Ben & Jerry’s Goes Mobile

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Ice Cream Food Truck Ben Jerry'sMark Mullet is at it again. As if three ice cream shops (including Ben & Jerry’s at Grand Ridge Plaza), a Zeeks Pizza restaurant, and a seat on the Washington State Senate were not enough, he’s beginning yet another venture. Mullet—a longtime Issaquah resident—has debuted a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream truck.

Available for catering birthday parties, office gatherings, sports tournaments and even weddings, the ice cream truck will be the perfect add-on to private events. Wherever you are, Ben & Jerry’s will serve up your favorite flavors in cups, cones and sundaes—turning a gathering into an ice cream extravaganza.

How did the ice cream truck come to fruition? Mullet, who also owns Ben & Jerry’s scoop shops inIssaquah Ice Cream Grand Ridge Plaza Kirkland and Bellevue, often receives requests to bring Ben and Jerry’s ice cream to special events. “This made us realize that having a scoop truck raises a catering event to a higher level and leads to more repeat business,” explained Mullet, who credits business partner Jonathan Stebbins for championing the truck idea.

“Jonathan spent countless hours on Craigslist and eBay looking for an affordable truck,” said Mullet. “He even kept us from getting scammed by a Craigslist fraud who listed a truck for sale for $4,000 that Jonathan had seen on eBay for $35,000. The fraud simply copied their pictures into a fake listing. We eventually purchased a converted a mail truck from people in Graham, WA.”

Ben Jerry's Issaquah Grand Ridge PlazaIn addition to taking Ben & Jerry’s on the road this summer, in fall 2018 Mullet is adding a new Zeeks Pizza to the Metropolitan Market shopping center in nearby Sammamish. This will be the first “delivery hut” that Zeeks has opened: pick-up and delivery only; no dine-in. He will also continue his work representing the 5th Legislative District communities of Black Diamond, Maple Valley, Issaquah, North Bend, Carnation, Snoqualmie and parts of Enumclaw and Renton at the Washington State Senate.

The Ben and Jerry’s ice cream truck is available for catering anywhere on the Eastside. See benjerry.com/eastside-catering for information or call 425-229-0939.

Thanks to Nina Milligan, editor of Connections News, for contributing to this article.

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Ben & Jerry’s Wins Issaquah Press Reader’s Choice Awards

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Shannon Jallow, general manager of Grand Ridge Plaza, and Mark Mullet, owner of Ben & Jerry’s.

Shannon Jallow, general manager of Grand Ridge Plaza, and Mark Mullet, owner of Ben & Jerry’s.

Congratulations to Ben & Jerry’s of Grand Ridge Plaza on winning not one but two Issaquah Press – Eastside News 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards!

Ben & Jerry’s received First Plaza in the Best Dessert Place category as well as First Place in the Best Frozen Treat category at a recent awards ceremony hosted by the newspaper.

The annual Reader’s Choice Awards invite readers of four Eastside papers, including Sammamish Review and The Issaquah Press, to vote for their favorite local businesses in a range of categories. For the first time this year, the awards combined online voting and paper ballots for more than 40 different categories, including best nonprofit and best local attraction and, of course, sweet treats.

Drop by the Ben & Jerry’s scoop shop at 10th Avenue and High Street, and enjoy premium ice cream, Greek frozen yogurt and sorbet, as well as vegan and non-dairy options.

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Holiday Treats and Sweets

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Ben and Jerry'sWhether you’re a sea salt caramel devotee or passionate about pumpkin pie, this is the best time of year for holiday desserts and indulgences. To simplify the search for the perfect dessert, we’ve compiled this list of wonderful places to indulge at Grand Ridge Plaza. Bon appêtit!

Ben & Jerry’s: Everyone loves ice cream cake! For a party or celebration, why not serve a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream cake? Cakes are available in their freezer section at a moment’s notice. If you’re craving a scoop of Wayne’Swirled or Raspberry Greek Frozen Yogurt, we recommend pairing it with a waffle cone. Ben & Jerry’s is located at 1011 NE High Street, next to Harborstone Credit Union.

Caffe Ladro IssaquahCaffe Ladro: Whether you’re craving pie, cookies or brownies, Caffe Ladro has you covered. The Seattle-based coffee house has its own bakery and makes all desserts fresh daily. Enjoy a slice of pie at Ladro or order an entire pie for a special celebration. Don’t forget to order Thanksgiving pies 48 hours ahead for pick-up at Grand Ridge Plaza. Browse the bakery menu at www.caffeladro.com or drop by 1200 NE 10th Avenue, across from Big Fish Grill.

Safeway Bakery: Whether you need freshly-baked bread for a cheese tray or cookies for an afternoon treat, Safeway Bakery is a good resource for holiday entertaining. If you’re going to a potluck or office party, their Deli Department is standing by to prepare sandwich and cheese trays, salads, pizzas and much more. Safeway is located at 1451 NE Highlands Drive.

PinkaBella Cupcakes: Cupcakes and cakes are what PinkaBella is all about. Every day, the locally-PinkaBella Issaquahowned bakery creates fresh cupcakes in flavors ranging from Apple Fritter to Gingerbread to Cookie Dough. You can buy just one or a dozen; mix and match to sample them all. For custom cupcakes and larger quantities — and to guarantee you get the flavors you crave — place a custom order for pickup at Grand Ridge Plaza. To learn more about custom orders, call 425-861-0300 or visit www.pinkabellacupcakes.com. PinkaBella is located at 936 NE Park Drive, next to Sorella Salon.

BevMo!: Who said all treats have to be sweet? BevMo! offers a large selection of wine, beer and spirits, BevMo Issaquahas well as sodas, snacks and cheese. Looking for candy cane soda? Craving caviar? Need to fill a growler? The BevMo! team can help. Ask them about the best wines for pairing with holiday dishes, as well as recipes for holiday cocktails. Remember to sign up for a customer rewards card to receive coupons for up to $10 off. BevMo! is located at 910 NE Park Drive.

Starbucks: Take a break from the holiday rush and indulge at Starbucks. The baristas will expertly craft your favorite drink, whether it’s a Peppermint Mocha, Chestnut Praline Latte, Caramel Brulée Latte or Chai Tea. Add a holiday cookie to complete your visit. Starbucks is located at 903 NE Park Drive, across from Jimmy John’s.

 

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