Ladling out luscious lunch at Samaritan ‘Soup Bowl’

Hungry residents spread out countywide last Thursday, visiting more than 40 locations for the 26th annual Samaritan Center Soup Bowl to benefit the Samaritan Center, a program of Catholic Charities.

Folks had their pick of a mouthwatering myriad of liquid lunch donated by 75 of Vero’s finest chefs plus a whole slew of soups donated by volunteers. Offerings were a veritable alphabet soup, with everything from bisque and bouillabaisse to chili and chowder.

Attendees also purchased from a selection of 1,000 hand-crafted bowls, created by volunteer potters over the summer.

Coldwell Banker Paradise Ed Schlitt Realtors took their popular show on the road this year, relocating to Bethel Creek House where they dished up a divine display of nearly 30 culinary concoctions.

“The Samaritan Center is a homeless center that focuses not just on temporary housing for families that are homeless, but it helps them get on their feet. It helps them with employment, education and life skills,” said Linda Schlitt Gonzalez. “We got involved 27 years ago. We make our livelihood on housing, so doing something to help people who don’t have housing is near and dear to our hearts.”

The Vero Beach Museum of Art enjoyed its second year as a soup stop, with the added draw of a display of artistic soup tureens created by local potters, which were being raffled off to support the cause.

The Samaritan Center is a long-term transitional residential facility for homeless families, where residents can regroup and develop the life skills needed to reestablish their lives and gain self-sufficiency.

Photos by: Leigh Green
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