SOUP-er Wednesday

ACS’ “SOUPer Wednesday” returns Feb. 21

 

Soup lovers across Windsor-Essex rejoice – SOUPer Wednesday returns to Amherstburg Feb. 21.

The annual soup cook-off is now in its fourth year as a much-needed fundraiser for its host, Amherstburg Community Services (ACS).  The non-profit organization’s executive director says the funds raised will go towards the purchase of a new accessible vehicle.

“We’re looking to this event to kick-off a fundraising campaign that will help us purchase a new, accessible van,” DiBartolomeo said.  “For $10 a ticket, not only will you get to try some of the best soups made by some of the region’s best restaurants, you will give a helping hand to the people who rely on our transportation service.”

ACS has provided nearly 25,000 rides for seniors or adults with physical mobility issues over the past three years.  In December, they took one of their vehicles off the road and are looking to replace it.

The SOUPer Wednesday event pits 13 local restaurants and chefs against each other to determine who makes the region’s best soup.  Ticket holders receive all-you-can-eat soup, one dessert serving, and a ballot to vote for their favorite soup entry, and takeout tickets are also available.

The event will be hosted at the Columbus Community Hall (formerly known as the Amherstburg Knights of Columbus Hall) at 190 Richmond St from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and is sponsored by John D’Alimonte & Kim Wheeler RE/MAX Preferred Realty, Season’s Amherstburg, Dollars & Cents Investments, and Tino’s Auto Service.

This year’s participating restaurants are the 19th Hole at Wildwood; Armando’s Amherstburg; Artisan Grill; Beacon Ale House; D.o.C.K 21; Dalhousie Bistro; Gilligan’s Amherstburg; Knights of Columbus; LA Town Grill; Maria’s Restaurant; Season’s Amherstburg; Smashed Apple Catering and Takeout; and last year’s champion Specks.

For more information, people can contact Amherstburg Community Services at 519-736-5471 or visit their website at www.amherstburg-cs.com.

“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.