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Fifth annual Soup Night

When: Thursday, Jan. 18, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Brookline Public Library, 16 Main St., Brookline
Cost: Free for entrants and tasters
Visit: bplnh.weebly.com or call 673-3330 to register




Soup-er tastes
Soup Night returns to Brookline Public Library

01/11/18
By Matt Ingersoll listings@hippopress.com



 Visitors to the Brookline Public Library who have their own recipes for soups or breads can enter them in a friendly competition to win bragging rights at the library’s fifth annual Soup Night, happening on Thursday, Jan. 18, at 6:30 p.m.

The event usually yields more than a dozen soups brought in by amateur chefs for everyone to try and decide their favorite kinds. It started in 2014 as a friendly community gathering in the wintertime — and, for the second year, will include the competitive element of judges choosing the winner as well.
“It’s one of our most popular programs and definitely a great thing for January,” library outreach coordinator Keith Thompson said. “Folks get to bring in their own soups and share them with everybody, but if somebody doesn’t feel like making soup, they can make a bread as well that would go with [the soups].”
There is no cost to enter your soup into the competition, nor requirement to be a town resident or library card holder — simply call or visit the library to sign up if you know which soup you’d like to make.
“Even many of the library staff … often plan on bringing soup … so it’s a great opportunity to either show off a favorite recipe or try someone else’s,” said Thompson.
Thompson said the soups entered in past events have included everything from traditional flavors like chicken noodle to some more inventive flavors that are often different each year.
“Last year’s winner was a sausage chowder. That was quite good,” he said. “Another one of my favorites was a Guinness beef stew, and then you’ll see seafood chowders and tomato-based soups.”
As with last year’s event, this year’s Soup Night will feature a panel of three “celebrity judges” who will taste each soup and vote on their favorite, which will win the Soup Night “champion bowl.” Each judge is a notable community member, according to Thompson, including Brookline’s town administrator, Tad Putney.
“We do encourage people to tell us what kind of soup [they’ll] bring … so we don’t end up with multiple kinds of the same soup,” Thompson said, adding that there is no deadline to register as an entrant.





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