The second annual YMCA at Virginia Tech’s Souper Challenge was won by SouperHero’s Pepperjack Crab soup with 29.8 percent of the votes.
Five local Blacksburg restaurants – Our Daily Bread, SouperHero, Next Door Bake Shop, Zeppoli’s, and Wikiteria – participated, each creating a signature soup for the sold-out event.
“As a pillar of the local food community, we strive to make exemplary cuisine,” said SouperHero kitchen manager Lonnie McFadden about his restaurant’s win.
“When we were asked to be a part of this challenge, we wanted to go above and beyond to create a unique soup that everyone would enjoy,” said Mariah Thompson, SuperHero’s office and event manager.
Jim Parker, the SuperHero cook who prepared the Pepperjack Crab soup, said, “This has been a favorite recipe of mine for a long time and I’m glad it was so successful.”
Laureen Blakemore, the director of community engagement at the Y, said, “We appreciate partnering with such amazing local businesses to bring events like this to our community. Ticket holders expressed their appreciation for the opportunity to participate and thoroughly enjoyed sampling so many delicious soups.”
Ticket sales from this event supported five local small businesses and the YMCA at Virginia Tech’s community programs including Meals On Main and Senior Connections.
The Y is now moving on with ticket sales for its second-annual Try Y’s Pi event offering participants the chance to enjoy a five-pie-slice sampler. Bakeries taking part in the event are Blacksburg Bagels with a sweet potato pie, Bollo’s Cafe and Bakery with an apple crumb pie, Halwa Bakery with a kenafa pistachio cream pie, Next Door Bake Shop with a coconut pie, and Our Daily Bread with a ginger peach pie.
Tickets for the Tri Y’s Pi event are available at https://vtymca.org/try-ys-pi/.