Doc Brown of Doc's Artisan Ice Creams, Arizona's First Small-Batch Ice Creamery
Your personal mantra or catchphrase: "Always . . . unconditionally . . . follow your heart. Understand that persistence, hard work and determination are the keys to success." -- Barbara Cage, poet
Ten years ago I was: Studying for my master's degree.
Favorite song, movie, and book:
Favorite song: "Zoom," The Commodores
Favorite movie: The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
Your favorite childhood food memory: Making homemade ice cream with my family during the summer.
Your guilty pleasure: Enjoying fried chicken wings once a quarter.
Your favorite thing to cook at home: Lasagne
If you could invite any five guests to a dinner party, who would you want to be there: Oprah Winfrey, Maya Angelou, Emeril Lagasse, Ben Cohen, and Jerry Greenfield of Ben & Jerry's.
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Your favorite local restaurant and what you like to eat there: Phoenix City Grille's jumbo bacon-wrapped shrimp
What inspired you to get into this business? Memories of my childhood summers combined with our great Valley weather. It lends itself readily to one's desire and need of all things cold and delicious!
The hardest part about starting Doc's Artisan Ice Cream was: Deciding when to leave the job and start the business full time.
What makes your products different from other local ice creams?
1. All our products are made from scratch with natural, wholesome ingredients.
2. We manufacture and pasteurize our own dairy mix under inspection and control by the Arizona Department of Agriculture, State Dairy Control.
3. We manufacture a variety of products and product types. Included among them are: Gelato, ice cream, sorbet, Italian ice.
4. We create very some very unique flavors and tastes using simple, natural and wholesome ingredients. We do our best and do our homework, being sure our products are free of GMOs, dyes, colorings, gluten and preservatives.
5. We take common ingredients and combine them in uncommon ways to make products with real flavors that are bright, bold and clean on your palate.
Three things everyone should try from Doc's Artisan Ice Creams: Coconut Lemongrass Lime Pop (even if you are not a coconut fan, you guys will love this one), Chocolate Gelato, and Mascarpone Gelato.
Your favorite dessert that's not frozen: Lemon meringue pie
Your favorite flavor of ice cream or sorbet: blood orange sorbet
One sweet ingredient you think should be used more in desserts: Anything natural and sweet.
One savory ingredient you think should be used more in desserts: Rosemary
What do you think will be the next dessert trend? I don't know for sure, but I am thinking vegetables will be coming into play.
What's next for Doc's Artisan Ice Creams? Controlling our growth while working hard to have as many of you become fans of our products as possible!
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Joe Absolor - Clever Koi
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Adam Brown - Noca
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Sasha Raj - 24 Carrots
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Joey Maggiore - Cuttlefish
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