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As promised, this is part two of Soupalicious. If you read part one, you saw the dedicated and talented volunteers who got together at The Depanneur to help Lisa Kates (A Food Gypsy) prepare for Soupalicious.

https://petervisima.wordpress.com/2012/09/28/soupalicious-the-prep/

Since I helped in The Prep, I couldn’t miss The Show which happened today at a great venue, Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street. This venue was originally a TTC streetcar repair barn, and kudos to the City of Toronto for turning it into a multi-use facility for artisans and special events:

http://torontoartscape.org/artscape-wychwood-barns

Soupalicious is a gathering of over 30 restaurants and chefs showcasing their soup-making and culinary talents.

For an advance ticket price of only $10 per person, we were given 10 tasting tickets. In addition, a visit to Cobs Bread entitled us to a free tote bag, a free bread item, and a coupon for a free loaf of bread. If you haven’t visited a Cobs Bread location, you must do so. Their Cape Seed loaf is our absolute favourite:

http://www.cobsbread.com/home/

My wife and I arrived shortly after they opened at 12:00 noon because we were warned that depending on the crowds, some vendors might run out of soup early! There was a good crowd by the time we arrived and our very first stop had to be A Food Gypsy, Lisa Kates:

https://www.facebook.com/Afoodgypsy

Twitter: @afoodgypsy

Lisa and her daughter Katie were already hard at work providing sample cups of Lisa’s incredible cabbage borscht soup:

Although I have a slight bias, and we tasted more than 10 different soups, Lisa’s was hands-down the best soup of the day! But we did taste some very delicious soups from other vendors. Of particular note my wife and I really enjoyed these soups:

  • Dish Cooking Studio: roasted red pepper soup with goat’s cheese and basil pesto
  • Globe Earth Restaurant: white chocolate parsnip soup with pistachio earth and sour cherry reduction
  • Ravi Soups: curried apricot and red lentils with cilantro and lime fraîche

  • Southern Accent: seafood gumbo
  • Thai: coconut chicken soup
  • Plant A Row: chicken soup

This is Alphonsa’s cream of kale and mushroom soup:

More photos from the event:

After two hours of wandering around and sampling soups, both my wife and I were thoroughly stuffed and satisfied with our soup adventure. You simply cannot beat the value that was offered today and the fresh Ontario-grown ingredients that were part of these tasty offerings made it all the better.

My thanks to Lisa for getting me involved in this project and I am already looking forward to next year’s event.

http://soupalicious.ca/

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