Ready your spoons for Butterscotch Budino with Caramel Rosemary Swirl, Coconut Stracciatella with Bittersweet Chocolate Strands or Spiced Stumptown Coffee with Cracked Cocoa Nibs. If the flavors of Nancy’s Fancy Gelato & Sorbetto Artigianale sound like a fancy restaurant dessert, that’s because they’re the new product line from Nancy Silverton, the acclaimed Los Angeles chef, cookbook author and famed co-founder of the restaurants Mozza, Campanile and La Brea Bakery.

Launched this spring in $11 to $13 pint sizes in supermarkets like Gelson’s, Silverton is now offering her ultrapremium gelato and sorbetto in gallon tubs for the catering market. (Tip: You’ll get a reduced price of $45.32 a gallon if you order directly from Nancy Fancy’s with a minimum order of $150.) The line includes seven flavors, two are vegan.

“True Italian gelato is not about an infinite variety of over-the-top, crazy flavors,” says Silverton. “It’s about balance and mouth-feel, creamy, voluptuous texture and pure, honest flavor.”

Perhaps your attendees have hopped on those electric bikes and e-scooters that are scattered all over metropolitan areas throughout California. That’s old news, no question. Yet it’s a sure bet they’ve never been on a Vintage Electric Cruz Bike, because only 250 of them ever have been made. Mad Dogs & Englishmen Bike Shop in Carmel has a fleet of these smile generators, as well as a fleet of knowledgeable guides to lead scenic group tours. 

 

 

Patty Triplett West was a publicity executive at Warner Bros. searching for a meaningful holiday gift for colleagues, when she came up with the idea for Good Karmal. The elegant gourmet caramels come in six flavors—vanilla, sea salt, café caramel, caramel, apple, butter rum and chocolate sea salt. Each handmade confection is individually wrapped with an inspiring quotation, such as “Scatter Joy” (Ralph Waldo Emerson) or “Whatever you are, be a good one” (Abraham Lincoln).

 

My dog Carlos and I celebrated the recent holiday weekend by taking a road trip to a trio of Kimpton properties in Southern California. I’m always happy when an invitation to check out a new property includes a “dog welcome” plus one. And I’m sure many dog owners attending corporate meetings are, too.