Meet my friend Magnolia. She’s six years old, and, as you can see, adorable and souper. What you don’t see in this picture is that Magnolia is suffering from a rare disease called Rett Syndrome. Until the age of three, Magnolia was progressing beautifully – running around, singing, talking, dancing. And then things changed. Rett began to slowly take hold of her little body. Rett is progressive, so far Magnolia has lost her ability to speak and use her hands. She experiences frequent seizures and often has difficulty breathing. She also requires an eye gaze technology computer to communicate.

I met Maggie this past summer via a blog post written by her mother. After watching the destruction and havoc wreaked by the storms and hurricanes of the summer, Maggie’s mom asked – would they survive such a storm? Would they be able to evacuate with all of Maggie’s equipment necessary for her special needs?

Unfortunately, this is the case for thousands of other girls and boys that are victims of this vicious disease. Rett knows no boundaries – economic, geographic, race – Rett is equally cruel to everyone.

The good news? A cure is on the horizon. Urgent funding is needed for more research. Can you imagine knowing that money is the only obstacle preventing a healthy life for your child?

So we here at Soupergirl thought we’d try to help. February is Magnolia’s Month at Soupergirl. Every day at the shop, one of the soups will be Magnolia’s Soup. A portion of the revenue from the sales of that soup will be donated to the cause.

You can also help out by making a donation online. We’ve set up a special Souper Magnolia campaign online. Quite literally, every dollar helps us get one step closer to a cure. A cure for Magnolia, and the thousands of other children gripped by Rett.

rattle giftbag thumbnailIs there anything in the world better than the Gift of Soup? Anything? OK, perhaps puppies. And rainbows. But other than that, nothing! New moms routinely tell us that our soup got them through the first few months of motherhood. “Stop sending the onesies,” they say! “Just send soup! Send SOUP!!” When your friends move into a new home, skip the fern. Forget the orchid. No one can keep those alive anyway. Send soup! They haven’t unpacked a thing. They’re hungry. They need soup. Desperately. And hey, remember when you borrowed your neighbor’s snow shovel and it broke and he couldn’t dig his car out of its spot for a month? Yeah, you should probably get him some soup.

So many opportunities for gifts, so little time! Actually, there’s plenty of time. Stop stressing! Plus, there are so many options for gifts! We have:

Gift packages
E-certificates
In store gift cards
Mugs
Thermoses
Soupscriptions

Send a new mom a full Soupscription, and they don’t need to cook for a month! We’ll deliver it right to their door.

Flowers and chocolate = out. Soup = IN! Click here for all the details or send us an email and we’ll explain all the options.

IMG_0576Free. Yes, we thought we’d start with that word. This summer, we’re all about customer appreciation. You, dear soup eaters, are incredible, so we want to say thank you. Many of you already know about Triple Point Tuesdays! Come in on Tuesday and receive three stamps on your loyalty card. Spend $25 or more and receive a free pint of soup. We’re now launching Gimme Three Thursdays! Stop by either Soupergirl store any Thursday in June and July, buy two items, and receive the third for free! Please note that the free item must be of equal or lesser value than the two that are purchased. Fan of gazpacho? Come load up on Thursdays! Do your shopping for the weekend on Thursdays. Every day is a good day for soup… but especially Tuesdays and Thursdays. Thanks, Loyal Soup Eaters!!

beetmeThe beet is back! Dance to the beet! That’s right, beet gazpacho is back on the menu. Pay no attention to the fact that we have been magically transported to Seattle where it rains all day every day. May is here, beets are in season, let’s make some gazpacho.

We’ll be sending out the gazpacho to stores and markets all over town. We’ll also have some at both locations beginning on Thursday. As many of you know, our gazpachos are, well, a bit addictive. The beet one… it’s as pretty as it is tasty! A deep purple color that should have a Crayola named after it! You *may* not want to wear a white shirt while slurping as it likes to leave its mark… permanently… on clothing!

In terms of the rest of our gazpacho flavors… we’ll start rolling them out soon. The cold rain that has dominated the region has not been great for summer crops. Everything is delayed a few weeks. We’ll keep harassing the farmers!!

soupersilasHappy birthday to us!! Happy birthday to our M Street location! Happy birthday to us! Two years ago this month we opened up our new baby (Not the baby in this picture. He’s just an awesome junior soup eater who is very photogenic). Our M Street location is our little baby. Our Soupergirl “express.” Our little Soupergirl That Could! We’re so proud of her!

To thank our wonderful customers who have supported our M Street baby, we’re giving out free stuff! To help us celebrate our birthday this week:

– Wish us a happy birthday and receive three stamps on your loyalty card.
– Wish us a happy birthday, spend $10 or more, and enjoy a FREE small salad with your meal.
– Tweet us a birthday message or retweet one of ours and receive 10% off your meal!

