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Big Gay Ice Cream Announces Portland, OR book signing event & dessert pop-up at Sunshine Tavern on Saturday, July 18, 2015



Big Gay Ice Cream is pleased to announce it is teaming up with Portland, Oregon chef Jenn Louis and her restaurant Sunshine Tavern for one “magical” day.

On Saturday, July 18, Big Gay Ice Cream co-owner and co-founder, Bryan Petroff, will be working in the Sunshine Tavern kitchen, taking advantage of their in-house soft-serve machine, creating special desserts to celebrate the publication of the brand’s first cookbook, with co-owner Douglas Quint, Big Gay Ice Cream Book: Saucy Stories & Frozen Treats: Going All The Way With Ice Cream. While this is only a one-day “pop-up”, it marks Big Gay Ice Cream’s first time bringing their ice cream to Portland.

The Big Gay Ice Cream desserts will be on the menu all day, including both brunch (12pm-5pm) and dinner (5pm-11pm) service. Restaurant hours and the reservation policy remain unchanged that day. Due to the short nature of this collaboration, reservations are recommended. Signed copies of the cookbook will be available for purchase.

This is an especially exciting event for everyone involved. Jenn Louis’ “Magical Shell” recipe, which is on the menu at Sunshine Tavern, was included in Big Gay Ice Cream Book, pictured below.


About Big Gay Ice Cream

Big Gay Ice Cream began as a seasonal food truck in 2009, and since then has seen a whirlwind of publicity and acclaim to become one of the top ice cream companies in the country. With a playful attitude, Big Gay Ice Cream spins a new take on old-school soft-serve by creating fun and unique ice creams, toppings and frozen treats that appeal to a diverse clientele.

The first Big Gay Ice Cream Shop opened in 2011 in New York City’s East Village, followed by a West Village location in 2012 and a Philadelphia location in 2015. The shops have been ranked as the best ice cream parlors in the country (and #5 in the world).

Big Gay Ice Cream Truck has been named both the most influential food truck and the best dessert truck in the country. The truck also holds the distinction of being the only food truck invited to appear at the James Beard House in New York City.

The Big Gay Ice Cream Book, the company’s first cookbook, was published by Clarkson Potter in April 2015.


About Sunshine Tavern

Sunshine Tavern opened in April 2011. The goal of owners Jenn Louis (Chef) and David Welch (Bar) was to create the quintessential Portland tavern. The restaurant focuses on serving great food in a warm, comfortable, playful- and most of all, fun- setting. 


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Gap & Big Gay Ice Cream are teaming up for 30 days of tees and ice cream, beginning Thursday, June 25, for NYC Pride, and running through Sunday, July 26. Gap has transformed their midtown concept space, located at their flagship store on Fifth Avenue between 53rd and 54th Streets, into a Big Gay Ice Cream pop-up print and ice cream shop, complete with ice cream cart, unicorn murals, and rainbow sprinkles. Utilizing Big Gay Ice Cream’s iconic rainbow swirled logo and unicorn mascot, Gap has created three limited edition prints, available only at the Fifth Avenue location. A selection of pre-printed t-shirts are available, in addition to a venerable rainbow of colored tees and logos, allowing customers to mix and match to create their own custom “flavor” shirt. Autographed copies of Big Gay Ice Cream: Saucy Stories & Frozen Treats will be also available.

On Saturdays and Sundays anyone who purchases a book or t-shirt will receive a complimentary Big Gay Ice Cream sandwich (subject to availability).


This special promotion, and these limited edition t-shirt designs, are only available at the Gap Fifth Avenue store, located between 53rd and 54th Streets. They are not available online, nor at Big Gay Ice Cream locations. This special collaboration only runs from Thursday, June 25 - Sunday, July 26.