365 Things to Do in Memphis #50: Fill Up Your Bowl at Soup Sunday

Posted by Holly Whitfield | February 19th 2012 2408 0

Assignment #50 in the 365 Things to Do in Memphis is to fill up your bowl at Youth Villages’ annual Soup Sunday fundraiser.

Memphis Soup Sunday Youth Villages

Yes, there is more than soup at Soup Sunday. Plenty of snacks and desserts are included. Here’s a sampling from a few years ago.

For the past 28 years, Memphis restaurants and catering companies have donated their time and ladles to feed the masses at Soup Sunday (usually held mid-February).

As far as big fundraising events go, it’s one of the city’s most affordable – tickets are approximately $25 per adult, $10 for children ages six to ten, and free for kids under six. There’s a VIP “Souper Party” as well, for $80 per adult (or $150 per couple).


Each year, more than 50 area restaurants line the main concourse at the FedExForum and dish out their signature soups. A few examples from past years: The Flying Saucer’s beer cheese soup, Rizzo’s cheeseburger soup, Mosa’s hot and sour soup, plus dozens of gumbos, chilis, potato soups and desserts from local eateries.

Youth Villages Soup Sunday

How The Soup Eating Works

If you’re planning to go, I recommend grabbing one (or two if you’ve got good balance) of the drink holders that volunteers are handing out at the entrance.

Youth Villages Soup Sunday, Memphis, Tenn.

Either start with the third or fourth table going the right direction, or hit the tables in reverse to avoid the crowds. Also – before you run around asking random strangers, the spoons are on the tables. If you’re going to walk and eat, stash one in your pocket.

Go ahead and mark your calendar Soup Sunday (and buy your tickets early, especially if you want access to the VIP lounge).

Go There:

Youth Villages Soup Sunday

January 29, 2017
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. Gary Crosby says:

    Yes, go in reverse order and avoid the lines.  I felt sorry for everyone that was just standing there wondering why the line wasn't moving.  But in hindsight, if everyone wasn't standing in line, then we would not have been able to move along as fast as we did.  Regardless, the smartest thing I saw was a guy carrying his own 12 portion muffin tin instead of the cardboard drink holders that were given out. 
    BTW, the soup from Petra Cafe and the bread pudding was our favorite!

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