Next week Houston’s Marcelo Kreindel, owner of Trentino Gelato, will broaden his Chef Series Gelato to include Austin. Central Market in Austin will be the first to carry the gelatos that are collaborations between Trentino and eight Austin culinary talents. The Austin series comes after Trentino’s inaugural collaborations with chef talents in Houston last summer. Locally, chefs including Monica Pope, Robert Del Grande, Ryan Pera and Anita Jaisinghani collaborated with Kreindel to create unique gelato flavors.
The Austin flavors include: Coconut Basil Sorbet (from chef Shawn Cirkiel of Parkside, Backspace and Olive & June); Pumpkin Pie (from chef Ned Elliott of Foreign & Domestic); Jack’s Blonde Pie (from chef Jack Gilmore of Jack Allen’s Kitchen); Cream Fresh Honey Candied Jalapeno (from chef James Holmes of Olivia and Lucky’s Fried Chicken); Honey Mezcal (from mixologist Bill Norris of Alamo Drafthouse, Highball and 400 Rabbits); Malted Dulce de Leche (from pastry chef Laura Sawicki of La Condesa; Apple Blue Cheese (from pastry chef Plinio Sandalio of The Carillon); and Chocolate a la Oaxaquena (from chef Iliana de la Vega of El Naranjo).
Sound good? You bet. Alas, the Austin flavors are available only in Austin (just as the Houston flavors are only here in Houston). Still, it’s good to know that the Trentino is expanding on this series – throughout Texas markets and perhaps nationally – as Kreindel said he would when he first pushed the idea last year.
Trentino’s Austin rollout also was featured in this interesting and well-done examination of a growing Houston-Austin culinary “romance” by Addie Broyles in the Austin American-Statesman.