Months ago, when we spoke with Ample Hills owner and ice cream maker Brian Smith about the history and future of his Prospect Heights parlor, his reason for expanding into Gowanus was pretty simple: "We can't make enough ice cream," he told us. "In the summertime, we make 500 gallons a week of ice c ... More >>
Ice cream may have centuries-old roots, but technology and globalization are helping scoop shops push the frozen treat's boundaries with ambitious flavors and toppings. And while it's true that the city's old guard delis, diners, and malt shops are slowly fading away, you can still find a few surviv ... More >>
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We popped by Ample Hills (623 Vanderbilt Avenue, 347-240-3926) today to chat about the shop's forthcoming Gowanus location (slated to open in May) and forthcoming cookbook (due out in April), both of which you'll be able to read about in the near future. But while we were in the shop, we sampled a p ... More >>
The go-go yogurt craze (thankfully not the Go-Gurt craze) of the mid-'00s still hangs on, but like a double scoop of freedom with a patriotism swirl, ice cream is back on top. It's hard to find a more satisfying sweet treat in so simple a package, and once mix-ins get involved, a single scoop is oft ... More >>
New York is a city of ice cream lovers. And we have a pretty outstanding set of parlors to make our summer days sweeter. Here are our 10 favorite ways to cool off right now (including sorbet, soft serve, and a sandwich). Don't see your favorites here? Show them some love in the comments.
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Rebecca MarxAlthough we've almost put Frozen Treats Fortnight behind us, we are powerless to resist the vicarious thrill that comes with indulging in other people's ice cream coverage.
Last week, Ample Hills Creamery became an early victim of its own success when it ran out of ice cream a mere four days after opening for business. But fortunately for Prospect Heights residents/obsessive foodies/the lactose-tolerant, it will reopen tomorrow at noon. That's according to The B ... More >>
Almost two months to the day after Brian Smith described to us exactly how a vat pasteurizer works, Ample Hills Creamery is open for business. This news comes courtesy of Diner's Journal, which adds that, as we had earlier reported, the Prospect Heights shop will also offer ice cream cakes an ... More >>
Ample Hills' founders Brian and Jackie (with offspring) behind the counter. It started out as a brightly painted cart selling ice cream at last summer's Celebrate Brooklyn concerts in the Prospect Park Bandshell, featuring off-the-wall flavors like salted caramel, maple bacon, and stout 'n' ... More >>
Last week, Brian Smith alerted us to some new developments at Ample Hills Creamery, the ice cream parlor he's planning to open in Prospect Heights later this spring. Among other things, Smith told us that his will be the only Brooklyn ice cream parlor to pasteurize its own ice cream mix, mean ... More >>
Ample Hills Creamery started its life last spring as a cart parked inside the now-defunct Lucas Fine Foods in Park Slope. A few months ago, its founder, Brian Smith, announced that he'd be opening a real, live storefront on Vanderbilt Avenue in Prospect Heights, scheduled to open this spring. ... More >>
Photo courtesy of Ample Hills CreameryAmple Hills founder Brian Smith, with cart.Lucas Fine Foods may have closed its doors after only six months of business, but Ample Hills Creamery, the mighty fine ice cream company that operated out of the Park Slope gourmet store, will live on.
There are but a few precious short hours left until the weekend, and thus it is time to cast a fond eye back to the best posts of the week. We ranked Our 10 Best Things to Eat at Locavorish Food Markets. The battle of Smarties vs. M&M's: an England-U.S. Rematch. Asked the Critics weighed in on th ... More >>
Ample Hills CreameryBrian Smith puts some brawn behind his brainchild.Yesterday, we spoke with Ample Hills Creamery's Brian Smith about ice cream, his past career writing "monster-of-the-week movies" for the Sci Fi channel, and his plans to open his own ice cream shop, preferably in Park Slop ... More >>
Photo courtesy of Ample Hills CreameryBrian Smith sheds blood, sweat, and tears in service of ice cream.The opening of Park Slope's Lucas Fine Foods in late May also marked the launch of Ample Hills Creamery, an ice cream company that takes its name from Walt Whitman's poetry and its flavors ... More >>
Lucas Fine Foods opened in Park Slope this weekend. Prepared foods like barbecued pork ribs and Cajun-spiced shrimp beckoned from the display cases, but since the shop didn't have its full menu up and running yet, we went for the ice cream, homemade by Brian Smith of Ample Hills Creamery.
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