Earnest Ice Cream with MORRIS CHAPDELAINE, TV Producer

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Morris Chapdelaine

A Vancouver based TV and Film Producer, Morris is best known for SYFY and Netflix's Van Helsing (2016) and his extensive work on the Stargate Television franchise, working both as an actor and puppeteer on several episodes. He is also known for work on Jim Henson's Turkey Hollow (2015) Falling Skies (TV Series) The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008) and Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007). He has also directed and produced documentaries, most notably the multi-award winning feature documentary Beyond Gay: The Politics of Pride (2009).

Morris is credited with producing one of the first ever web-series, 2001’s West of Denman, which later aired nationally on OutTV.  As a production professional, digital marketer, project manager, content producer, and storyteller, Morris has been creating dynamic and compelling short and long form TV and film content for nearly 20 years!


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Earnest Ice Cream

Earnest Ice Cream crafts small batch ice cream in East Vancouver. Their focus is on local, seasonal ingredients and creative, seasonal flavors.  Since opening in 2012, they've since expanded to four brick-and-mortar locations.

Earnest Ice Cream is an environmentally conscious business, being the first company to sell their pints in washable glass containers that get reused when you return them to the shop.  Additionally, they work with BullFrog Power to source green electricity and have partnered with Climate Smart to measure and reduce their carbon footprint. They have a goal of becoming a zero waste company in the future.  Their name "Earnest" represents the honesty and conviction they bring to what they do. 

 

Sundaes & Cones with Bradley Reynolds, Broadway Producer

 

Bradley Reynolds

Bradley is a TONY, Olivier and Drama Desk nominated producer living in New York City.  He received his BFA in Musical Theatre at the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.  Bradley and producing partner, David Siesko, are currently represented with the Broadway national tour of Something Rotten!  On Broadway they produced It's Only A Play with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, Something Rotten!, Hand To God, Mothers And Sons with Tyne Daly, the recent revivals of West Side Story and Ragtime, as well as [title of show].  They invested in Avenue Q and In The Heights.  In the West End they produced Master Class, Hand To God and Blind Date.  Bradley is a TONY voting member of The Broadway League and is on the advisory board of Harbor Lights Theatre Company in Staten Island.

 
 

Sundaes & Cones

Founded in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn in 1991, Sundaes and Cones offers premium quality ice cream that continues to reinvent the concept of homemade ice cream. In May 2006, Sundaes and Cones officially relocated to the East Village. 

Their selection of homemade creations have been delicately churned and infused with distinct ingredients in the store. Flavors range from the classics of Vanilla and Chocolate to the striking flavors of Wasabi, Ginger, Corn, Tiramisu and Black Sesame.  

Ice & Vice with Tessa LaNeve, Script Supervisor

Tessa LaNeve

Tessa LaNeve is a script developer and producer who's worked on and Off-Broadway and regionally as a freelance dramaturg with such artists as Tanya Barfield, Terrence McNally, Horton Foote, Tina Howe, Cusi Cram, Brooke Berman, and Martin Zimmerman. She produced the After Orlando Benefit at Philadelphia Theatre Company, MyStory Films for Second Stage Theatre, the 2016 Lilly Awards at Signature Theatre, the 2014 and 2015 Lilly Awards Broadway Cabaret at Birdland, the 2014 Leah Ryan Benefit at Joe's Pub, the 2011 and 2014 New York One-Minute Play Festivals, and the 2009 Town Hall Discussion on Gender Disparity in Theater. She has worked at Williamstown, PlayPenn, Geva, The O'Neill, Seven Devils, and previously as the Director of ESPA and New Arts Programming at Primary Stages. She holds a BA from Barnard College and studied Dramaturgy and Script Development at Columbia University’s School of the Arts. Board Member of the Leah Ryan Foundation, Artistic Council at The O’Neill.

 
 

Ice & Vice

Taking over the old Pushcart Coffee space, Ice & Vice is the first brick-and-mortar incarnation of the Vendy-winning stall frequently seen on the food-market scene, founded by former businessmen Paul Kim and Ken Lo in 2015. The duo built the space to be part ice cream parlor and part dairy plant, with the ability to pasteurize and create 15 gallons of product at a time. Today they pride themselves on being an experimental ice cream shop that handcrafts their ice cream in small, customized batches, in order to push the boundaries of what frozen dessert can be.  

