If you don't already know about the Soup Guy in Lemont, please read on! I recently learned about him, and Scott and I have been enjoying his soups for a couple of months now. I thought you all might be interested in knowing about this local State College secret. :)
He uses as many local ingredients as possible (we had a potato-leek stew with leeks he'd picked from Central PA), and makes the soup fresh every Thursday morning. Also, they use glass mason jars, which you return the next week, so their packaging is sustainable!
Each week Chef Tom Everly, and his wife, Judy, send out an email with the two soups for the week. They try to fulfill as many requests as they can, so feel free to suggest something. To get on the list, just email (email@example.com) and you'll get the weekly email. To order, you just respond to the email anytime before Wednesday at noon (so they have time to prepare enough ingredients for all the soups), and you pick up the soups on Thursday form 12-6 (or Friday if you need to).
Here's a sampling of the soups we've gotten in the past several weeks (he always lists two: usually has one vegan/vegetarian and one with meat, and at least one is gluten free):
* Cream of Emerald Isle - Cream and everything "green"; celery, broccoli, spinach, parsley, cucumbers (GF) (Cucumbers?! This was surprisingly good!!)
* Mulligatawny - this one has Chicken today (GF)
* Jambalaja with wine, chicken, smoked pork sausage, kielbasa & rice with tomatoes
* Sopa de Frijoles Negros - Black beans, Pork, Chipotle, Chili Powder, cumin with a little white wine
* Borscht – vegan, GF
* Stifa’do – Spanish Lamb Stew with Black beans, pork, chicken stock and a little white wine – spicy
* Potato Leek & Cannellini with Soy milk, vegan & GF
* Soup Nazi Chili - No cream, Gluten free & Vegan (yes, this is the soup from the Seinfeld show)
I think the price of soups are approximately 5.40 for a pint, 10.80 for a quart and 43.20 for a gallon. A quart is plenty for a dinner-sized bowl of soup for both Scott and I, and all the soups have been quite hearty (full of veggies) and delicious!
I really want to continue to support them in their local-soup-making efforts, but unfortunately we'll be moving soon. :( I really do hope you try it - they're fantastic, and such an adventure!!