The first time I heard someone say “If you don’t like the weather in Fayetteville, wait 15 minutes,” I thought it was pretty clever. Later, I found out that that saying, or some iteration of it is used all over the country.
It’s particularly true this time of year in Northwest Arkansas, though.
Take this week for example. It was 50 degrees yesterday afternoon, it is snowing today, and on Sunday, there’s a 100% chance of soup at the Northwest Arkansas Convention Center in Springdale, as Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families host their ninth annual Soup Sunday this weekend.
This year, over 30 restaurants are bringing the soups, breads, and desserts. Admission is $15 for adults, and $5 for the kids, and all the money goes to Arkansas Advocates, who’s mission to ensure that all children in Arkansas have the resources and opportunities to live healthy and productive lives through research and effective advocacy on issues ranging from education to health care, child welfare and the promotion of a more progressive tax system.
Here’s who’s bringing the soup this year. Eat some.
Acambaro Mexican Restaurant: Chicken Tortilla
Acapulco Mexican Grill: Sopa de Tortilla
Arsaga’s Espresso Café: coffee
AQ Chicken House: Chicken Noodle
Brick House Kitchen: Desserts
Breyer’s Ice Cream: Desserts
Cabot Creamery: Cheese
Café Rue Orleans: Crawfish Corn Bisque
Common Grounds Gourmet Espresso Bar: Pot Roast Stew
Crabby’s Seafood Bar and Grill: Seafood Chowder
Creative Occasions: Desserts
Dixie Café: Spicy Black-Eyed Pea
Dynamic Lifestyles: Low-Fat Turkey & Chicken Gumbo with Wild Rice
First United Methodist Church: Sauerkraut Soup
Greenhouse Grille: Tomato-Pesto
Hog Haus Brewing Co.: New Mexico Black Bean and Bacon
Holiday Inn: Cheesy Asparagus
Kay’s Kitchen: Antonio’s Minestrone
Little Bread Co.: Cream of Asparagus
Logan’s Roadhouse: Loaded Potato
Marketplace Grill: Maryland Crab Chowder
McAlister’s Deli: Chicken Tortilla, Broccoli Cheddar, Chicken & Dumpling
Olive Garden: Minestrone
Oseguera’s Mexican Restaurant: Desserts
Outback Steakhouse: Creamy Broccoli Cheddar
Panera Bread: Bread
Red Robin: French Onion
Serenity Farm Bread: Bread
Smiling Jack’s Fresh Food: Roasted Tomato with Red Pepper
Soul Restaurant and Lounge: Chicken Gumbo
Spring Street Grill: Vegetable
TaMolly’s Real Fresh Tex-Mex: Tortilla Soup
Western Sizzlin Restaurant: Potato Plus
World Garden Salads: Bavarian Beef Dumpling & Butternut Squash Bisque
9th Annual Northwest Arkansas Soup Sunday
When: Feb. 28, 2010. Doors open at 4:30 p.m.
Where: Northwest Arkansas Convention Center inside the Springdale Holiday Inn
Tickets: Admission is $15 for adults, and $5 for the kids, available at aradvocates.org