More birthday specials are coming next week with even BIGGER FREE STUFF! Note – these specials apply only at our M Street location. Our Takoma location is an old, boring, five year old. However, Triple Stamp Tuesday is celebrated each week at BOTH stores!!

An email from a customer!

“What a problem I have!  You left my order on the table in my garage and I just HAD to taste it before I put it away!  WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I was afraid to order too much of any one thing because I didn’t know what everyone would like.  HOW CAN YOU MAKE SUCH FABULOUS FOOD???

I called the store and got the very last large container of the Vegetarian LIVER … and I bought more of the small ones.  And I don’t like quinoa and sweet potato salad and yours was AMAZING so I had to order 4 more containers.  Almost everything was sold out… You obviously have found something special, especially for those of us who have only morning recipes for Passover.

What I can’t figure out is how I love EVERYTHING you make when I would never touch  (real)  liver (at least not in almost 40 years); don’t love sweet potatoes and could take or leave quinoa.  It must be that you combine in the most amazing way to make truly great food!”

spinachgarnersAs you know, we are very committed to sourcing from local farmers. We take it pretty seriously (which is why we still don’t have gazpacho… no early tomatoes yet!!). This week, however, we’re really quite proud of our local sourcing for the Passover holiday menu. If you ordered from our Passover menu, or maybe just dine at Soupergirl over the next few weeks, you’ll be enjoying:

– Beets and potatoes from Tuscarora Organic Coop (organic!)
– All kinds of greens (spinach, collards) from Garner’s Produce
– Sweet potatoes and carrots from Twin Spring Fruit Farm
– Apples and butternut squash from Spring Valley Farm and Orchard
– Turnips from the Farm at Sunnyside (organic!)

Thank you for helping us support our fantastic local farms. We hope you’ll taste the difference!

And yes indeed, our Passover pre-order menu is now closed. However, we will try to keep our refrigerators stocked with Passover soups, salads, and seder items throughout the week. Call ahead to check availability! And we will be open next week from Monday through Thursday. Come dine with us!

matzoloveApril is here! As we mentioned last week, we are now accepting orders for our Passover menu! Place your order by using our online form and choose home delivery or pick up at either one of our stores. All orders MUST be received by noon on April 15th – so you have only two weeks left!! We have all that you need for a delicious, healthy, and souper Passover! Plus, our stores will be open during the holiday, so if you need a break from macaroons and matzo kugel, come by and visit! Please email with us any questions or to request the full menu and details.

Passover is coming! Passover is coming! Time to panic!! No wait… have no fear… the Soupergirl Passover Pre-Order Menu is here!! We have plenty of food to carry you through the seders and beyond. Soup? Check. Charoset? You betcha. Mocked chopped liver? Yes please, I’ll take two. Sides, salads, and dessert? We’ve got you covered.

Please read the fine print below for all the details. It is a lot to read, but most of your questions will be answered. When you’re ready to order, fill out the information on our online order form.

Both Soupergirl locations (Takoma and Dupont Circle) will be open during the holiday and will be serving kosher for Passover food beginning on Sunday, April 17th through Thursday afternoon, April 28th at 4:00 PM. All items on this menu and at the Soupergirl locations will be certified kosher for Passover by the Star K and the Capital K (Vaad Harabanim of Greater Washington). Each store will have an even wider selection of items than those which are listed on the pre-order form. However, we cannot guarantee any specific item’s in-store availability, which is why we highly recommend pre-ordering.

Delivery is available for pre-orders of $50 or more (see details below). There is no minimum for orders that will be picked up at our stores.

To place an order in advance, please fill out this online form by Friday morning, April 15th at noon.

Delivery is available for orders of $50 or more to addresses within our delivery area (Washington, DC, Rockville, Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Silver Spring, Takoma Park, Potomac, Arlington).  Deliveries will be made on Thursday, April 21st and Friday, April 22nd. There is a $10 fee for all deliveries.

There is no order minimum for pick up at either Soupergirl location (314 Carroll Street, NW Washington, DC 20012 or 1829 M Street, NW Washington, DC 20036). Pick up orders will be available at our stores during the following hours:

– Takoma: Thursday, April 21st (10:00 AM – 8:00 PM) / Friday, April 22nd (8:00 AM – 3:00 PM)
– M Street: Thursday, April 21st (11:00 AM – 7:00 PM) / Friday, April 22nd (11:00 AM – 3:00 PM)

Orders must be received by Friday, April 15th at noon. Once the order is received and processed, we’ll email you a confirmation and invoice within 48 hours.

We will notify you of your delivery window no later than Wednesday, April 20. You do not need to be home to receive your order! Simply leave out a cooler or let us know of any special delivery instructions.

Note! Soupergirl is a vegan company so all items are parve!

The menu is below. To place your order, please visit our online order form.

