Umami Burger Founder/CEO Adam Fleischman acquired an ownership stake in L.A. Creamery Artisan Ice Cream, bringing his creative culinary talents to frozen treats, as well as his innovative vision of the food industry. Adam partnered with L.A. Creamery to bring the best ice cream in Los Angeles to the world.
L.A. Creamery Artisan Ice Cream currently manufactures 12 flavors of all natural ice creams which contain no high fructose corn syrup, no rBGH/rBST or added hormones and absolutely no artificial colors.
Adam worked in the wine business as the founder of the wine-centric Culver City restaurants BottleRock and Vinoteque, before revolutionizing the burger industry by launching Umami Burger in 2009. Adam developed the Umami Burger concept, which is dedicated to his fascination with umami. Umami is a Japanese word describing the pleasant and savory taste imparted by glutamate, a type of amino acid, and ribonucleotides that occur naturally in foods. Umami Burger went on to become GQ Magazine's “Burger of the Year.”
As Founder & CEO of the Umami Restaurant Group, Adam Fleischman plans to share his love for burgers, pizza, and “fine-dining fast food” concepts, and expand his burgeoning savory empire all over the United States, as well as internationally. Adam’s innovative vision of the fast-casual industry is causing a paradigm shift away from the past, transforming forever first the burger, then the pizza, and now, his creative vision will redefine yet another industry…the coolest one in the world.
Adam has partnered with L.A. Creamery Artisan Ice Cream to bring “The best ice cream in Los Angeles to America.” Adam sees L.A. Creamery as the modern artisanal successor to brands like Ben ∓ Jerry’s and Häagen-Dazs. As owner and partner of L.A. Creamery, Adam Fleischman will work with co-owner's, Brad Saltzman & Stephen Bikoff, to lead the ice cream industry into it's future.
To visit any of the restaurants in the Umami Restaurant Group family or to buy any of the special Umami Products please visit http://www.umami.com
Chief Creative Officer
In 1999, Stephen became a partner in Bikoff Management, a talent management company with offices in New York and Durham, North Carolina. The company’s Founder, Yvette Bikoff, placed Anjelica Huston in her sole Academy Award Winning role for “Prizzi’s Honor,” and as a talent agent had represented Matthew Broderick, Phoebe Cates, Forrest Whitaker, and David Morse. As a Talent Manager, Stephen recruited a group of talented actors, participated as a creative partner in their careers, and advised them on film and television projects.
In 2005, Stephen was one of the founding members of The Center for Psychology and Education, an educational testing and consulting practice in the Southeastern United States. As Director of Educational Planning, he advised a diverse caseload of students on college admissions policies that effect high school students. Steve has a special interest in working with students who are experiencing various learning challenges.
In 2010, Stephen relocated back to his hometown of Los Angeles, CA to Found L.A. Creamery Artisan Ice Cream with the Saltzman family. The partner’s passion for ice cream led to an innovative and modern artisan ice cream company with a core vision for designing flavors based on creativity and using super premium ingredients. Stephen’s fascination with art, design, and pop-culture all play a role in the developing and marketing of L.A. Creamery’s ice cream products, as well as helping to define the company culture. He deeply cares about the arts and is alway’s on the lookout for ways that L.A. Creamery can help support the Los Angeles art’s community.
Stephen hold’s a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley.
Brad Saltzman was born and raised in Los Angeles. Saltzman is a 3rd generation “Angelino” with strong ties in the Los Angeles community. In 1930 his family founded the Simon/Lyman Restaurants, which quickly grew to 5 locations in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles and at the Los Angeles International Airport.
With the hospitality industry in his blood, in 1982 Saltzman took a job as Host at Beverly Hills’ RJ’s Rib Joint. In 1984, Saltzman was quickly promoted to Manager of Gladstone’s 4 Fish in Malibu which in 1984 grossed $13 million dollars. Saltzman remained in the hospitality industry opening the second California Pizza Kitchen in Brentwood, CA and eventually becoming Director of Food and Beverage at numerous high profile hotels include the Hotel Jerome in Aspen, Colorado, a member of Leading Hotels of the World, and the Seelbach Hilton in Louisville, Kentucky, Louisville’s only AAA rated 4 Diamond and Mobil 4 Star hotel where Saltzman’s team created the first and only AAA 5 diamond restaurant in the State of Kentucky. At the Seelbach Hilton, Saltzman was responsible for the management of $8 million dollars in Food and Beverage revenues, 4 outlets, in room dining and 30,000 square feet of meeting space.
In 2004, Saltzman served as General Manager of Red Lion Hotel in Northern California where he received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Stanislaus County District Attorney James C. Brazelton, for his excellent service to the Office of the District Attorney and for his efforts as Chief Volunteer in the search for Laci Peterson.
In 2004, he acquired Valet Girls, an all female valet parking company founded in Malibu, California in 1983. Today Valet Girls operates more than 150 special events each year.
Saltzman has consulted for numerous valet parking, security and concierge services since 2005.
Because of his extensive hospitality background, Saltzman heads up the sales team at L.A. Creamery and is hands on with in store demos and customer satisfaction.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What does “All Natural” Mean?
- L.A. Creamery has no added preservatives, no artificial flavors, no artificial colors, no growth hormones, and no high fructose corn syrup.
- What is “hormone-free” dairy?
- L.A. Creamery is made with only freshly pasteurized milk, free of the growth hormones rBGH and rBST.
- How does being “responsible and sustainable” apply to L.A. Creamery?
- We understand that this is a really big world, but that we only have one planet. We here at L.A. Creamery are trying our best to be as environmentally conscientious as we can be. We buy as locally as possible to support our local economy and to reduce our environmental footprint.
- Do you sell wholesale?
- Yes! Please go to our wholesale page for details.
If you still have unanswered questions about L.A. Creamery, don’t be shy, pick up the phone or email us to let us know what’s on your mind. We are eager to please!