Sarah Beaudoin

“SOUP-er Wednesday” raises $2,500 towards new ACS bus

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

A packed house at the Amherstburg Knights of Columbus Hall enjoyed some soup and helped a local non-profit agency at the same time.

Amherstburg Community Services (ACS) held its third annual “SOUP-er Wednesday” with a sold-out crowd filling the K of C Hall enjoying soup from 13 restaurants and as well as ACS’ Meals on Wheels kitchen, the latter being ineligible from the voting.

“We had 196 people attend, which is our highest attended event to date and we raised $2,500 towards our vehicle replacement fund,” said ACS executive director Kathy DiBartolomeo.

Amherstburg Community Services (ACS) executive director Kathy DiBartolomeo (left) presents the People’s Choice Award plaque to Sarah Beaudoin of Speck’s Restaurant last Wednesday. Speck’s took home the top prize at “SOUP-er Wednesday” for their cabbage roll soup.

Amherstburg Community Services (ACS) executive director Kathy DiBartolomeo (left) presents the People’s Choice Award plaque to Sarah Beaudoin of Speck’s Restaurant last Wednesday. Speck’s took home the top prize at “SOUP-er Wednesday” for their cabbage roll soup.

Restaurants came from Amherstburg, Harrow and LaSalle and included Armando’s with their clam chowder, Artisan Grill with their red pepper bisque, Beacon Ale House and their potato leek, Dalhousie Bistro and their blackbean and barley with roasted garlic, DoCK 21 with a seafood chowder, Gilligan’s Fire Grill with hearty cheddar Guinness soup, LA Town Grill with their jumbalaya with corn bread, Maria’s with their split pea and ham soup, Shooter’s Roadhouse and their turkey pot pie soup, Smashed Apple Takeout and Catering with their roasted carrot and caramelized cauliflower soup, the Cellar with pumpkin squash and bacon soup, the 19th Hole at Wildwood with chicken taco soup while eventual champion Speck’s Restaurant brought cabbage roll soup.

The ACS Meals on Wheels entry was ravioli Italiano soup.

“We’ve become very popular,” said DiBartolomeo. “We’re very pleased.”

DiBartolomeo believes the restaurants gear up for the “SOUP-er Wednesday” event and try to put their best soup forward.

“I think the restaurants are getting really creative,” said DiBartolomeo. “People are really enjoying the soups. We’re just glad to showcase some of the finest restaurants in Amherstburg, Harrow and LaSalle.”

ACS will devote the proceeds towards the purchase of a new 16-passenger bus. The current vehicle is nearing the end of its lifespan and DiBartolomeo said they need to raise $100,000 to replace it.

Money was raised through ticket sales, donations, sponsorship and 50/50 ticket sales, with DiBartolomeo also pointing out the Dan Gemus Real Estate Team were the presenting sponsor of the “SOUP-er Wednesday” event.

“We’re also getting prepared for March for Meals,” she added, noting it is a way to promote Meals on Wheels. “This is a prelude for it.”

David Languedoc from Dalhousie Bistro serves some blackbean and barley with roasted garlic soup during Amherstburg Community Services' "SOUP-er Wednesday" event Feb. 22 at the Amherstburg Knights of Columbus Hall.

David Languedoc from Dalhousie Bistro serves some blackbean and barley with roasted garlic soup during Amherstburg Community Services’ “SOUP-er Wednesday” event Feb. 22 at the Amherstburg Knights of Columbus Hall.

Sarah Beaudoin, co-owner of Speck’s Restaurant, accepted the “People’s Choice” first place plaque from DiBartolomeo after being named the winner.

“I’m pretty happy,” she said. “It’s my mom’s homemade recipe.”

Beaudoin said she usually serves it once a week and being that it is her mom’s recipe, it has been served over the past 46 years.

“Everyone just loves it,” she said. “They say it warms your bones.”

For more on Amherstburg Community Services and the services they offer, call 519-736-5471, visit www.amherstburg-cs.com or visit them on their Facebook or Twitter social media sites.

Local restaurant unveils new look

 

By RTT Staff

 

A local restaurant has gotten a bit bigger thanks to a recent renovation.

Speck’s Restaurant, a long-time Bathurst St. business, re-opened May 16 after being closed for two weeks for renovations. Sarah Beaudoin, who co-owns the breakfast and lunch establishment with sister Lenora Richardson, said that while the bulk of the renovations took place during the two-week closure, it began earlier this year.

“A lot of preparation was done even before we closed,” said Beaudoin.

Lenora Richardson and Sarah Beaudoin stand in the newly created back dining area at Speck's.

Lenora Richardson and Sarah Beaudoin stand in the newly created back dining area at Speck’s.

The renovations have been going over well with customers, she added, as it had been 16 years since any changes had been made to the restaurant. The restaurant now seats about 54 people in total with an additional 15-20 seats now added thanks to the expansion into another room.

“It was time to change things up,” said Beaudoin. “It just needed a fresh, new look. It’s been a long time coming and we pulled it off.”

Speck’s needed more seating, she explained, as they are getting busier and by taking out a section of paneling and converting a former living space of the home in the back, they were able to accomplish that.