April 30, one new flavor will be introduced each Friday over a four-week period, with the award-winning Organic Maple Caramelized Bacon presented during the last week of the promotion.
The flavors include: Chocolate Chipotle Butter Pecan, Roasted Banana Cashew Heath Crunch, Durian (Durian pulp has the consistency of an avocado that creates gelato with a buttery, custard-like texture), and Organic Maple Caramelized Bacon.
The flavors will be introduced in the order shown above.