Post # 1
I know it’s probably stupid to call something that’s already unconventionl “unconventional” but it feels that way to me.
My FI and I decided to do pie last summer. We already have it all set up and ready to go. But I have been longing to do ice cream as well. The wedding is outside, and everyone said “Oh it’s too messy. It will melt.” But pie and ice cream seem as made for each other as PB & jelly! I told my wedding coordinator that I really wanted to figure out how to make this work. I told her, what if we have a barrel of ice cream next to the table with the slices of pie and they could put the ice cream?
She wrote back and said the only way they could do it is if they pre-scooped ice cream into bowls, put them in a freezer near our reception tent, and then took the bowls from the freezer and set them out as needed while people got their pie. She said that’s the only way they could do it.
But it seems silly! Why can’t they just have a barrel of ice cream that they scoop? Have other people done this? Does anyone have any examples I could show her of how to do this?
Post # 3
You could have them make ice cream balls ahead of time and roll the balls in coconut, cookie crumbs or leave them plain. After they are frozen, they can all be placed in bags for storage and they won’t stick together.
This way the caterer can do all the work ahead of time and not have to station someone with the ice cream to do the scooping.
Post # 4
I know what you’re looking for – and I know why they can’t seem to do it.
They won’t put a 5 gallon tub of Ice cream out because it will end up melting and there’s no way to save ice cream that’s done that… so they’d use the entire tub. Depending on the laws where you are, they may not even be allowed to let people scoop it themselves (weird, I know). Plus things need to be temperature controlled per health codes so they wouldn’t just let it sit there.
Prescooping is something I’ve done in the past as a pastry chef and seen done as a planner/coordinator later in my career. It takes a LOT of time, it’s not very pretty and it takes a lot of storage space.
Unless they have access to an ice cream cart, that really is the only way they could do it.
If you have a Ben & Jerry’s in the area or even an established local place… try calling them. B&J has a catering side, too and many locations have the carts and will come scoop for you or do the mini containers of it.
Sorry I’m not of more help! Good luck!!!
Post # 5
@julies1949: Wouldn’t the ice cream melt after it’s taken out of the freezer?
Post # 6
@thewheelsonthebus: yes, exactly, isn’t there something that they could put the tub of ice cream in to keep it from melting? I know you can’t have people scoop themselves, but there has to be a way to have people scoop the ice cream onto the pie?
Post # 7
The caterer should be able to provide or rent any equipment you need to do your menu-including ice cream.
They can rent a freezer or use dry ice.