Serving up Souper fun

PUHI — Cheryl Brady of Wailua said it takes Mainland people like Kate Riley to show folks how to have fun during the Souper Bowl Sunday event at the Clayworks at Kilohana.

“We were just going to come in and get our bowls early,” Brady said. “But when we got here, Susan Pittman said we could glaze our own bowls if we come back. The glazed bowls would be ready for pick up at this Souper Bowl event.”

Brady and Riley took advantage of Pittman’s suggestion, and were the first people to glaze their own Souper Bowl creations.

“This was a lot of fun,” Brady said. “It took some time, but it turned out nice. Kate’s bowl even has her fingerprints in the glaze. Sometimes, it takes those Mainland people to show us how to have fun. This is so much fun, they should promote it more.”

Brady and Riley were among the steady stream of soup aficionados to enjoy the Roasted Butternut Squash Soup prepared by Gaylord’s executive chef Todd Barrett in a hand-made, glazed soup bowl to benefit the Mobile Munchies program prepared by the Lihue Lutheran Church.

“Chef Barrett is always so good about doing this,” Pittman said. “This year, he’s got some roasted and seasoned squad seeds from the squash he used as garnish. That is a nice extra touch.”

Cecilia Perreira was one of the customers picking up soup for take-out.

“She’s one of the original starters of the Mobile Munchies program,” Pittman said. “She was the kitchen manager at the Salvation Army when we met and the Mobile Munchies program started.”

Started in 2005 with just 36 “mobile” meals being served each week, the program has grown rapidly to include more than 400 meals being served each week.

“The first Mobile Munchies were being packed by Linda Garrett and her husband,” Pittman said.

“The program grew pretty rapidly, and for a while Robert and myself were packing half of what we needed at our home. The program eventually grew to where it was better to pack everything at the Lihue Lutheran Church kitchen.”

Dennis and Sue Legan of Salem, Oregon, thought Sunday’s program was worthwhile.

“We were just in the shop to look at what they had,” Dennis said. “But when we heard, this is a good deal. When we go back to Oregon, we have another soup event to attend, this time to benefit women in transition program.”

The Legans liked the fact that the event is over before the National Football League Super Bowl kickoff.

“She’ll probably go shopping while the Super Bowl is on,” Dennis said. “I’m just going to watch it in the condo.”

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