Re: [Western-Mass-Eat-Up] New Meetup: Pioneer Valley Soup Swap is on!

From: Rickie
Sent on: Wednesday, December 9, 2009 8:46 PM
Oh, lets all stretch ourselves and go for the potluck!!!!!  lol

Rickie


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From: Jessica Waters <[address removed]>
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Subject: RE: [Western-Mass-Eat-Up­] New Meetup: Pioneer Valley Soup Swap 
is on!



I���m thinking that we might make it a potluck, but that might be too 
much for people. Did you register for the event? That way, you will be 
counted. Can���t wait! It should be really fun.
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Sent: Wednesday, December 09,[masked]:16 PM
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Subject: Re: [Western-Mass-Eat-Up­] New Meetup: Pioneer Valley Soup Swap 
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HI jessica,

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you can count me in for the soup swap. ��Does this mean there is no food 
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Thanks,

Jenna

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On Dec 8, 2009, at 2:01 AM, Jessica Waters wrote:





Announcing a new Meetup for [Western Mass] Eat-Up!!

What: Pioneer Valley Soup Swap is on!

When: January 23,[masked]: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:
http://soupswap.c...­

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 
friends.

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 
treasured recipe?
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 
gone.
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.

warmly,

Jessica

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http://www.meetup...­




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