Smith Street simmers up a soup festival this Saturday

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That little nip in the air meants it’s time for the Smith Street Soup Festival.

On Saturday, Oct. 23, Brooklynites will have the chance to taste over 20 different soups from local purveyors, on a stroll along Brooklyn’s beloved restaurant row between Atlantic Avenue and Carroll Street.

The festival will feature tastings from Seersucker, Verde, Lunetta, Bar Tabac and 17 others — and one $5 ticket gets you samples of all of them.

The best broths will be awarded gold, silver and bronze soup ladles, in each of three categories: consommé, veloute (pureed) and peasant-style. The winners will be determined by a cast of “celebrity” judges and the public.

Bette Stoltz, the director of the South Brooklyn Local Development Corporation, which is sponsoring the event, said she was inspired by similar soup festivals that take place in the French countryside.

“Why not do it here? It’s the season for soup and its something that everybody likes, but for some reason it doesn’t get the respect it deserves,” said Stoltz. “This is just making soup the star of show.”

Over at Verde, owner Cono Moreno said he and his chef Dino Castri are considering some sort of lentil or minestrone.

“This is a very cool idea,” said Moreno. “The time for soup is in October.”

Tickets are $5 per individual or $10 per family unit, and will benefit both the South Brooklyn LDC and the HS for International Studies’ Culinary Arts Program.

Get it while it’s hot.

Smith Street Soup Festival [between Atlantic Avenue and Carroll Street, (718) 852-0328], Oct. 23 (rain date, Oct. 24).

Updated 5:21 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

maria maldnado from boerum hill says:
I want to know how can i get a ticket for the soup
Oct. 18, 2010, 2:48 pm
trace from park slope says:
soup of the evening
beautiful soup.
soup beautiful soup!
Oct. 18, 2010, 3:06 pm
Debbie from Red Hook says:
What time does it start?
Oct. 18, 2010, 4:40 pm
Dave from Clinton Hill says:
Great idea, will be there for sure :)
Oct. 18, 2010, 7:15 pm
Chris from Boerum Hill says:

1pm-4pm, according to 'Pardon Me for Asking'
Oct. 19, 2010, 1:34 pm
Lee from Carroll Gardens says:
You can get the tickets on the corner of Smith and President.
Oct. 22, 2010, 10:48 pm
Bruce from Midwood. says:
I hope they will have a lot of urinals!!!
Oct. 23, 2010, 7:59 am
Carole from Brighton Beach says:
The 2 places where I read about this event did not say where to get the tickets, & the 2 phone nos. for more info. didn't answer! So I had to travel there "blind," & just took a chance getting off the F train at Carroll St., & was lucky to find a near-by place to get a ticket. This was a real shot in the dark that just happened to work out OK, & I was apprehensive that I would arrive & not be able to get into the program. Next time please improve your instructions & directions. Also, some of the places ran out of soup quite early, which was very frustrating, & some dispensed different soups than they were listed for. (I was especially disappointed that they ran out of the lobster bisque & substituted something else.) I heard that a lot of people could not even get tickets or wristbands because they were all used up. And some of the places had very long lines & long waits. Aside from these logistical concerns, though, it was great event, an excellent idea, & the soups were generally delicious! I hope this will be done again, with all the glitches worked out & with ample soup for everybody wanting it & during the entire time-frame the event is advertised for. Thank you.
Oct. 23, 2010, 7:33 pm
Rebecca from Forrest Hills says:
Sounds like a great fall festival. Can't wait to try all the soups.
Nov. 2, 2010, 11:16 am
gordon from carroll gardens says:
Dear Brooklyn Paper - if you report that a local competition is going on please follow up with a report on the outcome. Who had the best soup? We the people who live in the neighborhood would actually like to know - perhaps then this web page which is essentially dead as it merely announces an upcoming event could be of use to us.
Nov. 13, 2010, 6:51 pm
Smith says:
$20.00 is for all 27 soups

$5.00 is for 4 soups

each sample is 4 ounces

there is also a $10.00 option but I forget how many soups that inculdes
Oct. 20, 2011, 1:19 pm

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