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By Alison Cook, January 2007
Marketing was such a joy while I was in Italy over the holidays that this past Saturday morning, I felt inspired to rise early and hit the Midtown Farmers Market.
That’s the one in the parking lot and interior of t’afia,chef Monica Pope’s restaurant on Travis at Alabama, in case you have trouble keeping the names of our various and sundry small farmers markets straight.
I like them all, but t’afia’s is the one nearest my house.
On my way out, I tasted some of the Trentino gelato and sorbetti made by charming Marcelo Kreindel. He was a software guy in Argentina, where there is a strong Italian presence. After he transferred to Houston, he said, “I just missed gelato too much.” Now he’s making small batch flavors that are featured on the t’afia menu (check out Monica, Andrea & Marcelo’s latest mulled Guinness brainstorm) and also sold retail at the downtown Yapa.
Marcelo Kreindel dishes out his Trentino gelato for Midtown marketgoers.
Somehow it seemed fitting that Marcelo’s selection on Saturday was all in shades of elegant winter white. He had a brilliant Corona beer sorbetto–just touched with lemon and sugar–that positively bloomed in the mouth. And the mountain tang of Trentino’s yogurt-flavored gelato really got its hooks into me. Immediately I started imagining it as a fabulously simple dessert topped only with some perfect fruit or berries.
Winter-white gelati and sorbetti from Trentino.
(Midtown Farmers Market, Saturdays 8 am–noon, 3701 Travis @ Alabama)