Food bank benefits from annual Super Bowl fundraiser

PUHI — There was no line when doors to Souper Sunday opened at 11:30 a.m. at the Clayworks at Kilohana.

“Don’t worry, they’ll be coming,” said Linn Ellingson, one of three sisters working at Clayworks. “A lot of people come after church, but they’ll be here before the big game starts.”

Souper Sunday is a benefit for the Kaua‘i Food Bank started by Susan Pittman more than a dozen years ago.

This year’s event was made more exciting when Pittman realized she had a conflicting class on the same day, Ellingson said.

But that class only served to add spice to the stream of diners waiting for their Roasted Kabocha Pumpkin Coconut Bisque.

Amanda Burlile of New York and her mother, Rhonda Burlile of Ohio, were busy working to create their own bowls under Pittman’s guidance while diners trooped past the garden work area.

“This is the first time I’m doing this,” an excited Rhonda said, lifting her first bowl up to dry before starting a second.

Pittman said the addition of Hanalima Bakery as contributors to the event this year gave diners rolls to accompany their soup.

“We sold out early this year,” Ellingson said. “We had a ceiling of 150 bowls, but after everything is done, we’ll go through between 160 to170 bowls.”

Diners contributed a $25 donation that earned them a custom bowl filled with the soup created by Gaylord’s restaurant and could either enjoy it in the garden setting or have it to go.

“I have to go,” Kelvin Moniz, the Kaua‘i Food Bank operations manager, said. “My daughter is already calling.”

For more information, visit www.clayworksatkilohana.com or call 246-2529.

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