Today we’d like to introduce you to Valerie Marsico.
Valerie, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
The Bluebird Story….
I guess you could say that ice cream is in my veins. Really. If they cut me open, I just might have a little pecan praline or peanut butter cup mixed in there! From my earliest memories, ice cream has played such a huge part in the story of my life. From my earliest remembrances straight up until today — ice cream just keeps on bringing me happiness!
As a child growing up in New Jersey, my dad would spontaneously spring from the couch during Sunday night episodes of Ed Sullivan asking “Who wants a sundae?”, to which we’d all cry out with joy and shout out our orders — his – butter pecan with hot fudge; my two sisters and mother – mint chip with hot fudge, and me? Well, I’ve always been a bit of a wild card. I can mix it up. Peppermint chip, peanut butter cup – whatever…as long as it’s not vanilla!
Cut to my adolescence when I had the fabulous idea one summer that driving a Good Humor ice cream truck would be a fun and profitable way to earn a living! Oh, the lessons one learns! Yes, it was fun and sometimes even profitable, but while everyone else was at the beach bronzing to a shade that would put the “Tanning Mom” to shame, I was riding around the projects selling 25 cent grape bars. What didn’t I know? Newbies get the tough routes. Oh….and never put the product on the shelf until street-smart kids hand you the money lest you want to jump out of the truck and chase them 6 blocks to try and get your money!
And on to my adulthood, where ice cream continues to play a huge part! For instance — did you know that people eat ice cream in SIBERIA all year long? Yep. We’re talkin’ -20 degrees and there just might be a little line at one of the hundreds of elaborate ice cream vending machines that dot the streets all over Russia. How do I know this little factoid? Well, I traveled to Novosibirsk, Russia in 2007-8 three times with my husband and son when we adopted our sweet daughter (the only thing sweeter than ice cream!). And once again ice cream played a huge part in the screenplay of my life when I shared my first cone with her and saw that ear-to-ear grin that only that treat can bring on! She couldn’t speak a word of English, but we spoke the international language of ice cream!
And now….Bluebird. In 2013 I was making a career transition and at a crossroads. Continue my career as a marketing consultant and brand manager and strike out on my own to follow a path of passion? It was a no-brainer. And thus…Bluebird was born. It just seemed natural to me to start this business. Ice cream is happiness personified. It’s one of life’s little pleasures and it truly sits at the helm of many memories — not just for me, but probably for you too, right?
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Is anything ever a “smooth road”? If so….I apparently own the wrong map! The biggest challenges to a small food producer are undoubtedly funding and capital, finding the right kitchen arrangement (which in the ice cream business is a bit like searching for the holy grail) and dealing with the health department. Once those things were ironed out it was smooth(ish) sailing. But every day is a new day! A new challenge! Isn’t life grand?
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Bluebird Ice Creamery – what should we know?
Bluebird Ice Creamery is the penultimate event ice cream caterer in the city of Los Angeles. We bring amazing choices to your event — such as ultra-premium ice cream sundae bars, sandwich bars, and customized-for-cuteness Pushpops. All of our offerings feature ultra-premium 16% butterfat ice cream, a dizzying array of classic and extraordinary toppings, customized features you won’t find anywhere else and service that is so detail oriented and perfect that guests at our events are gobsmacked with pleasure and event managers shine like a diamond.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Attention to detail…..everything from the vessels we use at our sundae bars, to the ice cream itself, to the custom vintage chalkboard menus that we bring….everything is designed to make the event stellar.
- Website: http://www.bluebirdicecreamery.com
- Phone: 818-231-8225
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bluebird_ice_creamery/
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- Twitter: @bluebirdic
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