Van Leeuwen with ASHLEY ALDERFER KAUFMAN , Wardrobe Supervisor

Ashley Alderfer- Kaufman

Ashley Alderfer-Kaufman is a proud member of the Theatrical Wardrobe Union Local 764, and has been since 2000. She has worked as a dresser on Broadway and at The Metropolitan Opera. Her wardrobe skills have also reached into the fashion, commercial and editorial arenas. Television credits include "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?", "20/20" with Barbara Walters, and "The Today Show". For the past 9 years Ashley has held the position of Wardrobe Supervisor at ABC's television show, "The View".


 

Van Leeuwen

Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream began in the kitchen of a shared Brooklyn apartment in 2007.  In the Spring of 2008, co-founders Ben Van Leeuwen, Pete Van Leeuwen, and Laura O'Neill began selling their ice cream out of a buttery yellow truck on the streets of NYC. They set out to revive the classic American ice cream truck and the art of traditional ice cream making using ingredients perfected by nature, not science. Van Leeuwen Classic and Vegan ice creams are made with just a handful of fresh ingredients, and each flavor is a celebration of some of the world's best artisan producers and farmers both local and from around the world.

All their ice cream is made from scratch in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The Classic scoops are crafted with nothing more than fresh milk and cream, cane sugar, and egg yolks. The Vegan scoops are made with housemade cashew milk, organic coconut milk, organic extra virgin coconut oil, organic cane sugar, pure cocoa butter, and organic carob bean.  In June 2015, they released their first cookbook, "The Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream Cookbook", sharing over 100 vegan and classic recipes along with stories from the past eight years.

il laboratorio del gelato with MICHAEL CASSARA, Casting Director

Michael Cassara

Michael Cassara is a Casting Director and Educator based in New York City and dedicated to developing and fostering the growth of new musicals, plays, and film projects.

Since the formation of Michael Cassara Casting in 2003, Michael has worked with many of the nation’s top theatres including Gulfshore Playhouse, the Denver Center, Asolo Repertory Theatre, the Old Globe, and more.  Recent projects have included SPAMILTON (dir. Gerard Alessandrini) and Forbidden Broadway(off-Broadway and cast recording)..

Since 2007, Michael has served as the resident casting director of the New York Musical Festival, where he has cast over 70 individual projects since the festival’s inception in 2004.  In 2013, Michael became the Casting Director for the National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT), and casts their annual Festival of New Musicals each October.  Additionally, he has cast a number of high-profile feature and short films.

Originally a performer, Michael is a native Clevelander and a BFA graduate of the musical theatre program at Otterbein College (now Otterbein University). He regularly teaches and lectures on musical theatre and the entertainment industry, in New York City and throughout the world.  Member, Casting Society of America


il laboratorio del gelato

Dedicated to producing the very finest ice cream and sorbet,
il laboratorio del gelato opened in August 2002 on Orchard Street in Lower Manhattan by Owner and Founder, Jon Snyder. 
Jon's passion for ice cream was first sparked at his grandparents' James and Antoinette Ceriale’s Carvel ice cream store in Westchester County. At 19, that passion erupted during a visit to Italy when h first encountered gelato. Returning home, he postponed school, obsessed with bringing the unique Italian method to NYC. The result – the Ciao Bella Gelato Company – which opened in SOHO, NY in 1983.  Five years later, in 1989, he sold the company, recipes and all, to resume his education.

He opened il laboratorio del gelato in August 2002 on Orchard Street on Manhattan's historic Lower East Side. Conceived as a custom kitchen for discerning chefs, "the Lab" offers a fresh, unique spin on the Italian method of artisanal ice cream making. Their frozen desserts are hand-made in small batches, ensuring the highest quality, and they source the world over for flavors of purity and excellence, when possible sourcing locally and organically.

 

Ample Hills Creamery with MICHAEL MASTRO, Director

Michael Mastro

Michael’s recent directorial credits include DADDY LONG LEGS, NUREYEV’S EYES, THE FABULOUS LIPITONES and THE SUBJECT WAS ROSES, all at George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, NJ (where he recently completed two seasons as Resident Artistic Director),  as well as at NORA at Delaware Theatre Company (where he spent the 2014-2015 season as Associate Artistic Director). In NYC he’s directed numerous one-acts as well as readings of new pieces for the theatre. He also regularly mounts celebrity play readings to benefit one of his favorite non-profits in NYC: Opening Act. As an actor he’s appeared on Broadway, Off-Broadway, at numerous regional theaters and in several films and television shows.  Upcoming he has a major supporting role in HBO’s Untitled Barry Levinson Project about Joe Paterno starring Al Pacino, and will be playing Ed Norton in a new musical adaptation of THE HONEYMOONERS at Paper Mill Playhouse.  Michael is also a member of SDC, AEA, SAG-AFTRA and The Actors Center.

