This beloved event was first organized a few years back by Bette Stoltz, the director of the South Brooklyn Local Development Corporation. The "Festivale Des Soupes", as she liked to call it, promoted local eateries and provided vital founding for the culinary arts program at High School For International Studies on Baltic Street.
Bette sadly passed away in November 2015, but her daughter Erica and her friend Natasha Simons are organizing the Festival this year to continue Bette's wonderful community work.
Erica and Natasha write:
"By connecting the restaurants to the community through a fundraiser for the Culinary Arts Program we are doing Bette's work.
This exercise in community development comes at at time when the program is in desperate need of an upgrade. The state of the art kitchen needs maintenance an the school has begun to look at ways to incorporate the community into the program as it hopes to expand.I have attached a flyer. Please forward to your various media contacts we want a great turn out for these kids."
Participants for the 2016 Soup Festival are:
Provence en Boite
The Culinary Arts Program at the HS for International Studies
Tickets will be available at the corners of Bergen, Butler and President Streets along Smith Street the day of the event.
So mark your calendar and don't miss it.