Have you noticed that food trucks are all the rage in ATL? Well, they are! Sadly, many of the food trucks serve greasy sandwich type meals that don’t meet the needs of gluten-free diners. BUT, I’ve discovered a food truck with plenty of GF options! One of my new favorite things that’s uniquely local to Atlanta is Honeysuckle Gelato. Native Atlantan, Wes Jones, decided to drop his regular job and start Honeysuckle Gelato with two of his buddies. I, for one, am very thankful for his decision! You can find his delicious gelato by following his stylish teal food truck.
Many of Honeysuckle’s flavors are naturally gluten free and so delicious. Creamy, yummy and overflowing with natural ingredients, not a bunch of chemicals and artificial flavorings. You might have seen Wes and Honeysuckle at the most recent gluten-free vendor fair. If you were lucky enough, you tried his ridiculously amazing Salted Caramel flavor. It is truly divine. The salty-sweet flavors blend perfectly together and it’s the ideal evening treat! If salted caramel doesn’t sound delicious to you, what about peanut butter honey or ginger molasses? Go to their website to see more of Honeysuckle’s signature flavors.
Honeysuckle Gelato at the GF Vendor Fair
Honeysuckle also offers sorbets which are naturally gluten free and dairy free so there’s something for everyone! Many of their flavors are naturally GF. Mmm, chocolate mint or watermelon sorbet, anyone? Check out this southern inspired gelato for yourself!
Don't miss the Honeysuckle food truck!
Recently I asked Wes a few questions about himself and his new business. Here’s what he had to say:
Gluten Freedom: Are you a native Atlantan?
Wes: Yes, I am.
Gluten Freedom: What do you love about Atlanta?
Wes: My wonderful friends and family and the amazing food! What are your favorite eats in Atlanta? That’s a tough one because there are so many great choices. Hal’s is usually up there and Fox Brothers has been a frequented place recently. Other than that, anywhere in Decatur.
Gluten Freedom: How did you get interested in gelato?
Wes: My business partner, Jackson Smith, was making gelato in NYC at Il Laboratorio del Gelato and we first kicked the idea around of starting a gelato place here in Atlanta as a joke and before long we had talked ourselves into actually doing it.
Gluten Freedom: Where does one purchase a food truck?
Wes: The same place you purchase everything else…the internet. We actually found our truck on eBay. It was a New Orleans Shaved Ice Truck in a small town in Alabama. We thought it looked cool so we convinced the people to take it off eBay for a couple days so we could come look at it.
Gluten Freedom: Where does the name Honeysuckle come from?
Wes: We we’re having a hard time coming up with something we liked that was catchy, southern and sweet all in one until Jackson had an epiphany. He called me up and said “I got it!! Honeysuckle!” Before I had time to argue he hung up the phone. Lucky for me, I loved it and it stuck.
Gluten Freedom: What’s your favorite GF flavor?
Wes: It changes weekly as we make awesome new flavors, but “Dock of the Bay”, our Sea-Salted Caramel, was my first love and I always feel guilty when I name a flavor other that.
Gluten Freedom: Where can we find Honeysuckle?
Wes: That’s the beauty of having a food truck – you can find us all over town! We post our schedule here - http://www.honeysucklegelato.com/contact-us/ – and we also tweet our daily menu and locations at @honeysuckleatl. Our goal is to be in some specialty stores and select grocery stores in the area next spring so keep an eye out for us!
Thanks, Wes, for taking the time to answer my questions! I hope everyone will check Honeysuckle’s website to find a location nearest you! This is not just another ice cream place, I promise.