I'm Jen, the owner and chief gelato maker at Bucket & Bay. Working with my husband, Boris, we have committed to creating a unique product, using the best ingredients possible - a product we love, a product we would love to serve our friends and family.
Why do we do this? Because, like many of you, I want my kids to look up to us and be proud that we have followed our dreams. I am also passionate about instilling in them a healthy relationship with food. To care where it comes from. To appreciate new flavors. To be inquisitive.
You will note the Same passion in our open kitchen at Bucket & Bay, where we handcraft all our gelato right before your eyes.
As a little girl, I got excited every time I saw that wooden bucket sitting in the middle of my grandparents' garage. There, my grandfather, who was a butcher and cabinet builder by trade, was churning THE BEST vanilla ice cream I remember from my childhood. And it is the inspiration behind my own small batch, handcrafted gelato! I hope you will have a chance to try it very soon, right here on BAY Street.
The Gelato . . .
We are churning gelato from scratch, right in the middle of our wide open kitchen - so you can experience the alchemy!
I'll be using only the finest, responsibly sourced ingredients - think grass-fed cows, farmers market produce, and fair trade chocolate.Twelve rotating flavors are on offer, including signature flavors: Rose Latte, Deep Dark Chocolate, Mint Chip (her mother’s favorite), Bucket & Bay Vanilla (her father’s favorite) and Black Label Vanilla. Creative, seasonal favorites rotate frequently, including Purple Sticky Rice with lemongrass, Red Eye made with cold brew coffee and espresso, Salad extra virgin olive oil gelato with a swirl of arugula and Shavasana blueberry lavender gelato. We also bring the unique flavors of aging and fermentation to life with a line of spirit-infused flavors like Black Label Vanilla with Johnnie Walker Black Label, Fernet Branca, Dark & Stormy with Gosling’s Rum, Painkiller (vegan), Strawberry Port and Bourbon Peach. Another flavor, Cloud, takes inspiration from Boris’ native Bulgaria, marrying an anise liqueur and organic peppermint essential oil. Vegan sorbet flavors include Pomelo, Lemon Thyme and Mango Smoked Cardamom. Gelato and sorbets are available by the cup or in handmade, gluten free cones. Bucket & Bay also pairs homemade jams and compotes with its gelato flavors to create uniquely delicious hot pressed gelato sandwich on French croissant babka roll from Jersey City bakery Choc-o-pain.
If you want to experience youself, sign up for one of our upcoming gelato making adventures!
Just enjoyed my 1st black label vanilla handmade waffle cone @bucketandbay - delicious!! ❤️ this place! ? #jerseycity #jcmakeityours
— Oniki Cole (@ikino_creative) 27 June 2015
Craving some purple sticky rice infused gelato from @bucketandbay. The perfect elixir for a blazing hot summer day. pic.twitter.com/UmgkEZxfyw
— Crave JC (@CraveJC) 23 June 2015
Most amazing gelato & cones in JC! Can never take a pic before I dig in! ;) @bucketandbay #noselfcontrol #<3summer pic.twitter.com/3mm8409MLd
— Chris Cosmonaut (@ccosmonaut) 16 June 2015
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