If you’ve ever vacationed in Italy and tasted the gelato there, you may have thought to yourself, â€˜Yum! Where can I get this back home?â€™
Now, in these recessionary times, some people are taking it a step further. They’re attending Gelato U. in Bologna, Italy, with plans to bring this delectable dessert back to their home countries by starting a gelato business of their own.
Carpigiani Gelato University teaches would-be entrepreneurs â€˜how to turn sacks of sugar and crates of oranges, kiwis, and lemons into spoonfuls of earthly bliss,â€™ writes Nina Burleigh in her report for TIME magazine. Although it’s said that gelato dates back to the ancient Egyptians, it’s been in the last half-century that Italians have designed machines that have really perfected gelato. The better-than-ice-cream dessert often contains half the fat of typical American ice cream.
For three weeks every month, a couple dozen or so students from around the world come to Bologna to learn the craft from a â€˜gelato maestro.â€™ One reason: gelato is a major growth business worldwide. It’s one of those inexpensive indulgences people treat themselves to during tough economic times. It’s not a coincidence that enrollment for the week-long course at Gelato U is up 87% over last year, as Burleigh reports. Many of the students are 40-somethings looking for new career opportunities in the wake of the downturn.
Keep your eye out for new gelaterias opening soon in your neighborhood. I know I’m looking forward to one opening up in my neck of the woods. Hmmm. Maybe I need to do a little â€˜researchâ€™ in Bologna.
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