Sugar and spice and everything nice… that’s what Noble Folk ice cream and pies are made of.
Also Japanese purple yam (ube), apricot, thyme, wild blueberry, and whatever is seasonal, delicious, and catches the taste buds of the Noble Folk Ice Cream and Pie Bar owners Ozzy Jimenez and Christian Sullberg.
Set on The Plaza in downtown Healdsburg, the newly debuted shop is not far from another favorite Jimenez and Sullberg operation – Moustache Baked Goods on Healdsburg Avenue. That’s where the two bakers rolled out their first Sonoma-centric creations a few years ago, including The Bee Keeper cupcake of Meyer lemon cake slathered in local honey and lavender frosting.
Just as with the farm-to-cake idea that inspired the bakery, local ingredients are the star at the new Noble, bringing delights such as an Albion strawberry and corn ice cream sandwich. Preston Farm supplies loganberries, Seascape sends up strawberries, there’s local rhubarb, and honey from Lovers Lane Farm in Ukiah. All the grain used in the pie crust is locally milled and grown at Front Porch Farm in Healdsburg, showcasing old world grains such as bolero wheat and faro.
If it takes a lot of work to gather the ingredients – and it does – the reward is handcrafted ice creams in flavors like almond cardamom, blackberry rosemary, juniper honey, black sesame-coconut, San Francisco’s FourBarrel coffee ice cream, cereal maple, and English Breakfast tea.
Pie comes out of the oven in spring-summer essences like strawberry and fresh ginger; blueberry-plum-thyme and caramel apple.
And here’s an idea – pie tastes extra good a la mode, so why not top that slice with a scoop, and then maybe follow it with a Moustache cake for “dessert?”
Details: Noble Folk Ice Cream and Pie Bar, 116 Matheson St., Healdsburg, 707-529-2162, Facebook. Hours: noon to 9 p.m. daily.
Tip: Ice cream, pie and cake go great with a day of touring wineries. Reserve your private limo or Town Car, let Pure Luxury help you select top area wineries to visit, and round out a picnic lunch with some tasty sweets.