Chefs to create soups for charity

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ST. CROIX - Some of the territory's most talented chefs are gathering their secret ingredients in hopes of cooking up funds for the fourth presentation of Soup du Cure.

On the menu will be hot soup, cold soup, spicy soups and creamy soups served up by some of the best restaurants and individuals as part of the only culinary competition in the territory with cash prizes awarded.

The Caribbean Education Initiative is looking for chefs who want to participate in the competition.

Soup du Cure is a dynamic fundraiser in which local cooks combine efforts by producing dozens of gallons of soup to raise money for nonprofit organization. The Caribbean Education Initiative is focused on curing the social ills in the community by supporting intervention, delinquency prevention and character-enhancing programs, primarily for youth.

The initiative has invested more than $40,000 in the last two years to help local youth, and this spring, the organization hosted a conference featuring influential who gave motivational talks to young women from middle school to university age.

Soup du Cure will be a chance to give back to the community, as well as an opportunity to sample soups from some of the territory's most outstanding cooks under one roof.

Many chefs from local restaurants are competing along with independent cooks, whose mouth-watering dishes have been pleasing residents and visitors for decades.

Soup du Cure is scheduled to take place from 3 to 9 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Reminisce Restaurant in Queen Quarters.

Rashidi Clenance, vice president of Caribbean Education Initiative, said the mission of Soup du Cure is to raise funds by merging culture and entertainment with the diverse world of soup.

Categories include corn soup, clam chowder, gumbo, pumpkin soup, red pea soup, kalalloo, bull foot soup, goat water, chicken soup, potato soup and vegetable soups.

Those who attend Soup du Cure will be able to sample their favorite soups and be a part of the judging to help name the island's best soup maker. Official judges also will tabulate scores to name the best soup in each category. The overall best of the best award winner will receive $1,000 in prize money. Second and third-place winners will receive $500 and $250, and other winners in more than 20 other categories will also be awarded.

According to Clenance, Soup du Cure is a community-oriented event that appeals to the entire family.

"This is one of those wholesome events where the entire family can come out," he said.

Anyone interested in signing up can email the Caribbean Education Initiative at

Fyah Train Band will performing live during the event.

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children.

For more information about the Caribbean Education Initiative, visit

- Contact reporter Fiona Stokes at 714-9149 or email

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