The event site may be under construction, but that won’t stop the annual Souper Bowl from once again satisfying artistic tastes and taste buds, along with raising money for the Leadership Marco Scholarship Fund.
Set for 11 AM, February 4 at Mackle Park, the event features bowls, hand-crafted and painted by students from Tommie Barfield Elementary School, Marco Island Charter Middle School, Marco Island Academy and Lely High School. The unique vessels are sold to attendees, who can then have them filled with the sumptuous soups prepared and donated by nine Marco Restaurants.
The cost to attend is $15 per person, which will include a silent auction of artists’ serving bowls, children’s activities and raffles. A pre-sale session will be held on February 3, from 3-6 PM to reserve a specific bowl.
The nine participating restaurants participated in a Q&A that provides a glimpse into their chef’s Souper Bowl 2017 soup selection, as well as the restaurants themselves. The responses from four of the eateries are below:
Cindy Marotta, The SpeakEasy Marco Island, 1106 N. Collier Blvd., 970-2929, speakeasymarco.com
When did your restaurant open: We opened in October 2014.
Please describe your restaurant: The restaurant is a waterfront Chicago themed restaurant.
How long have you participated in Souper Bowl and why do you take part: This is our third year participating in the Souper Bowl. We are very proud to say that we are strongly involved with the community and are always willing and ready to help any organization to raise money to better our community and help those in need.
What soup will you prepare: We are bringing a potato corn chowder.
Describe the soup as if it were a menu item or if a patron asked about it: It is cream based with the obvious potato and corn.
Can you provide any information on the soup ingredients: I would have to ask the chef what the other special ingredients are.
What makes your restaurant stand out: Our restaurant is just a real fun place to be. We have 16 TVs and all the sport packages. We offer indoor and outside dining on the water.
What are some of your favorite dishes on your menu: Our most popular item is our lobster tail special on Wednesday nights. 2-6oz cold water tails with salad, potato and vegetable for $24.95.
Restaurant’s hours and days of operation: We are open daily from 11 AM. Happy hour is from 2 to 6 PM daily, with entertainment on Saturdays from 5 to 8 PM and Sundays from 4 to 7 PM.
Tim Burke, STONEWALLS, 389-1995 marcostonewalls.com
When did your restaurant open, and how long has it been on Marco Island: STONEWALLS opened in December 2010.
Please describe your restaurant: STONEWALLS is the only “fast casual” restaurant on the island. We are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, serving fine food, fast and at reasonable prices. We also offer beer and wine to complement your breakfast (mimosas), lunch and dinner selections.
How long have you participated in Souper Bowl and why do you take part: STONEWALLS has been a participant since the beginning. We got involved as active members of the community and the Chamber of Commerce. This is a good way for us to give to the community and provide some assistance to Leadership Marco.
Why are these types of events important to the community: These events are important because it’s a great cause and a great concept. The community gets to have fun and try a lot of different soups at once.
What soup will you prepare: STONEWALLS will be serving our most popular Loaded Potato Soup that people crave. We’ve served Loaded Potato Soup at the other Souper Bowls and it has become the fan favorite.
Describe the soup as if it were a menu item or if a patron asked about it: Our Loaded Potato soup is cream based with lots of potatoes, that’s seasoned to perfection with bacon and cheese and secret spices to give it the right blend to taste just like your favorite baked potato.
Can you provide any information on the soup ingredients: Cream, potatoes, bacon, cheese and secret spices.
What makes your restaurant stand out: STONEWALLS family friendly atmosphere where you can get fine food, fast and at a reasonable price. We pride ourselves on making “Raving Fans” of all our customers by dealing with each and every one with respect and a good meal for their money. STONEWALLS is “fast casual,” which means you can get in and out in a reasonable time and feel good about the food and the experience.
What are some of your favorite dishes on your menu: Our homemade pizza is becoming a Fan Favorite since some say “It’s the Best on the Island” and reasonably priced. And customers are now coming back frequently for our meatloaf, chicken pot pie, seafood chowder and our unique breakfast flatbreads. You can’t find a better reuben or meatball parm sandwich anywhere.
Restaurant’s hours and days of operation: STONEWALLS opens at 8:30 AM, serving breakfast and our popular LavAzza Coffee and Lattes until 11:30AM. Lunch runs from 11 AM to 3:30 PM, before we start preparing our dinner selections from 4:30 to 8:30 PM daily. And if you like carry-out and convenience, ask about our online APP so you can order ahead and your food is waiting for you when you arrive.
