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Annual Soup Sunday raises money for Youth Villages

By Ben Watson - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Many of the finest restaurants in the Mid-South came together Sunday to raise money for Youth Villages.

The annual Soup Sunday Fundraiser brought some of the best food in the region to the FedEx Forum.

By the time the city and county mayors kicked off the event with a huge dinner bell, attendees were ready to eat.

"I had the stuffed salmon and crab soup," said Anthony Stewart.

"I got anything from sliders to muffuletta to different dips and drapes," said Bill Donofrio.

The event featured more than 70 restaurants, each working to turn the FedEx Forum into a food lover's heaven.

"We love Soup Sunday," said Elizabeth Blondis with Central Bar-b-que.  "This is our third year now."

Organizer said proceeds from Soup Sunday will go to help Youth Villages with its mission of helping young people.

"We care for young people who have been abused and neglected and have challenges with their families in the community," said Youth Villages CEO Patrick Lawler.

Dalton Dulaney was one of the Youth Villages youngsters serving at Soup Sunday as part of the Food with Class Program.

"Since I want to be a chef, it helps me a whole lot," said Dulaney.

More than 2,600 people showed up for the 22nd annual event.

Half Shell's lobster and shrimp bruschetta took the award for best specialty item.  Vanelli's Deli's Italian bread won best bread, while Draper's Catering's bread pudding with vanilla sauce won best dessert.  Silky O'Sullivan's won best gumbo and Eclectic Catering's Co's spicy lintel soup with duck won best soup.  Tug's Casual Grill rounded out the awards by winning "Souper Spirit."

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