Ample Hills Creamery

Brian and Jackie Cuscuna opened Ample Hills Creamery in the Spring of 2011 in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.  Dedicated to making ice cream the old-fashioned way (slowly, by hand), some of their original flavors included Salted Crack Caramel, Bananamon, and Mexican Hot Chocolate. Their playful, whimsical flavors reflect the creativity, the vibrancy and spirit of community, and to this day they pledge daily to not take life too seriously.

They start by using the best ingredients; hormone free milk and cream from grass fed cows and organic cane sugar. They pasteurize our ice cream base in order to create individually specific flavors and because they pasteurize on site, they are a registered dairy plant.  Almost all of their mix-ins are made in house from scratch. They are as much of a bakery as they are a dairy plant. They spend an equal amount of time baking and boiling as we do pasteurizing and churning. From their homemade peppermint patties, to their honeycomb candy, to their pistachio brittle, munchie mix and brownies; they create it all in their kitchen in Gowanus.

 

The Good Batch with BRETTE GOLDSTEIN, Casting Director

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Brette Goldstein

Brette has cast three television series, over forty-five independent films, two hundred commercials, one hundred plays, several pilot presentations and new media projets and was the Resident Casting Director at Washington DC's Folger Elizabethan Theatre for ten seasons.  Films Brette has cast have won awards and been Official Selections at most of the major film festivals, including Sundance, Tribeca, and Cannes.  Brette is the former Co-Producing Director of Washington Jewish Theatre, Production Manager at Washington Shakespeare Co., and Associate Producter of the Washington Theatre Festival.  Brette teaches audition technique at various NYC studios and several universities and has done some serious damage at the craft services table in brief stints as an on-set coach.


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THE GOOD BATCH

The Good Batch was born in the spring of 2010 when Anna started selling her hand-pressed stroopwafels at the Brooklyn Flea.  Inspiration for this Dutch delicacy came from her then-boyfriend (now husband) Steve, whose family missed their native cookie.  Over the years, their product offerings have expanded to include a wide variety of baked goods, ice cream sandwiches, cakes, and pastries, and their cookies can be found throughout New York City.

In September 2014, The Good Batch opened its first brick and mortar location in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.  The space includes a full kitchen where all of their baking is done, as well as a bright and spacious retail café in the front where customers can enjoy an array of baked goods, ice cream sandwiches, and coffee.

 

Alphabet Scoop with MOLLY PEARSON, Indie Producer

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Molly Pearson

Molly Pearson is a New York City based theater and film producer. She is the co-founder and co-Artistic Director of Partial Comfort Productions, a 3 time Drama Desk nominated and OBIE Winning nonprofit ensemble. In late 2014, Molly launched Talk Normal Productions, a company focused on producing new works for both stage and screen.  Previously, she was a Partner at Table Ten Films, where along with her producing partner,  she produced the feature films The Green and Clutter. 

With Partial Comfort, Molly has produced over 15 original plays, 4 workshop productions, and over forty staged readings. The company boasts a membership of 53 theater artists, including a MacArthur Genius grant recipient, four Drama Desk Nominated artists, one Guggenheim recipient, and two OBIE Award winners. 

Molly also works as a Production Consultant to individuals and production companies. Molly has taught her self designed curriculum at Harvard University, and has been a Lecturer and Guest Speaker at Columbia University, Bates College and NYU’s Atlantic Theater School, as well as panels and conferences nationwide. She developed the BFA Film production curriculum for LA's Relativity School.  She holds a BA from the New School, and an MFA in Film Production from Columbia University (where she was a recipient of the prestigious annual Arthur Krim Memorial Award). 


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Alphabet Scoop

Alphabet Scoop opened in 2003 as a job and life skills program for youth created by Father's Heart Ministries.  The program is designed to prepare youths with the skills needed to advance in their school and work endeavors.  Teenagers and young adults receive classroom instruction and work under a manager in the store.  Every time you buy their ice cream, you are helping a youth remain in a teaching and nurturing  environment and off the streets.

Father's Heart Ministries is a 501(c)3 incorporated in 1997 to fulfill the mission of "helping people move from dependency to dignity and from poverty to prosperity."  All of the programs are designed to fulfill core values of unconditional love, acceptance, forgiveness and commitment to those we serve and to help them move forward in life.