Meet the Vendor: SweetBumpas
Who are you and what do you do?
I’m Matt Bumpas, chef/owner of SweetBumpas, a local ice cream, confections & catering business. I make ice creams the old fashioned way: 100% from scratch, with local dairy & never from a commercial base! SweetBumpas ice creams are unique in their bold expressions of familiar and exotic flavors and their silky smooth textures. With creations like blackberry-basil marshmallows, lemon drop Turkish Delight and chipotle peanut brittle ice cream, SweetBumpas treats are anything but ordinary and evoke strong reactions from diners who describe them as “divine”, “otherworldly”, “brilliant” and “completely memorable”.
What was your first memory of making something?
In early elementary school, I made a Cookie Monster cake with my dad for the Cub Scouts father-son bake off with orange coconut hair, marshmallow eyes & candy corn teeth.
What is your favorite new product for 2015?
My favorite new ice cream is my chipotle peanut brittle; smoky chipotle pepper infused peanut butter ice cream with crunchy peanut brittle. It is the perfect complement to my Southern chocolate chess pie with bourbon caramel.
How did you get started in your business?
Before starting SweetBumpas, I was pastry chef at Seattle’s Poppy Restaurant. Here, I realized my passion for creating desserts that blur the line between sweet & savory. Over time, I received more and more customer comment cards and reviews requesting that I sell my ice creams by the pint or quart. With SweetBumpas, I aim to bring my one of a kind ice creams and treats to a larger audience.
What’s the best experience you’ve ever had with one of your customers?
This summer, I had the opportunity to work with a couple comprised of a Canadian bride and a South Indian groom to create a memorable dessert menu for their wedding. I had so much fun developing menu items that represent the two cultures such as tropical Nanaimo bars with flavors of banana, orange, coconut & ginger.
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