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Old-fashion ice cream served up with a modern twist by Sam Mason
Holiday DK
Brooklyn, New York
United States
2 Team Members

The Story of OddFellows

OddFellows Ice Cream Co. is a Brooklyn-based, family-run business founded by Chef Sam Mason (co-owner/head chef) and husband-and-wife team Mohan and Holiday Kumar.

Our story begins in the summer of 2011, when Holiday was pregnant with her twins. One night, Mohan was sharing a few drinks with his buddy Sam, and telling him about Holiday's latest food cravings: fried chicken, grilled cheese sandwiches … and salty-flavored ice cream. Being the fine fellow that he was, Sam whipped up his signature pretzel ice cream - famous from his wd~50 days - for Holiday. He packed a pint and brought it over. It lasted five minutes. His ice cream was unlike anything she had ever tasted. "You guys should sell this stuff," she said. Mohan thought so too and approached Sam with the idea. Let's say, it didn't take much convincing.

Nearly two years of planning later, OddFellows Ice Cream Co. will open for business. We will be located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on Kent Avenue, between North 3rd and North 4th Streets (just 3 blocks from Bedford Avenue, 2 blocks from Smorgasburg/Brooklyn Flea and a stone's throw from the East River), and are slated to open on Thursday, June 6th.

What Makes Our Ice Cream Different?

First and foremost, all of our ice cream will be made from scratch in our kitchen, which not too many ice cream shops can boast. Most ice cream shops that promise "homemade" actually throw flavors into a pre-made ice cream base. That's not homemade! OddFellows Ice Cream Co. will be homemade. At the helm will be Chef Sam Mason (Empire Mayonnaise, wd~50, Tailor, Lady Jay’s). If you recognize the name, you know his culinary endeavors are delectably unconventional …now just wait until you taste his ice cream.

Chef Mason will pasteurize our base in-house. By making the ice cream in this manner, OddFellows will be able to deliver the highest quality and freshest product possible. Pasteurizing our base will also give us the freedom to concoct the most distinctive and scrumptious flavors. We will be able to individually infuse each batch's mix to add depth and scope to each flavor. Nothing tastes better than homemade!

As for our ingredients, we source our milk, eggs, and cream from local farms and will, whenever possible, use in season, all natural ingredients. While our flavors will always be changing, we offer 8 to 10 ice cream flavors along with 2 to 4 sorbets daily. Our flavors will range from the odd and unconventional to inventive renditions of the classics. OddFellows will also have a full soda program (all homemade by Chef Mason), baked goods, candy, and other treats.

Why an Indiegogo Campaign?

We are reaching out to give New Yorkers a chance to get a great deal on our ice cream (those out of town can get their pints shipped!), while helping us purchase extra equipment and furniture - including two mobile ice cream carts and some beautiful vintage stools for the shop. We are offering many amazing deals through our Indiegogo campaign, including pints (pre-pay and save) and parties; and teaming up with our neighbors Nitehawk Cinema (136 Metropolitan Ave) to offer you movie passes and a night out at the theater. Unlike most funding programs, our contributors will be *saving* money on what they purchase. For example, the $50 contribution level has an $80 retail value and the $150 perk has a $190 retail value. All pre-buy packages will get you a punchcard that you can use at your leisure, valid for one year, to claim your pints.

That said, we realize not everyone can take part in the pre-sale. That's OK. There are other equally helpful ways to contribute. You can repost our Indiegogo page link on Twitter, Facebook, or your blog. You can forward this page to all of your friends who love ice cream and may be able to contribute, as well as everyone you know in NYC, friends and family in the media, whatever it takes to spread the word!

Fine Print: Unless otherwise noted, all products must be redeemed in-store after store opening and are valid for up to one year from store's opening. Private parties are two-hours in length and subject to time and date restrictions. All pint deliveries will be sent in one shipment. Indiegogo contributors cannot redeem past-due ice cream in the Monthly or For-Life categories. Nitehawk promotions are limited to Monday thru Thursday showtimes. Neighborhood Special is limited to date and time restricitons. If you have any questions about our perks, please contact us at info@oddfellowsnyc.com.

Giving Back

Most of us think of ice cream as an affordable luxury, but there are folks out there that cannot even afford a meal.  At OddFellows Ice Cream Co. we are dedicated to doing our part to help those in need. We know we cannot succeed without our local community and feel it essential to give back. With every serving of ice cream we sell, we will donate $0.05 to the Food Bank for New York City.  Four scoops of ice cream will give someone in need a hot meal. How cool is that? 

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  • $10USD
    Two Scoops + Surprise Treat

    2 scoops of ice cream and a surprise treat

    8 claimed
  • $20USD
    Neighborhood Delivery Special

    Two pints delivered to your door in Williamsburg (for 11211 and 11249 zip codes). Monday delivery only; both pints delivered at the same time.

    4 out of 25 claimed
  • $25USD
    3 Pints

    Pre-buy three pints (for in-store pick-up)

    23 out of 100 claimed
  • $25USD
    Date Night Special

    Two double-scoops of ice cream and two passes to Nitehawk Cinema (M-Th)

    15 claimed
  • $50USD
    6 Pints + 2 Movie Passes

    Pre-buy six pints (for in-store pick-up) and two passes to Nitehawk Cinema (M-Th)

    14 out of 100 claimed
  • $100USD
    12 Pints + 2 Movie Passes

    Pre-buy twelve pints (for in-store pick-up) and two passes to Nitehawk Cinema (M-Th)

    4 out of 50 claimed
  • $100USD
    4 Pints Shipped

    Four pints shipped anywhere in the continental USA

    12 out of 15 claimed
  • $150USD
    12 Pints + Night at Nitehawk

    Pre-buy twelve pints (for in-store pick-up) and two passes to Nitehawk Cinema (M-Th) with a $50 Nitehawk Cinema gift card for food/drinks

    3 out of 10 claimed
  • $325USD
    1-Month Ice Cream Bliss

    Pre-buy twenty pints (for in-store pick-up), receive one month of free ice cream (1 scoop/day), and a sit-down ice cream tasting for you and 3 friends with Chef Mason PLUS an invite (+1 guest) to our exclusive opening party

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  • $650USD
    Private Kid's Party + 20 Pints

    Private two-hour ice cream party for 20 kids with a clown or magician and 20 pints to take home (1 pint/kid) PLUS an invite (+1 guest) to our exclusive opening party * If you have a specific date in mind, please contact us first at info@oddfellowsnyc.com to make sure the date is available!

    0 out of 10 claimed
  • $750USD
    Ice Cream Social + 20 Pints

    Private two-hour ice cream social for up to 20 people (all ages) and 20 pints to take home (1 pint/person) PLUS an invite (+1 guest) to our exclusive opening party * If you have a specific date in mind, please contact us first at info@oddfellowsnyc.com to make sure the date is available!

    0 out of 10 claimed
  • $5,000USD
    Iced 4 Life!

    One pint a week for life (for in-store pick-up), a private ice cream social for 20 people (all ages) OR a sit-down ice cream tasting for you and 3 friends with Chef Mason, a flavor named after you, PLUS an invite (+1 guest) to our exclusive opening party

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