When Meg Hilgartner and Siri Skelton first met while working front of house at now-closed Cole Valley restaurant and wine bar EOS, neither of them had any real kitchen experience. They were, however, united in a love for desserts and sweets, which eventually led the pair to open their own organic soft serve ice cream truck, Twirl and Dip.
For the past five years, their truck has been a regular fixture in Golden Gate Park and proved popular enough that the pair decided to try their hands at a brick-and-mortar location.
The shop softly opened in Potrero Hill in July, but they were waiting for construction on the new building’s courtyard (where the shop is located next to Philz Coffee) to be completed before officially celebrating the grand opening. Happily, today (Friday, Oct. 23) is the day.
To celebrate, from 4-6 p.m. the shop will be serving up free mini dipped cones and samples of various sundae items. They’re will also be live jazz music and a collection table for Homeless Prenatal Program, which is located nearby on Potrero Avenue at 18th Street.
The shop will feature two soft-serve machines, which will give Hilgartner and Skelton a chance to experiment with more ice cream flavors. Other menu items include sundaes, handmade sugar cones, organic seasonal fruit ice lollies and assorted house made candies.
Shop hours will be Tuesday-Sunday from noon-8:30 p.m. and the pair also plan to continue operating their ice cream truck in Golden Gate Park (see theirwebsite for the schedule).
Twirl and Dip, 1717 17th St., (between DeHaro and Carolina), S.F.twirlanddip.com