Saturday's Port Washington Chamber of Commerce SOUPer Bowl provided a welcome respite from the cold winter weather. A record 500-plus enthusiastic and hungry residents and visitors attended – all of them receiving a warm, filling and tasty lunch and a fun-filled afternoon. Held at the United Methodist Church, featured samples of soups from 16 of Port Washington’s best restaurants, cafes and markets. Everyone who came got to vote for the 2013 SOUPer Bowl Champ.
Sullivan’s Quay was the big winner for its award-winning coconut and butternut squash soup. It received both the Judges’ Choice Award and the People’s Choice Award.
The runners-up for the Judges’ Choice were the tortilla soup from Main Street Bakery & Café and the chicken noodle soup from Frank’s Pizza. The runners-up for the People’s Choice were the potato and leek soup from Sweet Comfort Bakery & Café and the tortilla soup from Main Street Bakery & Café. Listening to the hundreds of people who came to taste the soups, all participants had excellent entries in the contest and they all came away winners.
Before the event opened to the public, a select panel of judges was invited to taste and rate the soups based on seven different criteria: taste, texture, aroma, color, spiciness, salt level and overall flavor. The SOUPer Bowl judges were: Anne Arter, representative of Commissioner Sponsor Daniel Gale Sothebys International Realty; Joe Canigiani, representative of Commissioner sponsor .; actor/artist and Port resident Burt Young; Christine Sanchez, sous chef for Bobby Flay; Wendy Collett, personal chef and owner of Dry Babe and Teresa Milligan, a deaf-blind student from the Helen Keller National Center.
The Chamber of Commerce also asked for donations of non-perishable food and collected several boxes to donate to the Twin Pines Food Pantry. The Chamber will also donate a portion of the event’s proceeds to Twin Pines. Pleased with the event, Chamber co-presidents Warren Schein and Mitch Schwartz, asked everyone to reserve the Saturday before next year’s Super Bowl for Port Washington’s SOUPer Bowl VII.
The participating restaurants, cafes and markets were:
Ayhan’s Fish Kebab
Ayhan’s Mediterranean Marketplace
Ayhan’s Shish Kebab
Bagel Boss Café
Gino’s Pizzeria & Restaurant
H on the Harbor
Main Street Bakery
Marino’s on the Bay
Pepe Rosso 24
Port Washington Diner
Sweet Comfort Bakery
The Chamber of Commerce expressed thanks for the support of this year’s sponsors who make it all possible. They are Commissioner Sponsors: Joseph N. Canigiani, Inc. and Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty; Head Coach Sponsors: Massage Envy Spa and Roslyn Saving Bank – a Division of New York Community Bank;. Assistant Coach Sponsors Gold Coast Family Dental and Kiwanis Club of Manhasset-Port Washington, and Fan Sponsors Coldwell Banker Residential Realty, the Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation, and Titan Sewer and Drain.