By Andrea Johnson
The sixth annual Soup Walk on Saturday, October 18 will feature all of these autumnal delights from 12-4 p.m.
The Soup Walk invites ticket holders to explore 16 total College Avenue and Riverfront restaurants by sampling soups crafted by their chefs. Use of the Downtown Trolley will make transportation between vendors easy.
The event is “an opportunity for people to come downtown and maybe try someplace either they didn’t know existed or had never been to before,” Anne Wiegman, Appleton Downtown Inc. Marketing Coordinator said.
Whether you’re looking to discover your new favorite soup spot, or to return to a tried and true recipe, there’s sure to be a soup for you.
This year’s soups include chili (Olde Town Tavern), Reuben soup (Anduzzi’s Sports Club) and a creamy dill pickle (Spats).
After tasting the soups patrons are invited to cast votes for their favorite at participating retailers. They will also be collecting canned good donations to the St. Joseph Food Program, something that is important to the retailers.
Manager at Harmony Café (which will be serving up gluten free cream of broccoli with cheese) Missy Darrah likes the two-fold mission of the Soup Walk.
“It’s a great event for downtown Appleton. We’re a nonprofit, so I’m also glad that we can help [the community] in any way,” said Darrah.
In return for donations of food, participants will receive 10% off one item or another special deal at participating retailers.
Another aspect the restaurants find rewarding is the chance to engage with customers.
Bob Wall, owner of the Green Gecko (cream of mushroom with smoked blue cheese soup), said his business relies “mostly on word of mouth. Through the Soup Walk we’ve garnered a lot of attention and new customers.”
450 tickets are available for purchase this year, up from 350 the first year of the event and 400 the last two years. Anne Wiegman hopes that with the increasing popularity of the event will come increased awareness of the offerings of downtown Appleton, as well as increased food donations. St. Joseph’s “continues to be in more need every year,” Wiegman said.
Tickets go on sale October 1 and are available in the Appleton Downtown Inc. office, by phone or online. They are $20 each or $35 for two. For a full list of the soups and more information visit: http://appletondowntown.org/events/event-highlights/soup-walk.