Bethlehem Press

Sunday, June 24, 2018
Press Photos by Tim Gilman5447 Trisha Witman and Katrina De Vito of Bethlehem look over the Souper Bowl IX program list of Lehigh Valley restaurants and their featured soups to make their selections. The newcomers to the ArtsQuest culinary event were sitting at their table loaded with empty soup sample cups and a basket of spoons. Press Photos by Tim Gilman5447 Trisha Witman and Katrina De Vito of Bethlehem look over the Souper Bowl IX program list of Lehigh Valley restaurants and their featured soups to make their selections. The newcomers to the ArtsQuest culinary event were sitting at their table loaded with empty soup sample cups and a basket of spoons.
Anita Zawada of Kempton samples soup from Emeril’s Fish House at the Bethlehem Sands Casino. “It’s so good,” said the first-timer, who was tasting Lump Crab and Sweet Corn Chowder. Anita Zawada of Kempton samples soup from Emeril’s Fish House at the Bethlehem Sands Casino. “It’s so good,” said the first-timer, who was tasting Lump Crab and Sweet Corn Chowder.
press photos by tim gilmanPeople’s Choice Souper Bowl IX Champion Benjamin Leffler, chef at Roosevelt’s 21st of Bethlehem, holds the coveted engraved spoon award with ArtsQuest President and CEO Kassie Hilgert. ArtsQuest sponsors and organizes the annual soup tasting activity which serves as a fundraiser for its arts and education programs for young people. Leffler, a Bethlehem resident, prepared press photos by tim gilmanPeople’s Choice Souper Bowl IX Champion Benjamin Leffler, chef at Roosevelt’s 21st of Bethlehem, holds the coveted engraved spoon award with ArtsQuest President and CEO Kassie Hilgert. ArtsQuest sponsors and organizes the annual soup tasting activity which serves as a fundraiser for its arts and education programs for young people. Leffler, a Bethlehem resident, prepared
5473 Holding the People’s Choice Souper Bowl IX Champion spoon over his head is Benjamin Leffler, chef at Roosevelt’s 21 in Bethlehem, during the finale of the culinary event in the ArtsQuest Cafe. The Christmas City resident was all smiles after winning the special award for his unique Beer Can Chicken Chowder. It is customary for the large, engraved spoon to be displayed at the award-winning 5473 Holding the People’s Choice Souper Bowl IX Champion spoon over his head is Benjamin Leffler, chef at Roosevelt’s 21 in Bethlehem, during the finale of the culinary event in the ArtsQuest Cafe. The Christmas City resident was all smiles after winning the special award for his unique Beer Can Chicken Chowder. It is customary for the large, engraved spoon to be displayed at the award-winning
5478 Holding the People’s Choice Souper Bowl IX Champion Spoon is Benjamin Leffler, Chef at at Roosevelt’s 21 in Bethlehem. The Christmas City resident was all smiles after winning the coveted award for his unique Beer Can Chicken Chowder. It is customary for the large, engraved spoon to be displayed at the award-winning restaurant. 5478 Holding the People’s Choice Souper Bowl IX Champion Spoon is Benjamin Leffler, Chef at at Roosevelt’s 21 in Bethlehem. The Christmas City resident was all smiles after winning the coveted award for his unique Beer Can Chicken Chowder. It is customary for the large, engraved spoon to be displayed at the award-winning restaurant.
Rich Messebauer of Pen Argyl of the Dan DeChellis Trio on the Musikfest Cafe stage entertaining Souper Bowl IX attendees. Rich Messebauer of Pen Argyl of the Dan DeChellis Trio on the Musikfest Cafe stage entertaining Souper Bowl IX attendees.
Ashley Sherman, an Aramark chef, and assistant Christina Mejlas, left, serve soup samples to Bob Nolter of Catasauqua. Nolter said he’s a “regular” at Souper Bowl, his seventh year. Aramark is a South Bethlehem catering company with ArtsQuest as a major client. Ashley Sherman, an Aramark chef, and assistant Christina Mejlas, left, serve soup samples to Bob Nolter of Catasauqua. Nolter said he’s a “regular” at Souper Bowl, his seventh year. Aramark is a South Bethlehem catering company with ArtsQuest as a major client.
Sisters Kim and Jennifer Evans of Bethlehem, first-timers at the Souper Bowl, are served soup samples of Portuguese Seafood Soup by Chef Alen Singer from Café The Lodge in South Bethlehem. “It’s awesome, we’re getting full from all the good soup,” Kim Evans said. Sisters Kim and Jennifer Evans of Bethlehem, first-timers at the Souper Bowl, are served soup samples of Portuguese Seafood Soup by Chef Alen Singer from Café The Lodge in South Bethlehem. “It’s awesome, we’re getting full from all the good soup,” Kim Evans said.
Giovanni Rivera helps fill sample cups with soup at Cathy’s Creative Catering and Cafe booth at Souper Bowl IX. The boy is the son of Cathy’s assistant chef, Joseph Ayala, who said he brings several of his children to the culinary event each year to help out. The Catasauqua Cafe featured Clam and Chorizo Chowder and Spanish Rice and Bean Soup this year at Souper Bowl. Giovanni Rivera helps fill sample cups with soup at Cathy’s Creative Catering and Cafe booth at Souper Bowl IX. The boy is the son of Cathy’s assistant chef, Joseph Ayala, who said he brings several of his children to the culinary event each year to help out. The Catasauqua Cafe featured Clam and Chorizo Chowder and Spanish Rice and Bean Soup this year at Souper Bowl.
Joelle Anoussa feeds her daughter Rita with soup samples at Souper Bowl IX. The young mother said she was wearing a green apron from the Forks Mediterranean Deli from Forks Township soup stand at the Souper Bowl where she was volunteering for her parents. Joelle Anoussa feeds her daughter Rita with soup samples at Souper Bowl IX. The young mother said she was wearing a green apron from the Forks Mediterranean Deli from Forks Township soup stand at the Souper Bowl where she was volunteering for her parents.
5413 Joelle Anoussa feeds her daughter Rita with soup samples at Souper Bowl IX. The young mother said she was wearing a green apron from the Forks Mediterranean Deli from Forks Township soup stand at the Souper Bowl where she was volunteering for her parents. 5413 Joelle Anoussa feeds her daughter Rita with soup samples at Souper Bowl IX. The young mother said she was wearing a green apron from the Forks Mediterranean Deli from Forks Township soup stand at the Souper Bowl where she was volunteering for her parents.
5424 Joelle Anoussa feeds her daughter Rita with soup samples at Souper Bowl IX. The young mother said she was wearing a green apron from the Forks Mediterranean Deli from Forks Township soup stand at the Souper Bowl where she was volunteering for her parents. 5424 Joelle Anoussa feeds her daughter Rita with soup samples at Souper Bowl IX. The young mother said she was wearing a green apron from the Forks Mediterranean Deli from Forks Township soup stand at the Souper Bowl where she was volunteering for her parents.
Drummer Dan DeChellis of Easton and Joe Falcey at keyboard of the Dan DeChellis Trio entertain Souper Bowl attendees from the Musikfest Café stage. Drummer Dan DeChellis of Easton and Joe Falcey at keyboard of the Dan DeChellis Trio entertain Souper Bowl attendees from the Musikfest Café stage.
Musikfest volunteer Jayne Snyder prepares a tray of soup sample cups to be distributed to the crowd. “I volunteer every year for the Souper Bowl,” said the Schnecksville woman. Musikfest volunteer Jayne Snyder prepares a tray of soup sample cups to be distributed to the crowd. “I volunteer every year for the Souper Bowl,” said the Schnecksville woman.

