Soup’s On warms up St. Kevin’s hall

Soup’s On cooking crews from five high schools, Niagara College and a local business gather for “team shot” at beginning of Soup’s On 2018. Photo supplied

Soup’s On 2018, a sold-out luncheon, filled St. Kevin’s Parish Hall with more than 350 people in three sittings Friday Jan. 26/2018.

During the 16th annual scholarship fundraiser, co-ordinator Joe Barkovich joked that it was a social gathering of people “with good taste.”

A variety of soup selections were prepared by culinary students from Blessed Trinity High School, Ecole secondaire Confederation (Confederation Secondary School), Eastdale Secondary School, Lakeshore Catholic High School, Notre Dame College School, and, Niagara College’s Niagara College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute along with Stephanie the Lunch Lady.

Among the eight choices were smokey bean and bacon chowder, roasted tomato, butternut squash and pear, leak and potato, maple bacon and squash, turkey and wild rice, Vietnamese infused broth with braised pork, and faux pho.

Barkovich said: “The guests enjoying a $10 all-you-can-eat luncheon were both regulars and newcomers. The ticket price hasn’t change in the 16 years.”

Since the beginning, the event grew from a single one-hour sitting to three at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. A tongue-in-cheek warning about undercover “soup police” ensured a smooth turnover for each sitting.

The soup cooks have increase from three to the current seven with Niagara College and Notre Dame among the originals.

Over the years, the Soup’s On committee has handed out $45,050 in scholarships.

In 2017, four students from Blessed Trinity, Lakeshore and Notre Dame were recipients selected from an impressive group of applicants involved in social justice activities.

Those included organizing fundraisers for projects in developing countries, volunteering for community service programs and promoting awareness of injustice issues among students in their schools.

Applications for 2018 scholarships will be available in local high school guidance offices this spring. Interviewers will assess applicants on current participation and future commitment to social justice. Soup’s On committee members will present scholarships during high school commencement ceremonies in June.

Source – Soup’s On! committee press release



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