Hunterdon County Rotary Soup Cook-Off
Please join us on Monday, February 24, 2014 from 5:00 to 7:00pm to help FIGHT “HUNGER IN HUNTERDON”.
It’s winter! Perfect time to compete for the “Best Soup in Hunterdon” Title!!
Thanks to our Primary Event Sponsor:
The Rotary Clubs of Hunterdon County present the Annual, Hunterdon County Rotary Soup Cook-Off every year in February at the Hunterdon Central Regional High School Commons, 29 Junction Road, Flemington, NJ, 08822.
DO YOU MAKE THE BEST SOUP IN HUNTERDON COUNTY?
20 professional chefs enter their favorite soup, competing for a “Best Soup in Hunterdon County” trophy (The SOUPER Bowl). This trophy is like the “Stanley Cup” of hockey, passed on from year to year. There will be a second and a third place awards as well. Soup-lovers from all over the county are invited in to taste sample-size cups of any and all soups for admission of $10 and a can of food for the food pantry. The soups will be accompanied by rolls and dessert prepared by Hunterdon County Polytech Culinary Arts students and students from Hunterdon Central Regional High School.
All tasters will be asked to vote for their favorite soup and winners will be announced at the end of the event. There is no entry fee for chefs. Soups must be fully prepared when brought to Commons at HCRHS – 10 gallons requested. Each soup must be labeled with the chef’s (restaurant) name and contact information.
Chefs will be responsible for presentation and equipment needed to keep the soup ready to serve. Participants will be selected on a first come, first-served basis, limited to 20 professional contestants.
The Hunterdon County Rotary Soup Cook-Off is a community awareness project of the Rotary Clubs of Hunterdon County, dedicated to helping people in our community. All cook-off proceeds will be donated to the food pantries of Hunterdon County to fight HUNGER IN HUNTERDON.
2014 Soup Cook Off – Highlights
The 7th Annual Hunterdon County Rotary Soup Cook-Off was held on Monday, February 24, 2014 at the H.C.R.H.S. Commons. We had approximately 700 people attend and raised $9,500 to be donated directly to the County’s five food pantries.
Judges Choice: Teaberry’s Tea Room for their Baked Potato Soup
1st Place (People’s Choice): Mountain View Chalet for their Creamy Buffalo Chicken
2nd Place (People’s Choice – Tie): Teaberry’s Tea Room for their Baked Potato Soup
2nd Place (People’s Choice – Tie): Hunterdon Medical Center for their Portobello Mushroom with Sausage & Crab Meat
3rd Place (People’s Choice): Ye Old Sub Base for their Beer Cheese Soup
Best Table Presentation: Caffe Galleria Restaurant & Market
|Caffe Galleria Restaurant|| French Onion Soup
|Milford Oyster House|| Alphabet Soup
|Hunterdon Medical Center|| Portobello Mushroom w/ Sausage & Crabmeat
|Teaberry’s Tea Room|| Baked Potato Soup
|Ye Olde Sub Base|| Beer Cheese Soup
|Max’s 31, a Trattoria|| Chicken Vegetable Soup
|La Casa Bianca|| Cream of Cauliflower and Sweet Potato
|The Pattenburg House|| Tomato Roasted Red Pepper
|The Grill Shack|| Escarole & Cannellini Bean w/ Ricotta Cavatelle
|Oase Grille|| Low Country She-Crab Soup
|Dockside Market and Grill|| Seafood Chowder
|Theresa’s Cafe|| Harvest Butternut Squash
|Jakes Restaurant|| Black Bean w/ Avocado Crema
|River Blue Cafe|| Tomato and Chicken Florentine
|55 Main|| Crab Chowder
|Chive and Thyme Catering|| Hearty Minestrone w/ Sausage
|Gallo Rosso|| Garlic Roasted Tomato Basil
|Mountain View Chalet|| Creamy Buffalo Chicken
|DiSh Catering|| Bacon Split Pea w/ Roasted Pear Accent
|Basil Bandwagon|| Thai Veggie
2013 Soup Cook Off – Highlights
The 6th Annual Hunterdon County Rotary Soup Cook-Off, held on February 25, 2013, was the most successful in the event’s history. Twenty restaurants competed, more than 800 attendees sampled and voted for the County’s best soup, and more than $10,000 was raised and donated directly to the County’s five food pantries.
Judges Pick: Matt’s Red Rooster Grill for their Apple Wood Smoked Bacon, Potato and Corn Chowder.
