Laura Edwards, manager of the Tacoma Farmers Markets, reported that the soup feed at the Sixth Avenue Farmers Market last Tuesday raised $1,500 for Chanetta Ludwig, who TNT Diner readers may know as "The Bee Lady." Ludwig's husband died unexpectedly in August and the benefit was to raise money for the family.
The winner of the soup contest was Joel Mertens, chef of Masa, with a roasted corn and poblano soup. Click "more" to read the press release.
Infinite Soups will serve the winning roasted corn and poblano soup at their stores. More info here and here. UPDATE: I just got a call back from Infinite Soups owner Wendy Clapp. Not only will her restaurants serve the soup, but they'll also donate all proceeds from the sale of the soup to The Bee Lady. The soup is on the menu now. Go eat.
Infinite Soups locations:
Infinite Soups (mother ship location)Where: 445 Tacoma Ave. S., Tacoma; 253-274-0232
Infinite Soups Lunch Counter at Sanford & SonWhere: 744 Commerce, Tacoma The press release from the Tacoma Farmers Market:
Tacoma, WA – Tuesday night’s wind blew in a crowd of dedicated foodies to the 6th Avenue Farmers Market. There to support Chanetta Ludwig, AKA The Bee Lady, judge six soups from local leading cafés AND partake in a silent auction. Masa took first place with a Roasted Corn and Poblano soup prepared by executive chef Joel Mertens. This blind tasting kept the crowd guessing and all proceeds went to The Bee Lady. The event raised approximately $1,500 which will be increased by proceeds from Infinite Soups as they continue to serve the winning soup throughout the Fall Season in their two downtown locations.
What else was on the menu? Other participating cafés included: Gateway to India with their Curried Pumpkin Soup (topped with a white magical drizzle and sprinkled with classic Indian spices), Babblin Babs Bistro with their Root Vegetable Soup (sprinkled with Asaggio cheese and green onions), Clam Chowder from E9, Curried Squash Soup topped with Romanesco Sauce from Merende; and Spicy Italian Meatball Soup from Old Milwaukee Café and Bakery.
Late Pacific Northwest sunshine illuminated the event but the chill kept the soup line moving. “How am I ever going to decide which soup to select,” asked participant Jim Rich as he licked his lips to clear his palette before each delicious variety. It seemed that everyone was torn between such amazing soup entries but Masa took the lead after a late evening rush. All soups were made from Farmers Market ingredients and Infinite Soups performed a live soup cooking demonstration.
“Chanetta was vending honey at the 6th Avenue Market last month when she got the call about her husband’s sudden death,” shared Laura Edwards, Market Director, “we were so pleased to see her return to the market Tuesday night and see her surrounded by supporters who purchased unusually large amounts of honey. Chanetta was so grateful for this financial assistance in her time of grief as she continues to comfort her 7 children and run a Pierce County farm. She is a strong woman and this is just the type of ‘leg up’ that she needed right now.”