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End of Season at Grand Ole Creamery

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It has been an eventful season in the Twin Cities, and after being a part of so many great events the Grand Ole Creamery and Grand Pizza will end the season for 2015. We have had an exciting, busy year. Although we will miss our old friends and our new ones, too, we will spend the fall and winter months concocting new flavors to entice your taste buds when we see you again. This will be our last blog for the year, so let’s look back on the events that we had the pleasure to be a part of.

The Season in St. Paul

First we geared up our staff to get in the swing of things to start offering catering from our stores. Then it was time for Grand Ole Creamery to open the season in March, and we did it by offering Irish coffee and Irish cream flavors of premium ice cream just in time for St. Patty’s day. Our first big event didn’t come until June when St. Paul’s Grand Old Day officially opened the festival season. As the largest one-day festival in the Midwest, it was well attended. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

Another undertaking was the addition of selling Grand Ole ice cream in pints at Kowalski’s Market. So although we are closing for the season, now you can stock your freezer with pints of Cookie Monster, Black Hills Gold and Peppermint Bon Bon, just to mention a few. You can enjoy our premium ice cream flavors through fall and winter. Isn’t that great?

Market Fest at White Bear Lake on Thursday nights from mid-June to late July offered music, food, crafts and games for the whole family. Manitou days overlapped with the Market fest, which ran from Market Fest’s beginning to July Fourth. Plan to come see us next year and spend the weekend at beautiful White Bear Lake.

Our last event of the season, the Minnesota State Fair, is also the biggest event of the season. With midway rides and games, new food vendors, animal exhibits and new events, this year’s fair had more to offer than in years past. We set up shop at the Farmer’s Market and offered our newest flavors “Mocha Bars” and “Chai on a Stick,” which were created in collaboration with J & S Coffee. They were a hit, and so were our Mango Bar and Black Hills Gold flavors of premium ice cream on a stick.

Pick Up Our Ice Cream at Kowalski's Market

We thank you!

To all of our customers, we want to thank you for another great year. It has been our pleasure to serve you at Market Fest, our shop on Grand avenue in St. Paul, our shop in Minneapolis and the Minnesota State Fair. This has been our 31st year offering premium ice cream to the St. Paul community, and we hope to serve you for many years to come. It has been a great year and we wish you and your family health and happiness until we meet again!

Grand Ole Creamery at the Minnesota State Fair

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Join Grande Ole Creamery at the Minnesota State Fair. The fair kicks off Aug. 27 and runs through Sept. 7, so mark your calendar for this annual event. We will be located at the Minnesota Farmers Market and will be offering new flavors for you to try. Along with our new flavors, the Minnesota State Fair has new attractions for 2015, so there is more than ever for the whole family to do and enjoy at the fair.

What’s New at the Fair?

With more than 40 new food vendors plus new midway rides and games, this year’s fair will have even more to offer for your entertainment. On the Midway, two new rides, the “New York New York Fun House” and the “Super Nova Roller Coaster,” are available to thrill seekers and those with the courage to brave them.

New competitions include “Decorated Cookie on a Stick” and “Honey Beverages in Ag-Hort-Bee.” The “Supreme Champion Ram & Ewe” will bring the grand champions from each of the sheep breeds to compete for the title of Supreme Champion. Come on August 31 and enjoy skating day at Carousel Park, where Olympic skaters are preparing for the 2016 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships that will be held there in January 2016.

The Midwest Dairy Association Day on August 27 will give you a chance to watch cows being milked as well as provide other fun activities and competitions. Fresh wholesome cream is the basis for our premium ice cream at Grand Ole Creamery, so after you’ve watched the cattle, come by the Minnesota Farmers Market to see what we do with dairy products.

What's New at the Minnesota State Fair

What’s New at Grand Ole Creamery

Grand Ole Creamery serves its delicious premium ice cream on a stick, and we have a few new flavors for you to try this year. Our “Mango Bar” (voted #3 hottest item, last year) is back as well as our “Sweet Cream State Farm Bar” and our highly acclaimed “Black Hills Gold”.

