Sarah Estell operated an ice cream shop in Nashville, TN. However, during this time, the 1830s, ice cream was a delicacy that was only affordable to the wealthy such as politicians, statesmen, and other blue-bloods.
It is said that Estell’s ice cream was mostly a custard-based ice cream made with dairy, eggs, and sugar slightly cooked before chilling.
Estell expanded her business, and by 1859 she was running a boarding house and catering service at 89 North Cherry (now Fourth Avenue) that served, naturally, ice cream. Her catering service supplied food to churches, firemen, and politicians. Flavors that most likely offered were chocolate and various fruits. Parmesan ice cream and rye bread ice cream were also popular.