It was an exciting summer for Little Man Ice Cream, which marked six years in its 28-foot-tall Lower Highland home and a number of other milestones.

Since it opened, Little Man has donated one scoop of beans or rice to communities in need around the world for every scoop of ice cream it sells.  In July, Elaine Tamburello, mother of Little Man owner Paul Tamburello, had the honor of serving the shop’s millionth scoop and celebrating Little Man’s donation of one million scoops to developing nations. The celebration included a jazz band, free “little dips” and a philanthropic “market” featuring a variety of non-profits that have benefited from Little Man’s community contributions.

Elaine and Paul Tamburello celebrating Little Man’s millionth scoop

Little Man also grew its brand by leaps and bounds, expanding the number of outlets carrying its products to more than 25 across the metro-area. Perhaps the most prominent member of Little Man’s wholesale program is the Milkbox Ice Creamery at the newly renovated Union Station. The shop carries Little Man’s ice cream exclusively and has been doing brisk business since opening in July.

It’s no surprise to see such great demand for Little’s Man frosty treats given the ice cream maker’s focus on creating unique flavors. Despite a full slate of community events,  Little Man managed to launch a new slate of vegan ice cream flavors this summer, including such creative concoctions as The Bee’s Knees – a blend of vegan banana ice cream, bee-free honey swirl and a mixture of peanut butter-filled pretzels and The Munchies, featuring vegan peanut butter ice cream with chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, almonds, peanuts and marshmallows.
The vegan flavors caught the attention of Everyday host and vegetarian Chris Parente who sampled the ice cream on air.  9News also featured Little Man in a segment on how to make the perfect root beer float. Watch it here.

Next on Little Man’s list is moving into a bigger commissary to give the ice cream maker more room to experiment and meet the public’s appetite for its products. The new facility will also have a tasting room, so fans can sample the latest creations.

Little Man wrapped up its peak season September 28th with its annual Hula Hoop Contest, an event that draws young and old to compete in a fundraising effort for local schools. But don’t forget that the ice cream shop will continue to host the Highland Farmers Market and Artisan Alley from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the first two Fridays in October. Hope to see you there!

If you’ve ever wondered how to mix the perfect martini or how to host a dinner party without getting stuck in the kitchen, Tim Laird is your man. Known as America’s CEO (Chief Entertaining Officer), Tim makes a slew of media appearances every year, spreading his insights about hosting great soirees on the behalf of liquor producer Brown-Forman. We’ve been helping Brown-Forman promote its new cinnamon-flavored liqueur, Tuaca Cinnaster in Colorado, so last month we brought Tim in to help with the effort.

His first stop was 9News’ Colorado & Company, where Tim offered tips on how to create a special Super Bowl spread, complete with Cinnaster-inspired cocktails. Click here to check out Tim’s interview with Denise Plante. The author of That’s Entertaining, also did a similar segment on the Everyday show, which you can view here.

Tim Laird with Colorado & Company Host Denise Plante

In the evening, Tim hosted a Cinnaster cocktail tasting and contest at Ocean Prime. Writers and editors from Westword, Blacktie Colorado, Denver Life, 303 Magazine, Indulge in Denver, and Out Front Colorado sampled specially-crafted Cinnaster creations and chose one to serve as Ocean Prime’s Featured Cocktail for February. The winner was the “Cinnaster Spiked Cocoa,” a warm blend of Tuaca Cinnaster, Godiva chocolate liqueur, hot cocoa, Aztec chocolate bitters and Cinnaster-infused whipped cream. The panel of judges called the cocoa cocktail, “A great winter drink,” and “great on a ski day.” Ocean Prime will have the drink available all month, if you’re craving something warm on a chilly day.

You can read more about the event in 303 Magazine. And if you’d like more information about the history of Tuaca in Colorado, check out this Westword blog.
We owe a debt of gratitude to Tim for serving as such a great host and making our job easy. We’d also like to thank Ocean Prime for creating such interesting Cinnaster combinations. If you’d like to play Cinnaster mixologist on your own, these recipes might serve as a great starting point.