Last weekend we conquered the summer heat wave with one recipe: gelato. We teamed up with Dolcetti Gelato for an SLCmixer at their new location in the Avenues. We each got our hand in making gelato then tasted it in several unconventional combinations.
As we carefully combined our choices of ingredients for our gelato we learned about this Italian treat. The owner and creator of Dolcetti Gelato, Elizabeth England, answered all of our questions regarding gelato and she did so gracefully. Elizabeth creates a high-end world of gelato here in Salt Lake that she makes sure is also approachable. We learned that the difference between gelato and ice cream is quite simple but often misinterpreted; gelato is less churned therefore it is more dense, which often yields more flavor and more creaminess as well. And just so you know, we tasted some amazingly creamy and full flavored gelatos through our afternoon affair.
To wet your appetite and cool you down a little, here is a taste of what we had for our afternoon tasting. These are also great ideas of how you can incorporate Dolcetti Gelato into your next dinner party:
Homemade Raw Gazpacho with a small garnish of Cilantro Lime Sorbetto
Brioche Rolls filled with Zabaglione Gelato
Lemon Gelato with Pear Balsamic from Mountain Town Olive Oil (can be found at Mountain Town Olive Oil at the Gateway)
Vanilla paired with Honey Wine Vinegar Reduction by Slide Ridge Honey (can be found at Caputo’s)
Pine Nut Tart with Rosemary Olive Oil Gelato
Amaretto Chocolate Torte with Fior Di Latte Gelato and Balsamic Strawberries
Although I truly enjoyed each of the flavor combinations from our afternoon. I must say that I’ll be forever thinking of the cool summer gelato with Dolcetti’s cilantro lime sorbet to and the amaretto chocolate torte with fior di latte gelato. If you’d like to make the gazpacho that we tasted you an find the recipe on Serious Eats, then stop in at Dolcetti and pick up some cilantro lime sorbetto to top it off. All pastries, including the chocolate amaretto torte, were made by a local caterer who I’m now crazy over: Hilary Cavanaugh at Rue De Lis Desserts. If you’re looking for a divine dessert caterer, she’s your gal!
Dolcetti Gelato has two locations:
900 East and 900 South
380 E 4th Ave
For more information on how to get in on future local food gatherings go to: SLCmixers.com. Our next few mixers that we have lined up are going to be stellar: Uinta Beer, experiencing the Alpha Dominche Coffee Machine, Navajo Food, and the Story of Caputo’s through food. We’d love to have you sit at our table!
Even the tiniest member of the group enjoyed Dolcetti!