From left: Dojo Gelato Owner’s Kimberly and Michael Christner, Over-the-Rhine Chamber of Commerce Vice Chair Barbara Hauser
“You must be my Lucky Star. ‘Cause you shine on me wherever you are. I just think of you and I start to glow. And I need your light. And baby you know…” It means so much to Kimberly and me that Dojo was selected as Over-the-Rhine’s “2012 Business of the Year.” We love all of you and thank you for your continued support.
We are excited to hip you to the fact that Dojo Gelato was named a “Top Ten Frozen Dessert Retailer of America” for 2011 by Dessert Professional magazine.
The editors of Dessert Professional magazine are proud to honor our annual Top Ten Frozen Dessert Retailers of America. This award is presented to businesses that offer exceptional frozen desserts served in a unique, memorable environment….The list includes three traditional ice cream shops, three gelato shops, one frozen custard retailer, one frozen pop shop, one shave ice store, and a non-dairy frozen dessert business. While some are large and some small, they all share a devotion to the craft of making exceptional frozen desserts, and serving them with pride. Congratulations to all ten.
Fellow winners include Il Laboratorio del Gelato in NYC, the Franklin Fountain in Philadelphia, Lula’s Sweet Apothecary in NYC, Popbar in NYC, The Dairy Godmother in Alexandria, Bonnie Brae Ice Cream in Denver, Matsumoto Shave Ice in Haleiwa, Paciugo Gelato in Dallas, and Mitchell’s Ice Cream in San Francisco.
Congratulations to all of our brothers and sisters in ice cream.
A tip of our scoops to City Beat for naming Dojo Gelato as one of their Best Bites of 2010. We always appreciate when our hard work and dedication to making you the freshest and most delicious gelati in Cincinnati are recognized.
While there were certainly amazing, savory bites that I experienced in 2010, after careful contemplation I have decided that my best bite of the year occurred on a sunny October afternoon at Findlay Market.
After shopping for the usual produce and meats, I decided to treat myself at Dojo Gelato (137 Elder St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-328-9000). In the years since I lived in Bologna, Italy, I have been searching for an authentic gelato. Dojo Gelato produces the most dense yet creamy gelato that I’ve had since I returned to America.
Gelato is made by using more milk and less cream than American-style ice cream and it’s marked by intense flavor. Dojo Gelato loves to create unexpected flavor profiles — I’ve even had guacamole gelato there! And they use fresh, seasonal ingredients in their creations.
On that October day I had a two-scoop combo of Vietnamese [Coffee] and Pumpkin. The vanilla oozed fresh vanilla bean flavor which, when combined with the spicy fresh pumpkin, made for the absolute perfect taste sensation. Autumn was exemplified in that refreshing, smooth bite, and it was completely satisfying and memorable. (Bill Hatfield)
Now please excuse us while we treat ourselves too with a celebratory double dip of our good stuff…
Recently food blogger extraordinaire Cincinnati Nomerati stopped by to get the scoop on all things Dojo and gelato. You can read her interview here.
Nice feature today from Cincinnati Business Courier’s Biz Blog on the Doj:
According to Christner, Dojo Gelato customers represent a wide variety of people together that includes a business and neighborhood crowd during the week at lunch; older individuals, tourists, and suburbanites on the weekends; and lots of families on Sundays. Young adults between the ages of 20 to 40 are also a big part of Dojo Gelato’s daily business.
“I wanted to do this since I was 20 years old, and I’m 34 now. This is not just some hobby, I live, eat, and breathe everything Dojo Gelato,” Christner emphasized. “I’ve realized that this is a marathon, not a sprint…”
You can read the entire piece here.