Erin Lang ’09
Entrepreneurial Alumna Serves Sweet Treats on Wheels
A strawberry mousse pretzel pop? Yum. Mexanilla Mango ice cream? Wow! The mind behind those kooky treats is Erin Lang ’09, proprietor of Garden Creamery.
San Francisco alumni may have seen Lang’s hot-pink food truck, from which she serves her small-batch organic ice cream and vegan ice pops, at Off the Grid and SOMA’s food park. She also can be found on the campuses of Google, Fitbit, and Yahoo.
Lang started Garden Creamery in 2010 as a vegan sorbet company and a year later began selling her sweet treats in local grocery stores. She soon became known for her decadent textures and flavors such as Raspberry Bell Pepper, Thai Tea, and Strawberry Rosemary, and it wasn’t long before she dove into San Francisco’s sizzling food truck scene. Her concoctions have drawn the attention of the likes of O, The Oprah Magazine; Huffington Post; and the New York Times, and her treats are popular for weddings and birthday parties.
At USF, where Lang majored in communication, she learned negotiation, problem solving, public relations, and more. “It really prepared me well for what I’m doing now: networking, marketing, and presenting my brand,” she says. “USF was a great place for me. I still draw on the values I learned and the connections I made there almost daily. It’s been a powerful influence.”