Soup Sunday returns, with a new location, a wider scope

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The name and semi-post-pandemic location have changed, but the activity has not: Sample soup and other offerings from more than two dozen restaurants and food vendors at Central Arkansas Soup Sunday, 4 p.m. at 7 p.m. on Sundays at the Venue at Westwind, 7318 Westwind Drive, Maumelle.

The event, a benefit for Arkansas Advocates for Kids and Families, also features kids’ activities and a silent auction.

Customers can sip soup on site or grab takeout. Tickets are $35, $10 for kids ages 5-17. Patron tickets, which include entree, soup, and two tickets for beer and wine, are $60. Visit bit.ly/34GDvvh.

The organizers explain that[w]We’re renaming our event “Central Arkansas Soup Sunday” to better reflect the breadth of the lineup of participating restaurants” – this year, “we’re adding a few participating restaurants on the north side of the river,” including a couple from Conway.

Muffin pans are an easy way to bring multiple Soup Sunday samples to a table at once. (Democrat-Gazette file photo)
Root Cafe and Mockingbird Bar & Tacos are this year’s “star chefs/restaurants”. Arthur’s Prime Steakhouse, Ben E. Keith, Black Angus, Boulevard Bread, Ciao Baci, Cantina Laredo, the Croissanterie, Dave’s Place, the Faded Rose, Marketplace Grill Conway, Potbelly, Sauce(d) Bar & Oven, Stoby’s, Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe and Trio’s provide soups, with desserts sourced from Blue Bell Ice Cream, Cheesecake on Point!, Community Bakery, Dave’s Place, Loblolly Creamery, Nothing Bundt Cake, Patticakes and Two Sisters Catering. Dempsey Bakery offers gluten-free cracker bread, with “assorted crackers” from Wicked Mixes.

Restaurants in Northwest Arkansas prepare their soups at Northwest Arkansas Soup Sunday, 4-6:30 p.m., April 24, at the Rogers Convention Center, 3303 S Pinnacle Hills Parkway, Rogers. Visit one.bidpal.net/nwasoup2022.

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