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Souper Bowl features dozens of extraordinary delights

An array of soup samples at a previous Souper Bowl benefit for Roadrunner Food Bank of New Mexico. (Courtesy of Roadrunner Food Bank of New Mexico)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Lap up soups from some of the best restaurants and caterers in Albuquerque and surrounding areas while helping end hunger during Souper Bowl 2020.

About 40 participants will be bringing impressive and unique soups for attendees to sample to their hearts content during the event on Saturday, Jan. 25. Some participants will be bringing savory desserts to the event now in its 27th year.

Participants include The Artichoke Cafe, Campo @ Los Poblanos, Corn Maiden, Indigo Crow, Ohana Hut, Ranchers Club of New Mexico, SAGE Dining Services @ Albuquerque Academy, Sky City Casino’s Auwal-a, Slate Street Billiards, Slow Roasted Bocadillos, The Shop Breakfast and Lunch, TUERTA: A Sandwich Shop, Turtle Mountain Brewing Company. About 12 participants will offer vegetarian soups and about 16 will have non-vegetarian soups. There will be about 12 participants bringing desserts including last year’s first place People’s Choice Best Dessert winner Nothing Bundt Cakes, second place winner Theobroma Chocolatier and third place winner Special Touch Catering and as well as Chocolate Cartel.

“Our Souper Bowl champion last year was Slate Street Billiards and they’re coming back for sure,” said Sonya Warwick, communications officer, Roadrunner Food Bank of New Mexico. “Ohana Hut is returning and they were third place in our soup category in both vegetarian and overall soup (in 2019). Artichoke Cafe was our first place in vegetarian soup last year and they’re returning and in terms of the dessert all three of them that won last year have indicated that they are coming to the event so it’s great.”

There is nothing ordinary about the soups that are part of Souper Bowl. Each participant gets quite creative with their entries. A few examples include The Artichoke Cafe’s vegetarian carrot curry and ginger soup, Ohana Hut’s white tomato bisque with green chile and a dried corn dusting with basil vegetarian soup, and Slate Street Billiard’s chicken Cordon Bleu soup.

“People can have some leftovers to take home with them,” Warwick said. “About 10 to 15 minutes before the event ends they are able to purchase basically large cups from any restaurants that have soups still available. They can purchase that cup onsite for $5 and go ahead and pick up soups that were their favorite if there are any leftover.”

Attendees can sample and savor all of the offerings and vote on their favorites. There are four People’s Choice categories: Best Soup, Best Vegetarian Soup, Best Dessert, and Best Decorated Booth. Guests will be given a ballot to vote for their favorites. A panel of eight local celebrity judges will cast their votes for Critic’s Choice. There will be first, second and third place awards given in each of the categories, with the exception of Best Decorated Booth. Winners will be announced toward the end of the event.

A silent auction and entertainment by The Peacemakers also will be part of the event.

“(The) silent auction that will be going on is in additional way to raise money for the Food Bank and it’s a variety of different items so for example Mattress Firm is donating a full queen set,” Warwick said.

Some of the items to be auctioned include airline tickets, art, and ski packages.

The proceeds help Roadrunner Food Bank of New Mexico in its mission to feed the hungry throughout the state.

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