Chowder Chatter: Soup's On Sunday

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In a culture of abundant charitable events, Soup Sunday, coming this weekend, stands out.

As your money-raising party ventures go, this fundraiser for Our Kids has a one-of-a-kind profile and menu

It's on a Sunday, during the day, conveniently scheduled at lunchtime, and is family-friendly. A $40 ticket buys admission for the whole family to eat competitively concocted soups, plus extras and desserts.

The long, long list of 50-plus entrants is a veritable tureen of both established and new eateries, from Loveless to Macke's, from Frothy Monkey to Park Cafe. Several interesting entrants are sprinkled in, too: Art Institute of Tennessee; Bordeaux Long-Term Care facility (you'd be surprised how good the food is at sister institution General Hospital) and Chaffin's Barn, whose chocolate-banana-peanut butter-caramel dessert was among the swooniest desserts at Iron Fork last year
. Sideline festivities like balloon artists, a magician and face-painting are directed at the junior connoissieurs.

The soups are always extraordinary -- I still remember a chicken poblano cream soup that won more than 10 years ago. Last year's top bowls included Monell's Strawberry Cream Soup, Aquarium Restaurant's Loaded Seafood Chowder, and Middle Tennessee Chapter of the American Culinary Federation with "Swamp Hog Mud Bug and Gub Mint Cheese Soup."

Soup Sunday is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, at LP field Club Level West. Tickets available at ourkidscenter.com or 341-4917.

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