365 Things to Do in Memphis #50: Fill Up Your Bowl at Soup Sunday
Assignment #50 in the 365 Things to Do in Memphis is to fill up your bowl at Youth Villages’ annual Soup Sunday fundraiser.
For the past 27 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 $30 per adult, $10 for children ages six to ten, and free for kids under six. There’s a VIP “Souper Party” as well, for $35 – $75.
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.
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.
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).
February 21, 2016
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.