Polar vortex got you down? Grab a spoon and head on over to the Wise Temple Brotherhood’s 11th Annual Chicken Soup Cook Off on January 25. Inspired by current co-chair Jay Rissover’s quest to create the ultimate chicken soup contest in Cincinnati, the event also raises money for a number of charities associated with the Brotherhood, including Lighthouse Youth Services, Interfaith Hospitality Network, and multiple educational programs.
The cook-off is divided into two sections: industry veterans heat up one competition, while amateur home cooks can pay $25 to mete it out in another. Both will compete for the titles of best classic chicken noodle (this year The ’Wich on Sycamore is prepared to defend their title), best matzo ball, and the hotly anticipated best original. The people’s choice award favors more traditional offerings, which explains Izzy’s dominance in the category. “Just a good ol’ chicken noodle soup that your mother made,” says Rissover.
Rissover expects upwards of 30 entrants for this year’s competition, an increase over last year, which ultimately donated more than 30 gallons of soup to the Over-the-Rhine Soup Kitchen. Fear you might float away? John Marx generously lays out a bagel and bialy spread and magician Chuck Arkin will entertain young and old with interactive magic spells. Take that, cold and flu season!
Isaac M. Wise Center, 8329 Ridge Rd., Amberley Village, chickensoupcookoff.org