As some of you may have heard, Nice Cream has suddenly encountered some trouble with the Illinois Department of Public Health. The State is requiring Nice Cream to get a “dairy license,” which Kris Swanberg (Nice Cream owner) and her colleagues had never heard of and had not been informed about by the City while setting up their businesses. Nice Cream is in the process of raising money to challenge this regulation, which seems to be intended for large-scale production.
Follow the links below to learn more about this issue and how you can help. The last link will take you to a fundraiser for Nice Cream being held at Revolution Brewing on August 28th. You can also show your support by donating to Nice Cream’s Kickstarter page (linked below) and by continuing to purchase Nice Cream ice cream from farmers’ markets and here at Open Produce.
Chicago Tribune article: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-08-05/news/chi-local-ice-cream-makers-could-be-shut-down-by-state-20110805_1_kris-swanberg-nice-cream-strawberry-syrup
Talking Points from The Feast: http://www.thefeast.com/chicago/Six-Clarifications-about-the-Ice-Cream-and-Dairy-License-Debacle-127446403.html
Nice Cream’s Kickstarter: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/832317133/nice-cream-chicago
Fundraiser Information & Tickets: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/2027922571