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And the Winner is…

soup competition

Eric Kaplan of Rocky Neck and Chelmsford was the winner of the Sailor Stan’s For the Love of Soup Competition and $25 Sailor Stan’s gift certificate, with his scrumptous mushroom soup made with cashew paste, soy milk, curry and tons of mushrooms.  Additional entries included Lisa van Sand’s gazpacho (my personal favorite which came in 2nd), Rick’s Gumbo Ya Ya which came in 3rd, Ian Crown’s famous mushroom soup, Karen’s Kovis (kale and linguisa), Wayne’s French onion, Sailor Stan’s fish chowder and my spicy shrimp and corn chowder.  Participants got to enjoy a diverse selection of delicious soups, salad, fresh bread and assorted choice of beverages, and had a great time while being challenged to pick a favorite – all for the benefit of the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck.

On a separate culinary note, keep an eye out for Lisa van Sand’s amazingly decadent treats which will soon be carried at the Last Stop, including her Oh My God Cake.  A number of us tried a piece of it yesterday, not knowing in advance what it was called, and all had the exact same response: “Oh My God!”  It is to die for, as is her white chocolate and chai cake.

E.J. Lefavour

Need some help?


Thinking about entering the Sailor Stan’s First Annual Invitational Soup’s On Best of Cape Ann Soup Competition this Sunday but don’t know what kind of soup to make?  Check out this site: http://glorioussouprecipes.com/?refsrc=email.  Of course, you don’t have to enter a soup in the competition to be part of this delicious fundraiser for the Center at Rocky Neck - you can just come enjoy and vote for the soups others have made.  I picked up the ingredients for my souper special soup yesterday.

Details:  Sunday, April 21 from 3:00-5:00pm, Sailor Stan’s First Annual Invitational Soup’s On – Best of Cape Ann Soup Competition with proceeds to benefit the Rocky Neck Cultural Center.   $12 includes samples of all the entries plus fresh bread and a beverage, $5 for children under 12.  Entrants eat for free and get to check out their competition.

If you make a great soup that you would like to have included in the competition, email EJ at khanstudio@comcast.net with your name and the type of soup you will bring.   The creator of the winning soup will win a $25 gift certificate to Sailor Stan’s, in addition to the worldwide acclaim and notoriety of being the best soup maker on Cape Ann.  Fun, delicious, heart and tummy-warming, and all for a good cause. 


And while you’re here, make sure you stop by the Center and enjoy the Best of Rocky Neck show currently on exhibit.

E.J. Lefavour

Supper at Café Bishco

Café Bischo is a little restaurant at 51 Main Street. Yesterday I had supper there with a friend, and it was great as always! We ate at a table outside on the sidewalk, enjoying the sunny summer evening.

I had their “Mediterranean Vegetable Soup”:

It was delicious, and was accompanied by heated, buttered, fresh bread, which was perfect for dipping in the tomato-based broth.

The sun shone bright through my glass of water:

To be honest, all I can vouch for from personal experience is their soup.  That’s the only thing I’ve ever eaten at this venue (and at several other restaurants), because I am a huge soup fan, and their soup is always good!  But the people with whom I have eaten there have also enjoyed their victuals, whether soup or otherwise.  Plus, I have seen a steady flow of people buying their ice cream or frozen yogurt, so that must be good too!

Actually, I can also vouch for their friendly customer service.  So, if while on or near Main Street, you get a hankering for a bite to eat, hot or cold, you should give Café Bishco a try!

Common Crow Soup

I had never been in the Common Crow so it was an eye opening experience for me yesterday when stopping by to see what’s up.  The place is pretty big and has a wide variety of natural and healthy grub.  Pictured below is one of the soups which is available and made in house daily.  There are also sandwiches and prepared foods to-go.

Look for the first of a multi-part Common Crow video series coming tonight at 8PM

Common Crow Soup, originally uploaded by captjoe06.