Before teaming up in 1953, Burt Baskin and Irv Robbins were seasoned business owners with their own ice-cream shops. The words “unusual varieties” shone high above each shop, signaling their respective owners’ passion for anything but an ordinary dessert experience. When the two got together, it was natural that they’d adopt the theme of “31 flavors,” one for each day of the month. Since then, Baskin-Robbins has introduced more than 1,000 flavors and opened shops with more than 5,800 franchise owners worldwide. Even their little pink tasting spoon has become a staple as a way to make flavor browsing an event by allowing guests to try specialties without paying cash or chicken-based trade for the privilege.
Joe, the Batchman behind BatchMakers Homemade Ice Cream, churns out rich and creamy frozen treats at his Cedar Grove?parlor. Additionally, he caters events of any size, from birthday parties to weddings and boat christenings done with chocolate sauce.
The chefs of Mardi Gras Fine Foods reach for pure olive oil and MSG-free recipes to create their Mediterranean-, Cajun-, and German-style deli foods. Freshly made main dishes, such as beef brisket and hot-pepper-jelly tortas, sit in a refrigerated deli case, ready to be packaged up and taken home. Meanwhile, bakers whip up brownies, scones, and muffins, and stack platters high with mini-croissant sandwiches and paninis.
Bent on accommodating guests' desires, the courteous staff also takes special orders to meet specific dietary needs. In addition, custom-designed catering menus feed parties from 5 to 500 atop white table linens or the backs of volunteer ghosts.
Red Mango's frozen yogurt has been garnering national attention for more than five years, unlike that musician strumming away next to the foosball table in his basement. The shop earned a place atop Zagat's 2011 lists for Best Smoothie and Frozen Yogurt Chain and Best Healthy Options Among Quick Refreshment Chains. Red Mango showcases its award-winning reputation by dishing up all-natural and gluten-free yogurts—all of which are either low-fat or nonfat—that promote healthy digestive and immune systems with natural probiotics. Friendly staff members are always on hand to whip Ghirardelli dark chocolate, POM pomegranate juice, and seasonal pumpkin spice frozen yogurts into Stevia-sweetened smoothies or parfaits layered with organic granola and fruit. The toppings bar brims with crunchy cereal, cheesecake bits, and nuts, allowing creative customization.
Twist Frozen Yogurt treats guests to a self-serve spread of up to 24 different frozen desserts, with yogurts and sorbets in a wide variety of tastes and styles. Guests can cool off their palates by packing their cups with health-conscious dollops of nonfat or low-fat yogurt or non-dairy sorbet—available flavors include coffee, sea salt, caramel corn, cake batter, and coconut. They can then crown their creations with 90-plus toppings, including chocolate syrup or fresh fruit. Twist Frozen Yogurt proudly displays all nutritional info on the menu, with options for no-sugar-added and nonfat desserts as low as 80 calories—fewer calories than are burned while yawning through a bad novel or a well-written PC manual.
At Pink Frosting Bakery, the bakers craft their vegan and gluten-free desserts from scratch. Each cupcake, two-layer cake, and infinitely layered tesseract brims with mostly organic ingredients that create more healthful but still rich-tasting treats. As finishing touches, bakers dust cinnamon sugar over a cream-cheese-topped pumpkin cake, mix crushed Oreos into cream-cheese frosting before slathering it onto chocolate cake, and fill vanilla cake with strawberry preserves finished with a strawberry frosting. Furthermore, Pink Frosting's confections are devoid of egg and dairy, and mostly free of soy, allowing customers to cater to guests with allergies when planning parties.