28th Annual Souper Bowl Competition - SantaFe.com

An all-new year is upon us, and what better way to usher it in than with a souped-up lunch? The Food Depot brings hot meals and friendly competition to the community with their much-anticipated Souper Bowl, the food bank’s signature event that has become a cherished tradition in northern New Mexico. Make plans to attend the Souper Bowl on January 27, 2024, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center.

For 28 years, The Food Depot has united the community in a delicious soup competition, bringing together over 25 local chefs to vie for the coveted title of “Best Soup in Santa Fe.” This family-friendly event promises a delightful experience for attendees of all ages. Children under 12 years old enjoy complimentary admission, making it an ideal outing for families to savor delectable soups crafted by talented local chefs.

A True Community Event

“Souper Bowl is close to my heart because it brings people together for a fun event to support our community,” says Jill Dixon, The Food Depot’s Deputy Director. “Souper Bowl has brought joy to Santa Feans for 28 years now, and some of the chefs have been participating for over two decades! This event has always been a great way for people to learn about their food bank and support our hunger-relief efforts. Where else in Santa Fe can you sample so many of our amazing chefs all in one place?”

At Souper Bowl, attendees are given the opportunity to taste a variety of soups and then vote for their favorite soup in four categories: savory, vegetarian, creamy and seafood. However, only one restaurant takes home the gold. Last year, Dr. Field Goods took home the trophy for Best Overall Soup going to chef Josh Gerwin’s creamy truffled cauliflower soup.

For those seeking an extra-special experience, VIP ticket holders gain access to a private tasting hour from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM, allowing them to savor the flavors before the general admission. Tickets are now available at thefooddepot.org and make great holiday gifts for the whole family. Every ticket purchase directly supports The Food Depot’s critical food security work across Northern New Mexico. Last year, Souper Bowl was a sold-out event with over 1,300 people in attendance helping raise a whopping $84,000 to feed the hungry.  Enjoy early bird ticket pricing for VIP and General Admission tickets until December 31st.

“We are always amazed at the support from our entire community: the companies that sponsor, the chefs who cook gallons of soup for over a thousand people, and then the families and friends who come enjoy the day,” Jill says. “It’s truly a community-wide day of delicious food and fun.”


In 2024, Enterprise Bank & Trust is the proud Headline Sponsor for Souper Bowl. Other “Souper Sponsors” include: Financial Partners, Hutton Broadcasting, Santa Fe New Mexican, Altamira Financial Group, LLC, City of Santa Fe City Councilor Jamie Cassutt, Flow Science, Santa Fe Reporter, Tech Source, Century Bank, Elevation Wealth Partners, Hal Burns, HUB, Great Ideas!, Guadalupe Credit Union, Jemez Agency, Inc., RGC Access, R.L Leeder Co., Santa Fe Recovery Center, and the Thomas Cannon Anonymous Fund.

About the Food Depot

The Food Depot is a nonprofit organization that aims to make healthy food accessible to every person in every community in New Mexico. As the food bank for nine northern counties, The Food Depot provides resources to over 40,000 New Mexicans across 26,000 square miles. The food bank’s innovative programs, resource navigation services, and advocacy work supports individuals in achieving food security. In FY23, The Food Depot’s unique programs, along with our 75 nonprofit partners, provided an average of 660,000 meals each month to those experiencing food insecurity. Those wishing to join the food security movement can do so by donating, volunteering, or advocating on their website.

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to indulge in a variety of mouthwatering soups while supporting a worthy cause. Secure your tickets now and join us for an unforgettable day of community, camaraderie, and culinary delights at The Food Depot’s Souper Bowl. For ticket purchases and more information, visit the website.

All photos courtesy of Jane Phillips.

This article was posted by David Salcido

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