Annual ‘Bowls & Books’ Soup Fest; Proceeds go to Rhode Center for the Arts

March 29 in Kenosha

Eight restaurants will be serving soup during two different times.  Where else can you eat that many soups in one sitting?

The 17th annual “Bowls & Books” Soup Fest Contest will be held at the Rhode Center for the Arts, 514 56th Street, on Wednesday, March 29. Attendees can taste and score each soup, served up by local restaurants. They receive a souvenir bowl to keep.

Eight restaurants will be serving from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and eight different restaurants will be serving from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The restaurants serve their favorite and best soup. The attendees go from table to table, tasting, enjoying and scoring the soups. Where else can you eat that many soups in one sitting?

There will be local authors to share time and talent – with their books for sale. A special Nan Pollard series of framed wall hangings will be available for sale. The “Comfort Zone” art show/contest will be on display in the Pollard Gallery; the public’s vote counts. Also featuring DJs Mark & Ann Greco and 50/50 drawings.

The lunch time restaurants (11 a.m. – 1 p.m.):

  • Francine’s Catering – Booya
  • Franks Diner – Creamy Tomato Basil Chicken
  • Gateway Café – Loaded Baked Potato
  • Kaiser’s Pizza & Pub – Chicken Curry
  • Morelli’s Deli – Chicken Cheese Tortellini
  • Ruffolo’s Pizza – Cheesy Italian Sausage
  • Skybox Bar & Grill – Chi-Chi De Pasta
  • The Buzz – Creamy Corn with Charred Poblano

The supper time restaurants (5 – 7 p.m.):

  • Boat House Pub & Eatery – Tuscan Potato with Bacon
  • Coffee Pot – Thai Style Lentil & Coconut
  • Cortese’s Lakeshore Italian  – Spinach White Bean Orzo
  • Jill’s Place – Chicken Dumpling
  • Robin’s Nest – Beef Stroganoff
  • Sazzy B – Sweet Potato with Poblano
  • tg’s Restaurant & Pub – Chicken Cordon Bleu
  • Twisted Cuisine – Chicken Pot Pie

There is a $20 donation for adults, both at lunch and supper servings; $15 seniors (65+) and students (up to age 12). Ticket outlets are: Pollard Gallery (518 56th Street), and Copy Center (5036 6th Avenue). Tickets may also be purchased at or at the door on the day of the event. All proceeds go toward the continued renovation of the Rhode Center for the Arts – celebrating its 90th anniversary this year. Renovation has been an ongoing effort for the last 30 years.

This is the 17th annual event, which is sponsored by Kenosha Funeral Services and Crematory and Lakeside Players, Inc.

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