Hunterdon County Rotary Soup Cook-Off
Please join us on Monday, February 27, 2017 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 restaurants 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.
An admission fee and a food donation to the Food Pantry entitles you to enjoy sample-size cups of any and all entered soups, plus the opportunity to vote for your favorite. The soups will be accompanied by rolls prepared by Hunterdon County Polytech Culinary Arts students and students from Hunterdon Central Regional High School.
At the end of the evening, two trophies will be awarded; one for PEOPLE’S CHOICE and one for JUDGE’S CHOICE. Each champion will have the honor of displaying the coveted SOUPER BOWL TROPHIES in their restaurant for the year. An additional award will be presented for the BEST VISUAL PRESENTATION so be creative in your table presentation.
There is no entry fee for restaurants & their 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 and their restaurants 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. Refer to the restaurant registration form for additional information.
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.
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
Starfish 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, Whitehouse and the Hunterdon Horizon eClub. 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.
|1) Hunterdon County Polytech (Career Cafe)||Buffalo Chicken Chowder|
|2) Caffe Galleria||Tomato Basil|
|3) Atrium Cafe (Hunterdon Wellness Center)||Squash & Rutabaga with brandied Pears & Parsnips|
|4) Peking Wok
||Hot & Sour|
|5) Grateful Bites
||Bourbon Butternut Squash|
|6) Hunterdon Medical Center
|7) Mountain View Chalet
|8) Basil Bandwagon
||Carrot, Ginger Coconut|
|9) 55 Main
|10) Marhaba Restaurant
|11) Brunello Trattoria||Cream Broccoli with Bacon|
|12) Ye Old Sub Base
|13) Cajun Dragon Catering
||Butternut Pear Curried Bisque|
|14) Jakes Restaurant & Bar||Split Pea with Smoked Ham|
|15) Cocoa Loew Co Catering
|16) Dockside Market & Grill||Thai Lentil|
|18) The Ship Inn
2016 Soup Cook Off – Highlights
The 9th Annual Hunterdon County Rotary Soup Cook-Off was held on Monday, February 29, 2016 at the H.C.R.H.S. Commons. Nearly 600 people were in attendance and the event raised more than $10,000 that will be donated to the six food pantries in Hunterdon County.
Winners of the PEOPLE’s Choice:
1st Place (People’s Choice): Huterdon County Polytech (Career Cafe) for their Parsnip White Bean & Roasted Garlic
2nd Place (People’s Choice): Cook to Order for their Tomato & Spinach Bisque
3rd Place (People’s Choice): 55 Main for their Lobster Pot Pie
Winners of the JUDGE’s Choice:
1st Place (Judge’s Choice): 55 Main for their Lobster Pot Pie
2nd Place (Judge’s Choice): The Pattenburg House for their Broccoli Cheddar
3rd Place (Judge’s Choice): Atrium Cafe (Hunterdon Wellness Center) for their Hot & Sour Asian Chicken
Best Table Presentation: Hunterdon Medical Center
|1) Milford Oyster House||Bayou Black Bean Soup
|2) 55 Main
||Lobster Pot Pie
|3) The Pattenburg House
|4) Cook To Order
||Tomato & Spinach Bisque
|5) Jakes Restaurant & Bar
||Cream of Mushroom
|6) Brunello Trattoria
||Italian Wedding Soup
|7) Caffe Galleria
|8) Oase Grille (Clinton Holiday Inn)
||Butternut Squash Bisque
|9) Copper Hill Country Club
|10) Basil Bandwagon
|11) Hunterdon County Polytech (Career Cafe)
||Parsnip White Bean & Roasted Garlic
|12) Dockside Market & Grill
||Crab & Barley Soup
|13) Rosemont Cafe
||Black Bean with Cilantro, Sour Cream & Tortillas
|14) Hunterdon Medical Center
|15) Atrium Cafe (Hunterdon Wellness Center)
||Hot & Sour Asian Chicken Soup
|16) Ye Olde Sub Base||Beer Cheese Soup|
2015 Soup Cook Off – Highlights
The 8th Annual Hunterdon County Rotary Soup Cook-Off was held on Monday, February 23, 2015 at the H.C.R.H.S. Commons.
Judges Choice: Caffe Galleria for their Butternut Squash Bisque
1st Place (People’s Choice): Caffe Galleria for their Butternut Squash Bisque
2nd Place (People’s Choice): Teaberry’s Tea Room for their Bacon Cheeseburger Soup
3rd Place (People’s Choice): Mountain View Chalet for their Cream of Potato & Apple Wood Bacon Soup
Best Table Presentation: Hunterdon Medical Center
|1) Caffe Galleria||Butternut Squash Bisque
|2) The Grill Shack
||Hearty Tomato Soup
|3) Teaberry’s Tea Room||Bacon Cheeseburger
|4) Hunterdon Medical Center||Bermuda Fish Chowder
|5) Riley & Jakes||Cajun Chicken & Sausage Soup
|6) The Pattenburg House||Stuffed Pepper Soup
|7) Cook To Order||Chicken and Sausage Gumbo
|8) Dockside Market & Grill||New England Clam Chowder
|9) Milford Oyster House||Crab Corn Chowder
|10) Baker’s Treat||St. Patty’s Day Soup
|11) Brunel Trattoria
|12) Chive & Thyme Cafe||Louisiana Gumbo with Andouille, Shrimp & Chicken
|13) 55 Main||Chicken and Corn Chowder
|14) La Casa Bianca||Chocolate Cappuccino Soup
|15) Basil Bandwagon||Cuban Black Bean
|16) Mountain View Chalet||Cream of Potato & Apple Wood Bacon
|17) Ye Olde Sub Base||Beer Cheese Soup
|18) The National Hotel (Frenchtown)||Andouille, Shrimp & Crawfish Gumbo
|19) Kingtut||Wild Mushroom Soup
|20) Oase Grille (Clinton Holiday Inn)||Louisiana Gumbo|
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.