Thursday, March 11, 2010

Honey Lavender Gelato

Sure, in the world of gelato, flavors like Burnt Sugar with Star Anise are
delicious and inventive. And so are Lime Cilantro and even Lemon Tarragon.
But for the folks at the Cincinnati Flower Show, what really rocked their
world was when Chef Matthew Williams of ChefBlue Ash and enlisted to be the
primary concessionaire at the 2010 Show, dropped off a few pints to sample -- a
few pints of Madisono Lavender.

You could say it was love at first bite.

Yes, itvery delicate. The first thing you notice is a distinct lavender scent
when you pop the lid off the package and lavender is the first taste that
hits your palate. But what makes it really special is the smooth, light
honey flavor on the finish --"Heavenly," says Marsha Haberer of Indian Hill,
a long time supporter and friend of the Flower Show, and who just happened
to stop by the Show offices on tasting day.

Honey and lavender is a classic combination and fits in nicely with
MadisonoMadison says he likes the way the gelato moves really does deliver the essence
of both honey and lavender. And both Madison and Mary Margaret Rochford, president
of the Cincinnati Horticultural Society, producer of the Flower Show, agree about the
flavors place at this year's show.

"Bees are essential to the life cycle of the delicate flower," he says.
"To have this flavor that is a floral mixed with food honors the full
circle relationship between the two.
Rochford says she is thrilled and honored that the flavor will debut with
this yearshe says.

Officially, the Honey Lavender gelato will debut at the 2010 Opening Night
Gala, an evening of good food, amazing food and remarkable gardens and
which will this year benefit both the Cincinnati Horticultural Society and
the Taft Museum, in support of the upcoming 2011 exhibit, Impressionists in the Garden.
It will be then available for the duration of the show, at the Wisteria
Tea Room and the Willow Caf Madisono and Sorbets are sold via retailers across
the city and at restaurants including Boca, Embers, Nada, Nicolainformation,

The Cincinnati Flower Show is produced by the Cincinnati Horticultural
Society, a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) organization established in 1989 to
produce world-class horticultural exhibitions that are a benchmark for
excellence. The CHS educates, entertains and inspires a broad range of
national and international audiences. Among the Societyare to produce
exceptional educational opportunities and to benefit organizations that
promote the quality of life thru horticulture.

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