Congratulations to The Food Depot 2020 Souper Bowl Winners of Santa Fe, New Mexico!
The fundraising event was a different kind of competition held on the weekend of the traditional Super Bowl football weekend, and this one makes a difference in the lives of Northern New Mexico. The Food Depot of Santa Fe, New Mexico, holds the annual event to raise funds for families in need. Soup was the language of love with approximately 1,200 attending ready to sample the 24 different chef creations. It was a tough assignment to blog about, but I was happy to take on the delectable task.
With all donations and events, The Food Depot serves four meals for every $1.00 raised! Every month they provide 440,000 meals to seniors, families, and children experiencing hunger. They even have a program for pets.
The Food Depot Souper Bowl 2020 Winners!
The Best Soup Winner - Overall! Congratulations to L'Oliver on their Cream Soup - Chocolate Cherry Espellette Pepper. The luscious chocolate cream soup topped with pecans and chili peppers gave a true decadent essence of Santa Fe flavor. To learn more about L'Oliver Restaurant, please click here.
Best Savory Soup Winner went to Agave Restaurant & Lounge in the Eldorado Hotel & Spa. Their Winter Squash soup was a perfect blend of squashes, including Butternut Squash and Kubota Squash. The soups star ingredients also contained Green Apples, Mole Spiced Onions, and Pumpkin Seeds for the ultimate southwestern textured taste. For more information on the Agave Restaurant & Lounge, please click here.
Below is a video of Agave's Chef talking about the winning soup's ingredients.
Best Vegetarian Soup Winner went to Jambo Cafe for their Ginger Coconut Parsnip with Roasted Sweet Corn. No one is surprised for the multiple Souper Bowl Winner Chef-Owner Ahmed Obo, to serve us yet again, another delectable soup. For more information on one of my favorite restaurants, the Jambo Cafe, please click here.
Best Seafood Soup Winner went to the Santa Fe School of Cooking for their Avocado Gazpacho with Seared Scallops, Chile Dusted Tortilla Strips, and Jicama Relish. The Santa Fe School of Cooking offers a wide variety of cooking classes, culinary restaurant tours, and more. I should know, I have attended several and am a huge fan. For more information or to look at their calendar, please click here.
Best Cream Soup Winner went to Del Charro at the Inn of the Governors for their Green Chile Chicken Chowder. Chicken Chowder never tasted so good! The traditional southwestern green chili was a dynamic pairing with what you would expect in a perfect chicken chowder. My husband says he is bringing a bowl next time... enough of the little cups! HA!
Below is a video clip of the Del Charro's Chef talking about the winning soup's ingredients.
I felt like I was back in New Orleans tasting the Chicken & Andouille Gumbo from Rowley Farmhouse Ales.
El Castillo Life Plan Community served a refreshing Peach Mango Gazpacho... I wish I could eat this soup every day of my life.
Barranca Cafe served up my husband's favorite - Lobster & Shrimp Cappuccino Soup. He went back for four servings, it was that delicious!
Kingston Residence of Santa Fe served a delicious Spicy Thai Coconut Potato Soup.
Amaya at Hotel Santa Fe served a fantastic, smooth, velvety Apple Butternut Squash Soup.
Patrick's Probiotic Soda Water was on hand to offer a refreshing drink between soups.
Check out The Food Depot's website here, for more information, additional events, and how you can donate. I look forward to attending next year and hope to see you there for this worthy cause. I want to thank all the chefs, sponsors, and volunteers who hosted a spectacular fundraiser and, most importantly, helping those in need.
Please join me next year for this worthy cause! I would love to hear from you... drop me a line. Thank you, Linda
Nothing warms my heart more than giving back to communities and helping those in need. I could tell by all the chefs who participated in the Souper Bowl Fundraiser that they cared. Yes, winning gives you bragging rights and publicity, but the event's atmosphere was more about love. You could taste it by those who cooked, feel it by those who volunteer and see it by those who came.