One of the judges, Nicki Wood, shared her tips for making the most of Soup Sunday a couple of years ago. It’s all excellent advice. Most importantly, come hungry, but don’t get desperate and try a soup that doesn’t sound good to you. And don’t fill up on the bread.
I also shared some of my strategies after attending last year. I’ll have the kiddo with me, so once again, we’ll sacrifice placement in line for a table near the entertainment. If we’re lucky like we were last year, we’ll also be seated near the judges. It’s nice to get some intel from professional tasters, even though they don’t know which restaurant’s soup they’re tasting.
Speaking of judges, this year's roster is quite impressive. Celebrity judges scheduled to slurp are:
• Joe Don Rooney of Rascal Flatts
• Eric Close from Nashville
• Charles Esten, from Nashville
• Derek Mason, Vanderbilt’s new head football coach
• Lt. Dan, radio DJ from Lightning 100
The culinary experts judging include:
• Al Anderson of Big Al’s Deli on Fourth Avenue
• Ed Butler of sponsor US Foods
• Kay West, food writer
• Nancy Vienneau, food writer
• Nicki Wood, food writer and cookbook author/editor
The emcee is George Plaster of WPRT-FM 102.5 "The Game."
The event takes place on Sunday, Feb. 23, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m at LP Field, Club Level West. Along with all-you-can-slurp soups, there will be multiple children’s activities and a silent auction.
All proceeds from the event benefit Our Kids, a local organization that aids victims and families affected by child sexual abuse, as well as working to prevent it. These folks do amazing work for the most vulnerable members of our population. Check the Our Kids Center Facebook page for a preview of silent auction items that also support the center. And if you're still not tempted to go, read my wrap-up of the soups we enjoyed last year. You don't want to miss it.
Discounted tickets are available online until noon on Friday, Feb. 21.
• Family Packages — $40 ($45 after discount period and at the door)
• Adult — $20 ($25)
• Children (ages 2-17) — $8 ($10)
• Children under 2 — Free
Parking is free