If you have a soup recipe that you’re especially proud of, here is your chance to show it off: On Thursday, Jan. 12, from 6 to 8 p.m., the Brookline Public Library will host its fourth annual Soup Night event, where amateur chefs are invited to bring a slow cooker full of their own homemade soup to share with other participants and attending tasters.
“In wintertime, soup is always a comfort food. Everyone has their favorites that they love to make and share,” Library Director Myra Emmons said. “So we wanted to have a social get-together that allowed people to share their recipes with each other and have a good time. It’s been very popular. A lot of people come out to try the different soups.”
Those entering a soup are encouraged to bring copies of their recipe if they’re willing to share it so that tasters can try making the soups they liked best at home for themselves. People are also invited to make and bring loaves of their own fresh homemade bread to accompany the soups.
Emmons said there are usually around 12 to 15 different soups available to try and that the library has yet to see a Soup Night that features duplicate kinds of soups.
“We’ve had lots of different ones over the years,” she said. “There was a seafood chowder that was really good. There’s been tortilla soup, a chili tomato-based soup, ham and bean, lentil, Portuguese sausage, kale, squash, all kinds of things. There’s always a real variety.”
This year’s Soup Night will include a new element: a friendly competition with a judging panel comprised of the town administrator and other community notables. The winning soup maker will receive bragging rights and their name on the library’s “Tureen of Tastiness.”
“I’ve been a little wary of making it a competitive thing because I know sometimes those can get a little heated,” Emmons said, “and it’s still intended to be more of a community gathering, but we wanted to try this out to see if people like having the judges, just for fun.”
Soup Night is free and open to everyone for sharing and tasting, regardless of residency or library membership. There is no deadline to register as an entrant, but the library does ask that those interested in bringing a soup sign up at the front desk and indicate what kind of soup they plan to make.