written by:
photos by:
December 2, 2010

Former pastry chef Jessica Goryl, who learned to make ice cream while working at a steakhouse, has just opened L.A. Creamery, which offers two dozen homemade flavors each day, churned onsite in a shiny silver machine nicknamed Zelda. For each flavor of what she calls her “artisan ice cream,” she uses no more than five locally derived ingredients, including organic cream from Straus Family Creamery in Northern California, and seasonal fruits and nuts. Goryl and her fellow ice cream artisans make the waffle cones, sauces and toppings (like brownie pieces and gingersnaps) fresh each morning. She and her co-partners, Stephen Bikoff and Nancy Saltzman, recruited George Kelly from Hollywood-based Kelly Architects to create a modern ice cream parlor, complete with a sign that asks patrons to “keep calm and have an ice cream.” The flavors, which change every day, can vary from Salted Caramel and Green Tea to Sticky Toffee Pudding and always include ‟adult” varieties like Bourbon or Milk Chocolate–Guinness, which is really, really tasty.

Of the offerings at L.A. Creamery, including ice cream, sundaes, malts, shakes and organic baked goods, co-owner and executive chef Jessica Goryl says “everything is about as natural as you can get, and everything is made from scratch—no weird chemicals.”
Of the offerings at L.A. Creamery, including ice cream, sundaes, malts, shakes and organic baked goods, co-owner and executive chef Jessica Goryl says “everything is about as natural as you can get, and everything is made from scratch—no weird chemicals.” She makes one gallon at a time using organic milk from Straus Family Creamery in Tomales Bay, California.
Photo by 
1 / 10
<http://www.kelly-architects.com/">Kelly Architects</a>, based in Hollywood, helped Goryl and her co-owners establish what she calls their “thoroughly modern take on an ice cream shop.”
Kelly Architects, based in Hollywood, helped Goryl and her co-owners establish what she calls their “thoroughly modern take on an ice cream shop.”
Photo by 
2 / 10
Today’s homemade and hand-packed flavors included Tahitian Vanilla Bean, Cookies & Sweet Cream, Peanut Butter and Milk Chocolate Swirl, Green Apple Cider Sorbet and Fresh Peppermint Chip.
Today’s homemade and hand-packed flavors included Tahitian Vanilla Bean, Cookies & Sweet Cream, Peanut Butter and Milk Chocolate Swirl, Green Apple Cider Sorbet and Fresh Peppermint Chip.
Photo by 
3 / 10
A young visitor digs in to her Triple Berry & Cream scoop in a homemade waffle cone.
A young visitor digs in to her Triple Berry & Cream scoop in a homemade waffle cone.
Photo by 
4 / 10
Vintage accessories add to the semi-retro feel the owners sought to achieve for the shop, which Goryl describes as “a diverted route from the old-fashioned, pastel ice cream parlors of the past.”
Vintage accessories add to the semi-retro feel the owners sought to achieve for the shop, which Goryl describes as “a diverted route from the old-fashioned, pastel ice cream parlors of the past.”
Photo by 
5 / 10
Two dozen specialized flavors are posted each day on the chalkboard.
Two dozen specialized flavors are posted each day on the chalkboard.
Photo by 
6 / 10
Homemade sauces are available to accompany L.A. Creamery’s hand-packed to-go pints of ice cream.
Homemade sauces are available to accompany L.A. Creamery’s hand-packed to-go pints of ice cream.
Photo by 
7 / 10
Daniel offers a sample of Bourbon flavor ice cream, on an eco-friendly stainless-steel testing spoon.
Daniel offers a sample of Bourbon flavor ice cream, on an eco-friendly stainless-steel testing spoon.
Photo by 
8 / 10
Mary adds fresh-baked brownie bites to a custom sundae. “I hate when I see ‘No substitutions’ on a menu,” says Goryl. “We want people to do whatever they want and have fun.”
Mary adds fresh-baked brownie bites to a custom sundae. “I hate when I see ‘No substitutions’ on a menu,” says Goryl. “We want people to do whatever they want and have fun.”
Photo by 
9 / 10
My Make Your Own sundae, with a scoop each of Peppermint Chip and French Valrhona Milk Chocolate–Guinness ice creams with toppings suggested by Goryl: fresh brownie pieces and buttercrunch toffee, with whipped cream and caramel sauce.
My Make Your Own sundae, with a scoop each of Peppermint Chip and French Valrhona Milk Chocolate–Guinness ice creams with toppings suggested by Goryl: fresh brownie pieces and buttercrunch toffee, with whipped cream and caramel sauce.
Photo by 
10 / 10
Of the offerings at L.A. Creamery, including ice cream, sundaes, malts, shakes and organic baked goods, co-owner and executive chef Jessica Goryl says “everything is about as natural as you can get, and everything is made from scratch—no weird chemicals.”
Of the offerings at L.A. Creamery, including ice cream, sundaes, malts, shakes and organic baked goods, co-owner and executive chef Jessica Goryl says “everything is about as natural as you can get, and everything is made from scratch—no weird chemicals.” She makes one gallon at a time using organic milk from Straus Family Creamery in Tomales Bay, California.

Join the Discussion

Loading comments...

