An interesting beverage option popped up at Canalside yesterday. Connie Ervin, Chef Dale Holt and nephew Avery Stewart were busy setting up some sort of bike operation when I arrived to the scene. It turned out that the trio was in the process of launching a business called Smoothies in Motion.
The idea behind the gimmicky enterprise is pretty neat. In order to get your healthy smoothie (after paying for it), the customer must actually ride the stationary bike, which then churns the blender. “I run a business called Aunt Connie’s Ed-U-Kitchen,” Connie told me. “The classes are traditional workshops that teach people better eating behaviors. The classes also incorporate some form of movement – dance, yoga, etc. When I saw this blender bike online, I figured that I would include cycling in the programming. Then, when I saw people’s reaction, I figured that I better take the show on the road. Chef Dale is helping with the healthy smoothie recipes and Avery is learning the business. This is our first event, but we want to do festivals and other events throughout Buffalo – maybe Larkinville? We want to provide healthy drink options other than soda and beer.”
If you ask me, this team is really onto something. The moment Connie started cycling, the blender started whirring, and Chef Dale got to pouring, a small crowd gathered around. It only takes about 30 seconds to whip up a smoothie, which means that anyone can do it. And to tell you the truth – the smoothie that they poured for me was one of the better ones that I ever had. It still had tiny particles of crunchy ice, and when I got to the bottom I could see all sorts of berry remnants and small seeds.
The next time I bump into these savvy entrepreneurs, I’ll be sure to order a smoothie and do the leg work myself. The act of riding the bike is a real draw. So is Chef Dale’s belting barker voice that manages to attract people to the ‘show’ as Smoothies in Motion is underway.
Smoothies in Motion has it all – a healthy kick, a delicious reward, and it’s a spectacle from start to finish. The wheeling and dealing business a great addition to Buffalo’s touring food scene.