Interview with Red Wagon Creamery & Giving back to CASA of Lane County

For our March Giveback Giveaway I have chosen to collaborate with Red Wagon Creamery and Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA) of Lane County.

Red Wagon Creamery scoop shop on Broadway in Downtown Eugene

Red Wagon Creamery is a Eugene based purveyor of handcrafted premium ice creams. Emily and Stuart Phillips started Red Wagon Creamery as a small food cart in 2010 before opening their first scoop shop on Broadway in Downtown Eugene. Here they continue to craft inventive and unique flavors of small-batch ice cream and sorbet using local, seasonal and sustainable ingredients.

Red Wagon Creamery Local Fresh Strawberries

I fondly recall trying a bright Strawberry Riesling sorbet and a rich, creamy Smoked Salt Caramel ice cream at their Broadway scoop shop. Passionate purveyors always make the best products, and their passion is evident in the quality and creativity of their ice cream. Emily and Stuart suggested an organization for our Giveback Giveaway and I’m pleased to be making a donation to the exceptional Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA) of Lane County.

Donation to Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA) of Lane County, Eugene, OR

CASA has been serving our community for over 20 years, representing abused and neglected children in the court system. Nationwide CASA has nearly 1,000 local community program offices and our Lane County division serves more than 300 children annually thanks to the work and devotion of a small team of staff and the added contribution of volunteers.

The highly-trained and and dedicated CASA volunteers research each individual case and represent the interest of children in the courtroom, helping to ensure that children find a safe, permanent home. Given the mission of CASA and the overwhelming needs in our community, where 1,000 children live in foster care in Lane County alone, it was an easy choice to offer our support to this organization.

Red Wagon Creamery Eugene, OR

I am hosting this giveaway for my readers, followers and patients so that they may have the chance to try these local, seasonal and sustainable ice creams from an exquisite small-batch producer in our community.

Three (3) winners will each receive one (1) $25 gift card to Red Wagon Creamery. Additionally, because I believe in giving back to our community, I will donate $1 to CASA of Lane County for each person who enters this giveaway (up to $200).

Chef Emily Phillips and husband Stuart Phillips
Chef Emily Phillips & Stuart Phillips, Director of Sales & Marketing from Red Wagon Creamery

To tell us a bit more about Red Wagon Creamery, I am joined by the talented husband and wife team behind Red Wagon Creamery, Emily and Stuart Phillips, for a brief interview.

Making the transition from food cart to brick and mortar must have had its challenges, some expected and others unexpected. Could you tell us what the biggest surprises and obstacles were for you when you set out to open a brick and mortar Red Wagon Creamery?

Our biggest surprise was finding that people actually followed us in our transition to a brick-and-mortar store. You’re always worried when you move from my cart to a storefront that whatever it was that brought people before doesn’t translate. Thankfully people were in love with the ice cream.

According to your biography, Emily worked for ten years as a chef. What was the driving force behind starting your own business?

Stuart and I simply wanted to start our own business so that we could be our own bosses, express our creativity our way, and spend an inordinate amount of time together. Mission accomplished.

Red Wagon Creamery scoop shop in downtown Eugene

Your biography mentions that you spent some time in New Zealand. Do you draw any inspiration from your time in New Zealand?

Definitely. New Zealand prided itself on fresh ingredients, so it definitely instilled in me the value of not using highly processed ingredients to make our product. We also have some flavor profiles that I picked up as a chef in New Zealand that we love to utilize in our ice creams.

Tell us about your ice cream flavors. What makes Red Wagon Creamery unique?

The biggest thing that makes us unique is that we make each flavor from scratch. Almost everyone else starts with a premade mix that comes from a dairy. By making it from scratch, we are able to tailor everything from the sweetness to the fat content in order to maximize the particular flavor. Additionally, we only use fruits, herbs and berries when they are fresh and in season here in Oregon. You won’t find us making strawberry ice cream in the middle of winter.

Red Wagon Creamery Eugene Ice Creams
Red Wagon Creamery (Eugene, OR): Just Beet It with roasted beets and organic chocolate, Morel and Thyme with pine nuts and black pepper brittle, and Cherry Blossom with cacao nibs and cherry smoked honey swirl

Are you currently working on anything new at Red Wagon Creamery?

Always. We have a flavor coming out in April with goat cheese ice cream, rosemary and toasted pine nuts. We are working with Portland Creamery to showcase their Chèvre in it. On the business front, we are moving ahead with opening a scoop shop on the University of Oregon campus.

Red Wagon Creamery Ice Cream Scoop

Red Wagon Creamery & CASA of Lane County Giveback Giveaway

Giveaway is open to patients of Dr. Dexter and local Eugene/Springfield area residents.

The Promotion begins at 5:00 PM PST on March 10th, 2016 and ends at 11:59 PM PDT on March 25th, 2016 (“Promotion Period”). To enter, participants must follow the steps listed on Dr. Dexter’s Facebook page. Limit one (1) entry per person during the promotion period.

This promotion is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by Facebook.

Terms

Three (3) winners will be awarded one (1) Red Wagon Creamery Gift Card with a value of $25. Within 48 hours of completion of the giveaway winners will be randomly selected. Winners will be contacted via Facebook direct message and announced on March 27th, 2016. Prizes will be collected at Dr. Dexter’s dental office in Eugene, Oregon at a mutually agreed upon time within two weeks of completion of the giveaway.