Monticello library hosts Soup Cook-off event

By: 
Kim Brooks
Express Editor

     The Monticello community (businesses, organizations, families, individuals) is invited to not only take part in the Monticello Public Library’s upcoming Soup Cook-off, but to enter their best soup in the contest.

     On Wednesday, Feb. 13 from 4 to 7 p.m. (or when the soup runs out) the public can stop in the library and taste test the different varieties of soups.

     Anyone can enter one soup in each of the three categories at no charge:

     • Broth Base Soup

     • Cream Base Soup

     • International Recipe

     “We chose the three basic categories that should encompass most soup varieties,” explained Monticello Public Library Director Michelle Turnis.

     The public will then try each soup and vote for their favorite. Containers will be placed by each soup to carry the votes. There will be one winner in each category, and an overall winner. Winners will receive a gift certificate to a local business.

     “You can vote for as many soups as you like,” urged Turnis. “The more you like the soup, the more you can add to the jar.”

     The Soup Cook-off is a fundraiser for the Monticello library. The public is asked to pay $4 per individual or $20 per family to taste test and vote on which soups should be declared the best.

     If you want to enter your soup in the contest, simply contact the Monticello library at 319-465-3354.

     Proceeds will be used to fund future library programs such as guest speakers, Summer Reading Program, and after-school activities.

     Turnis said the idea of a library hosting a soup cook-off was shared at the Rural and Small Library Conference in 2014.

     “The library that spoke about it had a great response from their community,” she said. “We have been talking about it ever since and finally decided to go ahead with it.

     “We hope this will become an annual event in the winter,” added Turnis.

     February is typically a time when most people are tired of being cooped up inside. The library Soup Cook-off is just the thing to warm you up and get you out of the house.

     Turnis said the event is also an opportunity for businesses/organizations to reach new, potential customers and members.

     There is a lot of hustle and bustle going on at the library on Wednesday evenings with Moser Dance & Gymnastics taking place right next door in the Community Building.

     If you’re looking for inspiration as to what soup recipe is the best to make. Stop in the Monticello library and peruse their wide selection of cookbooks. You can also use the library’s free BRIDGES service of downloadable e-books and magazines.

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