When we first set foot in the place in its initial week of operation in December 2008, we knew it was something special. But we didn't know they'd soon woo Martha, Oprah, and all those other food ladies who don't have a last name, spawn international copycats, and keep a steady line out the door for its imaginative products even when it is lousy outside.
The parlor has led to a book deal and even a second forthcoming spot in the Mission called the Parlour by Humphry Slocombe. So there's a hell of a lot for this lot to celebrate and, as an excuse to have glitter around, Humphry Slocombe plans a third birthday "Brr-Lesque" on January 16 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Truck.
The free event features burlesque and drag queen performances, including a reportedly sexy librarian number from Lady Brett, Humphry Slocombe scoopist by day and burlesque dancer by night. The staple Secret Breakfast ice cream flavor (bourbon and corn flakes) will float atop real shots of bourbon, and there will be nibbles like ice cream sandwiches with After School Special (chocolate-covered salted ridge potato chips and caramel swirl in Tahitian V*nilla ice cream), a flavor that was previously the exclusive offering of the now-shuttered Spork restaurant.
Yes, these are frozen dessert purveyors and not nightlife impresarios by trade, but Humphry Slocombe knows how to throw a party.