Lauren Ross, owner, Mango’s Dockside Bistro, Esplanade Shoppes, 760 N Collier Blvd # 109, 393-2433, mangosdocksidebistro.com
When did your restaurant open: Mango’s Dockside Bistro opened in October 2011.
Please describe your restaurant: Our restaurant is family-owned and operated. We serve breakfast, lunch, dinner, sushi and we offer catering for all types of events. We are located waterfront, overlooking Smokehouse Bay, with bright colored umbrellas covering every outdoor table. Mango’s could be described as family-friendly island style casual dining.
How long have you participated in Souper Bowl and why do you take part: We have participated in the Souper Bowl every year since the event started.
Why are these types of events important to the community: Souper Bowl and other events such as this are very important because they bring awareness to different needs of the community.
What soup will you prepare: Chicken Corn Chowder
Describe the soup as if it were a menu item or if a patron asked about it: Our Chicken Corn Chowder is full of creamy deliciousness.
Can you provide any information on the soup ingredients: Roasted chicken, grilled corn, red and green peppers, carrots and potatoes in a chicken cream base.
What makes your restaurant stand out: We are the only restaurant on Marco Island that offers breakfast overlooking the water. We also are one of few restaurants that offer sushi.
What are some of your favorite dishes on your menu: A few of our favorites are the Tropical Island Salad, Key West Salad, Fish Tacos, Bacon Jalapeño Wrapped Shrimp, 10 oz. Whiskey Burger, Macadamia Nut Encrusted Mahi Mahi topped with Lobster Cognac Sauce.
Restaurant’s hours and days of operation: Our hours are 8:30 AM to 9 PM, Monday through Friday, and 8 AM to 9 PM, Saturdays and Sundays. Open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Jada Shigley, Maia, JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort, 400 S. Collier Boulevard, 394-2511, marriott.com/hotels/travel/mrkfl-jw-marriott-marco-island-beach-resort
When did your restaurant open: Maia has been open since August 2015 as part of a major $320 Million renovation project that ultimately led to our resort becoming a JW Marriott property on January 1 of this year.
Please describe your restaurant: Fresh. Local. Inventive. Our chef’s simply crafted dishes feature an abundance of local and regional resources from South Florida. Their culinary passion and masterful techniques, paired with an attentive and knowledgeable service staff, provide a welcoming casual coastal dining experience.
How long have you participated in Souper Bowl and why do you take part: We strongly support the Leadership Marco program and its mission to inspire future leaders in our community. We are proud to contribute to the Leadership Marco scholarship fund providing educational sponsorships to deserving local students. We have been a sponsor and restaurant participant each year since the event started in 2013. The event has grown each year and the community involvement and support for the event is inspiring to see.
Why are these types of events important to the community: This event is unique in that it brings together so many aspects of our community. It combines students and faculty, local restaurants, community leaders, businesses, our local Chamber of Commerce, the Center for the Arts, the local artists, not to mention the clay guild and volunteers, and our friends at the City of Marco Island Parks and Recreation, and then the residents who come out and get to enjoy it all while supporting our local youth.
What soup will you prepare: Kale & Quinoa Minestrone Soup
Describe the soup as if it were a menu item or if a patron asked about it: Zesty tomato broth based soup, packed with protein from the quinoa and roasted vegetables.
Can you provide any information on the soup ingredients: Quinoa, kale, squash, zucchini, tomato, garlic and onion.
What makes your restaurant stand out: The impressive design, with Balinese-inspired elements, the open and relaxed atmosphere and the unique menu all make Maia stand out. Another highlight of breakfast at Maia is the Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar. Maia infuses vodka, spiked with pickled peppers, garlic and other spicy vegetables to create the bases for its Bloody Marys. Guests can choose from a selection of several base mixes and an extensive arrangement of house made pickled vegetables, smoky bacon and cured meats, as well as more than 30 types of hot sauces, to craft their own cocktail perfectly tailored to their individual tastes.
What are some of your favorite dishes on your menu: The Florida lobster Benedict and Sweet Corn Cuban pancakes are definite highlights for breakfast. The Crab Fondue and Cedar Key Clam Tagliatelle are also favorites off the dinner and lunch menu.
Restaurant’s hours and days of operation: Breakfast is 7 AM to 11 AM daily. Lunch is Sunday only from 11 AM to 1 PM. Open seasonally for dinner. Please contact the resort to confirm availability.