Sometimes the people who receive the goods are attached to famous names.
Exhibit A: Dave Matthews, who along with Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, and Neil Young, brought their annual Farm Aid benefit concert to Kansas City, Kansas, this past weekend.
More on Matthews and Jeni's in a moment.
First, a recap of Jeni's Mobile Dipping Division's past-weekend activities :
- In Texas, Jeni wrapped up a string of sold-out Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home tour dates in the Lone Star State's Central Market Cooking Schools. Up next on Jeni's itinerary: the Chicago Ice Cream and Gelato Festival Thursday Aug. 18 and Friday Aug. 19 in the Windy City.
- In Tennessee, one arm of the Mobile Dipping Division served up Cherokee Purple Tomato Sorbet to many of the 20,000 or so Tomato Art Fest-goers near Jeni's shop in East Nashville. If you're near our shop in Music City, try the limited-edition Cherokee Purple Tomato Sorbet. When it's gone, it's gone!
Now back to Kansas, where another arm of the Mobile Dipping Division shared the special Sweet Corn Shortbread Sundae with a few hundred Farm Aid party guests and stocked Farm Aid musicians' dressing rooms with mini pints (a.k.a. "splits").
Last Thursday, Brittany Sue Hall, assistant baker in Jeni's kitchen, and ace shipping team member Scott Spice drove B-Sue's Prius 690 miles west to Kansas City to provide a little hospitality before and during Farm Aid, the annual fundraising concert.
Following a long Friday of prep, execution, and sundae service at the V.I.P. gala, B-Sue filed this late-night report:
"What. A. Day. What a tremendous experience! Scott Spice and I are exhauuuusted. But ridiculously happy! I can't even remember how many times we had people come back up to the dessert table to tell us that, "This is the best dessert I have ever had. Ever." All as serious as you could possibly be. Sweet Corn blew them away!
"There were quite a few hesitant tasters though. As soon as the phrase, "Sweet Corn ice cream," comes out of your mouth, you can get some odd looks. But once we convinced them to try just a spoonful, just a little taste, they were sold.
"It's an incredible thing to watch someones face light up, and that smile spread across their face. And you would not believe the amount of simply mind-blowing people we've met!"
One of those "mind-blowing" people, yes, was Dave Matthews.
B-Sue, who snapped the photo of Matthews above, dubbed the man who gave the world What Would You Say? and Crash Into Me "the nicest guy I've ever met" and said, "Everywhere he went he said hello to each person and introduced himself."
Armed with all-access passes, B-Sue and Spice roamed the grounds of K.C.'s Livestrong Sporting Park, snapping photos, making friends, and loading up tour buses with Jeni's ice creams, including Matthews' and Farm Aid co-founder Willie Nelson's.
It was all sort of surreal, B-Sue said, especially when "Dave Matthews introduced me to Neil Young! He said, 'Neil have you ever had Jeni's?' And Neil said, 'No, but I've been hearing a lot about it.' That was just awesome."
Bravo, B-Sue and Spice. In the meantime, you can check out B-Sue's off-the-clock work here.