NEWTON — Forty-five litres of fresh soup will be delivered to a women’s shelter in Surrey this week, thanks to the help of some Soup Sisters and Broth Brothers.
Nearly two dozen women and men paid $50 each to make soup and socialize at a Newton restaurant Tuesday evening as part of a launch event in Surrey for the charitable organization.
In a three-hour period, three soups were made in the kitchen at Bistro 72 for consumption by women and children at Evergreen Transition House in Surrey.
“We’re learning how to make good soup, we’re socializing and we’re having fun,” said participant Tony Hui as he chopped red onion for a beef barley soup.
Soup Sisters/Broth Brothers was launched in Calgary in 2009 and has since spread to 12 cities across Canada, including five in B.C.
At each event, the majority of the $50-per-person fee goes to the culinary partner to cover the cost of making the donated soup, plus appetizers and wine for participants.
“This is a social enterprise, not a soup kitchen,” said Sheila Alwell, B.C. region co-ordinator for Soup Sisters/Broth Brothers.
“We have people who come celebrate birthdays, so rather than spending money on a material gift, perfume or whatever, they see 45 litres of donated soup at the end of the night. That’s the gift they give.”
Companies book time to make soup as team-building events via the website www.soupsisters.org, Alwell added, and even stagettes have been arranged.
The Surrey chapter of Soup Sisters/Broth Brothers, led by Cheney Cloke, will meet monthly at Bistro 72.
“The main thing is we’re helping out and being part of the community,” said Hui, Cloke’s husband and the co-owner of 99 Nursery in Surrey. “It’s fantastic.”
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