A dozen Winnipeg chefs dished out bowls of delicious soup today to help raise money for breakfast and lunch programs in schools.
The Stone Soup fundraiser brought together chefs and soup enthusiasts of all ages at the Manitoba Hydro building in downtown Winnipeg during the lunch hour on Wednesday.
Now in its third year, the event was held in support of the Child Nutrition Council of Manitoba, which promotes and advocates for nutrition programs in schools.
Organizers are hoping to double the $15,000 in donations that they raised last year.
Janet Stewart and the crew from CBC's Radio Noon program broadcast live from the lobby as people sampled soups from the Tallest Poppy, Deseo, Frenchway Cafe, Elements and Diversity Catering, Inferno's Bistro, Stella's Cafe, Sydney's at the Forks, Rudy's Eat and Drink, 295 York and Buffalo Stone Cafe.
Also on offer were soups from made by culinary arts students from Red River College and R.B. Russell Vocational School.
The judge's choice was a Russian solyanka from Buffalo Stone Cafe, while the people's choice award went to a chicken cashew soup from Inferno's Bistro.
An honourable mention went to the young chefs at R.B. Russell's culinary program for their north African butternut squash soup.
The Child Nutrition Council of Manitoba funds school nutrition programs that have served almost 20 million healthy breakfasts, snacks and lunches to students across the province since 2001. It says this year alone, it will support 61,000 meals a week.
A single donation of $20 can provide a child with breakfast for an entire month at school, according to the council.
People can still donate by going to the council's website.