We have collaborated with J & S Coffee to create “Mocha Bars” and “Chai on a Stick” for you to try. Whichever flavor you choose you can be assured that our premium ice cream is of the highest quality. With more than 30 years in St. Paul, we were the first to offer premium ice cream, and the only thing that has changed over the years is the number of flavors we have to offer our customers.

Make a Day of it at the Minnesota State Fair

With events starting every day at 8 a.m., you can come early and stay all day, making your way from exhibit to exhibit. Don’t forget the food though! The new vendors are offering some truly unique dishes. From Al’s Deli sandwiches to the World’s Greatest French Fries, there is something for everyone at the Minnesota State Fair. After you have tried everyone else’s unique offerings, make sure you stop by Grand Ole Creamery and sample our new flavors or enjoy one of your favorites.

We Accept Your Challenge

We Accept Your Challenge

For more than 30 years now, Grand Ole Creamery has been providing unique flavors of ice cream, good pizza, and a fun atmosphere where the whole family can go. Now, we accept your challenge. We’re ready to create a food competition and we want your help.

A Food Eating Competition

A food eating competition or challenge is when a person receives a prize for the completion of eating a specific meal or a certain quantity of food following a timeframe, or other rules that are set forth by the restaurant.

There are plenty of food challenges throughout the world and some of them have been around for hundreds of years. Man vs Food is one of the most well-known TV shows regarding food challenges. It’s all about Adam Richman’s quest to conquer some of the top challenges held around the country.

Some of the most common eating competitions include burgers, chicken wings, hot dogs, tacos, and pizza.

Past Eating Competitions

You may not believe some of the crazy food competitions that have taken place around the country. There’s one in Kennesaw, GA where two people are able to tag team out to eat an 11 pound pizza. That’s a total of 30 inches in diameter in an hour!

In Sarasota, there’s the “Fire in Your Hole” challenge. This challenge consists of eating 10 hot wings coated with ghost pepper extract in under 20 minutes. There is a wall of fame, and a wall of shame for those who have attempted it.

A seven pound breakfast burrito awaits people in Denver, home of the “Jack-n-Grill” challenge. The burrito has to be eaten in one sitting and there are no bathroom breaks allowed.

Past Food Challenges

There’s also been a food challenge where five pounds of ice cream must be eaten. It’s called the “Kitchen Sink Sundae” and it’s actually served inside of a portable kitchen sink.

With most of these challenges, the prize is simple. You get a t-shirt and your photo up on the wall so you have bragging rights. People from all over enjoy testing themselves with these challenges and at Grand Ole Creamery, we want to get in on some of the fun. After all, we have both pizza and ice cream, two of the most popular items to use for a food eating competition.

Submit Your Idea

We want to have a challenge that people want to come in for. It can be pizza, ice cream, or a combination so that people can walk away with some bragging rights – and have some added fun when they come into one of our locations!

Challenge Us On Facebook

Do you have any ideas for an ice cream and/or pizza challenge? At Grand Ole Creamery, we can’t wait to hear about them. You can leave them on our Facebook page or submit them to us by email at info@grandolecreamery.com. We will post the winner after reviewing all of the entries!

 

Because We Like You

Because We Like You

We love ice cream just as much as you do! Now, Grand Ole Creamery & Grand Pizza is offering a reward program through Belly Card, which you can use to get some amazing deals. The more ice cream and pizza you eat with us, the more you get.

What is a Belly Card?

A Belly Card is all about giving rewards to customers. It allows us at Grand Ole Creamery & Grand Pizza to offer a loyalty program for you. There are more and more restaurants that offer loyalty programs, and we wanted to get in on the fun. It’s a simple sign-up process, and you don’t have to carry around a loyalty card along with all of the other cards you have. It’s all done electronically – and you can use it for other places around town, too.

There are some deals that you can get with the Belly Card even when you don’t have any points. It’s simply our way of thanking you for choosing us for your pizza and ice cream meals.

Some of the Possibilities

When you start earning points with your belly card, you will be able to have a grand ole time with our menu. With the rewards, you will be able to get such things as an extra scoop of ice cream for free. This allows you to stick with a classic like Sweet Cream or go a little crazy with such flavors as North Country Crunch, Coffee Break, or Cookie Monster.

