An estimated 200 people attended Sunday’s Souper Sunday fundraising event at the Bellevue Volunteer Firefighters Hall in Bellevue on Jan. 19.
Organizer Carol Blood said about $4,000, including $1,500 through an oral auction, was raised for the Bellevue Fire and Rescue Foundation.
Attendees sampled the soup concoctions of 15 chefs, with DC Electric’s Dave Compton coming away with the Golden Ladle Award with his clam chowder. The award was presented to the chef raising the most money through attendees’ “votes”. Compton and DC Electric raised $194.
The overall winner was Tony Verdon of Catfish Lake for his steak soup. Placing second and third, respectively, were Raenna Kuzma for a sausage and pepper soup, and Kevin Hensel for a potato leek soup.
The soups were judged by celebrity judges Farrah Abraham, a Council Bluffs author and star of MTV’s “Teen Mom”, and Drew Christensen of the Grey Plume restaurant in Midtown Crossing.