Rotary Club to hold soup night for charity
jantoshak@ chespub. com
— For the fifth straight year, the Rotary Club in this town will hold a soup cook- off charity event to benefit local food banks, and organizers are expecting its biggest turnout yet.
According to Bernie Janoson, committee chairman and president-elect of the Rotary Club, last year’s cook-off drew around 400 people, and the group has set a loftier goal of 500 for this year. The event’s been growing in size by about 25 percent every year, he said.
Tickets cost $10, and for that price a person can spend Thursday evening testing soups from local restaurants and voting for “the best soup of Cecil County.” The Rotary Club will divvy up the proceeds between three county organizations: St. Mary Anne’s Episcopal Church Outreach, the Ray of Hope Food Pantry and Nicanor, Inc.
Janoson added that because of this growth, its awards are becoming a bit more coveted. Ticket holders vote for three categories including best decoration, best presentation and, most importantly, best tasting.
“It is something that the restaurants have come to really look forward to,” Janoson said. “It’s bragging rights.”
Ten restaurants will participate this year, including Market Street Cafe, Connie’s Market and the new Station 26. UnWined will return to the cook- off looking to defend the title it won last year.
Janoson declined to say how much money the event raised last year, because he worried it would set an expectation for the organizations receiving money this year. But, he said, whatever’s left of ticket sales after accounting for advertising and organizing goes to the charities.
The soup cook- off will take place from 4 to 8 p. m. Thursday at the Cecil County Memorial VFW Post 6027 at 815 Turkey Point Rd., North East. Tickets cost $ 10.