Born in Sweden and raised in Southern California, Eva Ein is co-owner of McConnell's Fine Ice Creams. A Santa Barbara chef & restaurateur, Eva turned her attentions to ice cream in 2012, when she and her husband, winemaker Michael Palmer, took over ownership of McConnell’s.

What tasting will you be serving? Why do you think this tasting paves the next wave of food trends?

There is no such thing as "American" food anymore (well, except the hamburger, maybe). There is just food.The ingredients we use, the flavors we enjoy, everything about food has become a multicultural experience. A wonderful mix reflecting the increasingly global culture we live in. Our Passion Fruit Ice Cream with Tumeric Toasted Rice tasting is a reflection of that – the significance of passion fruit in Asian and Indian cooking. Toasted rice, a long-time staple of East Asian cuisine. And, of course, good old, American ice cream.


What does the future of Asian food look like?

I have no idea, but I would think that Asian food will continue to evolve and continue to adapt in much the same way American food has. The next generation isn't afraid to cross-pollinate with other cultures and the community created around food culture is a key bridge between cultures.

What does celebrating 10 lucky years of LUCKYRICE mean to you? 

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We're getting older - all of us - but at least we're eating well...

Enjoy the newest flavor from with and Asian flare McConnell’s Fine Ice Cream at our 10th year celebration LUCKYRICE Night Market of the Future on May 30h, 2019.