Mitzvah Day Souper Bowl Soup Cook Off

Soup makers are invited to participate in the Jewish Community Relations Council’s Mitzvah Day 2020 “Souper Bowl” to be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. March 29 at Jewish Community Center of Youngstown, 505 Gypsy Lane. The “Souper Bowl” cook-off will raise funds and awareness for Second Harvest Food Bank. Submissions will be accepted in three categories: professional, amateur, and 17 and under. Due to dietary restrictions, only vegetarian and vegan soups may be entered.

The deadline to register is March 16. There is no cost to enter.

Other Mitzvah Day activities include a Chametz for Hunger Food Drive, a can sculpture project, blanket making for Project MKC Comfort Kits, toiletry kit packing to benefit Beatitude House and Churchill United Methodist Food Pantry, voter registration, a blood drive, and card making for first responders.

Mitzvah Day 2020 “Souper Bowl” Soup COOK-OFF

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Thank you for your interest in participating in the Mitzvah Day 2020 “Souper Bowl” Soup Cook-Off. Below are some basic ground rules and instructions that you will need to follow. We’re looking forward to making this event a great success and appreciate your participation and support. Please feel free to contact us with questions.

~ The Mitzvah Day Committee 

  1. All soups should be prepared ahead of time. Soups should be kept warm in a chafing dish using Sterno which is preferred, or in an electric slow cooker or roaster. If using an electric appliance, chefs need to bring their own extension cord and/or power strip. Please note these items on the application.
  2. Participants should bring 8 -10 quarts of soup. Due to Dietary Law restrictions, only Vegetarian or Vegan Soups may be entered in the cook-off.
  3. Bowls, spoons, napkins, and bread (to cleanse the palette) for the judges and tasters will be provided. Chefs should bring their own serving utensils.
  4. All chefs will be given space at a 6ft. uncovered table. Depending on the number of entrants, individuals may have to share their table with another chef. Chefs are welcome to bring a tablecloth with their logo, business cards, and brochures, but are not permitted to hang anything on the walls. There will be some space for coolers or other supplies behind or under the table.
  5. All chefs should arrive at Jewish Community Center of Youngstown by 11:30 a.m. and check-in at the registration table. Set up should be completed and chefs ready to serve the judges by 12:30 p.m. and the public by 1:00 p.m.
  6. Each chef will receive a tent sign to list their soup, name, and business name.
  7. The competition officially begins at 12:30 p.m. Awards will be presented at 2:30 p.m. One award each will be given in the Professional, Amateur, Junior, and Peoples Choice categories. Chefs will be judged by a panel of judges, the People's Choice Award will be determined by votes cast by event attendees. 


The success of this event will depend upon the participation of a diverse group of enthusiastic chefs. If you’re ready to join in the fun and raise money and awareness for Second Harvest Food Bank, please fill out the attached registration and submit it to Nancy Sentelik at the address listed on the application form.

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