YOU GUYS. Mark your calendars. Summer SOUP is June 14. Let’s do this! *thumbs up* *fist bump* *flex bicep*
Check out this amazing piece from the BBC about our friends at Detroit Soup. There are hundreds of soup events around the world, and we are thrilled to be a part of this community. Toledo SOUP is committed to change in Toledo. We thank all of you for joining us in this mission.
Proposal submissions are live on our Web site again! We haven’t set a deadline date or a date for summer SOUP (probably in June), but start thinking and get your proposal in before it becomes too late! Send us your ideas.
You guys. We are going to need a bigger venue.
Tonight was our most-successful event to date. We had 179 people vote, and $2,596 donated, so one organization — Sisters in Law — could move forward with fulfilling its mission of helping young mothers.
How incredible is that? Thank you so much to all of the wonderful people who came out and supported SOUP and these programs, thank you to our incredible sponsors — donating soup and raffle prizes and baked goods and time and money and coffee — and our gracious host, Toledo School for the Arts.
Together, one bowl of soup at a time, we’re helping build a better, stronger, more compassionate Toledo.
Thank you very, very much. Stay tuned — we will soon have a date set for summer SOUP!
Last on the list, but first in our hearts, is Aaron Hensley. He isn’t one to call himself a Chef, but that’s exactly who he is to us. Someone who understands how emotional food can be and pairs flavors you’d never expect to create something that your palate will remember, and crave, for years to come. The House of Eats (located within the Bier Stube) is lucky to have him.
For our March 8th event, Aaron is making IPA chicken and rice soup. This is the FOURTH time Aaron has donated his time, cooking talents, and tiger blood to Toledo SOUP, and we’re so happy to be able to call him a friend.
Our second Chef for Sunday’s event is Alex Sutphin.
Alex started working in the food service industry when he was just 16. He earned his culinary degree from Owens in 2011, and has been with Ciao Bella, a classic Italian Ristorante in Port Clinton, as a Sous Chef since 2013.
Alex’s food philosophy is simple — whether it’s fine French cuisine or rustic soul food,
it should taste so good that it creates a memory. He’s putting that philosophy into a hearty and heartfelt chickpea and farro soup from the Umbria region of central Italy for the March 8th fundraiser. Come dine with us and make a memory.
It’s time to tell you about our Chefs for Sunday’s event! Are you getting excited yet? We sure are!
Pam’s Corner is a favorite lunch spot, thanks to the rotating menu, weekly specials and, in no small part, the magnanimous Pam Weirauch herself. Pam’s food is as outgoing and spunky as she is, and diners RAVE about her homemade soups.
Pam has always loved soup. In fact, she firmly believes it should have it’s own spot on the food pyramid. She loves to try new combinations, andwhen she has the opportunity to travel her soup spoon gets quite the workout. Pam can still recall the thrill of her first blended soup in Barbados in 1985.
We’re delighted that Pam is bringing her unique spirit and culinary talents to our fundraiser in the form of dill pickle soup, a Polish favorite she’s sure Toledo SOUP guests will love.
Happy Friday Toledo!
We’d like to introduce you to a SOUPer friend of Toledo SOUP: Tedd. He has attended nearly every event, and we recently found out that he loves SOUP so much that he hosts his own pre- and post-SOUP events. “I have an ‘open house’ at my home before the Soup. I invite my family and friends over to socialize, eat and prepare for the forthcoming Soup event.”
Great idea! And after the event? “Those that are interested come back to my house to talk about the presentations, who we voted for, and why we did. We make a day of it.”
Genius. “Toledo has a lot of people who care about the city and want to make it a better place to live, work, and play. I like to be part of that in my own small way and emphasize the good that Toledo has to offer.”
Tedd is a wonderful supporter and we’re so lucky to have him cheering in our corner. Thank you Tedd and friends!
The last, but certainly not least, presenter at Sunday’s SOUP event will be the Toledo Youth Pages (Sandy Sieben).
#ToledoYouthPages is a collaboration between the University of Toledo’s Human Trafficking & Social Justice Institute, Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition, and United Way.
The focus of the project is to serve as a prevention tool for at-risk youth in the Toledo area through education and information on available resources in our community. The Toledo Youth Pages is a resource guide that will be available online, as an App, and as a printed booklet that will be distributed throughout Toledo.
Grant funding received through SOUP will be used to assist with mileage reimbursement to distribute the Toledo Youth Pages to schools, libraries, and community organizations throughout Toledo. Any additional funds will be used for printing the resource guide and translating it into Spanish.
The next organization presenting at Sunday’s SOUP event is
Delightful Art with Dee (Dee Brown). #delightfulartwithdee
This non-profit art gallery provides local artists with a positive and encouraging venue where they can display and sell their work. Special events such as art shows and poetry readings bring the community together, and soon they’ll be offering free community art lessons through their Art With A Heart program.
If they are selected as the SOUP grant recipient, they’ll use the funds to kickstart their Art With a Heart program, the aim of which is to make art accessible to those who may find it difficult to learn in a tradition art lesson environment, including children with autism, people with Parkinson’s, deaf people, and the differently abled.
The SOUP funds would be used to purchase art supplies and pay a teacher to lead the art classes. Explore their website athttp://delightfulart.weebly.com/.