What is a Belly Card?

There are also some fun challenges that you can perform, such as challenging your cashier to a staring contest or rock/paper/scissors in order to get a discount on your meal.

The deals continue as you get more and more points – including a 5-scoop sampler on the house, a BOGO calzone, $20 gift card, and much more. If you want one of these Belly Cards, all you have to do is come in and ask for one.

Get Yours

Because we like you, we want you to get as many awesome deals as possible. With 300+ flavors of ice cream that are always changing and some of the best pizza you will ever sink your teeth into, we give you lots of reasons to come in to Grand Ole Creamery & Grand Pizza throughout the year. There is no reason why you should not be rewarded for all of this loyalty, and that’s why we’ve decided to partner with Belly Card.

All you need is the Belly Card app for your smartphone or tablet. When you arrive, just tap the screen and you will earn your points. The fun continues all year and our rewards are always changing.

Find out about our locations and hours so you can start taking advantage of the rewards right away! It’s a lot of fun — and who doesn’t love free ice cream and free pizza? We like you, so we’re going to show it with our reward program!

We are at Market Fest

Visit Us At Market Fest

Celebrating our 31st Anniversary, Grand Ole Creamery will join the festivities at Market Fest’s 25th anniversary at White Bear Lake directly off Highway 61. Continuing our community involvement in the St. Paul, Minnesota area, we will be joining more than 100 local vendors of food, merchandise and handcrafted goods. Come find us every Thursday evening beginning June 18, 2015 with the last evening of events on July 30 rain or shine.

Many Happenings

There’s something fun for everyone at White Bear Lake Market Fest 2015 including a petting zoo and games that will entertain the kid at heart.

For the automobile aficionado there is a Classic car show on the day of the events. It runs from 5:30 pm to 6:00 pm, on a first-come, first-served basis. If you just so happen to have a classic car, bring it along and show it off while you enjoy the festivities!

Turn Up the Sound

Seven nights of fun at White Bear Lake Market Fest 2015 give you the choice to come one evening or all seven. Music from the bands Ride and Drama Queen will perform on opening night at separate locations, and two bands each week liven up the events and the streets of downtown White Bear Lake in the following weeks.

Performing at the Gazebo Stage and the 3rd street stage at the same night you will hear the sounds of Rhythm and Blues, Rockin’ Blues, 70’s classic rock, Celtic and Jazz. Enjoy the ambiance of the background music as you stroll the streets or dance the night away to your favorite tunes.

Find Us Every Thursday Evening June 18-July 30th at White Bear Lake

Family Friendly

Children will enjoy the activities that are made just for them, like the bounce house, climbing wall, craft vendors and the food. The Fire Department will bring in an ambulance and fire truck, and the local police will have a squad car ready for a close up inspection by your kids.

Make a Weekend of It

Overlapping White Bear Lake Market Fest is Manitou Days, which begins on the first day of Market Fest and ends on July 4. Come for Market fest and enjoy the activities of downtown White Bear Lake during the summer months. Once the vendors leave on Thursday evening, you can spend your time wandering the shops, restaurants and other offerings of downtown.

Come By and See us

All of these activities will surely make you and your kids hungry, so bring them by to see us at Grand Ole Creamery. Try one of our homemade waffle cones filled with a scoop or two of one of our delicious homemade ice cream flavors. Whether it is your first visit with us, or your 50th, our ice cream flavors will keep you coming back for your favorite, or perhaps merely out of curiosity about what flavor we will produce next. Either way, you know you are getting the best ice cream available when trying the flavors of Grand Ole Creamery.

The Best Pint in the Freezer

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Grand Ole Creamery has been a mainstay in the Twin Cities area for more than 30 years, and the ice cream shop is excited to take on yet another new direction. Kowalski’s market is now going to be selling pints of the ice cream in all of the locations within the Twin Cities.

Ice cream is the beloved treat to keep you cool during the summer months, and now there is the chance to access more ice cream in more flavors. Best of all, you can have the taste you have grown to love at home to be able to share with friends and family members.

