GelatoLove, a gelato venture that provides a healthier choice of high-quality Italian artisan gelato, made with only the best natural ingredients and ProduceGood, a non-profit that reduces waste and hunger by connecting surplus produce to food insecurity in San Diego County have teamed up to host “Doing Good Never Tasted So Good” on Saturday, August 3 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the GelatoLove Carlsbad location (300 Carlsbad Village Dr. Ste 104, Carlsbad, CA 92008). ProduceGood has provided GelatoLove with 100 pounds of ruby grapefruit, which were harvested from Reed Ranch in Escondido. GelatoLove will use these grapefruits to create a never before made grapefruit gelato that will only be available at the event. The event is free and open to the public and a portion of all sales will go back to ProduceGood.
“San Diego may be one of the most desirable places to live, but something’s not right when 1 in 6 people go to bed hungry every night and 40% of all food goes to waste. We are looking to change this situation,” said Paola Richard, CEO and Founder of GelatoLove. “Today ProduceGood has expanded to over 1,800 volunteers, who have harvested over 500,000 pounds of fruit from over 120 growers in North San Diego County. They have provided over 1 million fresh fruits and vegetable to San Diego’s food insecure—diverting 250 TONS of edible produce from the landfill. Their latest program, Market Share, gives the opportunity to recover unsold produce from weekly Farmers Markets, delivering the bounty to local food pantries. I am so inspired by the work ProduceGood does for the San Diego community, which is why I am thrilled to be partnering with them to help give back to our environment and create a new tasty gelato for the public to enjoy. We hope the community can join us to celebrate the partnership, give back to ProduceGood and have some yummy gelato on a warm summer day.”
At the event, guests will be able to sample and purchase the special grapefruit gelato, that will only be available that day, as well as other flavors. There will be live music and a raffle with prizes from Patagonia, Callaway Golf and Kashi. GelatoLove and ProduceGood will also be teaming up with Rovino The Foodery to use recovered vegetables from ProduceGood and create exceptional Italian dishes for everyone to taste. Rovino The Foodery will be the biggest Italian market and restaurant in San Diego opening in August, with nearly 8,000-square-feet located Downtown at Market Street and Ninth Avenue.
“We receive our fruits and veggies from local farms, orchards and farmers markets that are either unsold or will be disposed of in order to reduce waste and help those who are food insecure,” said Nita Gilson, Executive Director of ProduceGood. “I love the idea of turning our grapefruits into a special gelato that will also benefit the community. The proceeds raised at the event will allow us to reduce even more waste and hunger in San Diego.”
GelatoLove is the first gelato maker in the world to make a low sugar gelato made with a revolutionary ingredient, allulose—a non-GMO, FDA approved and rare low-calorie natural sugar that tastes just like the sugar you already know and love. Allulose is found in fruits like figs and kiwis and won’t lead to a sugar crash. GelatoLove also uses all natural ingredients like the best quality non-treated California milk and cream, a supreme cacao and cocoa butter, exquisite nuts, and fragrant coffee beans. GelatoLove contains half the fat and 80% less calories compared to regular ice cream, which makes it a healthy alternative to satisfy your sweet tooth. Recipes are gluten free and vegan options are available. GelatoLove craft gelato can be found in two locations in Carlsbad, as well as at Cardiff Seaside Market, Privateer Market in Oceanside, Baker & Olive in Encinitas, Vigilucci Market in Carlsbad, Kedai Gelato in Temecula, Barnoa Wine Bar in San Clemente and, starting in August, Rovino The Foodery in San Diego (www.gelato.love/where).
When: Saturday, August 3
300 Carlsbad Village Dr. Ste 104, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Time: 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Check out the video of when the grapefruits were harvested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_xqSVuyPso
GelatoLove is present in Carlsbad with two locations. Coming from Gaia Gelato’s successful store in Carlsbad Village, the newly re-branded GelatoLove team just opened a new production lab and tasting room in the heart of the Business Park at Carlsbad Gateway Center. GelatoLove believes in the pursuit of perfection inspired by Italian tradition with California style. The ingredients that give GelatoLove its exceptional flavor, creamy texture and nutritional profile, contribute to a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet. High quality California milk and cream, a natural low glycemic index sugar derived from fruit, a supreme cacao and cocoa butter, exquisite nuts, and fragrant coffee beans are part of the secret. GelatoLove secret recipes contain half the fat and 80% less calories compared to regular ice cream. With less than 10% of the calories of sucrose, the innovative natural sugar used in GelatoLove is found in fruits and provides a clean, perfect and healthy sweetness. The name of this magic and rare sugar is Allulose: now making its groundbreaking debut in the gelato world, through GelatoLove. For more information visit: www.gelato.love
In 2014 Nita Kurmins Gilson, Alexandra White and Jerilyn White sprouted ProduceGood from the grassroots of CropSwap (lovingly nurtured by Nita since 2009). Today CropSwap is ProduceGood’s Flagship program, contributing 60% of their annual servings to San Diego County’s charitable food supply. With the addition of Market Share, the farmers market produce recovery program, they are making the upcycling of edible organics a reality in San Diego. Through their efforts, they have provided over 1 MILLION servings of fresh fruits and vegetables that would have otherwise gone to the landfill. Their small team of staff and organizational volunteers, alongside a powerhouse of community volunteers, growers, partners and supporters, make it happen 52 weeks a year. For more information visit: www.producegood.org