This year is the 20th anniversary of Ford Our Kids Soup Sunday, the big foodie event benefiting Our Kids, a nonprofit organization that provides medical evaluations and crisis counseling for children and families struggling with the issue of child sexual abuse. It’s my favorite charity that I truly wish didn’t have to exist.
But back to the food. What’s the deal? For the cost of your ticket, you can sample soups from dozens of the city’s best restaurants. Most of the soups have been specially created for this event. Check out the recipe for last year’s winning soup, Roasted Corn and Chipotle Bisque on chef Christopher Futrell’s blog. He's scheduled be on hand for this year’s competition with Silo, where he is now sous chef. The list of other participating restaurants is long, but includes perennial favorite and longtime participant, Sunset Grill and Sperry’s, among others. Check out the full list of participating restaurants/organizations here. (Warning: it will make you very hungry.)
In addition to sampling soups, you can visit the silent auction (which usually has some great items) while the kids enjoy entertainment from musicians, balloon artists, face-painters and more. The event takes place at LP Field’s Club Level West and will be hosted by Julie Kroenig of WRKN-Channel 2. Guests can vote for their favorite soup, but there will also be awards from a panel of celebrity and food expert judges, including actor Eric Close* from the television show Nashville, PGA golfer Brandt Snedeker, Tennessee Titans linebacker Will Witherspoon, Lightning 100 DJ Lt. Dan, food writer/Bitester Emerita Nicki Wood, former Top Chef-testant Arnold Myint and master chef Vito Randazzo.
Before you go, first, buy your tickets in advance from the Our Kids website. From now until this Friday, Feb. 22, at noon, tickets are available at the discounted rate of $20 per adult and $8 per child (children under 2 are free). Family packs are available for just $40. After that, tickets will be available at the door for $25, $10, and $45, respectively (unless they are sold out). Second, read this Bites post from last year in which Nicki Wood offers her very sage advice. Be sure to read the comments as well. The event can get rather crowded, but believe me, you will not go hungry. However, it’s definitely a good idea to have a plan. See you there!
Ford Our Kids Soup Sunday
Sunday, February 24
11:00 a.m. — 2:00 p.m.
LP Field Club Level West
Advance tickets: $20/adult; $8/child (2-17); $40 per family
Parking is free
*I want to lie to you and tell you that it’s Deacon that will be there, but it’s Teddy.**
**It’s not you, Eric, it’s Teddy. Sorry, bud, but Deacon does it for me.