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Smith Street’s Annual Festival de Sopes
Oct 19, 2013 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm| $5
When you realize that out of 220 storefronts some 70 are purveyors of food & drink, you know that one cannot go wrong celebrating food on Smith Street.
Add to that the fact that South Brooklyn Local Development Corp. (SBLDC) has been nurturing a Culinary Arts Program in the local public School For International Studies (High School & Middle School) for 20 years; (Read all about this on the Programs & Initiatives page) and it’s Food again. But unlike most class subjects this is not one you can just buy a text book or two per student per year. These classes need to buy food — lot’s of it, thousands of dollars per year.
So we co-sponsor with the school a “Soup Crawl” where students sell Tasting Tickets in 3 price ranges to the public. A team of Celebrity Judges decide the winners of Gold, Silver and Bronze Ladles among the 25 or so participating Smith Street restaurants. 2012’s judges included Marilyn Gelber, President of The Brooklyn Foundation, and Molly Simms, Senior Editor of Bust Magazine — both of whom are local residents and “Foodies” with sophisticated palates.
The 2012 Gold Ladle winners were The Jakewalk’s Kabocha Squash Soup with Maple Creme Fraiche, Angry Wade’s Frito Pie Chile, Shelsky’s Smoked Fish for their Celeraic & Apple Soup with Kippered Salmon, and the Heirloom Tomato Soup with Cheddar Crisps at Seersucker. Silver Ladles went to Zaytoon’s Red Lentil Soup and Ciro’s Squash Soup. Bronze went to Provence en Boite’s Soupe de Poissons, Jolie Cantina’s Poblano Oxtail Pozole, and Kittery’s Seafood Chowder.
This event has become a favorite of foodies all over NY, restoring soup to it’s noble place on our menus, and has provided over $3,700 for the school program. There are no outside vendors in this festival, only our own restaurants and the students.
$5.00 for a 5 Tasting sampler
$10.00 Couples/Gourmets for 12 Tastings
$20.00 for Families – 25 Tastings