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Our Story 2017-10-11T15:46:41+00:00

HERE’S THE SCOOP

INSPIRED AND ENLIVENED…

Inspired and enlivened by a one year trip around the world, Jeff and Juli Labhart returned with a want to capture the flavors from the street stalls of Thailand, the spice fields of Zanzibar, the mountains of India, and other exotic locales into the creamy fresh goodness of gelato.

Every small batch of Bontà gelato is hand-crafted using only the best ingredients with many coming from the Oregon countryside. For it was their travels that made them realize that many of the world’s best ice cream ingredients can be found right here at home, also.

Jeff grew up in the dairy community of Tillamook, Oregon and at a young age understood that the reason the milk and cream tasted so good here in the Northwest was all of the tall, green grass the cows munched on all year long. Juli was raised in the berry community of Lynden, Washington, where in her younger years, she worked the berry fields. She still wonders why she was never fired, because it seemed more berries went into her mouth than the bucket.

Upon their return from their travels, they trained under two different Italian gelato masters. From their studies they developed their own homemade ice cream recipes and the result is a denser, flavorful ice cream with less fat than traditional American ice cream.

It was from this inspiration and the want to support local growers, the community, and the environment that Bontà was born.

OUR PHILOSOPHY ON THE GOODS

NOT ALL ICE CREAMS ARE CREATED EQUAL…

We believe not all ice creams are created equal. Sure, some taste fantastic, but next time, glance down at the nutritional facts and take a look at the fat content. You may be surpised that some have as much as 40% fat. Others taste like you are eating more air than product, because of the high “overrun” (air pumped in) or have ingredients you can’t even pronounce. When we started our gelato company, we wanted to live by a philosphy that we could be proud of and our customers would love

FINEST INGREDIENTS

AND WE MEAN IT.

Our gelato is handcrafted (everyday!) using traditional, “slow food” techniques. Whenever possible, we use local organic and fair trade ingredients. Both our chocolate and sugar are 100% certified organic and fair trade. Our ice cream is all natural with no artificial additives. If we can’t pronounce it, it doesn’t go into our ice cream.

Our attention to quality, raw, local ingredients is what sets us apart. For those raw ingredients that do not grow well in the great NW, we seek out the best natural ingredients that can be found. You may not have heard of Theo Organic Fair-Trade Chocolates in Seattle, but we have and that’s good for you and the world.

We don’t feel it necessary to add artificial colors to our ice cream. Our Pistachio gelato may be a bit brown, but we promise it tastes much better than it’s neon green cousin and it’s most likely better for your body too!

Have you heard…?

We have 18 signature and rotating flavors every day!

Bonta - Natural Artisan Gelato