Soup Bowl Supper returns to Steamboat |

Soup Bowl Supper returns to Steamboat

The Soup Bowl Supper fundraiser is Wednesday with two seatings at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Pictured are members of the Steamboat Clay Artisans Group
Luke Graham

— There always are readily available signs of the changing seasons.

The leaves are a dead giveaway, electrifying the valley with gentle yellow and vibrant red.

Last week, people also woke up to nearly a foot of heavy snow and inevitably had to make the trip to the garage and dust off the old snow shovel for another year.

But another part of the changing seasons — and let’s admit one of the best parts — is what changes on the dinner table.

As fall gives way to winter, soups make their presence as a hearty meal.

Besides, there is not much better than a hot bowl of soup in the cold weather.

“We welcome the snow and cold weather,” said Jody Elston, the chairwomen for the Soup Bowl Supper.

The fundraiser, now in its 12th year, takes place Wednesday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center with two seatings at 5:30 and 7 p.m. The cost is $25 in advance and $30 at the door. The price includes a handmade clay bowl to take home. Tickets are available at All That Jazz and Blue Sky Pottery.

The event raises between $4,000 and $7,000 for a nonprofit in the area. Elston said the planning for the event begins in the spring, when the Steamboat Clay Artisans Group begins soliciting responses from nonprofits and finding 10 clay artisans willing to make 30 bowls. There also will be bread bowls available during a silent auction.

This year, the event will benefit the Laurel Street Preschool. The school closed May 22 after a state day care licensing inspector had visited the school and reported numerous violations.

Todd Hagenbuch, the president of Laurel Street Preschool’s new board of directors, said in early August that the downtown campus needed to raise at least $20,000 to get the doors back open.

Elston said after they had heard from several nonprofits, it became apparent that the preschool was the choice.

“It’s always difficult because there are always some amazing nonprofits out there,” she said. “This one pulled at a few hearts. So many people had kids that went to Laurel Street. We’re not sure they will make it, but there is a group of parents that are willing to put in the time. It was a group that needed immediate help and group of parents that were willing to put in the work.”

This year’s soup will be provided by Fireside Catering, bistro CV, Carl’s Tavern, Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill, 5th Street Deli and Bar, Sweetwater Grill, Old Town Pub, Creekside Cafe & Grill, The Drunken Onion Get & Go Kitchen, Egg and I, Johnny B. Good’s Diner, Cafe Diva, Steamboat Meat and Seafood Co., The Bakery, Ciao Gelato and Steaming Bean Coffee Shop.

Elston said the first seating always sells out and the second seating usually does, as well.

To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229, email or follow him on Twitter @LukeGraham

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