by Luke Tsai
For the legions of frozen confection lovers still mourning the loss of Scream Sorbet — especially during this recent heat wave — here's welcome news: Today and tomorrow you'll have a chance to satisfy your craving, thanks to a new collaboration between Scream and Bittersweet, the chocolate cafe. Via Scream's Facebook page: "We’re delighted to announce that Scream Sorbet is available this weekend at Bittersweet, one of our favorite local, artisanal places."
The sorbet pop-up will take place at Bittersweet's new location at 1952 University Ave. in Berkeley both today (8 a.m.-7 p.m.) and Saturday (9 a.m.-7 p.m.). Only pre-packed pints will be available (no scoops), priced at $10-$12 each, with a limited selection of flavors: Strawberry Lemon, Madecasse Chocolate, Lemon Shiso, and Pistachio.
In March, Scream's Telegraph Ave. storefront was shut down by the Alameda County Health Department due to a permitting issue. Since then, there have been whispers about meetings with potential investors and the possibility of a sorbet truck (sounded good to me!), but, until now, nothing concrete.
The Facebook posting noted that Scream hopes to "continue and expand [the] partnership with Bittersweet," but didn't offer any details about what other forms the collaboration might take. We've reached out to owner Nathan Kurz and will update if we get more information. Is this the first of many pop-ups to come? Will Scream products become regular menu items at Bittersweet, and, if so, will it only be at the cafe's Berkeley location? Will sorbets ever be sold by the scoop? Inquiring minds want to know.