Chicken Soup for Many Souls

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The crew from Carmelo's.
Judging by the turnout for yesterday's 10th Annual Chicken Soup Cookoff, Houstonians like their soup. The event, held at Congregation Emanu El, consisted of 40 vendors ladling out soup to what must have been over a thousand people. "This is the biggest it's ever been," said event co-chair Keith Solomon.

For a soup whore such as myself, it was like walking into Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory -- well, if Willy was serving up Coconut Chicken Soup, or Black Mushroom Chicken Soup, or Smoked Chicken Asparagus Soup, or Creole Chicken Soup. I could go on and on, and in fact, I did--with my little cup and plastic spoon that was issued upon entry.

The concept was simple. For $10 bucks, you could fill up on as much soup as your Campbell's-lovin' ass could handle. The place was crawling with people shooting down soup from such places as Carmelo's, Fadi's, Mockingbird Bistro, Pesce, Sushi Raku, Kenny and Ziggy's and Mark's.

But let us not forget, this was a competition. First-place winners included: Kenny and Ziggy's (Traditional), Napoli (Creative), Chef LJ Wiley (International), Benjy's (People's Choice), and Buca di Beppo (Showmanship and Presentation).

"It's been my honor and a privilege to be involved in this event for several years now. It's for a very good cause, benefiting the Houston Food Bank. I have been a media sponsor and also have been a judge. The soups this year were outstanding, off the charts," said Cleverley Stone of The Cleverley Show, Talk 650.

I happened to agree with her.

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SirRon
SirRon

I went to this event for the first time with the family last weekend. I'm definitely coming back next year.

Buca may have been robbed for Traditional or People's Favorite. However, Kenny & Ziggy's may have been the only soup to have a matzo ball at the bottom. Pretty smart. Just saying.

Patricia
Patricia

It's nice to see that all three were rolled into one: Fun, Food and Charity

Pekon Pi
Pekon Pi

Mr. Shalin

I have a cold, I'm somewhere near Rice Village. Where do I go for a therapeutic bowl of carry-out chicken soup?

Kevin Shalin
Kevin Shalin

To be honest, I was shocked at how cool this event was. Also, unbelievable deal for $10.

Kevin Shalin
Kevin Shalin

I'd call buca di beppo on bfl spdwy and see if they are serving that smoked chicken asparagus soup. It was outstanding and fairly close to RV.

SirRon
SirRon

Agreed!

I ate soup almost non-stop for over an hour.

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