It's like a culinary fantasy, an Atlanta dream team: what if Kevin Gillespie and Morelli's got together and made ice cream? What if they opened an old fashioned soda fountain together? What if!!!???
Well kids, it's not that far fetched. In fact, the teaming up part is already a fact: Kevin Gillespie will be guest ice cream maker at Morelli's about once a week. Gillespie's Woodfire flavors will be made in small batches, and will probably be announced via Morelli's Twitter feed
. First come, first served. The first flavor, which will be served at Slow Food Atlanta's Ice Cream Social
tomorrow, is s'mores, made with home made graham crackers using local honey, and home made marshmallows. The flavor will also be available at Morelli's some time next week.
As for the possible business, Gillespie says "I've always wanted to own an old fashioned soda fountain." He cites Morelli's owners' dedication to quality as a compatibility factor, and says that the ice cream store was already planning on expanding, possibly into the Edgewood Shopping District. Gillespie says that the guest ice cream maker project is an experiment to see how the relationship works, with the joint soda fountain as a goal if everything goes well. Dude. Target AND ice cream? And beards and pig tattoos? Will the glory never end?
Gillespie says that he and the other Woodfire Grill
owners are still looking for a location for their barbecue restaurant after the initial location (in the old Brake-O spot on the corner of Piedmont and Cheshire Bridge Roads) proved too large for the kind of "boutique" location the concept needs.