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Six Courses of Ice Cream

Six Courses of Ice Cream

A six-course meal of…ice cream. Yes — especially as it’s supposed to be 93 degrees Fahrenheit / 35 degrees Celsius here on the East Coast this week — sounds to be good to be true.

But no. This every-kid-and-everyone-who-still-thinks-s/he’s-a-kid’s dream meal was indeed held last night at the Roger Smith Hotel on Lexington Avenue in New York City, says the New York Daily News. The special meal was devised as part of the hotel’s “Edible Conversation” series, a “sensory experience” in conjunction with a lecture by New York University adjunct professor Laura Weiss, who’s new book is entitled Ice Cream: A Global History:

Weiss said the quirky meal shows that ice cream has a larger cultural connection.

“It’s a real mirror onto food cultures around the world and through history,” she said….

But beyond its diversity, Weiss said, people have a deep mental connection to ice cream.

“It’s so tied to nostalgia and childhood. It’s not meant to make you healthier, it’s designed to be pure pleasure,” she said.

Ok, that’s the academic part. Here’s what was on the menu as detailed in Food and Things:


Marinated Olives

House roasted nuts


Guinness float

Smoked salmon tartar on crostini with horseradish ice cream and chives

First Course

Chilled Green Pea Soup with Yogurt Ice Cream

Second Course

Beet Carpaccio with Goat Cheese Ice Cream

Third Course

Seafood ceviche with Cilantro lime sorbet

Fourth Course

Venison loin, fingerling potatoes, grilled asparagus, lingonberry demi glaze ice cream

Fifth Course

Dark Chocolate gelato with sea salt, caramel, broken pretzels


Not exactly a 10-year-old boy’s fantasy of vanilla to start, chocolate, cookies ‘n’ cream, rocky road, and two flavors of Ben & Jerry’s (your choice). But there it is, six courses of ice cream.

The New York Daily News reporter who partook, or licked, up this feast says:

I found myself wondering if I had committed a culinary faux pas when I put liberal heaps of ice cream onto the medium rare tenderloin. If that is wrong, I don’t want to be right, because the sweet ice cream made the meat sing.

Moms out there, you’d better keep news of this ice-cream meal away from your kids or you might find them making arguments about the “nutritional value” of using a little vanilla bean on their burgers.

But maybe if you take out the sugar and substitute some far-free milk or soy milk (for the dairy-challenged) it might work as a substitute for mayo. Or maybe some spinach sorbet will be the way parents try to sneak a few more vegetables into their kids?


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Photo by laura padgett.

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6:20PM PDT on Nov 2, 2012

to each their own

6:36AM PDT on Aug 22, 2011

wow. sounds interesting. never even knew there was such a thing as lingoberry

12:39AM PDT on Aug 22, 2011

weird, but hey, if it works for you peace!

4:02PM PDT on Jun 27, 2011


7:20PM PDT on Jun 10, 2011

Sorry I don't think that I could have ice cream for anything but a dessert.

6:55AM PDT on Jun 10, 2011

Living in europe I have had ice cream made with wild flowers,beetroot,cucumber and cheese and garlic.....delicious with meat or fish...certainely worth a try!

12:30AM PDT on Jun 10, 2011

our family love ice cream.

10:45PM PDT on Jun 9, 2011

I could try one or two or even three of those dishes...just to see how it taste all those combinations... :D

6:28PM PDT on Jun 9, 2011

when i went vegan i thought i'd miss ice cream but quickly discovered soy ice cream is so delicious, less sweet, and even if i wasn't vegan i'd never go back to dairy ice cream

6:06PM PDT on Jun 9, 2011

sounds divine! Sign me up!

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