Soup for the Soul is back. This is the event that brings some of Portland’s top chefs for an intimate and entertaining evening. Come meet Portland’s top chefs and sample their soups. We will also feature top desserts, a hosted bar, a silent auction, and live music. Soup for the Soul benefits the work of Transition Projects. The proceeds from this event will provide flexible financial assistance to move people from homelessness to housing. Each year, Transition Projects helps more than 600 people end their homelessness.
Past events have featured emerging chefs, such as Aaron Barnett of St. Jack, and luminaries such as Andy Ricker from Pok Pok and Christopher Israel from Grüner. This year’s line-up has something for everyone, including vegan, vegetarian and gluten free soups.
- Pascal Chureau, Allium Bistro. Chef Pascal and Allium are receiving rave reviews for their use of fresh, native ingredients and their rapidly changing menu. Pascal Chureau was previously chef at Fenouil.
- Chris Thompson, Iorio. Chris Thompson, a runner-up for Portland Iron Chef, also earned the title of Eater PDX’s Hottest Non-Vegan Chef. Iorio, bringing you handmade and traditional home-style Italian food, was named CitySearch Best Restaurant for 2010.
- Rick Gencarelli, Lardo. Lardo is a modern sandwich shop, beer garden, and a quintessential Portland success story. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America in New York, Rick Gencarelli cooked in some of the country’s best restaurants, including Todd English’s Olives. In 2010, he opened Lardo as food cart. Lardo has shops on the eastside and westside of Portland, and has been featured in the New York Times, Saveur Magazine, Portland Monthly, and Sunset Magazine.
- Lisa Schroeder, Mother’s Bistro & Bar. Lisa Schroeder is Independent Restaurateur Magazine’s “National Restaurateur of the Year” and chef/owner of one of Portland’s most venerable restaurants. Mother’s offers home-style, authentic cooking from mothers around the world. If you haven’t done so already, you might want to make your Mother’s Day reservations at the bistro.
- Oregon Culinary Institute. These guys stole the show last year, and they are the first group we have invited to prepare soup two years in a row. OCI’s Food Ethics class features tomorrow’s culinary talent–and you will meet them first at Soup for the Soul.
- Lawrence “Rocky” Smith, Paragon. On cold, rainy days, we go to Paragon for the best tomato soup and grilled cheese that we have found. Chef Rocky brings you brings you modern and approachable cuisine from one of the Pearl District’s busiest restaurants.
- Cupcake Jones. Local, acclaimed, and delicious, Cupcake Jones has been on board with Soup for the Soul since our first event, and we can’t imagine doing the event without them. These are Portland’s favorite cupcakes.
- Missionary Chocolates has the prescription for your chocolate addiction. We featured them at last year’s event and they were a huge hit. We had to bring them back.
- · February 21, 2013 from 6:00 to 8:30 PM
- · At Urban Studio, 935 NW Davis Street
- · Tickets: $75/person, available exclusively online, can be purchased at www.soupforthesoulpdx.com
About Transition Projects
Since 1969, Transition Projects has been moving people from homelessness to housing. Each year we help more than 600 people end their homelessness. Any given night of the year, we shelter or house more than 300 people. We operate Jean’s Place, a program for women, Doreen’s Place and the Clark Center, programs for men, the Barbara Maher Apartments and Clark Center Annex, permanent housing programs, and a day center that serves thousands of people each year. Their headquarters, along with Doreen’s Place and the day center is located at the acclaimed Bud Clark Commons.