Adirondack Creamery Founder Hosts Ice Cream Social in Support of Syrian Refugees

Photo by Jeffrey Lee.

Photo by Jeffrey Lee.

Coming up on Wednesday, Lower East Side resident Paul Nasrani will be hosting an ice cream social in the neighborhood to raise awareness of the Syrian Refugee Crisis.

Paul is the founder of Adirondack Creamery, which makes some of the best ice cream found in New York. This past October, he created a new flavor, Syrian Date and Walnut ice cream. Adirondack Creamery donates 50% of the profits from this flavor to  the International Rescue Committee to aid refugees.

On Wednesday, World Refugee Day, there will be a special promotion at the local restaurant, L’Enfants de Boheme (177 Henry Street). On this day, $1 from every cup or cone sold will go to the International Rescue Committee. The ice cream social will take place between 6:30-7:30 p.m. Here’s more from Paul:

At a time when our federal government is inhumanely punishing those who seek refuge here by separating children from their parents, we need to reflect that America was built on the shoulders of millions who sought a better life for their families by leaving all they knew behind to find refuge and opportunity here. Our Syrian Date and Walnut ice cream was inspired by the middle-eastern treat – Ma’amoul and was created not only to introduce customers to a new and delicious flavor but also to bring awareness to the plight of those seeking refuge on our shores and the fact that they have great similarities to those who came before them.

Nasrani spoke with The Times Union about his inspiration for the new flavor last fall. You can read that story here. Adirondack Creamery is available at several locations on the Lower East Side, including Fine Fair, Union Market and Whole Foods.

Checking in With a Lower East Side Ice Cream Entrepreneur

Paul Nasrani at Fine Fare on Clinton Street.

As the temperature dipped into the 20’s this past weekend, ice cream might not have been the first thing on your mind.  But Paul Nasrani thinks about ice cream all year long. As the founder of Adirondack Creamery, an all-natural, independent ice cream company based in Kingston, NY, it goes with the territory.  Recently we stopped by Paul’s apartment in the Seward Park Cooperative on Grand Street to find out how things are going in the premium ice cream business.