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Tasting soups while supporting a cause

Congregation’s culinary talents used to raise funds for Possibility Playground

A crowd of people spent their Sunday afternoon enjoying soup at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Port Washington and helping raise funds for Possibility Playground.

The public was invited to attend the soup tasting and judging, where they could spend $5 to sample each soup and get a bowl of their favorite. Also included in the price were a beverage and pie for dessert.

Copies of each soup recipe were available for people to peruse.

“It went really well. We had a nice crowd, and everybody seemed to enjoy the soups,” said Jaime Rismeyer, a member of the fund-raising committee.

A group of congregation members created the nine varieties of soups, while others made pies for dessert.

Representatives of Bublitz Foster Street Pub and Restaurant in Saukville and Dockside Deli in Port Washington judged the soups, awarding first place to Sally Campbell’s Chick Pea and Pasta Soup.

“It was delicious,” Rismeyer said. “It was one of only a few with pasta.”

Second place went to Irene Treppish’s Midwestern Chicken Soup, which Rismeyer said had a touch of Southwestern flair to it.

Third place went to Craig Stewart’s Black Bean and Sausage Tureen.

“It had a little kick to it,” Rismeyer said. “There were garnishes served on the side so people could decide what they wanted to add to it.”

The winners received Possibility Playground items — a cookbook, T-shirts and small backpack — for their efforts.

Congregation members conducted this fund-raiser to benefit the community, Rismeyer said. They chose Possibility Playground as the beneficiary because Sue Mayer, a member of the church, is general coordinator of the effort to build the play area that will be accessible to children of all abilities in Upper Lake Park this September.

Organizers need to raise $450,000 to build the playground.

St. John’s also plans to dedicate one of its three summer concerts to the playground, Rismeyer said.

For winning soup recipes,

Download St. John’s Soup Tasting PDF