Soup Bowl to benefit Samaritan Center today

From Vero Beach 32963

For the first time in the 16-year history of the Soup Bowl benefit for the Samaritan Center for Homeless Families, Indian River Shores will have a site to gather at midday Thursday.

The Soup Bowl will be staged from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today. A $5 donation is asked in exchange for soup and bread. Bowls made by volunteers at the Vero Beach Museum of Art will be on sale as well to benefit the cause, as well as raffle tickets for a tureen made by instructors there. Shores town manager Robert Bradshaw donated the use of the newly refurbished community center of Town Hall for the event, and the Rotary Club Oceanside chapter agreed to stage it.

“We don’t’ have a big enough staff to staff it, but the least we could do is donate the space,” said Bradshaw

Rotary Oceanside president Karl Steene gladly grabbed the ladle handed off by Bradshaw, calling up his members in the newly chartered club and recruiting volunteers.

Four key players on the Rotary team are coming up with 20 gallons of soup to serve.

Tammy Adams is making five gallons of her mother’s vegetable beef soup, made with leftover pot roast, added vegetables and an extra sloshing of red wine. “My mother used to eat it with peanut butter on crackers,” she said. “My sisters and I are fighting over the pot she uses for the roast, because no matter what we do, none of us can duplicate it.”

Meanwhile, Maureen Ladaviz, longtime owner of Central Window on U.S. 1, is making a chicken and white bean soup and watching the community’s collective waistline at the same time. The recipe, based on a Weight Watcher’s cookbook, includes carefully skimming a homemade stock of all traces of fat, breaking up pieces of chicken and adding white beans for fiber, and fresh carrots and onions that she has roasted separately for added sweetness and flavor.

Figuring out a way to manage enough to fill up a five-gallon bucket has been the daunting part, she said.

“Frankly, I’ve never made five gallons of soup before. There’s a certain amount of winging it going on here,” Ladaviz said.

She’s already made three gallons of the soup, enhanced with a special seasoning she buys at the beachside Farmer’s Market. It has been safely socked away in the freezer.

“The smell was incredible,” she said lovingly. “Normally we would have eaten it all by now, but I’ve said, No, we’ve got to stockpile.”

“This is a phenomenal opportunity for there to be community-building here in Indian River Shores,” said resident Kristin Ashcroft. “I’m blown away by that.”

Locations serving soup:

Lunch 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Barker Electric, Air-Conditioning & Heating: 1936 Commerce Avenue

Christ-By-The-Sea United Methodist Church: 3755 State Road A-1-A

Coldwell Banker Ed Schlitt Realtors: 3465 Ocean Drive

Community Church: 1901 23rd street

First Presbyterian Church: 520 Royal Palm Boulevard

First United Methodist: 1750 20th Street

Healthsouth Treasure Coast Rehabilitation Hospital :1600 37th Street

Holy Cross Catholic: 500 Iris Lane

Indian River Shores Community Center: 6001 N Highway A-1-A

Living Lord Lutheran Church: 2725 58th Avenue

National City Miracle Mile: 655 21st Street

Our Savior Lutheran Church: 1850 6th Avenue

Regency Park: 910 Regency Square ( 41st Street & I. R. Blvd.)

Rosemary’s Café: at the County Administration Bldg A

Samaritan Center: 3650 41st Street

Schlitt Insurance: 1717 Indian River Boulevard

Sebastian River Medical Center: 13695 U.S. 1

St. Helen Catholic Church: North Room – 2025 20th Avenue

St. Sebastian Catholic Church: 13075 U.S. 1 – Parish Center

Sun Up of Indian River: 2455 5th Street SW.

Tea & Chi: 2044 14th Avenue

Temple Beth Shalom: 365 43rd Avenue

The Lakes at Pointe West: 7955 16th Manor

Total Health of Vero Beach: 1965 14th Avenue

United Way: 1836 14th Avenue

Unity Center: 950 43rd Avenue

Vero Beach Police Dept.: 1055 20th Street

Weichert Realtor – Hallmark Properties: 1630 Club Drive

Dinner 4:30 – 6:30 p. m.

First Baptist Church: 2206 16th Avenue

First United Methodist: 1750 20th Street

Sebastian River Medical Center: 13695 U.S. 1

Soups donated by:

1901 Restaurant

2002 Diner


Amalfi Grill

Barefoot Cafe

Bella Napoli

Bent Pine Club

Blessing’s Bistro




Catering by Adrienne Drew

Chef Joe at Quail Valley Club

Chelsea’s on Cardinal

C.J. Cannon’s

Country Ham N’ Egg



Culinary Capers

Disney Resort

Dockside Grille


Felix’s Place

Grand Harbor Club

Italian Grill

Italian Kitchen

Kelly’s Irish Pub

Lakes at Pointe West

Lemon Tree

Lobster Shanty

Maison Martinique at the

Carribean Court Hotel

Moorings Club

Mrs. Mac’s Fillin’ Station



Ocean Grill

Old Towne Cafe

Panera Bread

Patti’s Bistro


Pomodoro Grill

Quilted Giraffe

Red Onion Eatery

Red Rooster Cafe

Rosemary’s Cafe

Ruby Tuesday

Scampi Grill

Southern Comfort

Stella’s Italian Bistro

Sweet Buffet

The French Quarter

The Tides

Ti Amo Sempre

TomKat’s Downtown Eatery

TooJay’s Gourmet Deli


Vero Beach Yacht Club

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