Pretty sure I gained 10lbs. this past weekend. Minimum. But man, was it totally worth it! The Souper Supper is one of my favorite events of the year, as is the Taste of the Marsh Walk, and I just couldn’t miss out on either! So yes, I squeezed BOTH into ONE day, and as a result, I’m now squeezing into MY clothes!
…kidding … kind of…
But the Souper Supper is a MUST for a variety of reasons, including, but not limited to:
- Oh, and more soup
Yes, in case you didn’t get the hint, the soups are a big part of why I go every year.
But honestly, there’s more to it than just the soups. First off, you also get to interact with other restaurants and businesses that’s beyond your comfort zone. Hey, I’m a creature of habit. I’ll admit it! Although there’s hundreds of eateries along the Grand Strand, and many that I want to try, I still go to the usual 10. With events like this, it makes it easier, and saves you some money, to learn about other restaurants.
Secondly, the supper is focused on, and based around, community. And it takes a whole network to put it together. So, not only are you enjoying local soups, prepared by locals, but you’re also helping locals give back to other locals.
It’s hosted by the American Culinary Federation Myrtle Beach Chapter, and they are so dedicated to sharing and enhancing culinary knowledge, they set up a scholarship through HGTC. Proceeds from the benefit go towards that scholarship, the HGTC Foundation Scholarship, and Red Cross Relief Effort AND Chapter needs!
Plus, for the past two years now, it’s also been held at the International Culinary Institute of Myrtle Beach. A wonderful, modern venue that provides a hands-on place for continuing culinary education – whether for professional experience or just for fun – in baking or cooking.
And have I mentioned the soups?!
So, I’ll leave the official results to the higher-ups, but below are the one’s that were NUMBER ONE in my opinion!
And to be completely transparent, I didn’t get to taste them all. These results are based solely on what my taste buds tried!
I know! I know. But there were sooooo many! And after round one, I was already feeling sluggish, and after round two? Well, let’s just say if I still wore traditional jeans instead of leggings, I would have had to pop a button or two!
So, without further adieu…
THE WINNERS (in my book)
The Most Flavorful!
The Most Unique!
On the 1/2 Shell’s Broccoli Beer Bacon & Cheese Soup!
What’s not to love about #24? It combines all my favorite foods into one delicious soup! There’s broccoli. There’s beer. There’s bacon. AND there’s cheese! I also really liked how the broccoli stood out. I feel like sometimes, with a soup like this, it gets lost in the cheese. But not in this instance!
Pho Claire Vietnamese Noodle House’s Pho!
Pho is one of my favorite soups ever, and I thoroughly enjoyed Pho Claire’s traditional take on it! DELISH!
*Pho is amazing on a cold day (it’ll thaw you right out) and when you’re sick (especially if there’s jalapeno’s involved or sriracha!)
Damon’s Oceanfront’s Dill Pickle Soup
If you don’t like pickles, then this soup is most definitely NOT for you! But if you’re a pickle lover? You NEED to try it. Pickles were (obvi) the star of this dish, and they blended well with the potatoes and carrots that were also included. The flavors really made you stop and think before gobbling it up!
Other notable mentions include:
- Barefoot Bistro’s Asparagus Cheddar Soup
- Damon’s Oceantfront’s Creamy Tomato Crab Bisque with a Toasted Parmesan Crisp
- Academy for Technology & Academics’ Loaded Baked Potato Soup
- Angus Steakhouse & Seafood’s Homemade Chili
- Marina Inn at Grand Dunes’ Lemongrass Lobster Bisque
But really, all the soups were special in their own way.
It was an awesome and very full-feeling day!
So, mark your calender’s now, and GO NEXT YEAR!
And be sure to check back for my next post on the Taste of the Marsh Walk!