Fortunes Ice Cream: Using Local Fruit and Dairy at Tivoli | General food and beverages | Hudson Valley

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Located on Broadway in Tivoli, the famous Fortunes ice cream parlor is named after a local legend. Owners Brian Ackley and Lisa Farjam met at Bard during their undergraduate years. At the time, Fortune was a “local staple who was always at the bar and always hanging out,” says Ackley, of the small-town character who died eight years ago. “He looked very professorial and sat with a stack of philosophy books at the bar, smoking Camel Wides.”

Ackley and Farjam’s journey into the food industry was a natural one. They both loved to cook and enjoyed hosting dinner parties when they lived in Brooklyn. Farjam was making the main course and they quickly discovered that Ackley had a knack for making desserts. Eventually he bought an ice cream maker and started making his own ice cream for his family and friends. When the couple moved to Tivoli, they decided to take the plunge and set up their own boutique.

The couple designed the ice cream shop themselves in what was originally a converted barn. The interior has a sunny feel with a bright yellow spiral staircase cutting through the plant-draped middle. Ackley drew all the architectural plans and designed all the furniture inside and Farjam took the lead with the color palette and aesthetic. “Lisa just has really good intuition in terms of what and how something should look like,” says Ackley.

Ackley makes all the ice cream recipes himself using local fruit and dairy products from farms located all around Tivoli. “We wanted to take advantage of not only upstate dairy, but also upstate fruit, which has this very short moment, but when it comes down to it, it’s really amazing and very special. ” The fruits and berries he uses, ranging from sour cherries to apricots, peaches and black raspberries, come primarily from Montgomery Place, Mead Orchards, Fix Bros. Fruit Farm, Rose Hill Farm, and all dairy products are from Ronnybrook. Cultivate.

While many of their ice cream flavors are seasonal, Fortunes’ menu still features the classics: vanilla, chocolate, mint chocolate chips, and a nut flavor with berries. For non-dairy customers, Fortunes offers dark chocolate; honeycomb, which is a vegan ice cream made with tahini and oat milk; and two other vegan flavors (usually including sorbet). For seasonal flavors, they alternate about four or five flavors depending on the berries, fruits, and nuts available. They also sell reusable pint containers of take-out ice cream for an at-home treat.

Since opening in 2019, the ice cream shop has quickly become a favorite among locals and visitors alike and was named the best ice cream in New York by Food & Wine Magazine last year. “We just decided that Tivoli really needed an ice cream shop. So we started the workshop four years ago and it’s been going on ever since,” says Ackley.

Fortunes Ice Cream is open Thursday through Monday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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