Press Photos by Tim GilmanSouper Bowl VIII attracted some 400 patrons to the Musikfest Cafe in the ArtsQuest Center Jan. 28. The popular soup-tasting festival featured 19 Lehigh Valley restaurants which offered a total of 24 different soups for attendees to sample. Awards were presented to the restaurants with the most popular soups. All proceeds from the Souper Bowl go to support the Arts
Sarah Zohir of Johnny’s Bagels & Deli from the Westgate Mall serves soup samples to Sue and Dick Vitterline of Upper Saucon Township. The couple said they come every year except when it’s been sold out and last year when it was snowed out.
Lynne Rush and Angela Carney, both of Bethlehem, sample Cheeseburger Soup from Nicollette Anders of Aramarks.
Cathy Bodisch, owner of Cathy’s Creative Catering and Cafe in Catasauqua serves soup samples to Tracy Samuelson of Bethlehem, who had a tray of soup cups for her friends. The Souper Bowl booth featured two soup choices - Cheesy Vegetable and Chicken Paprikash with Spaetzle Noodles.
Matt Hiller of Bethlehem samples soup. “I love it, I’ve tried so many different soups already,” said Miller who was with a friend Ashley Blum, also of Bethlehem.
Karen Smith of Center Valley shares a soup cup with her grandson, Jaxon. “I come every year,” said Smith who also added that Carrot Ginger soup was her favorite “so far.”
Kevin Janus of Bethlehem shares his soup with his daughter Daphne. The first-timer at the event said, “It’s great and fun. We like it.”
“The soups are delicious,” says Hanover Township resident Janet Tate. “It’s a great way to learn about the different restaurants in the area.” Tate said her first-time ticket was a gift from her husband who could not attend.
“We love it here,” said Jen Garland of Bethlehem.”It’s difficult to pick a favorite soup, Mexican Chicken Corn Chowder and Butter Nut Squash are very good so far.”
Soup samplers Kathy and Jeff Carlton of Nazareth share a table with Georgia and Dale Traupman of Bethlehem. Herbal Onion soup was one of their favorites.
Lilliana Ayala helps fill sample cups with soup at Cathy’s Creative Catering & Cafe booth. The young assistant is the daughter of Joey Ayala who is the chef at the Catasauqua restaurant.
PRESS PHOTO BY TIM GILMANPeople’s Choice winner Michael Dontas of Bethlehem holds up the Souper Bowl Champion Spoon. The award was presented as the finale of the Souper Bowl after the results of the special award selected by the eighth annual event’s attendees. Dontas is a co-owner of the Copperhead Grille in Allentown. The winning soup, “Vietnamese Pho” beef, was made by chef Phuong Nguyen of