Salt & Straw, the iconic Portland-based, family-run ice cream purveyor known for its taste provoking, imaginative ice cream creations, has just announced plans to open a new scoop shop in the San Diego area. Come this winter, those in Little Italy will be able to savor critically-acclaimed favorites that fans know and love – such as Sea Salt with Caramel Ribbons and Honey Lavender – as well as seasonal monthly flavors showcasing uniquely local ingredients and products, all at its new home at 1670 India Street. To celebrate its new location, Salt & Straw will host surprise pop ups in the months leading up to the opening, which will be announced on the company’s Facebook page.
The San Diego shop will offer guests a taste of favorite flavors like Freckled Woodblock Chocolate and Almond Brittle with Salted Ganache. Additionally, monthly-rotating San Diego-specific flavors inspired by the local community will be created by Co-Founder and Head Ice Cream Maker Tyler Malek that reflect the Southern California food scene and its artisans – as well as seasonal produce from area farmers. In alignment with Salt & Straw’s philosophy to source the best possible products available, ice creams will be created with 100 percent all-natural, local cream from Scott Brothers Dairy and churned in small five to ten-gallon batches in their Southern California kitchen.
“It’s a dream come true to have the opportunity to work in the San Diego food community. When you look at the success and innovation of local chefs, breweries, farmers, fishermen, wineries, bakers etc…, it’s hard not to get excited about jumping in to build on this creative food scene and develop menus in partnership with these amazing folks,” says Tyler. “When I look at chefs like Brian Malarkey, the farmers markets like Little Italy Mercato and non-profits like Feeding San Diego, it’s clear San Diego has become an incubator for pushing the limits on how food should be grown, prepared, served and shared. It’s hard not to look at San Diego as a sister-city to Portland…maybe with slightly warmer weather and an entirely new crop of ingredients to play with.”
The Little Italy shop will also uphold the community-centric philosophy that Salt & Straw was founded on. They will partner annually with local schools, organizations who support basic rights and equality as well as those who are fighting childhood food insecurity. They’ll also focus on job creation and training to hire locally. The company offers extensive training programs such as hospitality, food safety and leadership as well as a generous benefits package that includes access to affordable, high-quality health care, family leave, employee assistance, disability insurance and paid time off for both full and part time employees.
“Salt & Straw was built on the idea of creating the kind of company that’s fun to work for, partner with and support,” says Kim. “We’ve fallen in love with the Little Italy neighborhood and are really excited to be part of the wonderful community of restaurants, breweries, and markets.”
The thoughtful approach taken with the creation of every ice cream flavor is mirrored in the design aesthetic of each Salt & Straw shop, as envisioned by Andee Hess of Osmose Design based in Portland. The spaces are articulations of their respective neighborhoods through local artwork collaborations, fixtures, and materials such as custom wood-paneling, terrazzo tiles, and hand-crafted bar stools, as well as Salt & Straw’s signature awning – an homage to their humble beginning as a red-and-white striped ice cream cart. Each element is selected to engender the feeling of a modern-day, community-oriented mercantile that brings locals together with friends, family, neighbors, or even the farmer or artisan whose product is showcased in the latest flavor offering.
Construction begins on the 1,350 square-foot shop this fall. For more news on Salt & Straw and to stay up-to-speed on developments, visit www.saltandstraw.com.
ABOUT SALT & STRAW:
Salt & Straw Ice Cream is a family-run, ice cream company known for their taste provoking, imaginative ice cream creations. The company was founded by cousins Kim and Tyler Malek in Portland OR in 2011 and presently has kitchens and scoop shops in Portland, Los Angeles and San Francisco, an upcoming shop in Seattle opening late 2017, and Wiz Bang Bar in Portland, a soft serve dessert bar. Every ice cream flavor is handmade in small five to ten-gallon batches in local kitchens using only all-natural cream from nearby farms and the best local, organic and sustainable ingredients. Classic flavors are joined by seasonal flavor menus that rotate every four weeks and vary from city to city. Their ice cream is available for online purchase and can be shipped anywhere in the United States. Salt & Straw’s strong community roots and dedication to giving back drives everything they do, from collaborating with artisans and farmers, to hiring from within their community to actively supporting local schools and raising awareness for issues like childhood hunger, and equal rights.