The ninth annual Soup Bowl Supper is at 5:30 and 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. Members of Steamboat Clay Artisans donated hundreds of handmade ceramic soup bowls for the event; part of the 2008 collection is seen here.

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The ninth annual Soup Bowl Supper is at 5:30 and 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. Members of Steamboat Clay Artisans donated hundreds of handmade ceramic soup bowls for the event; part of the 2008 collection is seen here.

Soup Bowl Supper to benefit Botanic Park in Steamboat

Annual event is Wednesday at Community Center

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9th Annual Soup Bowl Supper

  • Wednesday, October 6, 2010, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Steamboat Springs Community Center, 1605 Lincoln Ave., Steamboat Springs
  • Not available / $20 - $25

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— The Steamboat Clay Artisans are doing things differently for this year’s Soup Bowl Supper.

Instead of getting together to work on the ceramic bowls in an almost assembly-line style, a dozen potters are making about 30 bowls each, of various colors, shapes and sizes.

“I think they’re going to be more individualized to the artist,” Clay Artisan Kathy Thayer said, adding that in previous years one artist might throw a bowl, while another might glaze it. “I think they’re going to be more unique.”

The ninth-annual Soup Bowl Supper takes place at 5:30 and 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. Tickets are being sold in advance for $20 at All That Jazz or $25 at the door. The price of a ticket includes a handmade soup bowl, soup from local restaurants, bread, dessert and beverages.

Deb Babcock, a member of the Steamboat Clay Artisans, encouraged people to act fast. She said the event sells out every year.

Each year, the Soup Bowl Supper benefits a local nonprofit group or organization. Past beneficiaries include Historic Routt County, Steam­boat Mental Health and Reac­hing Everyone Preventing Sui­cide.

Nonprofit groups are asked to submit a letter describing how proceeds from the fundraiser would help them. The Clay Artisans then vote to choose the beneficiary. This year’s selection is the Yampa River Botanic Park.

Including ticket sales and proceeds from a silent auction of locally made pottery, Babcock said, each year’s beneficiary could make between $5,000 and $7,000.

Babcock, also vice president of the Botanic Park’s board of directors, said the money raised from the Soup Bowl Supper would refurbish paths and walkways throughout the park while making them more accessible to people with disabilities.

Without the funding, Bab­cock said, the Botanic Park’s project likely would have been delayed a couple of years.

“That would have made it worse and worse,” she said. “It would have cost even more to get it fixed.”

The Soup Bowl Supper beneficiary is in charge of staffing volunteers for the event and contacting local restaurants for donations.

Among the participants donating soup, bread, desserts, utensils or other contributions are Steamboat Smokehouse, Rex’s American Grill & Bar, Creekside Cafe & Grill, The Egg & I, Qdoba Mexican Grill, Johnny B. Good’s Diner, Cafe Diva, City Market, Chocolate Soup Pastry Cafe, Old West Steakhouse, Rio Grande Mexi­can Restaurant, Hazie’s, Market on the Mountain,The Tugboat Grill & Pub, The Steam­boat Grand, Mambo Italiano, Yampa Valley Medical Center, Ore House at the Pine Grove, Walmart, Steamboat Meat & Seafood Co. and the city of Steamboat Springs.

Babcock joked that the local restaurants typically compete with one another to provide the best soup. She said four or five soups would be available during each sitting.

“It’s just kind of nice and quick,” Babcock said about the Soup Bowl Supper. “It’s real casual and fun. It’s a nice event for the community.”

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