The Rutherford Report—N7 Creamery Takes Ice Cream to New Level

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“Food for the body is not enough. There must be food for the soul.”

—Dorothy Day
N7 Creamery Takes Ice Cream to New Level

Michael Mascaro and Andrew Cox want to change the way you think about your food.

“We are completely out of touch with how our food is made and where it comes from,” Mascaro, 21, said.

The young entrepreneurs opened [N7] Creamery-Café-Bakery last year at the Victoria Gardens Shopping Center in Rancho Cucamonga to share their enthusiasm for using farm-to-table ingredients in their freshly made foods.

“We expected it to be a bunch of hipsters, but everybody comes in,” Mascaro said. “Whoever wants to care about their food and where it comes from can do that here.”

Nearly all of the products N7 uses, including milk, eggs, fruits, and vegetables, come from local sources, but some ingredients, such as vanilla beans and cocoa, have to be purchased from other vendors because they simply aren’t available locally. Even so, the two take care to only purchase all natural, sustainably sourced ingredients when they can’t find a local supplier.

N7’s niche is its ultra creamy ice cream made with liquid nitrogen. The seven in the company’s name comes from nitrogen’s atomic number, which reflects how many protons are in the nucleus of a single atom.

Unlike some of the liquid nitrogen ice cream shops that have sprouted up across the country over the past couple of years, N7 pasteurizes its cream mixture in house rather than purchasing it pre-made from a vendor because they want to ensure quality and consistency.

For those new to the liquid nitrogen ice cream scene, here’s how it works:

After a customer has selected a flavor, a creamery staff member slowly pours liquid nitrogen into the chosen cream mixture. The liquid nitrogen is extremely cold (minus 320°F) so it evaporates immediately and instantly freezes the mixture into an especially smooth ice cream.

“The ice crystals are significantly smaller than what’s made by the highest quality ice cream machines out there,” Mascaro said. “Plus there are no artificial flavorings or preservatives, and it’s all happening right here in the store.”

Not to be outdone, N7’s bakery features classic French and home-style American breads including delectable cinnamon rolls with European buttercream frosting, buttercream-filled macrons, cookies, pies and more.

Customers can also order a range of coffee beverages, including macchiatos, cappuccinos, lattes, Italian-style espressos and plain old coffee. N7 also offers breakfast items such as French toast and eggs on weekend mornings.

But don’t get too comfortable with this unique shop’s menu. Since they use fresh, local produce, their menu is constantly changing to keep up with what’s in season.

“One time we had a customer ask if she could bring in her own strawberries,” Mascaro said.

Mascaro said he and his partner are considering opening another location, but their larger goal is to partner with a local farm to purchase farming property and grow organic crops for N7 and other establishments that want to go farm-to-table.

“It’s the first step in helping Californians change their eating habits,” he said. “We are very excited about it. We think we can do it.”

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