Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Just what the working stiffs in downtown Lafayette deserve and what the partakers of libations need — something to nosh and caffeine to clear the head.

Carpe Diem! Gelato-Espresso Bar is moving into the Juliet Hotel, where Beyond Flowers once was, at 812 Jefferson St. Owners Erik Graveson and Silvia Bertolazzi are bringing an Italian flair to taste buds by offering 24 flavors of gelato. Gelato is an ancient dessert, made for the first time thousands of years ago and very common in Italy. It has a lower butterfat content and is best described as a lighter ice cream because it has less dairy. (If it’s made without dairy entirely and with fresh fruit, it’s sorbet.)

Petticoat Pastries owner and pastry chef Amanda Malone is making the baked goods for Carpe Diem!. The gourmet coffee will be achieved by a Chemex coffeemaker and a pour-over method.

The Juliet Hotel is a cozy boutique hotel with 20 rooms, meeting spaces and luxury amenities.

Graveson says their aim is to be open by this summer, perfectly primed gelato time.
­— Anna Purdy

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