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Soup’s on early

Soup is early this year, said Susan Pittman of Clayworks at Kilohana, while forming a bowl on her wheel Tuesday.

“People are already starting to call in reservations,” Pittman said. “It seems like it was not so long ago that we did the last one.”

Souper Sunday, a fundraiser coinciding with the National Football League Super Bowl Sunday, is scheduled 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Clayworks at Kilohana. Diners can enjoy a specially created soup from Gaylord’s at Kilohana in a handmade ceramic soup bowl.

“This timing allows people time to come in and enjoy soup before the game, or pick up soup while heading to the game,” Pittman said. “We even have people who stay a bit and enjoy the soup.”

Approaching 20 years of serving soup and raising funds to benefit the Lihue Lutheran Church Mobile Munchies program, Pittman said this year she is offering traditional bowls and a new bowl featuring a smaller foot, taller body, and two-tone clay.

“This is for those people who have a growing collection of the same style of bowls,” Pittman said. “This is new, but diners are still able to use chopsticks (via the notched “holders”). 

Pittman is one of 10 core volunteers at the Lihue Lutheran Church Mobile Munchies program, which serves 400 sack lunches weekly. The lunches are distributed to Nana’s House in Waimea, the YWCA Women’s Shelter, the Boys & Girls Club and the Salvation Army.

“Every Thursday, I go to the church and make peanut butter sandwiches before coming to the shop,” she said. “You would be surprised at how fast I can make a PB sandwich.”

She said the group usually gets help from visitors. 

“This is a simple and wonderful way for people to help,” Pittman said. “Enjoy a bowl of soup on NFL Super Sunday while helping the community in a wonderful way.”

 For reservations, call 246-2529 during Clayworks’ hours, which are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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