Help the hungry while sipping on some savory soups on a cold winter day during Souper Bowl 2019.
The 26th annual benefit for Roadrunner Food Bank will be held at its warehouse on Jan. 26. About 40 vendors will participate in the event and compete for first-, second- and third-place honors for People’s Choice Awards for best overall soup, vegetarian soup, dessert, and decorated booth. A panel of judges, made up of food bloggers and others, will taste soups in the overall soup category and make their first- through third-place picks for Critics’ Choice Awards.
“We have booths set up really throughout the main open area of the food bank, so there’s no real place to start. They can pick a restaurant to start anywhere, really,” said Sonya Warwick, communications officer at Roadrunner Food Bank. “They can start at the front of the warehouse or the back of the warehouse and meander along and sample soups and desserts to their hearts’ content. Also happening at that time, there’s live entertainment by The Peacemakers. There’s the opportunity to buy raffle tickets and enter for a chance to win those, and then throughout the course of the event they will basically be able to have a ballot with them where they can select their favorite soup, vegetarian soup, dessert and best booth, and they can submit that at any point during the hours of the event into a ballot box.”
Participants have free rein on what soups and desserts they make.
“The Ranchers Club, they’re bringing a tomato bisque with grilled cheese croutons,” Warwick said. “We have the Hyatt; they’re bringing a blue corn atole, which will have cinnamon, dried sweet corn, and Maldon sea salt. And then we have another restaurant, they’re a new restaurant, they’re called the Ohana Hut; they’re bringing white tomato bisque with green chile, heirloom tomatoes, and it will also feature New Mexico roasted chile with basil. Artichoke Cafe will have a red chile piñon with sweet potato (soup).”
Torinos’ @ Home will serve soup and dessert. It will have a roasted tomato basil soup, as well as tiramisu and bombolone. The recently opened restaurant Rosemary will have a vegetarian jackfruit posole, and Level 5 will be bringing a vegan carrot ginger soup.
Event proceeds benefit Roadrunner Food Bank and its statewide partners.
“We are a local nonprofit and charity, so we are always seeking unique ways to raise money for our mission, and that’s really what Souper Bowl supports and really making sure we’re raising funds to get food in the doors and out to our statewide partners in New Mexico,” Warwick said. “About 70,000 people use the statewide hunger network, and that’s every community in the state that is a soup kitchen partner of ours, a food pantry partner of ours, a group home, a shelter, mobile food pantry program, a school program, a senior program – you know, any of those sites that we work with, and includes all of the above.”