Thanks for including us in your holiday!!

SOUPERGIRL 2016 PASSOVER PRE-ORDER MENU

SEDER ITEMS:

Traditional Charoset

$13.00 per quart

Ingredients: local apples, walnuts*, cinnamon, sweet red wine, organic raw vegan cane sugar, kosher salt
*contains walnuts.

Root Vegetable Tsimmes

$13.00 per quart

Ingredients: local sweet potato, butternut squash, local potato, local turnip, local carrot, local apple, prunes, raisins, orange juice, lemon juice, cinnamon, maple syrup, potato starch, sweet red wine, kosher salt, pepper

Chopped “Liver”

$14.00 per quart

Ingredients: local mushrooms, caramelized onion, walnuts*, carrot, garlic, onion, extra virgin olive oil, kosher salt, pepper

*contains walnuts.

SOUPS:

Cream of Spinach

$11.00 per quart, $40.00 per gallon

Ingredients: local spinach, homemade cashew cream*, local potato, fennel bulb, local apple, apple juice, coriander, garlic, carrot, celery, onion, homemade vegetable stock (water, carrot, celery, onion, bay leaf, parsley, thyme), extra virgin olive oil, kosher salt, pepper.
*Contains cashews.

Potato Leek

$11.00 per quart, $40.00 per gallon

Ingredients: local potato, fennel, leek, onion, homemade vegetable stock (water, carrot, celery, onion, bay leaf, parsley, thyme), extra virgin olive oil, kosher salt, white pepper

Spring Vegetable

$11.00 per quart, $40.00 per gallon

Ingredients: local sweet potato, local potato, local kale and/or spinach, carrot, celery, onion, fennel, local rosemary, thyme, tomato paste, homemade vegetable stock (water, carrot, celery, onion, bay leaf, parsley, thyme), extra virgin olive oil, kosher salt, black pepper

Gingered Quinoa Vegetable

$11.00 per quart, $40.00 per gallon

Ingredients: organic quinoa, local kale & spinach, fennel, ginger root, ground ginger, Hungarian sweet paprika, cumin, coriander, garlic, carrot, celery, onion, homemade vegetable stock (water, carrot, celery, onion, bay leaf, parsley, thyme), extra virgin olive oil, kosher salt, pepper

Roasted Carrot Fennel

$11.00 per quart, $40.00 per gallon

Ingredients: local carrot, fennel, orange juice, garlic, celery, onion, vegan raw cane sugar, homemade vegetable stock (water, carrot, celery, onion, bay leaf, parsley, thyme), extra virgin olive oil, kosher salt, pepper

Garlicky Borscht

$11.00 per quart, $40.00 per gallon

Ingredients: local beets, local potato, tomato paste, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar, dill, garlic, carrot, homemade vegetable stock (water, carrot, celery, onion, bay leaf, parsley, thyme), extra virgin olive oil, kosher salt, pepper

Matzo Ball Soup

$11.50 per quart (four matzo balls per container)

Ingredients: matzo meal*, club soda, organic ground flaxseed, baking soda, carrot, cinnamon, homemade vegetable stock (water, celery, onion, carrot, bay leaf, parsley, thyme), extra virgin olive oil, kosher salt

*contains gluten. Remember! This is vegan matzo ball soup! Please be sure to read the heating instructions for maximum enjoyment!

SALADS & DESSERT:

Roasted Sweet Potato Quinoa Salad

$13.00 per quart

Ingredients: organic quinoa, roasted local sweet potato, maple syrup, cumin, cinnamon, scallion, red wine vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, kosher salt, pepper

Kale Quinoa Apple Salad

$13.00 per quart

Ingredients: local kale, local apple, walnut*, organic quinoa, celery, extra virgin olive oil, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, lemon juice, cinnamon, kosher salt, pepper

*Contains walnut

Quinoa Pudding

$14.00 per quart

Ingredients: organic quinoa, dates, almonds*, homemade cashew cream*, organic raw vegan cane sugar, kosher salt. *Contains almonds and cashews.

Ready to order? Visit our online order form and get started!

JCCYes, you read that correctly. Soupergirl soup is now a Broadway star. Sort of. The new production at Theater J features our soup! The actors serve and eat it on stage! We couldn’t believe it until we saw it for ourselves. But, yes indeed, during opening night they served Carrot Dill! We were gushing. Our little soup is all grown up! She won’t even talk to us anymore. We need go to through her agent. Thanks a lot, SOUP!  OK actually, Theater J does indeed feature our soup in their production of Falling Out of Time, running through April 17th. It is an incredible, unique, almost indescribable play. We do not want to reveal too much, other than to say we have not stopped thinking about it since opening night. It is original, challenging, and beautiful. And if you sit in the right seat, you are served soup! Seriously! We highly recommend that you check it out – and not just for the soup.