The second Rhode Island Food Fights event of 2013, the Incredible Ice Cream Throwdown, was held this past Sunday, June 23rd at the Rhode Island Eye Institute‘s parking lot in Wayland Square in Providence. Ten area ice cream producers competed to see who had the best ice cream, according to a panel of four culinary judges (which included this writer), along with competing for the People’s Choice. Three awards, created by Ahlers Designs, were announced by the time the last spoonful of ice cream was consumed.
According to judges Chef Maria Meza of El Rancho Grande, Chef Andrew Shotts of Garrison Confections, Crystal Sparkman of Bake. Eat. Love. and David Dadekian of Eat Drink RI, first place went to The Inside Scoop of North Kingstown for their Peanut Butter Oreo ice cream. Second place went to newcomer Ellie’s Bakery in Providence for their Lemon Basil Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich. For the first time at a RI Food Fights, People’s Choice was a tie between the aforementioned The Inside Scoop and Three Sisters in Providence for their Strawberry Basil ice cream. Congratulations to all the winners.
RI Food Fights was created and produced by Jim Nellis. John Taraborelli and Mike “Bobby” Ritz entertainingly hosted the event, and two of The TropiGals were excellent Ice Cream Hostesses.