Soup for the Cultured Soul

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Maggie Shirley

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Is cabin fever setting in? The Kootenay Gallery’s annual fundraiser, ‘Soup for the Cultured Soul’ will be sure to beat those winter blues. On Saturday, February 24, you can choose a pottery bowl to keep created by over a dozen local artists. Once you’ve selected your bowl, you will have the opportunity to sample gourmet soups served by chefs from the Nineteeth, the Black Rooster Classic Bar & Grill, Kim’s Creations Catering, Grand Buddha Bistro, Wandering Greek Oven and the Lion’s Head Smoke & Brew. The organizing committee ensures that there are gluten-free, vegetarian and/or vegan options.

Every year, the chefs pull out all stops in the hopes that they will be awarded the favourite soup of the evening. In 2017, The Nineteenth stepped in at the very last minute to not only to help out a restaurant with a last minute family emergency but to also take home the coveted award with their Coconut Curry Shrimp Butternut Squash Soup. Which chef will get the top prize this year?

There are other treats in store. Castlegar Safeway will supply artisan breads. Dooddlebug chocolates and wines from Hester Creek will be served to top off the menu. In addition to your ceramic bowl, you will take home a fine wine glass, courtesy of our generous sponsor, Zellstoff Celgar. The restaurants offer other bonuses to patrons. In the Gift Shop, everything will be 20% off, including art, ceramics, jewellery and more.

It’s a great evening of food and community. Bring your friends for a fun evening in support of the Kootenay Gallery. Tickets, which must be bought in advance, are $55 general admission and $45 for Gallery members. There are only a few tickets left so act quickly. To reserve them or for more information call the Gallery at 250- 365-3337 or visit their website at www.kootenaygallery.com Doors open at 5:30 pm on the 24. Your enthusiasm is appreciated but please, no early birds. Guests will begin selecting bowls at 6:30 pm.

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