On this week's episode of "What's Eric Eating," Teo Gelato owner Matthew Lee joins CultureMap food editor Eric Sandler to discuss his Austin-based company. As the winner of the H-E-B Quest for Texas Best in 2015, Teo earned a spot on shelves in stores across the state, including Houston.
Inspired by a trip to Italy, Lee left his corporate job to found Teo 16 years ago. Since then, the company has grown rapidly, even earning a top five finish at the Gelato World Tour 2014 finals in Rimini, Italy thanks to a flavor that featured Texas pecans and Garrison Bros. bourbon. The company offers a wide range of flavors — don't miss the coffee cookies and cream — but one request proved impossible.
"There was one flavor I was asked to make. I just couldn't make. It's the only flavor that just didn't work out," Lee says. "That was a Jolly Rancher flavor. They wanted Jolly Ranchers at their wedding. I just couldn't get the Jolly Ranchers to work, because they get so hard [when you freeze them] . . . The flavor didn't come through."
Prior to Lee joining the show, Sandler and co-host Linda Salinas discuss the news of the week. Their topics include In-N-Out's plans to open in Katy (featuring a truly epic rant from Sandler), Pizaro's Pizza's new location in the Memorial area, Richard Knight's diner concept that's coming to the Bravery Chef Hall, and a recap of The Butcher's Ball. In the restaurants of the week segment, Salinas and Sandler share their impressions of La Fisheria, the Mexican seafood restaurant that reopened this summer after being flooded during Hurricane Harvey. To conclude, Sandler shares some thoughts from his visit to Georgia James, Chris Shepherd's new steakhouse that replaced Underbelly.