What Will Be Available

This means that you can explore so many of the different flavors that we are known for. While we have classics like chocolate and butter pecan, you will also be able to try a variety of others, including Peppermint Bon Bon, Cookie Monster, Black Hills Gold, and Butter Pecan.

By having the ice cream to take home, you can create your own sundaes for the family or sit back and watch a movie on the couch and eat Grand Ole Creamery right out of the pint carton with a spoon. It’s a decadent treat that you can have every time you go grocery shopping – and that’s what we wanted to offer you.

Premium Pints Now In Your Grocer's Freezer

Additionally, when anyone goes in to purchase the pints of ice cream at Kowalski’s, available for your July 4th celebration, there will also be a coupon that offers $1.00 off at Grand Ole Creamery Ice Cream Shops (not redeemable at Kowalski’s Market locations). This makes it possible for more people to come in and see what we have to offer at the Creamery, including a pizzeria where there are homemade pizzas, subs, and much more. Come in for lunch or dinner and stay for dessert!

Premium Choices

There are always choices when it comes to ice cream. Instead of settling for the flavors that you have tried again and again for years, you can become introduced to what Grand Ole Creamery has to offer. There are quite a few flavors that we will be introducing via Kowalski’s…and there’s always the possibility of introducing more after the initial release.

We also have a long list of more than 300 flavors that we offer at our location throughout the year. We are always changing it up as a way of providing premium choices for our customers. The traditional flavors are always available, but you will also always have the chance to try other exciting flavors each time you visit. What you find in the summer may be very different from what you find in the winter – and this will keep you intrigued to find out what we have to scoop up.

Learn more about what we have to offer by stopping into Grand Ole Creamery & Grand Pizza during operating hours or look for the pints of ice cream at Kowalski’s in the coming weeks!

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Let’s Hear Your Pizza Ideas

Let's Hear Your Pizza Ideas

Do you love pizza? What about restaurants that are more than just a place to eat? The Grand Ole Creamery & Grand Pizza delivers atmosphere, community, and a great pizza all in one place. We are encouraging our customers to be more than customers and take part in our business. The Grand Ole Creamery in Saint Paul, MN has long been more than just a place to come and get a scoop and a slice; we were the first retail ice cream parlor in the Saint Paul area and we have been putting smiles on faces for the past 30 years.

Not only do we sell high-quality ice cream that is made with only the finest ingredients in tempting flavors like “Black Hills Gold” and “Cotton Candy,” we also offer artisan pizza that will leave your pallets more than satisfied. While our Minneapolis location sells only ice cream and closes during the winter months, we are set to open again soon and want to get our customers included on all the goings on with the Grand Ole Creamery. We want our customers to feel like they are part of the Grand Ole Creamery family. The Creamery is more than just a place to eat—we are an integral part of Saint Paul.

Now it is your chance to share with the world your dream pizza. We are encouraging our customers to take a moment and share with our Facebook followers just what their perfect slice of pizza would include. For some, that may be something as simple as a slice of cheese pizza with extra sauce and mozzarella; for others, their tastes may be more complex, with a favorite being something like alfredo sauce with spinach, roasted garlic, onions, and roasted chicken. The choice is entirely up to you.

Pizza Toppings

We offer a wide range of toppings, including classic tomato sauce, white alfredo sauce, pesto, garlic oil, mozzarella cheese, feta, goat cheese, or extra cheese. We also offer a wide selection of premium meats like homemade sausage that is made on site, pepperoni, Canadian bacon, roasted chicken, and even a crowd favorite, meatballs. You can also add tons of veggies like roasted artichokes, green peppers, jalapeño peppers, banana peppers, habanero peppers, roasted garlic, spinach, pineapple, basil, roasted mushrooms, roasted tomatoes, onions, green olives, black olives, and even Kalamata olives.

The crust is made with fresh dough that is made with love and hand tossed daily for exceptional freshness and maximum taste. Stop by our Facebook page to tell us all about what your heavenly slice would include. Though we do offer a wide range of specialty pizzas like Buffalo Chicken, Roasted Tomato and Artichoke, the Jack Sprat, Rhinestone Cowboy, 3 Little Pigs, Welcome to the Jungle, Hawaiian Island, Buffalo Chicken Salad, Gyro, and Margarita, we want to hear what you would love to see on a pizza. Add whatever toppings you want and see what you can come up with. We want to hear your pizza ideas—we may even see a few we like.

