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Reasons to Give Thanks
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From: Common Good Soup Kitchen 
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Sent: Saturday, November 21, 2009 9:28 AM
Subject: Reasons to Give Thanks

      Food for the Soul, Fearless Optimism in a Bowl 

      Issue IV, Saturday, November 21, 2009
            Winter Plans Are Now Set
            Common Good Soup Kitchen Community Sponsors Free Soup Events Every Friday at Seawall, all Winter Long! Other plans in the works.

            Friday, November 20 is the date of the third winter season soup event sponsored by the Common Good Soup Kitchen  Community of Southwest Harbor. "The first two have been very well attended and a bevy of volunteer chefs under the direction of coordinator Johnny Roths of SW Harbor have produced a veritable cornucopia of yumminess,"  said common good spokesperson Larry Stettner of Manset. "It is great to see folks of all ages here just plain having a good time."  Healthful, nutrition rich soups and salads featuring organic and locally produced foods (whenever possible) are served free to all every Friday from 12-2 PM at their Seawall location, 566 Seawall Road, the site of the former Annabelle's Seawall Dining Room in SW Harbor. The Doghouse Mountain boys, a local bluegrass quartet will be supplying the music for this week's event. Great food, great view, camaraderie and live entertainment are part of every Friday soup event; with the generous help of landlords Dave and Vicki Lloyd, these events are planned to go all the way through until the end of April, so mark your calendars now. Everyone is welcome (summer donations support the winter program which is free to all, though additional contributions may always be made at the event of course.)

            Upcoming events include "Left over Friday" on the day after Thanksgiving, November 27, and the return of Chuck D and Emma on Celtic Guitar and Fiddle on Friday December 4. Plans are also in the works to sponsor soup events one Sunday a month at the Tremont Congregational Church starting in January. For more information about the program see www.commongoodsoupkitchen.org.

            Hancock County Community Kitchen  Council
            There are now four programs in Hancock County that have  similar function and a similar philosophy to the Common Good Soup Kitchen Community, i.e. to produce meals where everyone is welcome and the emphasis is both on healthful, nutritious food and helping to build a sense of community. These are all grass roots programs, locally developed and locally supported. The Simmering Pot in Blue Hill, Everyone Eats 4 Free in Ellsworth, and What's for Suppa? in Mariahville are the other ongoing programs; a fifth program is in its start up phase in Stonington. A meeting was held last Thursday, November 12 to discuss co-operative efforts, primarily what steps might be taken to establish a central commissary ands storehouse to serve all of our programs; this would not only be convenient and cost saving, it would encourage local producers because they would have a much larger customer base. Also, a county wide commissary to help co-ordinate our efforts would have a good chance for some significant outside funding. Stay tuned for further details in coming weeks. 

            Delivery Team Up and Running 
            (or Driving)

            Our Friday soup events also serve as a focus for the soup delivery program. Soup is packaged into containers on Friday and sent out to the Ridge Apartments in SW Harbor and to individual clients. Our newest and also oldest client is Ellwood of Bernard, who turned 99 this year! We expect our client base to expand over the winter, and we can always use more volunteers for the soup delivery brigade. Call Johnnie Roths at 244-5473 or email us at commongoodsoup at gmail.com if you would like to volunteer to deliver to even one person. 

            There's Still Time
            Remember, the intensive training weekend with Chef Bill gets underway at 4 PM on Friday, Dec. 4 and winds up on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 6. There are still a few openings if you act fast, call 266-2733 or email commongoodsoup at gmail.com

           Thanksgiving Weekend Schedule

            For Thanksgiving weekend, we will not be chopping on Thursday, since that IS Thanksgiving day. We are inviting everyone to bring their leftovers down to Seawall on Friday from noon to 2 PM where we will have an impromptu pot lock lunch party and our chefs will take stock of what we have a create a community light supper event that will get underway at 3PM on Sunday, November 29 down at Seawall. P.S. Turkey skeletons can help make a great stock for turkey soup and we have the pots to put them in!

            Volunteer Chef Program Gathering Steam
            (Arnold Weisenberg at the helm.)

            The volunteer chef program, now going into its third week has already been successful beyond our expectations. We begin chopping and food prep every Thursday at 10 AM. Cook, pack and serve on Fridays again starting at 10. An array of people have already stepped up and many more have spoken up and will be producing food for future events. Here are some highlights so far:

              a..  Curry Ginger Squash Soup-- Arnold Weisenberg 
              b..  Chopped Broccoli/Cranberry/Smoked Almond Salad- Johnnie Roths 
              c.. "Aunt Lil's" (Organic) Chicken Soup: Larry Stettner 
              d.. Thai Ginger Shrimp Bisque- Alan Stephenson 
              e.. 9 vegetable Chicken Noodle Soup- Lynn Horsche Clark 
              f.. Hot and Sour Soup- Chiaolin of Chow Maine Foods, inc. 
              g..  Pureed Rutabaga with apple crisp topping- Alan Stephenson 
              h.. All Vegan Cream of Leek Soup-Bill Morrison


            The Common Good Soup Kitchen is now able to take on-line donations (click on the button below.) We give thanks to all of you for your financial contributions.


            566 Seawall Rd.
            Southwest Harbor, ME
            Soup Events: every Friday
            Soup Preparation: Thursdays and Fridays
            Volunteers always needed!
            Donations welcome!


            commongoodsoup at gmail.com

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