SMITH STREET — The Foodies of New York came by the thousands last year, and they loved it. Soup is everyone’s secret pleasure, but all too often it just doesn’t get the respect and attention it deserves on the menu and in the reviews.
So Smith’s Street’s Restaurant Row set out to do something about this injustice and is once again dedicating an autumn afternoon to an homage to everything from minestrone to avgolemono, from lobster bisque to mulligatawney, from mondongo to pumpkin, from matzoh ball to gumbo. This year’s soup festival will take place on Saturday, Oct. 22.
Tastings will be served from Lunetta to Seersucker, from Provence en Boite to Cibao, from Chestnut to Raga, from Bombay Dream to Athena, from Stinky Brooklyn to Shelsky’s Smoked Fish.
This is also Smith Street’s day of support for the wonderful high school culinary arts program in local public High School for International Studies. Students from the school will be selling tickets for 4 oz. “tastings” on the corners of Smith and President, Smith and Butler, and Smith and Bergen streets starting at 1 p.m. — five tastings for $5, 12 tastings for $10, and for families with children, 27 tastings for $20. Tasters walk can from crock to crock along 14 blocks of Smith Street. The proceeds will be shared with the school to buy food for the cooking program which does not otherwise have enough of a budget to keep supplied all year,
Celebrity judges will award Gold, Silver, and Bronze Ladles to the winners in meat/poultry-based soup, fish/seafood-based, and vegetable-based categories.
In case of rain on Saturday, the rain date is the next day, Oct. 23, at the same time. Soup only gets better the next day.