Alumni Feature

Kathy Turek  - HEY APPLETON - è delizioso 

For Kathy Turek ’08, the journey to entrepreneurship included a plane ticket to Europe, an oversized backpack, and too many fun experiences to count. However, it was one very special day in Rome that turned the recent college graduate into a business owner and changed the dessert landscape of the Fox Valley forever.

Enticed by the smell of homemade waffle cones and fresh gelato, Kathy and her friends entered the world of Italian gelato for the very first time.  It only took one taste to realize that the gelato cone complete with melted chocolate and fresh whipped cream was too good to be true. Arriving home, there were many stories to share, but she simply could not forget the taste of that special day in Rome.
A few months later Kathy again packed that oversized backpack and headed off to Bologna, Italy, only this time it wasn’t for sightseeing, but rather to attend Carpigiani Gelato University and learn the art of gelato making. While there, she studied under professional Italian gelato chefs and learned side by side with gelato entrepreneurs from around the world, mastering techniques and balancing formulas to create the perfect recipes for her soon-to-be business The Knotted Cone Gelato Co.


The Knotted Cone is currently ranked #4 by the Gelato Festival World Ranking which ranks best artisan gelato makers worldwide.

The Knotted Cone's Razzle Ricotta gelato placed second overall at the October 2018 Gelato Festival America in Scottsdale, Arizona.  The recipe featured the extra clean flavor of hometown Wisconsin cow’s milk ricotta cheese blended with fresh raspberries, infused with raw organic Madagascar Bourbon vanilla and knotted with handmade raspberry marbling.  (YUM!)


Kathy believes in “making gelato an experience for every person who comes to her truck” . It is simple goodness meant to be loved and enjoyed!

All her gelato is made in a lab and then served on a truck… art AND science! She uses only Italian equipment and is diligent in making sure that each serving is the right temperature and the right texture, requiring math and chemistry.  Each recipe is crafted from scratch using the highest quality raw ingredients, fresh fruit and Wisconsin milk.  The Knotted Cone gelato is a labor of hard work, creativity, and true artisan craft.


  • For a current schedule of locations, visit or follow on Facebook.
  • Available for private catering and deliveries
  • Gelato Sundaes – Sunday’s at Northsider Gas Station on Richmond St. and JJ Street in Appleton
  • Farmers Market – Wednesdays in Green Bay

That’s right Appleton, It is delicious.