Jeni Britton Bauer discovered her passion for dessert in Columbus, Ohio while working at La Chatelaine and studying art at Ohio State University. In the French bakery’s kitchen, Jeni was impressed by the art and craft that went into making pastries from scratch. This discovery prompted Jeni to quit her art studies and open Scream Ice Cream in Columbus’ North Market in 1996. This venture led to an even more successful enterprise in 2002 when, she opened Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. Since then, her ice creams have been praised by Time Magazine (“America’s
best”), Cooking Light (“deadly delicious”), and Saveur (“revolutionary”), while Food & Wine stated, “No one makes ice cream like Jeni Britton Bauer.” Her book, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home, is in its 8th printing and earned her a James Beard Award. Jeni and her team make every ice cream, sorbet, and frozen yogurt from scratch with grass-grazed Ohio cream, local produce, and carefully sourced ingredients including rare, fairtrade vanilla and bean-to-bar chocolate. She also devotes time to Local Matters (a fresh-food-for-all non-profit she co-founded), and serves on the boards of the Wexner Center for the Arts and Columbus College of Art & Design.