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Samantha’s Café Hosts “Soup’r Delicious” Recipe Contest to Benefit Local Charities

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Samantha’s Café “Soup’r Delicious” Recipe Contest

Get Cookin’ to Benefit Local Charities

Samantha’s Café in Glens Falls. Photo by Dave BowerDo you have a special original recipe? Do you secretly wish you could get it published in a cookbook or have it featured in a local restaurant? Well here is your chance to be a published recipe author and have your recipe featured in a local restaurant with the added bonus of helping out local charities.

Samantha’s Café in Glens Falls is putting a call out to local aspiring chefs and cooks to vie for a spot in a local cookbook and have their soup spotlighted on the Café’s menu. Soup’r Delicious is a recipe contest that will land winners in a community cookbook which will benefit eight local charities. The contest is sponsored by Samantha’s Café (owners Jennifer Kraft and Liz Wilcox) along with PR Consultant Lisa Balschunat of Queensbury and Real Estate Agent Nina Mucha of Balfour Realty.

“Community members are invited to submit their original soup recipes for the Soup’r Delicious Cookbook. Eight of these recipes will be featured here in the cafe during April with 50% of each soup sale donated to their designated charity,” said Liz Wilcox, co-owner of the cafe in Union Square on South Street.

Samantha’s customers can also make additional contributions, outside the sale of soup, to the listed charities throughout the month. Local professional chefs with be taste-testing the soups in order to select a winner. Participants are encouraged to share their memories and inspirations that helped in the creation of their recipe along with their entry, which must be submitted by Thursday, March 15th.

“Soup is one of those comfort foods that usually comes with a back story. We want to know the history of the recipe,” said Jennifer Kraft. “Has it been passed down through generations, was it inspired by a travel experience, or maybe just experimentation with your favorite herb?”

Besides being talk of the town, the winner of the contest will receive first page placement in Samantha’s Café and Catering’s Soup’r Delicious Cookbook and a promised “stockpot of surprises”.  The winner will also receive the sought-after “Giant Soup Spoon” award.

“Jennifer and I are most excited about developing the Soup’r Delicious Cookbook that will contain all of the contest entries and their stories,” said Wilcox. “We’re not looking for intense competition, we’re just looking at a fun way to share good food, help our community and enjoy some kitchen history in the process”.

Samantha’s Café and Catering has been a mainstay in downtown Glens Falls for nearly three decades, offering a wide array of comfort food (like turkeyberry, mac ‘n cheese, squash apple bisque) and a unique dining experience that will touch all of your senses. They’ve recently added vegetarian and gluten free options. Their breads, soups and entrees are made fresh and from scratch at the café, however, their claim to fame is their event catering which, for the past 20 years has held the top spot among local catering companies because of their detail oriented and unique menu creations. They are open Monday through Friday 8am – 2pm with personalized catering services available 7 days a week.

Entry forms can be picked up at Samantha’s Café and Catering located at 11 Broad Street in Glens Falls between 8am and 2 pm Monday through Friday.  An entry form can also be downloaded online at

Nicole M. Arciello Berhaupt is an Assistant Editor for The Free George. Photo by Dave Bower

The Free George is the online magazine and visitors’ guide of Upstate NY, covering things from Albany to Lake Placid, including Saratoga, the Lake George region and the Adirondacks. Check out our City Blogs section for our extended coverage areas as well.

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