Share Your Grand Ideas On Facebook

We want to hear your pizza ideas!

Grand Old Day 2015!

Grand Old Day 2015 - Sunday June 7th, 2015 - 8am-6pm

The Grand Ole Creamery & Grand Pizza is proud to be a part of this year’s Grand Old Day festivities. The event will take place on Sunday, June 7, 2015 from 8 AM until 6 PM. Grand Old Day is widely considered to be Saint Paul’s first summer tradition. There is no doubt that it is the place to be to kick off the new festival season in style. Grand Old Day is actually the largest single-day festival in all of the Midwest. Our excitement doesn’t stop there, though; we’re proud to announce that our owner’s parents, Gary and Dawn Huffman, will be granted the distinct honor of leading the Grand Old Day parade this year!

You can find Grand Ole Creamery & Grand Pizza at three different locations. Visit us at the following intersecting streets on Grand Avenue:

  • Grotto Street
  • Dunlap Street
  • Snelling Avenue

Just to make sure you don’t miss us, you can also find us along Grand Avenue throughout the day with our pushcart!

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Grand Old Day Nuts and Bolts

Those who are interested in this year’s Grand Old Day festival can purchase tickets online. You can save 25 percent by purchasing a Festival Garden Wristband ahead of time. It is recommended that festival-goers take the Metro Transit to reach Grand Old Day instead of dealing with the stress involved with securing a parking space. Metro Transit rides to the Grand Old Day festivities are free of charge. Call the Metro Transit trip planner at (612) 373-3333 for more information.

There’s a great chance that Sunday, June 7 will be a beautiful, sunny day. So take your bike out of the garage or basement and pedal your way on over to the Grand Old Day festival. Festival organizers have collaborated with St. Paul SmartTrips, Dero, and Nice Ride to establish complimentary bike parking spaces on the Ayd Mill Bridge. In total, nearly 150 bike parking spaces are available on the avenue for bike parking throughout the year.

There is also a free shuttle available form 9 AM until 7 PM. The shuttle pickups occur at the St. Thomas parking ramp where Grand meets Cretin. They run along Summit Avenue, making frequent stops at the corners of six different streets: St. Albans, Victoria, Oxford, Syndicate, Saratoga, and Cambridge. While the shuttle is a convenient way to reach the Grand Old Day festivities, riders should expect a half an hour wait due to the normal traffic congestion on Summit.

Three Free Alternatives to Driving to Grand Old Day

Parking and Directions

Those who decide to drive their vehicles to Grand Old Day will find free parking available at the University of St. Thomas parking ramp, located at Grand and Cretin. Festival-goers who park on the street should pay close attention to the signs that detail parking restrictions. You can reach the Grand Old Day festival from Interstate 94 by taking the Hamline, Lexington, Snelling, or Dale exits and heading south. If you travel the 494, take the Highway 5 exit to St. Paul, turn left on Snelling/Lexington, and proceed north to Grand Ave.

Grand Old Day Districts

Grand Old Day has fun activities and shows for people of all ages. There are parades, outdoor music festivals, amazing food, and plenty of sunshine. Don’t miss out on the live music performances at the Entertainment District’s 6 Festival Gardens. You can also enjoy an array of fun interactive games in the Sports and Wellness District. Here, you will be able to partake in activities created by local sports teams (like the Wild and Timberwolves), try new services, and even enjoy a chair massage smack dab in the middle of Grand Ave. If you plan on bringing the kids to Grand Old Day, rest assured that there will be no shortage of child-friendly attractions. The Family Fun District features all sorts of free activities like a petting zoo, inflatable bounce houses, and entertaining performances.

For more information about the day and events, visit the Grand Old Day Guide by clicking here.

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What’s In Our Ice Cream?

