December 13, 2010
And the golden ladle goes to ...


By Chris Macias

It was a "souper" Saturday at Camelia Waldorf School, where I helped judge the Golden Ladle Soup Competition. The annual soup competition is held in conjunction with the school's winter fair, and this year found Taylor's Kitchen, Zocalo, Ella Dining Room and Bar and Cafe Bernardo all vying for the "golden ladle" award and priceless bragging rights. After taking a seat in a small elementary school chair, and with plastic spoon in hand, here's how the soups showed:

Taylor's Kitchen, Jerusalem artichoke wild mushroom soup: This soup had a rich and soothing body, and comfy smoky flavor. My personal top pick.

Ella Dining Room and Bar - San Marzano tomato soup with cheddar cheese croutons: Savory with a nice underlying tang. A little more weight would've made this tasty soup even better.

Cafe Bernardo - cauliflower and roasted fennel soup: Nice creaminess but needed just a little more flavor for this palate.

Zocalo - mole de olla soup: By far the spiciest of the bunch, but the body needed more heft.

So which soups took home honors? Here are the winners ... *insert drum roll here*:

Judge's Award: Taylor's Kitchen

Kids Choice
(judged by Waldorf students): Ella Dining Room and Bar

People's Choice: Cafe Bernardo.

Congrats to the winners ... and please pass the baguette.

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