The Roanoker - July/August 2018 - 100

HONEY
LAVENDER

BIRTHDAY CAKE

they went. After four months of spinning and testing,
purchasing equipment and prepping the shop, the Kisers
were set for a 2017 Memorial Day opening.
Since that first day (which included lines of 300
customers strong), Blue Cow has been serving up scoops
of deliciously different ice cream. They make everything
from scratch-even dipping their dark chocolate pretzels.
Their flavors, while not strange in and of themselves, seem
strange written on the menu wall of an ice cream shop:
strawberry balsamic goes on my salad, blueberry goat
cheese on my cheese and charcuterie tray, lavender honey
in my tea and Red Rooster coffee with chocolate chips
... caffeine buzz anyone?
But at Blue Cow, I'm opened wide to the possibility
of these flavors in my ice cream. And I love it.
Strawberry Balsamic (inspired by a traditional Italian
dessert) tastes like an extra tart strawberry in cold heavy
cream. Goat Cheese with Blueberry Swirl is a creamy
frozen version of the cheese itself. Honey Lavender
(a seasonal flavor) is sweet aromatic relaxation in my
mouth. Mint Chocolate Chip (my favorite childhood
flavor) sets me at my parents' kitchen table sharing

Shari Dragovich

is a freelance
writer whose work
appears in regional
magazines throughout
the Southeast. Her
favorite pursuits
include all things story,
all things community
and all things wine.
She, along with her
husband and five
teenaged kids, think it
a beautiful gift to call
Roanoke home.

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a bedtime snack with my dad. And Banana Puddin'
reminds me of front-or back-porch sittin' on dusky
summer evenings with fireflies and Southern views.
I haven't tried all Blue Cow's flavors ... yet. But every
flavor I've tasted makes me happy. And I don't mean a,
'yay for ice cream' kind of happy, though there's that.
When I'm standing at the Blue Cow counter studying
the menu board, I get this, 'I'm so lucky I live in
Roanoke and can eat Blue Cow ice cream every day!'
kind of happy.
I'd say craft ice cream is, indeed, the perfect
complement to Roanoke's growing line up of craft
breweries and restaurants. Thank goodness the Kisers
had the vision-and the gumption-to make it happen.
Blue Cow Ice Cream

1115 Piedmont St SE Roanoke, VA 24014
(540) 400-8558 bluecowicecream.com
Hours: Sun: 11AM-10PM
M-Th: 12PM-10PM F-Sat: 11AM-11PM

There are times-
not many, granted-when
only the most well-worn cliché will do.
In the case of Deb's Frozen Lemonade, the old adage,
"when life throws you lemons, make lemonade," quite
literally applies.
When she was only 16 years old, Debra Castelli
graduated William Byrd High School and was off to
college. This was not a good idea.
"I didn't even like high school," Castelli says smiling
at the obviousness of it now.
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