Soulful Spoonfuls

Roadrunner Food Bank's Souper Bowl Fills Stomachs And Hearts For Its Ninth Year

Laura Marrich
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Marketing director Jasmin Holmstrup (left) stands with Melody Wattenbarger, executive director of Roadrunner Foodbank, in the nonprofit organization’s southeast Albuquerque warehouse. (Wes Naman)
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Winter nights and bowls of soup are as natural together as clam chowder and oyster crackers. (Or, here in the Land of Enchantment, red chile and posole.) Nothing shakes the chill from your bones or sets the world right quite like it. Ask your parents. Soup maintains a place of honor in almost every family’s arsenal of magic potions: It is transformative in its ability to comfort.

Nine Januaries ago, Roadrunner Food Bank had the good sense to apply soup’s healing properties on a much grander scale. The first Souper Bowl fundraiser saw food bank supporters sample chowders, stews and consommés from a handful of area restaurants. Last year, a sold-out house of more than 975 eager tasters slurped their way through soups and desserts from 27 restaurants. The Roadrunner Food Bank’s eighth Souper Bowl was their most successful yet, with about $50,000 raised for the local charity organization. They hope to smash that record this year, when the Souper Bowl turns nine on Saturday, Jan. 27. Come hungry. It takes a lot of soup to keep this food bank afloat.

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The Restaurants of Souper Bowl 2007

Artichoke Café
Chef Du Jour
CNM Culinary Institute
Damon’s Fine Cuisine
Do It Dinners
Embassy Suites
Flying Star Cafés
Geckos Bar & Tapas
Great American Land & Cattle Company
Gruet Grille
Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town
Jinja Bar & Bistro
JohnDhi’s BBQ
Le Café Miche
The Melting Pot
Pinkie’s Catering
Prairie Star
Ranchers Club of New Mexico
Santa Ana Café at Hyatt Regency Tamaya
Scalo Northern Italian Grill
Seasons Rotisserie & Grill
St. Clair Winery & Bistro
St. James Tearoom
Theobroma Chocolatier
Zinc Wine Bar and Bistro

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The Ninth Annual Roadrunner Food Bank Souper Bowl

When: Saturday, Jan. 27, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: The Roadrunner Food Bank warehouse at 2645 Baylor SE, near Gibson and Yale

Cost: Adult tickets are $30 in advance, $40 at the door. Children 12 and under are just $5. This event is limited to 1000 guests, so advanced tickets are recommended as a sellout is expected. For tickets or more information, contact Roadrunner Food Bank at 247-2052 ext. 129, or visit their website at

A typical scene at the Souper Bowl.

Robin Schold

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