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FOOD & WINE

HOW DID GELATO COME ABOUT? By Bronwyn Morgan

We all prefer a flavor of one of Florence’s well known iced desserts. Even on the coldest nights, it’s hard to resist the sweet, desirable taste of Gelato, as you walk past a Gelateria on the way home. This is all thanks to Bernardo Buontalenti, a man of many talents including architecture, sculpting, painting, and designing. Back when the Medici ruled, Bernardo was requested to organize a celebration party to welcome Spanish guests of the Grand Duke. For this event, Buontalenti went out of his way to put together live performances, fireworks, and created a dessert made with cream and various flavours such as oranges, lemons, and bergamots that were mixed together and then frozen. Legend has it that Bernardo Buontalenti had an underground room built with cork and wood to collect water from snow and rain, and his idea for Gelato came from the snow he kept. He got creative by adding cream and eggs to his recipe, which turned the concoction from an icy sorbet to a creamy gelato.

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BLENDING Magazine Spring 2019  

The latest Blending Magazine has been released. The Spring 2019 issue was inspired by the FUA spring conference theme Caterina De' Medici: 5...

BLENDING Magazine Spring 2019  

The latest Blending Magazine has been released. The Spring 2019 issue was inspired by the FUA spring conference theme Caterina De' Medici: 5...

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