SOUPer Bowl highlights local chefs

Central Station Grill chef Lenell Hickman served a bowl of Bourbon Street boudin gumbo with poached jumbo shrimp to a hungry voter. Hickman's soup won third place in the 2018 SOUPer Bowl. (Photo by Mary Rumore, SDN)
Staff Writer

The 2018 SOUPer Bowl and Frostbite Marathon, 10K and 5K drew a crowd to downtown Starkville Saturday morning.

Hungry voters chose City Bagel Cafe chef Paul Brasfield's Hopping John Soup as the first place winner in the 2018 SOUPer Bowl.

Greater Starkville Development Partnership Director of Tourism Jennifer Prather said the SOUPer Bowl is an annual soup-tasting competition between local Starkville restaurants.

Sweet Pepper's Deli chef Rosie Logan took second place with Ms. Rosie's cheese soup with parmesan toasted croutons, Central Station Grill chef Lenell Hickman's Bourbon Street boudin gumbo with poached jumbo shrimp was awarded third place and Best in Show was given to Humble Taco chef Hunter Smith's taco soup.

Fist, second, third and best in show winners were given hand made bowls from Jilly Bean's Pail of Paint.

Chefs from Bulldog Burger Co., Nine-Twenty Nine Coffee, Moe's Original BBQ, Humble Taco, Central Station Grill, The Camphouse, Bin 612, Sweet Peppers Deli, Commodore Bob's, City Bagel Cafe, Harvey's, Two Brother's Smoked Meats and Restaurant Tyler all created original soups that are not traditionally available on their menus for the annual event.

"SOUPer Bowl is always such a great time to celebrate the unique culinary scene that Starkville has, and being able to enjoy it with great weather in the heart of our downtown district only made the experience more enjoyable for everyone," Prather said.

Brent Varner perfumed live during the SOUPerBowl and Frostbite, and Hobie Hobart emceed the event.

This year's SOUPer Bowl was held downtown for the first time, as well as in conjunction with the Frostbite Marathon, 10K and 5K.

Prather said the downtown location allowed for more people to attend the SOUPer Bowl, and having the event in conjunction with Frostbite allowed for Starkville's local restaurants to be showcased to runners and their friends and families who were in Starkville from out of town.

Frostbite organizer Brad Jones said around 500 runners participated in the Frostbite this year, which began and ended on Main Street in Starkville.

The half marathon overall winners were first place: Greg Vaquero, second place: Thomas Witter and third place: Richard Kemp. The 10K overall winners were first place: Coulter Clement, second place: Ryan Looney and third place: John Campbell. The 5K overall winners were first place: Slater Richardson, second place: Andrew Richardson and third place: Tyler Richardson.

All the Frostbite winners were awarded with a personalized cowbell.

Jones said the funds raised during the 2018 Frostbite benefitted the Starkville Fire Department.