When Roni Vetter bought Jake’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream and Bakery (57 Palm St., Nashua, 594-2424, jakesoldfashionedicecream.com) in 2003, she was already well-acquainted with the food industry. She studied culinary arts at Southern New Hampshire University and worked at restaurants, bakeries, candy shops, country clubs and hotels, including Ritz-Carlton Hotels as an award-winning pastry chef. Jake’s has been around since 1988 and currently offers homemade ice cream and bakery products for wholesale, catering and custom orders and has a seasonal ice cream truck available for private and community events.
What is your must-have kitchen item?
I use my KitchenAid mixer an awful lot for cookie dough, cake, buttercream frosting, whipped cream, all kinds of bakery products.
What would you choose for your last meal?
I’d have to say my mother’s beef stroganoff. She’s made it since I was a kid, but it’s not something she makes often anymore, so when you do have it, you want more. She uses a very old style to cook the beef and it’s very good.
What is your favorite local restaurant?
There’s so many. For breakfast, it’s Chez Vachon … and their crepes. For lunch, Bridge Cafe. … For dinner, I’ve found the Bedford Village Inn to be very good recently. The patio has a great menu and a good atmosphere.
What celebrity would you like to share a meal with?
Geoffrey Zakarian from the Food Network. He’s quite the restaurateur … but known for his role on Chopped and the Iron Chef shows. … I think he has a very charismatic way about him, and he’s involved with Share Our Strength [campaign to end childhood hunger], which is something I’m involved with, so I feel like on a personal level he’d be interesting to meet.
What is your favorite item on your menu?
Ice cream is our mainstay, so I’d have to go with that, and my favorite flavor is cookies and cream.
What is the biggest food trend in New Hampshire right now?
Local. People are very much into using a lot more local products, now more than ever. You see it say on menus quite often where they’re sourcing their meat and vegetables from, and I think the customers dining at those restaurants choose them for a reason.
What is your favorite meal to cook at home?
I would usually say Mexican. However, lately we’ve been on more of an Asian kick with the hot weather. I like cold noodles with a little bit of chili oil and sesame and grilled vegetables. I eat a lot of salad, too.
— Angie Sykeny