Second grade students welcomed alumni, Crista Freeman '94, into their classroom for a lesson, and taste-test, on ice cream!
A co-founder of Phin & Phebes, an artisan ice cream company based out of New York City, Crista majored in art and worked several years in the corporate world. As she explained to the students, "I wanted a career where I could be creative, so when my weekend hobby of making ice cream turned into an obsession, I did some research and found a niche." That niche is a market for bold flavors of ice cream made with the best ingredients from organic, non-gmo, and fair trade sources.
During the question-and-answer session with students, she explained how involved she is with every step of the process; from visiting cows on the farms that supply the dairy, to standing on the processing line to taste each batch to ensure quality. When asked who supported her most she said, "my family, including fellow alumni Cara '86, mom to current second grader, Wright, was very encouraging throughout my journey, and St. Mark's gave me a great foundation to be able to continue my education and feel confident in my creative abilities."
Her education included attending the prestigious Ice Cream University at Penn State alongside employees of other famous ice cream brands on the market. Phin & Phebes is currently sold in 2,000 stores in 39 states. Crista also has a dream in the works to open a storefront in the near future. Click here to find the nearest location.
With twelve unique flavors currently on the market, Crista brought four flavors for students and teachers to sample including, Mucho Vanilla, Banana Whama, Coconut Key Lime, and Dark Chocolate Salty Caramel. Students' tastes varied with many liking vanilla, but an overwhelming majority enjoyed the Banana Whama most.