Re: [Western-Mass-Eat-Up] New Meetup: Pioneer Valley Soup Swap is on!
Tuesday, December 8, 2009 4:45 PM
Hi Jessica, sounds like the eating and drinking will
be fun! However, there is no way I'll promise to make all that soup!
Now if one or more people want to partner with me, then I'd be tempted.
I await further information. Cheers...Ken
Jessica Waters wrote:
Announcing a new Meetup for [Western Mass] Eat-Up!!
What: Pioneer Valley Soup Swap is on!
When: January 23, 2010 5:30 PM
Where: (A location has not been chosen yet.)
Greetings, gang, we are finally getting on the national soup swap map!
Here's the link on the soup swap page:
Here's the S(c)oup:
Soup Swap Guidelines
So you want to host a soup swap? It’s a fun, easy way to get to know
your neighbors and get a wonderful mix of homemade soup for your
freezer! After six years of trial and error, out in Seattle, we’ve come
up with these guidelines to help simplify yours.
Planning Soup Swap
1. Schedule soup swap so there are at least two full weekends to make
soup. We’ve generally found that scheduling on a weeknight works best,
an event where folks can chat a bit, drink a little wine, and meet some
new folks without an investment in a long party (remember they’ve
already invested a lot of time making soup!)
2. Invite everyone you know, and then ask them to invite everyone they
know. There will be plenty of picky eaters and skeptics, but you’ll
want as many folks to show up as you can find!
3. Ask folks to bring SIX quarts of a frozen soup. Six quarts is
generally the biggest stock pot in most kitchens. Often the recipes
will need doubled or tweaked to get this amount. Every year someone
shows up with two kinds of soup so that they have the required SIX
quarts, which is fine, because the real requirement is that everyone
has the same amount of soup in same size containers.
4. We’ve never set a rule on what types of soup to bring, though some
soups don’t freeze particularly well, potato and cream soups for
example. If this is important to you, by all means specify, but in
order to get the biggest number of swappers, we always tell the
vegetarians that they may only get back a certain number of veggie soup
and may be left with a few meat soups they’ll have to give to their
5. The weekend before Soup Swap, remind folks and by all means, start
dropping hints on all the wonderful soup you’ve been hearing about.
After six years in Seattle, Soup Swap is up there with full-body
contact sports in competitiveness! Remind people that it is important
they be on time to swap soup. Generally, we swap soup an hour after the
party begins: Party at 6:30, Swap at 7:30, people are leaving by 8:00,
though some may stay later…
At Soup Swap
1. Chit chat and drink some wine. And by all means try to start
swapping soup on time!
2. Gather the soup (and the chefs) in a central location. Admire the
quantity and variety.
3. Being the “Telling of the Soup”. This is each chef’s opportunity to
talk about what makes their soup special. Is it organic? It is spicy?
Does it have anything someone might not be able to eat? Is it a
4. Place “Soup Selection” numbers in a hat equal in number to the
participants and each person will draw a number.
Number 1 picks the first soup, Number 2 the second and so on, until
everyone has selected a soup. Repeat six times until all the soup is
5. We always find it best to remind folks to save the bags they came
with, as they will need them to take the soup home!
Everyone should now be leaving with the same amount of soup, but now it
is a wonderful mix of soup!
Sounds like fun to me! We will be taking the first 20 people who sign
up and then a waitlist of 10. no fees, no cost, I'll fill you in on the
details closer to event time.
I am not sure of the location, but if your house has a dining room or
living room big enough to hold a crowd and is fairly centrally located,
let me know!
Can't wait to join the crowd, this event will be going on that same day
all around the country.
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