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Poco Carretto Gelato

The newest creation by Owner Chef Holly Smith, Poco Carretto Gelato made its debut June 15th, 2008 at the Fremont Farmers markets. The little cart carries only the finest gourmet gelato made from local, organic ingredients. Holly believes in sustainable agriculture, supporting growers whose outstanding quality is tantamount to their long-term commitment to the land.

Chef Holly Smith

Holly Smith grew up in Monkton, Maryland in a food loving family.  In 1993 Holly moved to Seattle and accepted a position with Tom Douglas at the Dahlia Lounge. Holly was the sous chef of the Dahlia Lounge for 4 years. In 1999, Chef Tamara Murphy encouraged Holly to become a part of the opening of Brasa. She spent that year as sous chef, leaving to open Cafe Juanita in April of 2000.

Cafe Juanita has been a labor of love, allowing Holly to express her passion for Northern Italian food and wine; a commitment to organics and sustainability and a holistic approach to the dining experience. Holly hopes to showcase local products while serving modern Northern Italian inspired cuisine.

In April 2008, Holly decided to put herself in the middle of the fun she finds at the local farmer's markets and introduce her new business, Poco Carretto Gelato.

Holly and Cafe Juanita have received awards and recognition both locally and nationally throughout it's eight years such as 4 stars from the Seattle PI, Gourmet Magazines Top 50 restaurants in the USA as well as recognition in Esquire, Wine Spectator,  Food & Wine, Seattle Magazine, The Robb Report and Sunset magazines  Holly was the 2008 Best Chef Northwest from The James Beard Awards .

Holly lives in North Seattle with her young son Oliver.