Welcome back to the Local Love Blog Series!
I’m so excited to be featuring the amazing Charlynn Odegard from Cravings Gelato this week!
Charlynn is an Alberta-born girl who has a deep love for adventure and continuous learning.
With family and friends at the forefront of everything Charlynn does, creating delicious treats is something that comes naturally. Inspired by other female entrepreneurs who take risks and live out of the box, she relies on her strong ties to family and friends to keep her going.
Cravings Gelato was originally born in Edmonton in 2011.
After a family vacation brought Charlynn to Italy in 2010, she came home knowing she’d developed a life-long love for Gelato. Every spoonful of gelato enjoyed throughout the trip had Charlynn more and more obsessed with the sweet treat. Walking around in the local square during their trip, Charlynn noticed a sign advertising a gelato making course. She quickly signed up and before she knew it, Charlynn was back home putting together the pieces to her small business.
Charlynn first started with a mobile gelato bar.
This flexibility allowed Charlynn to attend a variety of events such as special family events, weddings, school functions, corporate events, golf tournaments, and music festivals. Charlynn even spent several years at local farmers markets in Edmonton.
In April 2021, Charlynn and Cravings Gelato moved to Banff!
She’s now got her full-time kitchen in the Banff Industrial Compound, where she experiments with new flavours and ingredients. Charlynn is now set up in the perfect location to catch local traffic from other companies in the compound, or even lure some passerby cyclists from the Legacy Trail looking for a quick treat!
One of Charlynn’s favourite things about her business is the variety.
Not only does she get to experiment with seasonal ingredients to create delicious new gelato and sorbetto flavours, Charlynn loves the freedom of time that operating her small business allows her. Of course, seeing customers enjoy her creations is by far the best part.
Charlynn loves continuing to learn about gelato anytime she can.
Her latest trip to Italy was just last month, March 2022, where Charlynn participated in an Intermediate Gelato Course from the Gelato University in Carpigiani. She’s now back home and ready to take the Bow Valley by storm with her delicious gelato.
So if you’re looking for a delicious treat, a unique addition to your next special event, or a fun surprise for you friends and family, be sure to reach out to Charlynn for some great gelato!
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