Brian Smith and Jackie Cuscuna
Owners, Ample Hills Creamery (Brooklyn, NY)
Husband and wife team, Brian Smith and Jackie Cuscuna opened Ample Hills Creamery in Brooklyn in 2011, where they hand-make ice cream the "old-fashioned way." Brian, being a science-fiction screenwriter without any culinary or entrepreneurial experience, knew this venture was a risky one. However, Ample Hills was an instant success; after only four days of being open, they had to close shop for a week just to catch up with the high demand. To Brian and Jackie, ingredients are just as important as methodology. They use hormone-free milk, cream from grass-fed cows and organic cane sugar. The creamery is registered as a certified dairy plant, which permits them to pasteurize their own milk. This allows for an unparalleled level of added flavor and intensity with varieties like pretzel-infused and marshmallow-infused flavors. Ample Hills is just as much a bakery as it is a dairy destination; they make their mix-ins and toppings in house and from scratch. In 2014, they published their first cookbook, expanded to a larger space Gowanus and added their first Manhattan shop inside the Gotham West Market. The creamery now delivers and ships nationwide.