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Soup Challenge deadline Feb. 5

Brad Lindberg Staff Writer
February 04, 2016
GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Contestants in the Grosse Pointe Farms Winterfest Soup Challenge may register entries up to one day before the event.

The deadline is Friday, Feb. 5, to compete in the challenge during Winterfest on the Hill, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6.

To enter, send an e-mail to Michele Eickhorst, assistant Farms recreation director, at

meickhorst@grossepointefarms.org or call park offices at (313) 343-2405.

Soup must be delivered by 10:15 a.m. the day of Winterfest to the contest site, the lobby of 131 Kercheval.

Contestants must submit at least one gallon of precooked, preheated soup, a crock to serve from and a serving utensil.

Serving cups are provided.

Three celebrity judges, yet to be named, choose their combined favorite soup from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. A second round of judging by members of the public starts at 11:30 a.m.

“The challenge ends when the first soup runs out,” Eickhorst said. “It’s usually finished within an hour.”

Already signed up are chefs boasting of their chicken with dumplings recipe, taste of Tuscany, Italian wedding, 15-bean and smoked turkey soups, and “Hobart’s It Tastes a Lot Better Than it Looks Split-pea With Ham Soup.”

Winners are announced at 2:30 p.m. in the main tent.

Two winners — chosen by the panel and general public, respectively — both get a $200 gift certificate to a restaurant of their choice on the Hill.

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