Monday, October 25, 2010

This Past Saturday, Long Soup Lines On Smith Street For Very First "Soup Festival"

Smith Street Soup Festival, October 2010

Smith Street Soup Festival, October 2010

Smith Street Soup Festival, October 2010

Smith Street Soup Festival, October 2010
Smith Street Soup Festival, October 2010

Smith Street Soup Festival, October 2010

Smith Street Soup Festival, October 2010

Smith Street Soup Festival, October 2010

Smith Street Soup Festival, October 2010

Smith Street Soup Festival, October 2010

Smith Street Soup Festival, October 2010


Judging by the long "soup lines" which formed in front of some of the best known area eateries over the week-end, Smith Street's first "Soup Festival" was a huge success.
For a $5 fee, twenty restaurant owners participating in this event, allowing people to sample and judge their soup entries as they strolled along the sidewalks from Atlantic Avenue to Carroll Street.
The event was a benefit for the HS For International Studies (Baltic Street) Culinary Arts Program and the South Brooklyn Local Development Corporation.


The participating restaurants were:
Lunetta, Bar Tabac, Apartment 138, Raga, Cibao, Pane e Vino, Robin Des Bois, Athena, El Nuevo Portal, Verde, Bombay Dream, Provence en Boite, Chestnut, Savoia, Zaytoon's, Sue Perette, Cubana Cafe, Bino, The Jakewalk, and Seersucker


And the winner of Smith Street's first "Soup Festival? ? I asked Bette Stolz of the South Brooklyn Local Development Corporation, who helped organize and judge the event, for the result. She wrote back: 

"There were 3 ladles of each color awarded last night by me and Mayra Valdes (the Culinary Arts Teacher)- Gold, Silver, & Bronze.

The
Gold Medals went to: Provence en Boite for his Soupe de Poissons, Sue Perette for his Butternut Squash and Lamb Merguez Soup, and Bombay Dream for his Mulligatawny Soup.

The
Silver Medals went to: Verde for his Lobster Bisque, Savoia for their Pasta Fagiole Soup, and Athena for their Avgolemono Soup.

The
Bronze Medals went to Pan e Vino for his Crema D'Aragosta Soup, Bino for their Minestrone Soup, and Cubana Cafe for their Chicken Soup with avocado, scallions, and more.

The judges were: 
Ariane Daguin - owner/founder of D'Artagnan Food Products,
Chris Schonberger - Associate Food Editor of TimeoutNY,
and Linda La Violette local Food Professional/ Former Gourmet Shop Owner, Caterer to Movie &TV sets.

The school made enough on the event to give the students some wonderful trips.

The Smith Street Restaurants were wonderful. Everyone ran out of cups and spoons because we never imagined we would have so many people and they all improvised to keep the soup flowing."
   Bette

Where you there?  Did you get to taste all twenty soups?  Which was your favorite?




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5 comments:

Lisanne said...

The Lentil Soup at Zaytoons was DELICIOUS!

Congrats to the students and to SBDC..this was an excellent AFFORDABLE fundraiser...everyone was a winner. I am sure the restaurants have found alot of new patrons as well.

Katia said...

Absolutely. I loved the fact that it was only $5.00 per person and $10 per family.
Hope Smith Street does this again next year.

brooklynite said...

i LOVE the lentil soup from Zaytoons. even better when you dip some yummy pita into it!

mcbrooklyn said...

We loved the pasta fagiole from Lunetta. Good times!

Anonymous said...

I hate to say it but the soup was running out in a big way by 2:30. Demand was definitely underestimated. Glad a good amount of funds were raised but make sure there is enough soup next time if you're going to keep selling people tickets!