The Port Washington Chamber of Commerce's 2nd Annual SOUPer BOWL was a great success. The weather was perfect for a soup contest, with cold temperatures and bright sunny skies. Over 400 eager and hungry residents and visitors attended and all received a warm, filling and tasty lunch and a fun-filled afternoon. The event, held on Jan. 31 at Fellowship Hall in the United Methodist Church, offered samples of soups from 17 of Port Washington's best restaurants and markets. Everyone who "bought a spoon" then got to vote for the 2009 SOUPer BOWL CHAMP. With so many delicious soups, it was difficult to predict who the winner would be.
Before the event opened to the public, a select panel of judges was invited to taste and rate the soups based on seven different criteria: taste, texture, aroma, color, spiciness, salt level and overall flavor. The SOUPer BOWL judges were Anne Arter, gourmet and representative of Head Coach Sponsor Daniel Gale Sothebys Real Estate; Wendy Collett, Personal Chef; Iron Chef Alex Lee; Dolores Kazanjian O'Brien, writer and restaurant reviewer for the Port Washington News; and Tracey Gilbert, gourmet and student at the Helen Keller National Center. When the judge's votes were tallied, the prestigious Judges' Choice Award for 2009 went to Ayhan's Mediterranean Marketplace for their Tex-Mex Chili
Then, from noon to 3 p.m., the public was invited to taste the soups and vote for their favorites. The people have spoken, and the People's Choice Award for 2009 goes to Sullivan's Quay for their shrimp bisque. Congratulations to these two fine establishments and to all those who donated soup for this great community event. The people who attended raved about the quality of all the soups and many were eager to patronize the food establishments and enjoy their favorite soups again.
In addition to the soup contest, the chamber invited local school clubs to have fundraisers at the event. The Children's Health Fund had four tables organized by Daly School Principal Elaine Ajello. Also, the United Methodist Church collected donations to support local food pantries. The chamber of commerce will donate a portion of the proceeds from the SOUPer BOWL to the Twin Pines Consumers Food Pantry.
The chamber's co-presidents, Warren Schein and Richard Strautman, were very pleased with the success of the event. They are telling everyone to reserve the Saturday before next year's Super Bowl for Port Washington's 3rd Annual SOUPer BOWL! They were grateful for the support of this year's sponsors: Head Coach sponsors: Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Real Estate and Gold Coast Family Dental; Assistant Coach sponsor: Amsterdam at Harborside, and Fans: Diane's Place Hair Salon, Sid Segall, Attorney-at-Law, State Bank of Long Island and Wright Music.
The chamber's committee members who worked so hard to make this event a reality and a success are: Anne Arter (Daniel Gale Sothebys), Nesli Ciner (Tava), Beth Fiore (Graphicworks), Brenda Garfield (After Five), Debbie Greco (Greco Integrated Communications), Detective Anthony Guzzello (Port Washington Police District), Carl Lalena (Kiwanis), Hal Linden (Ayhan's Mediterranean Marketplace and committee chairman), Marie Marcellino (Mainly Marketing), Catherine O'Neill (Sullivan's Quay), Bobbie Polay (Port Washington Chamber of Commerce), Jerry Rudnick (Kiwanis), Warren Schein (Town of North Hempstead Parks & Recreation), Diane Schubach (RE/MAX), Mitch Schwartz (Millenium Software) and Richard Strautman (Picus Enterprises).
The chamber is most grateful to the participating restaurants and markets that generously donated the soup for this event:
Ayhan's Fish Kebab
Ayhan's Mediterranean Marketplace
Ayhan's Shish Kebab
Bistro Du Village
Grill Room at Harbor Links Golf Course
Louie's Oyster Bar & Grille
Main Street Bakery
Stop & Shop