This week it's ice cream! Listen above to hear how, why and when ice cream became the world-wide popular dish that it is is. Everyone has their own memories and preferences relating to this frozen treat that it delicious served with fruit, cake in a cone or on its own - I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream. We'll uncover where ice cream originated and how design helped it to go from a food reserved only for the wealthy elite to a food enjoyed by people of all ages, backgrounds all over the world. We'll look at artworks that celebrate this food that is so connected to our pleasure senses. I'll be looking at the artwork of Pablo Picasso, Evelyne Axell and Chila Kumari Burman
Tara Esperanza of Tara's Organic Ice Cream and I chatted about ice cream, food culture, memories, trends and the artistry of food. Tara and I go way back and her passion is such an inspiration as a friend, artist, woman and businessperson. You can find Tara’s Organic Ice Cream at their two California shops, one in Oakland and one in Berkeley. They have a loyal following owing to their ethos of organic, hand-crafted, quality and sustainability and their offering of over 173 flavours which are made with limited availability or seasonal ingredients. So, alongside the classics such as vanilla, chocolate, strawberry ad coffee there are flavours such as Adzuki Black Sesame, Baobab, Cardamom, Lucuma, Pink Peppercorn, Pandan, Camote, Vegan sorbets and more. T.O.I.C. is hand crafted in small batches, with only the purest organic ingredients. They do NOT add any emulsifiers or stabilizers, they use fresh herbs and freshly ground spices, work with local farms for the dairy, seasonal fruits, and herbs. T.O.I.C. is about honoring the flavor and not sweetness.
A big part of T.O.I.C. is partnership working in line with their ethos, here are links to the partners that Tara mentions on the podcast:
The Picasso’s painting is often described as “fun” and “bristling” “a celebration of the ice cream cone” and “an enlightening link to portraiture of past masters”.
Axell’s work is described as “erotic” “feminist” ”political” and representative of the sexual liberation movement of the 1960s. This painting was removed from the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Facebook page due to it “containing excessive amounts of skin or suggestive content”.
0-2.30 - Episode Intro
2.30-7.30 - Ice cream, history and design
7.30-10.15 - Picasso, Axell, Burman - artists and ice cream epiction
10.15 - 57 - Tara Esperanza of T.O.I.C. interview
57-59 - episode closing comments
A few years back I decided to bundle all my interests together and rebrand from Smy Chutney to Smy Goodness so that all my preserves, crafts, products and workshops could live together in one place. My own podcast seemed a suitable place to uncover, understand and enjoy things related to food, art, history and design. Please do share your stories, knowledge, questions and suggestions. In the Smy Goodness.com podcast section you will find the podcasts and all the items that we are discussing and will have ongoing discussions about each week.
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