The discerning choice for many a top chef, Joe Delucci’s supplies fresh, authentic Italian gelato and sorbetto in over 30 tantalising flavours to hundreds of well-known restaurants, hotels and gastropubs nationwide, as well as operating its own chain of gelato parlours.
Here, CEO of Joe Delucci’s, Richard Pierce, comments on what catering establishments should be offering when it comes to desserts:
“Between four to five different desserts and ice creams tend to be the magic number for a menu (depending on the size of your pub, restaurant or café), demonstrating that you have enough carefully thought through choices. Keeping the classic flavours (chocolate, strawberry, vanilla) on the menu is essential, but offering something different – such as cherries and custard or quirky melon and chilli gelato – will also appeal to diners and help differentiate you from your competitors.
“However, equally as important, in this day and age when consumers are more conscious than ever about the ingredients in their food, is the ability to tailor your menus to suit particular dietary requirements. Gluten free and dairy free options that don’t compromise on flavour or consistency are increasingly expected from consumers. And flavours such as dark chocolate are available in dairy free varieties, so it’s worth adding these to your menu as either permanent or interchangeable options.”
Joe Delucci’s gelato uses more natural, lower fat ingredients and contains a higher concentration of fruit, unlike more traditional ice cream. Additionally, most of Joe Delucci’s gelato flavours are gluten free, with dairy free options also available.