When two head chefs follow their hearts and their hunches, classics are reborn. Henrico County-based Nightingale Ice Cream Sandwiches has reinvented the old-fashioned childhood treat, this time using soft homemade sugar or chocolate espresso or peanut butter cookies and rich, all-natural ice cream flavors that smack of adulthood but appeal to all ages.
It’s led by the husband-and-wife team of Brussels-born Xavier Meers and Richmond native Hannah Pollack. You’ve likely heard their names before, as Pollack was most recently the chef at Greenleaf’s Pool Room, while Meers led the kitchens at Belle Vie European Bistro and later Brux’l Cafe, which closed in 2014 and 2016, respectively.
In short, both left restaurant kitchens behind to embark on a new venture full time: remaking an old favorite that Richmond can call its own, but with all-natural, preservative-free ingredients that are locally sourced whenever possible, everything from herbs and berries to beer.