Made in Queen Anne, Enjoyed in Queen Anne

Posted on August 31st, 2010 by Editor


The Parfait Artisan Ice Cream truck has been hitting the streets of Seattle—and Queen Anne—for quite some time now. What I didn’t know is that owner and chef Adria Shimada has been mixing up all her organic flavors and sweet concoctions out of a commercial kitchen right here in Lower Queen Anne!

As of this week Parfait has also added two Queen Anne stops to its regular schedule.The truck will be outside of Caffe Fiore on Galer from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday evenings, and at the Queen Anne Farmers Market every Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m.

While the idea of a mobile ice cream shop may not be exactly new, Adria says Parfait is 100 percent unique.

“I am currently the only ice cream maker in Seattle that is both made-from-scratch and all organic. I don’t purchase a pre-fab ice cream mix from Snoqualmie Gourmet. Rather, I make my own custards by hand in the Parfait kitchen using certified organic dairy, eggs, and produce that I source directly from small local farms. The base of Parfait ice cream has only four ingredients: milk, cream, sugar, and eggs. Pure and simple. There is no corn or stabilizers of any kind in my ice cream.  I also make all of my own cones, and all of the confections that go into my ice cream. Parfait is REAL food, slow food, and truly farm-to-cone! It’s also pretty delicious, if I must say so myself,” she wrote.

MyBallard visited the Parfait kitchen (a commercial kitchen for rent called Cookspace) and took video of Adria making vanilla bean ice cream. The local ice cream maker was also covered on NPR’s Weekend Edition on Sunday (listen to that here), and was featured in the July issue of Sunset Magazine as one of the West’s Best Ice Creams.

In addition to Parfait’s regular flavor offerings, it also has a few scrumptious sounding seasonal flavors, including blueberry ice cream, vegan apricot sorbet, and new brownie ice cream sandwiches.

To keep up with the latest, check Parfait’s schedule, and follow them on Twitter and Facebook.


  • QARunner

    As a hack home artisan bread baker and cook it’s great to see someone who obviously has passion for ice cream, building a business out of her passion.

    Too many of us waste our lives working in mindless corporations or organizations.

  • QARunner

    As a hack home artisan bread baker and cook it’s great to see someone who obviously has passion for ice cream, building a business out of her passion.

    Too many of us waste our lives working in mindless corporations or organizations.

  • seattlepchef

    Just a couple of corrections:

    The “Parfait Kitchen” mentioned in the article is actually called Cookspace and is a commercial rental kitchen open to small food businesses wishing to start up in a low risk environment. So it is a shared space and recommended if you wish to start a small food business and can’t quite afford to build out your own kitchen.

    @QARunner – Unfortunately there are many of us who have attempted in recent times to build businesses out of our passions and have been squashed by Seattle and King County’s unwillingness to wholly support small businesses. So, some of us have no choice but to “waste our lives working in mindless corporations or organizations” in order to ultimately achieve that dream of building a business out of our passion or to at least have the money to try more than once. All the more reason to patronize those small bakeries and pastry shops in town so we small folks can ultimately be successful!

  • seattlepchef

    Just a couple of corrections:

    The “Parfait Kitchen” mentioned in the article is actually called Cookspace and is a commercial rental kitchen open to small food businesses wishing to start up in a low risk environment. So it is a shared space and recommended if you wish to start a small food business and can’t quite afford to build out your own kitchen.

    @QARunner – Unfortunately there are many of us who have attempted in recent times to build businesses out of our passions and have been squashed by Seattle and King County’s unwillingness to wholly support small businesses. So, some of us have no choice but to “waste our lives working in mindless corporations or organizations” in order to ultimately achieve that dream of building a business out of our passion or to at least have the money to try more than once. All the more reason to patronize those small bakeries and pastry shops in town so we small folks can ultimately be successful!


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