Hot soup for warm hearts at Sewickley food bank fundraiser

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Varieties of soups will be featured at the Sewickley Soup Crawl, an annual fundraiser for the Sewickley Community Center Food Pantry, from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday in Sewickley village.

Restaurants will team up with retailers around the village to serve their best chowders, broths and bisques. Some of the teams are: LULA with Wilson & Weir, East Coast Sandwiches with Big Bang Comics & Collectibles, Vivo with House 15143, B Gourmet with Lex & Lynne, and Sharp Edge Bistro with Orr’s Jewelers.

After tasting the soups, attendees will vote for their favorite, and the victor will win the Golden Ladle award. The winner in 2013 was B Gourmet’s country ham & sweet potato, and in 2012 the sweet potato & chorizo from Café de Amis took the crown.

In a new spin this year, home cooks can enter the Sewickley Souper Chef contest on Broad Street.

For a $10 donation, soup cooks can bring a pot of their best to the contest where it will be judged by bloggers Julia Gongaware, Mandy McFadden, Sarah Sudar and Laura Zorch.

The Soup Crawl will even have a celebrity guest: Seinfeld’s Soup Nazi, Emmy-nominated actor Larry Thomas, will be at Big Bang Comics & Collectibles for a meet and greet.

Attendees are asked to bring one canned food to donate to the community center food pantry. Quaker Valley Middle School’s Studio Life after school programs also will benefit. 

Tickets are $10 if purchased before the soup crawl, and $15 on crawl day.

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