Welcome to your new favorite ice cream
Welcome to your new favorite ice cream
we want to radically shift the way you think about ice cream.
Kari Brunson moved to Seattle from Southwest Virginia in 2000 after being recruited to dance professionally with the prestigious Pacific Northwest Ballet. After almost a decade with the ballet company, she retired in 2009 to pursue her longtime hobby of cooking into a new career. In 2012, she founded Juicebox Cafe, a vegetable-focused restaurant and in 2016, she co-founded Frankie & Jo's. Kari is passionate about creating products where plant-based cuisine and excellent customer service are the centerpieces. Her newest hobby is tennis, and she has sworn she will not retire and turn this into a business any time soon.
Autumn Martin began her career as pastry chef at the world-renowned Canlis Restaurant in 2002, then moved on to head chocolatier of the country’s first organic chocolate factory, Theo Chocolate in 2004. In 2008 she started her own organic dessert company, Hot Cakes, and in 2016, co-founded Frankie & Jo’s. Autumn’s ultimate focus is caring for the environment by paying special attention to our farming practices and nurturing meaningful relationships between humans and the earth. She is 4th generation Washingtonian and draws much of her inspiration from the wilderness of her home, the mountains, rivers, deserts, and seas of all lands. You can find her driving around in her Westfalia, Wynne, looking for the closest surf break.
Both women are steadfast and committed to making the most delicious and creative plant-based ice cream you have ever had and cultivating a team that gives extremely attentive and nurturing customer service. Our company wants to make a positive impact on the communities of people, animals and plants everywhere. Welcome to your new favorite ice cream.
What is plant based ice cream?
We use ingredients that come only from plants, which means we are 100% vegan.
Are your ingredients organic certified?
Most of our ingredients are coming from certified organic farms and purveyors. There may be some seasonal, local fruits and vegetables we use that don’t have an organic certification but are grown with organic practices.
What if I am allergic to nuts? Can I eat your ice cream?
Everything will be clearly labeled on our menu so that you can avoid nuts. We do our very best to make sure that there is no cross contamination, but we process everything on the same equipment so we cannot guarantee there aren’t microscopic traces of nuts in our ice cream or sorbet.
What, other than being vegan, makes your ice cream different and special?
The answer to this question has many parts.
First and foremost, our ingredients and process set us apart. We love traditions of slow, simple and nutritious food. We also really, really appreciate a satisfying sweet treat. So for us, it is vital that we create an ice cream made from the most pure ingredients and process them minimally. And to protect their integrity and highlight their beauty, we keep our ingredient list short, bring out their natural flavors, and do not add any gums or other stabilizers.
Secondly, we make our own milk and bases. If we are using nut milk in the recipe, you can trust that the nut milk has been made in our kitchen from sprouted nuts and filtered water. In order to make the most delicious, nutritious and fresh-tasting ice creams, we found the only way is to make the milk a day or two before making the base and churning the ice cream immediately thereafter.
Lastly (but not least!), in a lot of our recipes, we are using alternative sugars such as dates and maple. Some of our most prized recipes are just dates, our milks and a flavor component such as cocoa or vanilla. We use organic cane sugar in the recipes that require a neutral flavor such as vanilla and believe organic cane sugar is a healthy and great sugar in moderation.
Is your ice cream gluten free?
Yes. All of our ice cream is gluten free. And, all of the crunchy, snappy and chewy bits in the ice cream will be gluten free. Even our waffle cones don’t have gluten!
Who are Frankie & Jo?
Frankie (Frances) and Jo (Joanne) are co-owner Autumn’s late grandmothers. They were both so influential in her life that she wanted to dedicate and remember them in this way.
Do you have nutrition facts for your ice cream?
At this time, we do not have nutrition information for our ice cream and currently do not have plans to do so.
I don't live in Seattle - how can I get your delicious ice cream?
We ship nationally to the lower 48 states. On the top of our website, click the ORDER tab. You must order 4 pints of ice cream when shipping, and each box is sent 2 day air with a large block of dry ice.
When will my order ship?
We ship our ice cream every Tuesday from Seattle. Orders *must* be placed by noon PST every Monday and cut off times are pretty strict.
Do you cater events and what are the options?
Yes! We offer 1/4 pint cups! They are perfect for birthdays, weddings, or dinner parties. Visit the CATERING page for pricing.