South Side Soup Contest another souper day in the neighborhood
February 20, 2018
The 2018 South Side Soup Contest wowed and challenged everyone as the weather became a force to be reckoned with.
Anxious soup taster-judges queued up in warm weather gear at SouthSide Works Cinema and the South Side Welcome Center to register their tickets and get their soup stops map and punch cards. From noon to 3 p.m., they navigated the crowded and lively sidewalks to the 24 tasting locations.
Presenting their punch cards, 1,307 taster-judges sampled the secret, delicious soups and browsed the host shops for bargains. VIP ticket purchasers gathered at The Brew House before they ventured out to their soup tastings. Copies at Carson and Farmers National Bank sponsored complimentary Green Gears Pedicab rides as many flagged them down for a ride across the contest route. The BPM Deejays Photo Booth was sponsored by Kontos Mengine Law Group and hosted by Howard Hanna.
Soup taster-judges kept track of their favorites and texted their votes by 3:30 p.m. Starting at 4 p.m., the awards delegation proceeded to the soup contest winner locations and presented the awards in person.
Café du Jour earned the Best Overall Soup Award with its Wild Turkey Stew with Potato Gnocchi, a.k.a. Gnocchi at Heaven's Door. This winning Best Overall Soup was hosted by Whiskey Moon Boutique and owners Danielle Cancilla and Chelsea Cancilla.
La Palapa Mexican Gourmet Kitchen with its Crème de Chayote Soup won three awards: Most Unique Soup, Best Vegetarian Soup, and Runner Up - Overall Soup! This "three awards" soup was hosted by Hometowne Sports and owners Linda and Frank Meyer.
Victory Pointe hosted Twelve Whiskey Barbecue with its Smoked Brisket and Cornbread Croutons Soup and won the Kim Wagle Best Host Award for the second year in a row.
Despite the weather, the soup contest was a hit again and a lot of fun, many thanks to the soup contest committee members who planned, organized, staffed and managed this year's soup contest, South Side's 14th, with 100 volunteers who donated their time to benefit The Brashear Association and the South Side Welcome Center.