1st Place (Popular Vote): Mountain View Chalet for their Italian Wedding Soup.
2nd Place (Tie for Popular Vote): Hunterdon Medical Center for their Creamy Wild Mushroom Soup.
2nd Place (Tie for Popular Vote): Ye Olde Sub Base for their Beer Cheese Soup.
3rd Place (Popular Vote): 55 Main for their Crab Chowder.
Best Table Presentation: Hunterdon Medical Center
|2013 Soup Cookoff – Photo Album|
|Mountain View Chalet||Italian Wedding Soup|
|Teaberry’s Tea Room||Chicken Artichoke and Brie Soup|
|DiSh Catering||Roasted Poblano Bisque with Chicken|
|Hunterdon Medical Center||Creamy Wild Mushroom Soup|
|55 Main||Crab Chowder|
|Matt’s Red Rooster Grill||Apple Wood Smoked Bacon, Potato and Corn Chowder|
|Inn of the Hawk||Stuffed Pepper Soup|
|River Blue Cafe||Country Ham and Three Bean Soup|
|Milford Oyster House||Vegetable Beef Soup|
|Theresa’s Cafe||Tomato Basil with Grilled Cheese Croutons|
|Ye Olde Sub Base||Beer Cheese Soup|
|Basil Bandwagon||Coconut Red Lentil Soup|
|Max’s 31, a Trattoria||Pasta Fagioli|
|Metropolitan Seafood & Gourmet||New England Clam Chowder|
|The Pattenburg House||Tuscan Potato Soup|
|Garden Gourmet||Ultimate Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons|
|Chive and Thyme Catering||Chicken Pot Pie Soup|
|Jakes Restaurant||Seafood Gumbo|
|Panatieri’s Pizza & Pasta||Zuppa Di Mare|
|Caffe Galleria Restaurant||Chicken Chowder|
5th Annual Hunterdon County Rotary Soup Cook-Off (Mon, 2/27/2012): The 5th Annual Hunterdon County Rotary Soup Cook-Off was held on Mon, 2/27/2012 from 4:30 to 7:00pm at the H.C.R.H.S. Commons.
First Place went to the Mountain View Chalet for their fabulous Chicken Gumbo, for which they received the SOUPER BOWL trophy for the BEST SOUP IN HUNTERDON COUNTY. They are located at 154 Route 73 (just off I-78) in Asbury, NJ. Second Place went to Teaberry’s Tea Room for their Smoked Cheddar Shrimp Corn Chowder. Third Place went to DISHcatering for their Tomato Bacon Bisque topped with Warm Raclette.
2011 Soup Cook Off – Highlights:
4th Annual Hunterdon County Rotary Soup Cook-Off (Mon, 2/28/2011): The 4th Annual Hunterdon County Rotary Soup Cook-Off was held on Mon, 2/28/2011 from 4:30 to 7:30pm at the H.C.R.H.S. Commons. Thanks to the combined efforts of the Hunterdon County Rotary Clubs, there was a turnout of 521 people.
The Mountain View Chalet located at 154 Route 73 (just off I-78) in Asbury, NJ, won the SOUPER BOWL trophy for the BEST SOUP IN HUNTERDON COUNTY, with their fabulous Tomato Bisque. Ed Coss from the Milford Oyster House won the SILVER AWARD and Anthony Krzywicki from the Inn of the Hawk in Lambertville was the BRONZE AWARD winner. Inn of the Hawk also won the Best Presentation Award.
Soup Supports Hunterdon County Food Banks:
The Hunterdon County Rotary Soup Cook-Off is a community awareness project of the Hunterdon County Rotary Clubs. All net proceeds will be donated to the various food banks in Hunterdon County. The following are the Food Banks supported:
Delaware Valley Interfaith Council
Flemington Area Food Pantry
North Hunterdon Food Pantry
Open Cupboard Food Pantry
Joint Effort by the Hunterdon County Rotary Clubs:
This event is organized and run as a joint effort by the Rotary Clubs of Flemington, Clinton Sunrise, North Hunterdon, Lambertville-New Hope and Whitehouse. We are service clubs dedicated to helping people in our community and throughout the world. The event is held at the end of February in recognition of Rotary International’s Anniversary, which had it’s very first meeting on February 23, 1905 in Room 711 of the Unity Building in Chicago as convened by Rotary founder Paul P. Harris.