Bontà - Natural Artisan Gelato
Jeff & Juli Labhart
Tell us about your business.Inspired and enlivened by a one year trip around the world, Jeff and Juli Labhart returned with a want to capture the flavors from the street stalls of Thailand, the spice fields of Zanzibar, the mountains of India, and other exotic locales into the creamy fresh goodness of gelato. Every small batch of Bontà gelato is hand-crafted using only the best ingredients with many coming from the Oregon countryside. For it was their travels that made them realize that many of the world's best ice cream ingredients can be found right here at home. Jeff grew up in the dairy community of Tillamook, Oregon and at a young age understood that the reason the milk and cream tasted so good here in the Northwest was all of the tall, green grass the cows munched on all year long. Juli was raised in the berry community of Lynden, Washington, where in her younger years, she worked the berry fields. She still wonders why she was never fired, because it seemed more berries went into her mouth than
What makes your business stand out?The word artisan gets over-used in the food market, but we truly are just that. We hand craft everyone of our flavors using local ingredients when ever possible. We hand peel mangos, we press our own citrus juices, we pick our own mint, and we roast our rhubarb. We have a fantastic partnership with Eberhard's Dairy and they have been very supportive of our company and we are proud to use their high quality milk and cream. Other local products we use in our gelato and sorbetto include Oregon Spirit Distillers Bourbon, Tumalo Lavender, Miracle Acres Rhubarb, NW Clover Honey, Oregon Hazelnuts and Theo Chocolate. Finally, being small we have the ability to follow the seasons with our flavors. We start with Strawberry Rhubarb in the spring and move into the berries and apricots in the summer and then into the pumpkin and apples in the fall.
What's the best business advice you've received?Don't worry about what your competition is doing. Focus on what you do and do it well.
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