Washington, D.C.-based chef Sierra Georgia is heading to Philly with her award-winning gelato, and bringing along a little something extra. When Georgia opens Georgie’s House of Gelat’oh in the Frankford neighborhood later this spring, she’ll be scooping both regular gelato and a CBD-infused version called Cloud Cups. Look for the shop to open at 4667 Paul Street, sharing a building with the Frankford Community Development Corporation, on June 1.
Georgia first starting selling gelato out of a food truck in D.C. in 2013 before heading to Carpigiani Gelato University in Italy to hone her craft. She must have picked up a few good tips, because when she came back to the U.S. she won bronze, twice, at the internationally traveling Gelato Festival for her white coffee and Blue Majik flavors — the latter is a blend of pineapple, ginger, apple, and blue-green algae.
She also started the CBD-infused Cloud Cups line, with co-owner Galen Thomas. The Cloud Cups flavors are ever-changing, Georgia says; she makes combinations like lemon-cilantro, passionfruit-mango, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and sweet potato pie.
Looking for a permanent space to set up shop, Georgia first went for Fishtown, before settling on the Daral Building in Frankford. The 20-seat cafe will serve gelato, coffee, and pastries.
Georgia is keeping it local for the Cloud Cups, sourcing her CBD from Cannagenix, an indoor hemp farm in Northeast Philly run by Andy Follett.
She’s already introduced the CBD-infused gelato to Philly: Creep Records in Northern Liberties stocks the salted caramel, milk and cookies, Cinnamax, and Blue Majik flavors. The Gelat’oh Brick & Motor truck brought Cloud Cups to the Manayunk StrEAT Festival last month, and co-owner Thomas says the truck is set to make more Philly appearances in the run-up to the shop’s opening.
Cannagenix’s Follett is also working with Hell’s Kitchen alum Zach Womack, who spends part of the year at Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant in Caesars in Atlantic City but is eyeing a location at 43rd and Lancaster for a new eatery he’s naming Fatt Zach’s. Womack plans to serve hemp-flour waffles — which gives them “a nice fluff,” he says — along with dishes like Buffalo wings and mushroom soup infused with CBD.
Local ice cream chain Little Baby’s sells non-dairy CBD-infused chocolate ice cream. Fuel, which has three locations in Philly, sells smoothies made with CBD.