Papa’s Groovy Ice Cream Catering

Papa’s Groovy Ice Cream Catering

1 hire on Fash
2 employees
4 years in business

About this pro

Papa’s Groovy Ice Cream caters all your childhood favorite ice cream novelties to private and corporate events. Papa has a customized, one-of-a-kind 1960 VW pickup that turns heads and brings a smile to faces - young and old! It’s equipped with a sound system that can really pack a punch. You choose the music genre you want played at your event, and Papa will supply the tunes. From 30 people to 300, Papa has enough ice cream onboard to handle your crowd. And best of all, he serves your guests quickly,  efficiently - and always with a smile! Ice cream makes people happy, and Papa is a happy guy! You’ll be happy, too, because the cost per person is very reasonably priced. 

Papa likes to meet new people, especially happy people, and people enjoying ice cream are always happy! That’s the best part of his business. 

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Pala, CA 92061
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What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

All a new or repeat customer needs to do is contact Papa via text, telephone or email. Let him know the following information:

Date of the event

Time of the event

Address of the event

Number of guests expected at the event

Papa will confirm if he has your event’s desired date and time available. If it is, he’ll require a $100 deposit to hold the date. It’s really simple and hassle-free!

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

This is Papa’s 6th successful start-up. He spent 10 years in the screenprinting business, printing and selling t-shirts, etc. in two retail locations (La Jolla and Coronado Island.) He also printed and sold original design t-shirts wholesale to other t-shirt shops from San Diego to San Francisco, as well as custom printed shirts for businesses and organizations. 

After selling his retail and wholesale screen printing business, he purchased a company specializing in the manufacture of photographic chemicals used in Medical Imaging, Graphic Arts, Professional Darkroom, Microfilm, and the Motion Picture industry. He employed 40+ employees and expanded the business by providing private label manufacturing for companies like Kodak, Fuji, 3M, Imation, Walt Disney Studios, Industrial Light and Magic, Agfa and many others. 

After 20 years in the photochemical business he retired - for about 3 months. Then he bought a struggling seafood restaurant (a lifelong dream) and specialized in his favorite cuisine of New Orleans-style Cajun and Creole food. He added an oyster bar and, along with his wife, shucked tens of thousands of oysters for his customers on weekends. He also did catering jobs specializing in his favorite seafood recipes. After 6 years he sold the restaurant and tried, unsuccessfully, to retire again. After a year he got bored and decided to open a Supper Club once a month in his Pauma Valley home. He and his wife still do their Lafitte’s Supper Club dinners or brunches on occasion, but not on a regular basis. 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your services? If so, please share the details here.

Papa’s Groovy Ice Cream Catering requires a minimum purchase of 30 ice creams per event. Ice creams cost $3.00 each. There is also a truck/server appearance fee of $50-$150 depending on the distance to the event site. This fee includes the customized VW pickup, Papa serving your guests ice creams, insurance, fuel, picture taking opportunities around the truck, and the music genre of your choice playing during the ice cream service. Service/appearance is for one hour. Papa can serve up to 300 people in one hour. 

How did you get started in this business?

A wild imagination and enthusiasm!

What types of customers have you worked with?

From small family get togethers to major corporations, and everything in between. 

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