Thanks to our pals at Gelato Vero for sponsoring us a drink in Taos, NM at the Adobe Bar in the Historic Taos Inn! Of course we went for the local produce: a glass of Gruet sparkling wine for me and a Santa Fe pale ale for Paul. The place was so gorgeous that I couldn’t even talk to anyone when I walked in. I just stood there looking around with a stupid grin. There are adobe arches, skylights, a sunken fireplace, and lots of interesting nooks and crannies. But back to Gelato Vero!
Chef Melanie at Gelato Vero is an inspiration — she quit her day job to go to culinary school and is working toward her goal of opening a gelato shop in Hawaii. She’s got the skills and the plan — it’s just a matter of time. To work on different flavors and techniques, she hosts a gelato dinner each month in Chicago. We were lucky enough to attend a few before we left town. This isn’t your typical chocolate stuff (though she does that well too) — this is something different. Garlic, sweet corn, beets, turkey, Earl Grey tea, weiss beer — the novelty of the flavors draws you in and the absolute deliciousness keeps you spooning (with a gelato paddle, of course). If you aren’t in Chicago, you can’t experience her talents, but be on the lookout for Gelato Vero in the future.