Parfait Ice Cream set to open first store in Ballard this summer

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Well known artisan ice cream food truck Parfait, will open its first brick and mortar store in the new Greenfire Campus (2034 NW 56th Street)  this summer. Chef Adria Shimada, who founded the business in 2009, is excited to bring her small batch, organic and artisan ice cream to Ballard.

Shimada is a graduate of Cornell University who ignited her passion for the culinary arts in France during an immersion year that she spent attending the University of Paris. During her time in France she was inspired by the importance of food in French culture and had the opportunity to assist in the kitchen of an authentic farmstead near Toulouse. Upon her return to the States, Shimada built upon her culinary knowledge attending California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, working at Greens Restaurant in San Francisco, and La Farine Boulangerie and Patisserie in Berkley. Shimada then put her extensive knowledge to work opening the first Parfait food truck in 2009, with the aim of producing ice cream with the same integrity as a french bakery. Since then Parfait has made a name for itself all over Seattle for well made, organic ice cream.

In terms of the menu at the new store, customers will not only find the organic ice cream that Parfait is famous for but will also discover an array of new ice cream inspired delicacies. Profiteroles filled with ice cream, mini ice cream sandwiches, confections, and ice cream cakes and pies will be some of the delicious items on offer beside delicious baked goods including canneles, madeleines, clafoutis, tarte tatin, brownies, and, according to Shimada, the world’s finest rugelah. Shimada’s signature toppings; sauces, Chantilly cream, and seasonal fresh fruit from Ballard Farmer’s Market will also be available to put the finishing touches to any ice cream cone. In terms of beverages, to-order sodas with house made organic syrups, French press coffee from Caffe Fiore, Parisian hot chocolate and an assortment of teas will be available.

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The new 1,000-square-foot space has been designed to keep families at the heart of the Parfait experience. From Shimada’s own experiences as a mother of a young child she plans to cater to families in a unique way. Kid-sized ice cream scoops, bars and push-up pops will be on offer to cater for the little ones. Parfait will also feature a dedicated children’s area stocked with Ballard’s Clover toy store toys to keep the kids entertained while the adults relax into the Parfait experience. “I’m very excited to be able to provide a fun destination where my own son and other children can experience the joy of eating honest ice cream, and parents can be assured that the food doesn’t contain preservatives or stabilizers,” says Shimada.

Parfait is shooting for an August opening and tentative hours will be 12 noon – 11 p.m. everyday. Until then click here to find out more about this exciting new eatery.

We will be sure to keep readers informed of the opening date when it is known!

Photos courtesy of Parfait. 

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