Portland’s next vegan ice cream shop will have flavors like hatch green chile, fig lemon thyme, and jalapeno pineapple, Portland health blog Fitt first reported. Be Sweet, a vegan dessert shop from the folks behind Israeli restaurant Aviv, will hopefully open in Portland by early spring, with an assortment of halva, ice cream, and pastries.
Aviv’s Tal Caspi has been selling his ice creams at the restaurant, playing with particularly savory flavors like pistachio and curry. He quickly started offering scoops at the Beaverton Farmer’s Market with more success, before he launched his Indiegogo to fundraise for the new shop. When asked, Caspi is particularly elusive about his ice cream base, though Fitt claims the ice cream is made with coconut cream.
Be Sweet sounds eerily similar to the recently launched Little Bean, a dairy-free ice cream brand from fast-casual behemoths Micah Camden and Matt Lynch. Their ice cream and dessert company relies on chickpeas for its creaminess, but its yet-to-open storefront will also serve gluten-free and dairy-free pastries. Be Sweet’s halva will set it apart from the other company when it eventually opens early next year, as well as its specific base. For now, vegan ice cream aficionados can try Caspi’s for themselves: Aviv or vegan fast-casual lunch spot Rabbits Cafe both stock Be Sweet. Stay tuned for more information on location, opening date, and more.
• Be Sweet [Indiegogo]
• Aviv [Official]
• Popular Plant-Based Israeli Restaurant Aviv Is Set to Open a Vegan Ice Cream Shop [Fitt]
• All previous Aviv coverage [EPDX]
• This New Chickpea Ice Cream Company May Revolutionize the Dairy-Free Dessert Game [EPDX]