Metropolitan Cafe’s Thai Vegetable Soup // Photo courtesy of Metropolitan Cafe
You wouldn’t expect a business best known for baking some of the best bread in the city to be home to a host of gluten-free soups, but Metropolitan Cafe—the much-loved Metropolitan Bakery’s only sit-down location, which opened in February 2013—offers just that: A steadily rotating seasonal soup selection, with a great deal of those soups boasting “gluten-free” and “vegan” titles.
And in case you’re wondering if they’re any good, the answer is Oh. My. Gosh. Heck. Yes. Last week, I went into the Cafe—located just a few steps away from Metropolitan’s Bakery’s Rittenhouse location—to get a taste of a few of their soups, and let me tell you, the cafe’s’ super seasonal and creative offerings are not the run of the mill tomato-basil concoctions you find at many cafes this time of year.
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Just in time for the cool weather to set in, popular farmer’s market vendor Good Spoon Soup is opening up shop!
On the border of Fishtown and Kensington, the Good Spoon Soupery will open at 1400 N Front Street at Front and Master, just across from the El Bar. Kate Hartman, owner of the four year old business, is clear that the primary function of the space will focus on production with the goal of expanding Good Spoon’s wholesale availability around town, but she’s also carving out enough room in the big-windowed space for about ten seats–not so much a cafe, but a solid grab-and-go lunch option. Daily, there will be three or four hot soups available, plus bread and a few baked goods, and maybe one salad and one sandwich. There will also be refrigerator and freezer space for seasonal soups to go, similar to their farmer’s market offerings, and a few provisions and sundries from other local producers.
When is it opening? Soup season, of course. Look for it in early November.
Good Spoon Soupery [Official]
Kennett Square, The Mushroom Capital of the World, will host its 29th annual Mushroom Festival on September 6th and 7th at 600 Broad Street in Kennett. Saturday’s portion of the festival will run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., while Sunday’s will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $2 per person. Proceeds from the sale of the admission wristbands goes toward the Mushroom Festival’s grant program.
The Festival will feature various street vendors (including Mushroom Sale Booths selling the freshest mushrooms you’ve ever tasted), a souvenir booth, the official festival mushroom soup and painted mushrooms from local artists as a part of the silent bid. Most importantly, joining the Festival will be Fun Gus, the Festival’s adorable mushroom mascot.
A soup and wine event in which local restaurants bring their own mushroom soups for a head-to-head battle will also take place. Restaurants participating include Buckley’s Tavern, Fire Hill Pub, Ole Tapas Lounge and Restaurant and others.
And if soup and wine doesn’t float your boat, there will also be a separate culinary tent, mushroom growers exhibit and the National Fried Mushroom Eating Championship.
Kennett Square Mushroom Festival [Official]
If you think that the best summer foods are ones that come straight off the grill, you’re missing out. Gazpachos and chilled soups are every bit as classic as charred-up burgers—and healthier, too. And we’re not just talking about your everyday tomato gazpacho. A bunch of restaurants in the region offer super-creative takes on the chilly favorite. They’re chock-full of yummy summer veggies and fun ingredients, like zucchini blossoms and long hots, that are sure to please even the most devout backyard griller.
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Michael Solomonov and Steve Cook have just teased three menu items for Rooster Soup Co., the hopeful product of Federal Donuts and Broad Street Ministry’s kickstarter, and we’re salivating.
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If you needed one more reason to love Federal Donuts, here it is: Federal Donuts is collaborating with Broad Street Ministry (BSM), a non-profit, to launch a Kickstarter campaign. The campaign will fund Rooster Soup Company, a gourmet soup restaurant where 100% of the profits will go to the Broad Street Ministry’s Hospitality Collaborative. BSM has been providing social services and meals (over 60,000 a year to be exact) to those in need in Philadelphia. Bill Golderer, founder and convening minister of BSM, spoke on the team up saying, “when unlikely collaborators like Broad Street Ministry and Federal Donuts join forces – new possibilities emerge. Getting in the game together leads us past helplessness, and allows us to envision radical new solutions.”
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This icy weather calls for soup. So how about a warming bowl that also supports a good cause? The Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance is hosting a Souper Bowl (get it?) fundraiser right now to help generate support for its nutrition programs for critically ill Philadelphians.
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When we polled our readers and distilled down their answers about the best soups in Philadelphia, we figured it would be a good post for a cold day. And what do you know, today qualifies.
So here are our suggestions for the best soup for lunch in Philadelphia as well as the best soups served in Philadelphia restaurants.
Where To Get the Best Soup for Lunch in Philadelphia [Foobooz]
Best Soups in Philadelphia Restaurants [Foobooz]
Leftover Bruschetta Soup—recipe below!
You would not believe how many layers I’m wearing today—and even still, I’m barely tepid over here. That’s why I’m taking the cold-weather battle to the kitchen and whipping up a honkin’ batch of warm-me-up soup pronto. Won’t you join me? Here are five of our most popular soup and chili recipes to help you fight the cold.
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Earlier this week we provided you our crowd-sourced guide to the best soup lunches in Philadelphia. And now we’re back with our list of the best soup in restaurants. You might not go to these restaurants for just the soup (Cheu Noodle Bar and South Philadelphia Taproom might be the exceptions), but you’d be wise to order soup as one of your courses.
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