October 19, 2017


Register Online for the event

Thank you for participating in this important event benefiting the:

Houston FoodBank & Emergency Aid Coalition

Here are a few things you should know:

Congregation Emanu El event location: 1500 Sunset Blvd. Houston, TX 77005

  1. All funds received go to good organizations including Houston Food Bank & Emergency Aid Coalition.
  2. Please be at Congregation Emanu EI On Sunday, Feb 25th between 9:30 and 10:30 am. There will be volunteers and carts to help you unload.
  3. When you arrive, let the volunteers know if you are using an electric warmer. A volunteer will assign you a contestant number, booth, and bowl (for judging). If possible, bring a non-electric warmer, as we have limited electrical spots.
  4. You will be assigned to one of the following categories based on your type of soup:
    • Traditional: these are primarily clear broth soups, often with noodles, matzah balls, chucks of chicken and vegetables
    • International: these are broth style soups from various nationalities including Italian wedding soup, chicken tortilla soup, Japanese miso soup, Chinese won-ton, etc.
    • Creative: creative soups that include non-clear broths and cream based soups, such as chicken poblano cream, broccoli & cheese, etc.
  5. Please bring 8-10 gallons of soup. We expect 1,500 or so visitors and some past participants have run out of soup early.
  6. We will provide cups, spoons, and napkins.
  7. We encourage you to bring gift cards/certificates for our silent auction to raise additional funds.
  8. Feel free to bring anything you wish to promote your restaurant such as menus, catering info, business cards, flyers, coupons, decorations, food samples, etc.
  9. We suggest bringing 2 people to serve the soup.
  10. Bring anything you like to decorate your 8×3 foot table and to promote your restaurant such as food, Crackers, bread, coupons, menus, give-aways, and decorations. These extras always help to score points in the “People’s Choice Award”.
  11. Judging will be blind and will be by a celebrity panel including Cleverly Stone, founder of Houston Restaurant Week, the fundraising event benefiting The Houston Food Bank.
  12. Soups cannot contain any pork or shellfish. Questions: 713)858-4133 Keith We will bring the soups
  13. We will bring out the soups at 11:15 am for judging.



In the past we have had as many as 1,500 people attend this event, and we are hoping for more, so come and be prepared to promote your places in a great crowd of folks who love to eat out. All proceeds go to non-profit organizations, including the Houston Food Bank. There is no fee to the restaurant, however we are requesting each restaurant, if they would like, to bring a gift card or certificate for the silent auction/raffle.

  • When: Sunday February 25th, 2018 from 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM. Doors open to participating restaurants by 8:30 AM. Judging begins at 11 AM, with winners announced at 3 PM.
  • What: Bring 8 – 10 gallons of chicken based soup already cooked and heated. Be as traditional or creative as you like. Everything from old fashioned Matzo Ball Soup, to Poblano Cream Soup, and anything in between. We have had Italian wedding soup, Thai Coconut Chicken soup, and many other varieties. Please just no pork or shellfish.
  • Extras: Bring anything you like to decorate your 6×3 foot table and to promote your restaurant such as food, crackers, bread, coupons, menus, ornaments, decorations, etc. These extras always help to score points in the “People’s Choice Award”. We suggest you have 2 people to serve the food. We will provide all cups and spoons. You will need to bring a heating element (either sterno or electric) and any utensils such as ladles. We have stoves in the kitchen to heat your soup if needed, but space is limited. You should bring the soup fully prepared and ready to serve.


Thanks again for your participation.

Any Questions? Please: Contact Us