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Did you know our ice cream is 100% GMO free? Our ice cream is organic to the core and we’re proud to say it! Here’s why:

Many people enjoy eating foods that are healthy rather than bad for you. Organic products are becoming more and more popular, especially with all of the talk about genetically modified foods. If you are interested in keeping to the basics, eating foods that do not include pesticides or hormones is key. People are becoming more health-conscious with all of the news about genetically modified products. Rather than taking a chance on something that is chemically altered, using products that are natural is best for consumption and health.

When dealing with dairy, the cows that make the milk you consume can actually be getting some of the GMOs as part of their diet. When genetically modified corn is fed to cows, the pesticides in the corn they eat will be pumped into the cow’s digestive system, so the milk it outputs contains GMO properties. The milk that results from cows that eats genetically modified corn is not organic in nature. Organic milk is obtained from cows that only eat 100% grass that has not been treated for pests in any way. The soil must be free of any type of chemical treatment and the grass seed needs to be organic in nature too.

At Grand Ole Creamery in Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN, the ice cream serviced is 100% GMO free. The milk that makes up the ice cream is collected from local, grass-fed cows, making the end product one that is organic and good for you. There are very few organic ice creams on the market in local supermarkets or even nationwide, giving the Grand Ol’ Creamery an edge over competitors, as it is one of the first organic walk-in ice cream shops in the country.

100% GMO Free Milk

The Grand Ole Creamery specializes in ice cream that is organic and tastes great! They currently have over 300 flavors to choose from, splitting the flavors between their two locations. So, if one in particular appeals to you, you may need to go to the corresponding ice cream parlor to give it a try. The flavors are switched out periodically, giving you a chance to test different ones each time you visit.

If you live in the Minneapolis area or if you are going to be visiting or driving through, be sure to stop by the Grand Old Creamery, located conveniently in both St. Paul and Minneapolis, and give their GMO-free ice cream a taste test for yourself. Their high-quality ice cream has won several awards and is receiving recognition for being one of the best-tasting ice creams in the area. Since it is organic, it is quickly becoming recognized, putting the Grand Old Creamery a notch ahead of other ice cream suppliers.

The New Fundraising Trend: The Ice Cream Social

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Looking for great fundraising ideas for your school, church, youth group, or other organization? Grand Ole Creamery wants to help. The newest fundraising trend is actually an old fashioned idea that will have kids, young and old, lining up: The Ice Cream Social.

Just like a bake sale, an ice cream social will have a two-sided purpose. First and foremost, you are aiming to raise money for your organization, but it also provides a more social environment for the fundraiser, which will allow parents, teachers, group leaders, and others in the community to mingle and have a great time. Hosting an ice cream social is a really simple idea, but there are a few things to keep in mind to make sure your event is successful.

Timing

Make sure to schedule your ice cream social at a time when the most possible participants can attend. This is usually on the weekend. Most families and individuals who will be spending money at your event have more free time on the weekend, so this allows them a relaxed time frame to enjoy the event.

Location

Choosing a location for your event like Grand Ole Creamery is one of the most important aspects of your ice cream social. You will want to make sure you choose a fun, safe, and inviting location.

Sponsorship

There are a few ways you can raise your funds. One of the easiest ways would be to sell tickets to the social. These tickets should cover the cost of the supplies; any extra that will go toward your fundraising project. Selling the tickets ahead of time works best because you then have all of your needed funds for supplies, and by the time the event rolls around, you know what kind of progress your group has made and you can just enjoy your ice cream social event.

To cut down on the cost of supplies, you will want to ask for donations from event participants in your organization. Napkins, cones, or toppings are great donation items, and then you can work out a fundraising deal with Grand Ole Creamery for ice cream prices.

3 Steps for A Successful Fundraiser

Volunteers

The other important aspect of your event will be volunteers. You will need to make sure your event is staffed with volunteers who will help scoop and assist attendees of your ice cream social. Volunteers should be ready to help in any capacity in which they are needed, including clean up.

Spread the Word

Your ice cream social fundraising event will not be successful unless you get out in your community and spread the word. Social media is a great way to advertise your event and round up participants who want to buy tickets. Old fashioned door-to-door marketing is also a tried-and-true method for rounding up participants and getting them excited about this community event.