A sold out Seventh Annual South Side Soup Contest was held this past weekend in the Pittsburgh south side as 25 local restaurants battled for the Stanley Cup of soup. 1,200 particpants crawled along Carson Street tasting sample-sized soups on a sunny but windy day.
This year’s event encompassed a crawler-only voting format, whereas past years a panel of judges determined the winner. Despite the change in format, the tallied votes didn’t change the outcome as 2010 champion Yo Rita repeated the title for a second straight year. Yo Rita served it’s Parsnip Soup from nearby Cindy Esser’s Floral Shop.
The event was a success in multiple ways. With another sellout year, the South Side Local Development Company was able to continue to raise money and food for the local Brashear Association. The event brought crawlers from all over the region to participate in the growing event, up another participant from last year. And this year in particular, one future Carson Street business – Local Bar and Kitchen – allowed crawlers to sample the creativity of their chefs prior to their restaurant even opening by offering a Pierogi Soup.
The South Side Soup Contest is produced by the South Side Local Development Company and proceeds benefit The Brashear Association’s Food Pantry.