The origins of ice cream are both mythical and abstract, including legends attributing the invention of ice cream to the Chinese during the Tang Dynasty. Despite its unclear beginnings, the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory (CICF) has made ice cream a tangible and an undeniably delicious reality! By coalescing American’s most popular dessert with an exotic Chinese twist, Philip Seid demonstrates a unique entrepreneurship in establishing CICF. Having been in existence for over 28 years, CICF stands today as one of Chinatown’s oldest businesses, and is often referred to as an unofficial landmark. CICF continues its tradition of being a family run operation, with a new generation of Seid ice cream makers, including Philip’s daughters Christina and Katherine. What’s the secret to our delectable frozen products?
The answer is simple: Ice cream making is in our genes.