Saturday, January 29, 2022

Souper Bowl Restaurant Round Up, Part 3

Whether your holiday was wonderful, exhausting or both, we have something “souper” in store for your February! At Mackle Park on Saturday, February 2, the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Marco will be hosting the 7th Annual Souper Bowl from 11 AM to 1 PM.

There will be one-of-a-kind, hand-painted ceramic bowls available for purchase that you can fill with spectacular soups from area restaurants. The proceeds of the event will go to local deserving high school seniors continuing their education by way of the Leadership Marco Scholarship Fund.

This is the third article showcasing the participating restaurants and all the wonderful soups you’ll have the chance to try come February. We’re bringing you all the details from Petit Soleil and the Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa. In our next issue, read all about the Island Country Club and get event details for the big day. “Thank you” goes out to the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Marco, volunteers, participating restaurants, and the many other supporters of the event.

Petit Soleil

210 Royal Palm Drive

Daily, 8 AM-2 PM
(October to March)

Tues.-Sun.  8 AM-2 PM, closed on Mondays

How long has your restaurant been on the island? We have been at this location since December 2008.

How many years have you participated in Souper Bowl? Since inception, this will be our seventh year.

What soup have you featured and why? Petit Soleil has served since inception, our cream of mushroom. For the event, we top off the soup with crispy fried onion straws and a dollop of whipped cream scented with Madera port wine.

Is this soup a new feature or old favorite? An old favorite.

Tell us about you other favorite features on the menu? Our homemade quiches, our homemade hollandaise sauce for eggs benedict, our homemade smoked salmon, our “Americain” — our version of a hamburger, served on a French baguette topped with blue cheese sauce topped with French fries, our crispy waffles.

Why do you participate in Souper Bowl? As a family owned and operated business, we believe in supporting our community and giving back to a community that supports us. Our children have attended Tommie Barfield, Marco Island Charter Middle School and Lely. We feel very strongly about helping local students.

What is special about your restaurant? We are chef owned and operated located in the historical part of Marco Island.

Lisa Meurgue serves cream of mushroom soup at last year’s event.

Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa

560 S. Collier Blvd.    Daily, 7 AM-10 PM

What soup have you featured and why? This year we will be preparing our own take on a Caribbean favorite “Pepper Pot Soup.” A spicy, sweet coconut milk based soup with stewed salted beef, chilies, callaloo (otherwise known as okra), malanga and batata.

This recipe contains ingredients locally sourced from our own Chef’s Garden. Some of which include callaloo, spicy Scotch bonnet and Anaheim chilies. Utilizing both the leafy greens as well as the pods of the callaloo plant provides a silky texture as well as a unique taste. By using a combination of chilies we achieve a level complexity not limited to just heat.

Is this soup a new feature or old favorite? This is a new addition.

Tell us about your other favorite features on the menu? Our menus change often.

Why do you participate in Souper Bowl? We are proud to be teaming up with local businesses to be a part of such a great event.

What is special about your restaurant? We consider ourselves ingrained in the very fiber of the Marco Island community. This is just another extension of that. Doing our part to help raise funds towards a scholarship benefiting our areas deserving young students.

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