Fly Beer Can Chicken Soup, fly! 19 restaurants participate in annual Arts Quest fundraiser

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 by Tim Gilman Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

Souper Bowl IX attracted some 500 ticket holders to the Musikfest Cafe Jan. 27 to sample 29 soups from 19 local restaurants during a three-hour culinary event. The annual ArtsQuest fundraiser netted more than $20,000 for its Arts Education Fund. According to Julie Benjamin, vice president of Community Partnerships for ArtsQuest, the ninth annual Souper Bowl was a sellout.

Roosevelt’s 21st of Bethlehem won the top People’s Choice award sponsored by The Restaurant Store. The runner-up restaurants were Volpe’s Sports Bar of Emmaus, with a Beer Belly Bisque, and The View at Morgan Hill in Easton, with a Creme Brulee Soup.

The official Souper Bowl judging panel also announced the following winners: Best Ethnic, Greek Mountain Stew from Daisy Hill Deli & Grill in Allentown; Best Meat-Based, Beer Can Chicken Chowder from Roosevelt’s 21st in Bethlehem; Best Cream-Based, Creme Brulee Soup from The View at Morgan Hill in Easton; Best Seafood-Based, Shrimp Bisque from SouthSide 313 in Bethlehem; Best Vegetarian, Broccoli Cheddar Soup from Johnny’s Bagels & Deli in Bethlehem and Allentown; and Most Original, Kefir Yogurt Fig Soup from Forks Mediterranean Deli in Forks Township.

The 10th annual Souper Bowl is scheduled for Jan. 26, 2019, from noon to 3 p.m. in the Musikfest Cafe at the ArtsQuest Center in South Bethlehem at SteelStacks. Tickets will go on sale later this year, according to an ArtsQuest media release.