The warm aroma of freshly baked waffle cones envelops every nook and cranny of Marble Slab Creamery, revving up guests' senses with the promise of impending decadence. As the hand-rolled cones tan in their ovens, the store's staff bustles about the premises whipping up fresh batches of super-premium ice cream in the onsite creamery and helping patrons select a flavour from a list of more than 50 options. This chef-driven dedication to gourmet ice cream began in 1983 with the company's founding in Houston, Texas, when two French chefs were enlisted to create a recipe for Marble Slab Creamery's signature sweet-cream ice cream. Today, staffers utilize the frozen-slab technique of ice-cream architecture, scooping each customer's choice of ice cream and mixins onto a chilled marble slab to mix the separate elements into one customized mélange.
Though specializing in cone-based ice-cream treats, Marble Slab Creamery also offers other scream-worthy confections including cakes, shakes, and ice cream cupcakes. Catering is available at many locations.
The Marble Slab Creamery sensory experience begins by just walking past the storefront, where the buttery scent of fresh-baked waffle cones drifts out into the air. Gourmet ice creams are freshly crafted on site from Marble Slab?s original recipe, enticing customer's eyes with a rainbow of colors. Once clients have made a flavor selection, they choose from a smorgasbord of mix-ins, from fresh fruit to nuts to candy and crumbled cookies, which an ice cream chef then hand-folds in atop a frosty marble slab before packing the finished custom-designed flavor masterpiece into a house-made waffle cone.
In addition to procuring hand-held treats, Marble Slab Creamery can send creations home in a variety of other formats, such as ice cream cakes, cupcakes, and hand-packed quarts, or in the capable hands of a catering team for sprucing up special events such a corporate get-togethers or school functions with sundae bars in tow.
With a chef-driven vision, the staffers at Marble Slab Creamery concoct ice cream in traditional and modern flavours as well as hand-rolled waffle cones. Once an order is made, the staff scoops the ice cream—available in lactose-free options—onto a frozen slab and mixes in fresh fruit, nuts, and candy before piling it into a traditional or flavoured cone.
A native of Lyon, France, the eponymous chef and proprietor of Sandrine French Pastry & Chocolate crafts her sweets from scratch daily using traditional Gallic techniques. As she works, the shop's pristine white countertops populate with flaky croissants, artisanal chocolate truffles, and delicate macaroons in flavours such as pistachio, earl grey, and passion fruit. Colourful boxes or cellophane wrappers prepare dainty treats for gifting, and savoury options including quiche and pâté sate lunchtime appetites. In addition, cooking classes summon patrons into Chef Sandrine's kitchen to learn such culinary skills as how to summon the fire-breathing dragon that caramelizes the top of every crème brûlée.
The four cake specialists at Cupcasions know that every important event is more memorable with cake. Their expertise in crafting gourmet cupcakes and cakes in more than 10 flavours, such as boston cream and orange creamsicle, has enhanced celebrations such as birthdays, retirement parties, and alien abductions. Having customized more than 500 wedding cakes and wedding cupcakes, the kitchen is happy to personalize orders for the big day.