Joseph Chaeban and Zainab Ali
Chaeban Ice Cream
390 Osborne Street
Winnipeg, MB R3L 1Z9
At Chaeban, Lebanese dairy scientist/cheesemaker Joseph Chaeban and his Syrian wife Zainab Ali pay homage to their Middle Eastern roots (and blowing away Winnipegger’s taste buds) with flavours like Abir Al Sham – featuring toasted pistachios and cashews, orchid root powder, rose and orange blossom water, all while creating ice creams that contain no artificial flavours or colours.
Some of their ice creams contain a cheese base – namely ricotta while they also incorporate numerous local products – like Dogwood Coffee, along with more exotic ingredients. One great part of their story is that they view their ice cream shop as giving back to the South Osborne community that has already give them so much.
Many members of Ali’s family members have managed to escape the conflict in Syria via the South Osborne Syrian Refugee Initiative, who have helped sponsor many of her family members moving here. After less than one year in business the couple has already won gold at the Great Manitoba Food Fight, along with being named the 2018 Foodies of the Year by Western Living.