A beautiful meal

PUHI — Suzanne Woodruff did not have a preference on who would win the National Football League Super Bowl on Sunday.

“I kinda sorta don’t have an opinion,” said Woodruff, a diner at the Souper Bowl event at The Clayworks at Kilohana. “Maybe I’ll take Denver … yes, the Denver Broncos.”

The opinion triggered a round of laughter among the people gathered at the pottery workshop and retail outlet for soup in a hand-made ceramic bowl benefiting the Lihue Lutheran Church Mobile Munchies program.

Chef Todd Barrett of Gaylords, also located in Kilohana, created the special Tomato with White Wine Soup with toasted croutons and Parmesan cheese, served up with a sourdough roll from the Bread and Deli Connection.

“The Bread and Deli Connection supplies the Mobile Munchies program with the bread and rolls we use,” said Susan Pittman, who was serving up the soup along with sisters Joi Labok and Linn Ellingson.

Ariel Overton and Cassie Hays, both students at Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School, made sure all of the diners were well-stocked with croutons and rolls.

“This is our first time volunteering,” Hays said. “We have to be nice to the diners, greet everyone, and run supplies of croutons and rolls so the servers don’t run out.”

Victoria Oana, one of the volunteers from the Mobile Munchies program, said her granddaughter, Overton, was asking about volunteering and giving back to the community.

“She’s just 12 years old,” Oana said. “I’m so happy she had a concern about helping and giving back to the community. You’re never too young to learn about giving back.”

In return, Oana was checking out the Clayworks at Kilohana; she was seriously considering having her granddaughter’s birthday party at the ceramic workshop where celebrants would have a hands-on session making ceramic pieces as well as enjoying birthday refreshments.

Pittman said the Clayworks at Kilohana has been celebrating the Souper Bowl event for 20 years. This year’s goal was 130 bowls served.

For those who missed out on the event, the soup might be gone, but the bowls are still available.

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