Tamara Keefe is the Founder and CEO of Clementine’s Naughty and Nice Creamery. Growing up impoverished in a large Irish-Italian household, Tamara and her family could ill afford to join the other families on Sunday after church for the weekly trip to the ice cream parlor.
This exclusion from community and the longing it generated, left an indelible impression on her. The day her mother purchased a $2 hand-crank ice cream maker from a garage sale changed her life forever. The family established a Sunday-ice-cream-making ritual. Word of the deliciousness spread throughout the community and soon families flocked to her home…one family bringing the cream, another bringing the sugar…
Tamara’s entire sense of community changed; she gained friends and became popular. The power of ice cream to connect people had eradicated both the longing and isolation. Tamara has made ice cream for her family and friends ever since.
In 2014 Tamara found herself living in St. Louis, where she had fallen in love with its people, neighborhoods and flavors. While running a $70M business for a Fortune 500 CPG company, she traveled incessantly working 70-hour weeks. She realized how empty she felt climbing this corporate ladder. She longed for roots and being part of a community. It became apparent that she needed a change in her life — again.
She sank her life’s savings into an FDA-certified ice cream kitchen and cashed out her 401K. Her passion for ice cream has erupted into three storefront locations in the St. Louis area, an online shop that ships to customers nationwide, as well as a catering business that services weddings, parties and special events. This ice cream entrepreneur and self-proclaimed “Flavor Temptress” is devoted to bringing people together serving up love one scoop at a time.
In 2014 Tamara worked in a lab with her network of food scientists and chemists to develop and perfect Clementine’s trade secret process for freezing alcohol into ice cream. She is a 2018 alum of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Businesses program, and in early 2019 was honored as a Tory Burch Fellow. She is currently a board member of St. Louis Civic Pride and serves as the 2019 MyEO Chair for EO Entrepreneurs’ Organization.
To make the highest quality, most delicious ice cream while promoting human connections over the shared experience of ice cream.
Tamara’s passion for ice cream has exploded into three storefront locations around St. Louis and an online shop that ships to customers nationwide. Clementine’s has been committed since day one and will always remain at the forefront of our ice creams as we grow is that “made with love” quality that sets us apart from the rest.
The sense of community that ice cream gave Tamara at a young age continues to be reflected throughout each decision made at Clementine’s. From the LGBTQ+ and vegan communities to local farmers and their happy cows, we are committed to fostering kind interactions with all, spreading the love one scoop at a time.
*That’s what makes it so d*mn good! That and the love.