By CHRIS ALDRIDGE, Kentucky Proud Connection
WHITE SULPHUR, Ky. – In creating Spotz Gelato, Philip Enlow and Beth Richardson combined their love of gelato and their passion for local foods.
"In our travels abroad, the best part of vacation was gelato," Beth said. "We like to travel to Central and South America. Those countries have a heavy European influence, so we're always able to get good gelato."
Now they make their own at Tarleton Tavern Farm in western Scott County.
"We were city folks before we bought this farm," said Beth, who is a native of Louisville, while husband Philip hails from Lexington. "The only thing I knew about a cow was driving by one in the country."
Gelato, the Italian word for ice cream, has less fat and less air than conventional ice cream. The lack of air makes it thicker and denser.
Spotz's newest flavor of Kentucky Proud gelato, which debuted Aug. 29 at WorldFest in Louisville, is called Kentucky Pride. It gets its name from its four Kentucky Proud ingredients:
- Borden Dairy milk from London,
- Kight's Pecans near Paducah,
- Country Rock Sorghum from Woodford County, and
- Town Branch Bourbon from Lexington.
"It has a Derby Pie-type flavor," Beth said. "It sells out every time. It's quite a hit."
Spotz uses Kentucky Proud fruit in its other flavors of gelato and sorbet. It buys strawberries from Boyd Orchards near Versailles and blueberries from the Kentucky Blueberry Growers Association in Edmonton. Spotz also gets Kentucky blackberries grown on a farm in Cumberland County from the association.
"We had a lot of contacts with farmers around here, so we try to source everything we can locally," Beth said.
Spotz's Gelato has as many as 40 flavors but can offer only about 10 at a time in its eye-catching hot pink trailer. The most popular flavor with kids is cookies and cream, which uses Oreo cookies, while adults prefer berry flavors. Spotz also offers seasonal flavors, like the current pumpkin spice.
Spotz Gelato will be served twice during The Bourbon Social in Lexington Oct. 10-12. On Saturday, Oct. 11, Kentucky Pride gelato will be offered for dessert during a buffet lunch at Fasig-Tipton Co., a Thoroughbred auction firm at 2400 Newtown Pike. Kentucky Pride gelato also will be offered during brunch Sunday, Oct. 12 at Alltech Brewstillery, 401 Cross St.
Spotz's trailer is parked in the tailgating area at Keeneland every Saturday during the fall meet, which ends Oct. 25. Spotz will also have a booth at the Kentucky Proud Incredible Food Show on Oct. 11 and Fasig-Tipton Fall Sale on Oct. 18-19.
"We've only had two weekends off since [starting the business in] June, and that's in addition to our 'normal' jobs," said Beth, an independent paralegal who does real estate research. Philip repairs medical equipment for Dialysis Clinic Inc.
The couple's busy life has been made easier by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's director of business development, Ben Shaffar.
"Ben has been great," Beth said. "I can call him up and ask, 'Who can I talk to about such and such.' He's been a great resource."
Being a member of Kentucky Proud and proudly displaying its distinctive logo on the sides of their trailer and the pickup truck that pulls it has led to extra customers.
"Kentucky Proud is the reason some people come to our truck," Beth said. "It tells 'em it's something that's local. That's important to a lot of people around here."
"[Kentucky Proud] has helped us out a bunch and will only continue to help us in the future," Philip said.
After Oct. 25, Spotz will shut down for the winter, and the couple will turn their attention to their big winter project, constructing a commercial kitchen behind their farmhouse on Frankfort Road.
"That will allow us to sell wholesale to restaurants and retail stores," Beth said.
Philip bought another trailer, a 1972 Midas Smokey, that he plans to renovate. That will enable Philip and Beth to divide up and attend two events or festivals on the same day.
Philip will paint the trailer pink with multi-colored "spotz" to match the original. The design led to the name of their business.
"The trailer was the first idea," Beth said of the 1969 Bonanza. "We took a vintage trailer and converted it into a food truck.
"We wanted it to be something fun, so we decided to paint it pink. And if it's pink, it's gotta have spots on it.
"Believe me, he was skeptical at first," Beth said, pointing to her husband.
For more information about Spotz Gelato, go to www.spotzgelato.com.