With The Barlow slated to celebrate its official grand opening in June, the leasing team for the 220,000-square-foot culinary and art center at Sebastopol Avenue/Highway 12 and Morris Street is keeping busy.
The ink is barely dry on contracts for three new food tenants – Tamarind, Juicery, and Sub Zero Ice Cream and Yogurt.
For Tamarind and Juicery, we’ll have to wait a little longer for exact information on what they’ll offer. Tamarind proprietor Andrea says she is still in the process of establishing her business details, and The Juicery could be more than just juice and smoothies – we’ll find out soon.
As for Sub Zero Ice Cream and Yogurt, it’s easy to guess what’s for sale, but wait, there’s more. It’s a franchise concept with locations in Utah, Arizona, Idaho, and Washington, and the California venture comes courtesy of Jacki Negri, a fourth generation member of the family that has owned and operated Negri’s Original Italian restaurant in Occidental since 1938.
If Negri’s is old-school, Sub Zero is definitely new. The name refers to how the ice cream is made with liquid nitrogen, as liquid ice cream base (generally heavy cream, vanilla, and sugar) is infused with the colorless, odorless fluid that billows clouds of icy smoke.
It’s a natural process that involves no mechanical freezers. The LN2 aerates the mixture, and at about 320 degrees below zero, freezes so quickly that virtually no ice crystals form and the cellular structure of the fat isn’t disrupted. The resulting dessert is silky and light, yet rich and velvety.
Each batch is made to order, from eight bases, 40 flavors, and 35 mix-ins. Here’s good news for lactose-intolerant ice cream lovers, too – the Sebastopol store will also offer non-dairy options like soy, rice, or almond milk.
But need we say it? Kids, don’t try this at home. Even if you can get your hands on some LN2, you don’t want to. Yes, the human body is hot enough that the Liquid Nitrogen will smoke in your hand with little harm to you. However, if you try to contain it in a fist, you increase the pressure of the gas trying to escape, and get a very bad freezer burn, requiring medical attention.
Much better to let the folks at Sub Zero do it.
Details: The Barlow, 200 Morris St., Sebastopol, 707-824-5600 or thebarlow.net.