The Food Depot’s Souper Bowl XVIII nets $80,000

Editor | - January 31, 2012

"Jambo Cafe captured the Best Soup Award for the third year in a row"

From a Food Depot press release...

More than 1,200 guests decided which of our community’s finest restaurants has the best soups in Santa Fe at Souper Bowl XVIII. Held Saturday, Jan. 28, this benefit for The Food Depot raised more than $80,000 for hunger relief efforts in northern New Mexico.

Jambo Cafe captured the Best Soup Award for the third year in a row! The cafe also picked up awards for Best Seafood Soup and Best Decorated Table. Jambo Café featured Basil Ginger Roasted Butternut Squash with Crab. The Pantry Restaurant received the Best Cream Soup for its entry, Creamy Green Chile Chicken. The Best Savory Soup honor went to Tune-Up Cafe for its Tortilla Chicken Lime with Cream Cheese and
Avocado. Santa Fe Capital Grill captured the Best Vegetarian Soup honor for its entry, Cream of Zucchini.

Guests sampled fabulous soups, voting for their favorites in the soup competition. They took home some fabulous silent auction items and picked up a Souper Bowl cookbook so they can make soups created by Santa Fe chefs. Guests also picked up a Winter Fiesta Adventure Pass compliments of Hutton Broadcasting and SantaFe.Com and learned some soup cooking skills from Chef Megan Tucker.

Santa Fe Mayor David Coss and Congressman Ben Ray Lujan joined Sherry Hooper, executive director of The Food Depot, to announce the food bank’s plans for building expansion and guests, volunteers and restaurants celebrated the news of a $1 million pledge for the expansion. The Food Depot’s Board President Barbara Hall has made the pledge and challenged the Northern New Mexico community to match it!

The following restaurants competed in Souper Bowl XVIII: Anasazi Restaurant, Andiamo! Italian Trattoria, Blue Corn Café & Brewery Southside, Bon Appetit at IAIA, Café Pasqual’s, Dinner for Two, Jambo Café, Kingston Residence of Santa Fe, La Casa Sena, La Plazuela at La Fonda, Luminaria Restaurant at the Inn and Spa at Loretto, Nath’s Speciality Catering, Osteria d’Assisi, Palacio Café, The Pantry Restaurant, Pizza Etc, Plaza Café Southside, Pueblo Deli, Red Sage at Hilton Santa Fe Resort & Spa at Buffalo Thunder, Rio Chama, Santa Fe Bar & Grill, Santa Fe Capitol Grill, Santa Fe Steamer, Sup, Tune-Up Café, Turquoise Trail Bar & Grill at Buffalo Thunder, Whole Foods Market and Whole Hog Café.

This year’s Souper Bowl was made possible by the following sponsors: Platinum: Bobbi Hall, Herbs Etc, Hutton Broadcasting, Los Alamos National Bank and KSFR 101.1FM Santa Fe Public Radio. Gold: Mick Rich Contractors and the Santa Fe New Mexican. Silver: Alphagraphics, The Framing Company, Good Water Company, Hal Burns Truck & Equipment Services, Sarcon Construction and Tumbleweeds Newspaper for Santa Fe Families. Bronze: Century Bank, Denman & Associates, Chalmers Capitol Ford Lincoln, HUB International Insurance Services, John Adams with Raymond James & Associates, and New Mexico Bank & Trust. Sponsors: Aroma Coffee, Barks & Bubbles and Blush Boutique.

The Food Depot is committed to ending hunger in northern New Mexico. As the food bank for nine northern New Mexico counties, The Food Depot provides food to 120 not-for-profit agencies including emergency food pantries, hot meal programs, homeless shelters, youth programs, senior centers, homes for the mentally disabled and shelters for battered persons. This service enables these agencies to stay focused on their primary missions such as sheltering homeless families, providing hot meals to the homebound and offering life skills development to youth. The food bank distributes an average of 300,000 pounds of food and household products each month, providing more than 400,000 meals to people in need - the most vulnerable of our community – children, seniors, working families and those in ill health.