Greetings, all, this is a busy month for the [western mass] EatUp! Last night, we met at Ollie's in Shelburne Falls and this Sunday, it's ON at my house in Conway for the Soup Swap, in celebration of and solidarity with National Soup Swap Day!
This is going to be a long, detailed email, so if you are certain you are not coming, you can skip it, but if you think you wanna come, hurry up and RSVP if you haven't already: Pioneer Valley Soup Swap is on!
Because it is important we be on time to swap soup, we will begin at promptly 5:30, so you may want to get there closer to 5pm. Generally, soup is swapped an hour after the party begins: Party at 5:30, Swap at 6:30, people are leaving by 7:30, though some may stay later?Here's the order of business (from the soupswap.com site):
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. Begin 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. Socialize a bit more, and then home to enjoy your new soups!Here's what is advised to bring:
1. 6 quarts of soup divided into 1 qt containers (can be dairy-free, vegetarian or otherwise) or ziplock bags. I just bought 2 4-packs of 5.2 cup containers (rubbermaid) at Stop & Shop for $2.99. Share 3 packs with a friend and it will work out perfectly. (1 qt is 4 cups, with a bit of room to expand when freezing). It's a good idea to make your soups early and get them in the freezer before Sunday.
2. 6-20 typed out copies of the recipes for your soup, with the story, if you have one. The STORY is often the ingredient that makes the soup magical! We appreciate the recipes for two reasons: first, if someone is allergic, they can see what's in the soup, and second, if someone LOVES the soup, they can make it at home!
3. a cooler or container to hold your soups (the ones you bring and the ones you are taking home)
4. one group also has it's members bring a 6-pack of the beer that goes best with their soup and gifts the receivers of their soup with a beer each! (I love this idea, but it is totally optional)
5. a bottle of wine or other beverage to share while we socialize
6. a light appetizer to share while we socializeDirections to Jessica & Zach's in Conway: 116 Maple St. Conway, MA 01341 ph:[masked]
Take 91 to the Deerfield/Rt 116 exit. Take 116 towards Conway. Once you see the Greenfield Savings Bank on your right, the road will curve around and you will see a big stone grinding wheel on the right that says "Conway 1648" (or some date on it). Make a left just before the wheel, I believe it is Whately Rd. You will immediately pass a church on your right, stay to the right and the next right is Maple St. going up the hill, just past a beautiful old gray house with a barn attached. We are at the crest of the hill on the right. There is a stone wall on either side of our driveway. Our front door entrance is at the back, near the barn. (we have a neighbor in the front) park anywhere you can!
There is also a back way from Haydenville/Williamsburg, if you don't know it, just call me.
We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!
Jessica & Zach
If you have any questions, please feel free to email or call: [address removed][masked]