All varieties of soups will be featured at the fifth annual Coastal Samaritan Counseling Center soup cook-off, a major fundraiser for the nonprofit organization.
Shrimp and crab bisque, pepperoni tortellini, mushroom barley, stuffed bell pepper and seven-can vegetable are among the unusual choices offered, but chicken noodle, clam chowder and seafood bisque – 25 soups in all – are on the menu.
Little River United Methodist Church, host of the event, held its own soup cook-off in November. Of the 21 entries, Kris Rubin, the youngest entrant at 21 years old, won the competition with the above mentioned shrimp and crab bisque.
“I never made a seafood recipe in my life,” the Little River resident said and explained he has attended classes in the Culinary Arts program at Horry-Georgetown Technical College.
Both professional chefs and amateur ones are invited to participate, and first, second and third place certificates are given to winners in the two categories. Cost of tasting all of the soups is $7 per person. Little River Wind-jammers returns as the entertainment, and silent auction baskets and door prizes are other attractions.
Joan Moales, chairperson of the event, extends an invitation to the entire community to attend.
“It’s a great time to have the cook-off,” she said. “We hope for cold weather. Soup and cold weather go together.”
Proceeds of the event benefit the client assistance fund of Coastal Samaritan Counseling Center. Its main office is at First United Methodist Church on Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach, but it has seven satellite offices, one of which is at Little River United Methodist Church.
Jan Filipow, therapist at the center, explained that they use the holistic approach to healing, which includes mind, body, spirit and community. People come to the center to work through difficulties such as depression, grief, parenting, marital discord and other societal issues. Counseling is available to children and adults.
The center opened its doors in Horry County in 1980 and accepts people of all faiths or no faith. Cost of services is adjusted according to ability to pay, and Filipow said that their client list continues to grow.
Each year a different church hosts the cook-off. Besides Little River United Methodist Church, other participating churches are King of Glory Lutheran Church, Ocean Drive Presbyterian Church, Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, St. Paul AME Church, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Temple Shalom, Trinity United Methodist Church and new this year, St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church.
Tickets to the event are available at North Myrtle Beach and Little River chambers of commerce and participating churches.
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