Monday, September 24, 2007

Sad times at Pazzo

Eating L.A. would like to extend our condolences to the family and friends of Mark D. Geldman, partner and head gelato maker at Silver Lake's Pazzo Gelato. Geldman died of a sudden relapse of cancer Sept. 18; he was 51. His sons Max and Asher also worked at Pazzo. A real family business, Pazzo's owners Mike Buch and Lisa Buch-Weiss are Geldman's nephew and niece. Geldman developed the recipes and "pushed it over the edge," said Mike Buch. "We come from a family of good cooks, and he opened our minds to try anything." Geldman was a screenwriter, artist and poet before opening Pazzo in May 2006, and attended Fairfax High and Cal Arts. Pazzo plans to carry on his work developing new flavors, supplying more restaurant accounts, and looking into a possible new location.

4 comments:

Nick said...

Mark was a wonderful person and will be missed by me and my coworkers a great deal. Our hearts hearts and prayers are with his family.

Lisa Buch said...

A note from the Pazzo Family (Lisa, Chris & Michael): Thank you all for your kindness and support. We would not be able to get through this without you. Mark would be happy to see us pushing forward and taking risks which we plan to do! Many thanks again! Best to all!

Anonymous said...

My deepest condolences to Mark's family. I just read this post. Mark was the sweetest man. Always smiling, cheerful, passionate about food and I admired him for his exquisite palette and great energy. It was great joy to have met him and get a smile and a hug last time I visited Pazzo. He will be missed. My heart goes out to all his family.
Kei O.

Neil said...

A few days ago I had read Mr. Gelman's comments in Men's Health Mag. It really applied to me. I'm sorry for your lose. I wish I could of met him.