Latest Articles

french evolution paris daniel rozensztroch living area eames la chaise butterfly chair moroccan berber rug
A tastemaker brings his distinct vision to an industrial loft with a centuries-old pedigree.
February 07, 2016
senses touch products
The haptic impact can’t be underplayed. The tactility of a material—its temperature, its texture­—can make the difference between pleasure and discontent.
February 07, 2016
senses smell products
The nose knows: Though fleeting and immaterial, scent is the lifeblood of Proustian memories, both evoking and imprinting visceral associations.
February 06, 2016
design icon josef frank villa beer vienna
Josef Frank: Against Design, which runs through April 2016 at Vienna’s Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art, is a comprehensive study of the prolific architect, designer, and author.
February 06, 2016
senses sound products
From an alarm to a symphony, audio frequencies hold the power to elicit an emotional call-and-response.
February 06, 2016
Italian Apline home with double-height walls on one facade.
Every week, we highlight one amazing Dwell home that went viral on Pinterest. Follow Dwell's Pinterest account for more daily design inspiration.
February 05, 2016
A built-in sofa with Design Tex upholstery marks the boundary between the two-level addition and the bungalow. Leading up to the master bedroom, a perforated metal staircase, lit from above, casts a Sigmar Polke–like shadow grid on the concrete floor.
From a minimalist Walter Gropius design to a curving sculptural stair, these six stairways run the gamut.
February 05, 2016
distant structure lakeside prefab norway facade stones green roof
Dwell has traveled all over the world, from Tasmania to Indonesia, to report on modern houses.
February 05, 2016
modern lycabettus penthouse apartment master bedroom atrium
Get ready for a weekend of rest with these sleepy, little cocoons.
February 05, 2016
lamp show 99 cent plus gallery 0
At Brooklyn's 99¢ Plus gallery, 30 artists and designers re-imagine the lamp in an illuminating light show.
February 04, 2016
Hidden storage stairwell with raw brass hardware
Having ample space to stow items is a daily struggle—peep these modern homes for some ideas on maximizing your square footage.
February 04, 2016
modern fairhaven beach house blackbutt eucalyptus living room Patricia Urquiola sofa
Whether it's along a coast in Australia or the French Alps, wood provides a natural touch in these interiors.
February 04, 2016
Glass and steel sculpture in Printemps store of Paris.
In the Paris' venerable Printemps department store, two Toronto-based firms were tasked with enlivening a new atrium and creating a unique experience for visitors. YabuPushelberg, partnering with UUfie, designed this stunning steel "sail" embedded with vibrant dichroic glass.
February 04, 2016
Monochromatic Master Bedroom in Copenhagen Townhouse
Whether it's to maximize limited light or create a soothing interior, these five projects go white in a big way.
February 04, 2016
EQ3 Assembly quilt by Kenneth LaVallee
The new Assembly collection from EQ3 celebrates up-and-coming figures in Canadian design. Discover this newly appointed class, which debuted at Toronto's Interior Design Show, here.
February 03, 2016
The Greenhouses of Half Moon Bay
Each week, we tap into Dwell's Instagram community to bring you the most viral design and architecture shots of the week.
February 03, 2016
Deck of Australian addition to Edwardian home.
A 1,500-square-foot home in Melbourne welcomes a modern black and white kitchen, dining, and living area.
February 03, 2016
open plan concrete home in japan
Embracing the organic, imperfect material, these raw concrete surfaces are a step up from exposed brick.
February 03, 2016
Renovated DC Row House loft space with Arne Jacobsen Egg Chair.
The classic designer's signature and comfortable forms continue to be popular in homes today.
February 03, 2016
Zinc-roofed cabin France.
An architect builds an energy-efficient home near one of France’s most popular pilgrimage sites.
February 03, 2016
1973 Palm Springs home
Made for casual design enthusiasts and Palm Springs connoisseurs alike, Unseen Midcentury Desert Modern offers a peek into 51 buildings—some not open to the public—in that Southern California mecca of modernism. Begun in 2008 by photographer Dan Chavkin, the book is set for release this February 9th and will be available on Amazon and at multiple venues of Modernism Week in Palm Springs, February 11 - 21. Here we preview some of its images.
February 03, 2016
Millennial concept home with an outdoor living area
A concept home aims to reflect the requests of the Millennial market.
February 03, 2016
The two twelve-by-sixteen-foot bedrooms, directly above a comparable pair on the first floor, feature a glass transom that follows the pitch of the roof. “The stair and railings were very simple,” Depardon observes. “We added a bit of design, with panels
Skylights needn't be simple overhead daylighting; sometimes they can truly define a room.
February 03, 2016
Modern small space Rhode Island cottage with landscaping and cedar cladding
Surrounded by nature, these cottages are tranquil retreats from the city.
February 03, 2016
The couple kept original touches, including the arch.
Historic archways belie these contemporary homes with physical reminders of each structure's storied past.
February 03, 2016
modern guesthouse in norway with angular facade and cutaway patio with spruce cladding and ikea chair
These houses make room for nature, not the other way around.
February 02, 2016
Modern kitchen with yellow sectioned walls and monochrome appliances
Whether it's a splash of color or bold strokes, this collection of interiors brightens up these homes.
February 02, 2016
Rust-washed concrete wall in Moscow apartment renovation.
This 590-square-foot apartment was stripped down to admit sunlight and dramatically reveal forgotten surfaces.
February 02, 2016
Nendo's collection of objects inspired by Star Wars
In a galaxy not so far away, Japanese studio Nendo has released a versatile collection of objects inspired by classic Star Wars characters.
February 02, 2016