ACS presents second successful “SOUPer Wednesday”

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Amherstburg’s top soups were enjoyed by a packed house at the Amherstburg K of C Hall as part of “SOUPer Wednesday.”

Amherstburg Community Services (ACS) presented the event in partnership with 14 area restaurants. The event was a way to highlight not only the services that ACS provides, but the local restaurants as well.

“We’re pleased to have some from LaSalle and Harrow as well,” said ACS executive director Kathy DiBartolomeo. “It’s a great way to showcase the local restaurants and what they have to offer and also to bring awareness to Amherstburg Community Services.”

Nicholas Nedin from Beacon Ale House accepts the People's Choice Award from Amherstburg Community Services (ACS) executive director Kathy DiBartolomeo Feb. 24.

Nicholas Nedin from Beacon Ale House accepts the People’s Choice Award from Amherstburg Community Services (ACS) executive director Kathy DiBartolomeo Feb. 24.

Participants included Armando’s, Artisan Grill, Beacon Ale House, The Cellar, Creole’s Takeout, D.o.C.K. 21 Fine Pub, Dalhousie Bistro, Gilligan’s Fire Grill, L.A. Town Grill, Lord Amherst Pub, Maria’s Restaurant, Shooters Roadhouse, Smashed Apple Catering and Speck’s Diner.

Beacon Ale House was crowned as the people’s choice award winner.

DiBartolomeo said they noticed an increased level of interest after last year’s event.

“There was a greater anticipation from customers and restaurants to participate,” she stated.

A particular service that was promoted this year was the bus service offered by ACS. DiBartolomeo noted that was focused on due to the recent closure of South Shore Taxi and the expansion of the bus service by ACS to try and fill some of that void.

Another benefit to the “SOUPer Wednesday” was the ability to work with other businesses as well. Austin Tyrrell, ACS’ community awareness and fundraising coordinator, noted that staff from the Dan Gemus Real Estate team and Re/Max were on hand to help serve soup.

The line at the SOUPer Wednesday event works its way around the K of C Hall. It was presented by Amherstburg Community Services.

The line at the SOUPer Wednesday event works its way around the K of C Hall. It was presented by Amherstburg Community Services.

“It’s basically a soup cookoff,” said Tyrrell, noting people could eat as much as they want.

Tyrrell added it was “awesome” to have 14 locally owned restaurants taking part with the ACS’ Meals on Wheels kitchen also participating, though the latter wasn’t eligible to win. A number of volunteers also helped the event, Tyrrell pointed out.

“It couldn’t have happened without all of that help,” said Tyrrell.

Tyrrell agreed with DiBartolomeo that it not only gets ACS’ name out into the public eye, but it highlights the restaurants as well.

For more information on Amherstburg Community Services and the programs offered, please call 519-736-5471 or visit www.amherstburg-cs.com.

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