Party Line: Soup samples go fast at tasty fundraiser for Youth Villages

Harrison Brown (from left), Kassie Jamerson and Heath Brown at Soup Sunday.

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Harrison Brown (from left), Kassie Jamerson and Heath Brown at Soup Sunday.

Amber Betts, a student chef with L’Ecole Culinaire, made her way through the hallway around noon at FedExForum during Soup Sunday, the annual Youth Villages fundraiser.

“You should have been here this morning,” she said. “It was quiet.”

That was before 11 a.m., when people began streaming in to sample soup from more than 52 booths representing restaurants, caterers and other food and drink services.

The Memphis Doctors Dance Band, which has played for 17 of the 24 Soup Sundays, greeted guests at the event entrance.

Mosa restaurant went through six tureens of soup before 12:30 p.m. or so. Jim’s Place ran out of their Grecian bread around noon. They brought 25 loaves.

Members of the University of Memphis football team were on hand as volunteers. Youth Villages is “where the best athletes come to work after they graduate,” CEO Patrick Lawler told a group of players. About a dozen former U of M athletes currently work at Youth Villages, he said.

Meanwhile, Tigers Melvin Jones, Tony Mays and Austin Scott dished up red beans and rice at the Rendezvous booth.

Memphis Heart Ball

India was the theme of this year’s Memphis Heart Ball on Saturday night at The Peabody.

“Delhi to the Delta” was the title of the American Heart Association fundraiser. It has been said that the Delta begins at The Peabody.

American Heart Association board president Dr. Dharmesh Patel and his wife, Dr. Purvisha Patel, wore traditional Indian garb. Dharmesh wore a silk kurta, a suit with a coat that went to his ankles, and Purvisha wore a sari.

Guests dined on shrimp tandoori, turmeric-marinated chicken breast and cardamom cream, and danced to the very American Burning Las Vegas band.

Dr. Adam Arthur and his wife, Shannon, were event co-chairmen.

Wild Game Dinner

Servers gave guests the birds — in the form of duck and pheasant — at the Opera Memphis Wild Game Dinner on Friday night at the Clark Opera Center. They also served pork and venison at the annual event, where guests wear camouflage clothing and flannel shirts as well as suits, ties and cocktail attire.

A popular booth was the one where Jessica Rickard poured Gun Oil, a drink made with bourbon, orange, vanilla and spice flavors.

Toward the end of the evening, event chairman John Ryder presented another “bird,” the 2013 People’s Choice Golden Duck Award, to Just for Lunch for its duck jalapeño poppers.

The Bluff City Backsliders performed.

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Comments » 1

Jets writes:

I didn't buy my ticket til Sunday ($25) and didn't arrive til 12:15. The event is advertised as going from 11-2. Well, most of the booths were out of food by 1; therefore, I only got to sample less than half of what was available. I support Youth Villages completely, but after 24 years, shouldn't the food competitors have a better idea of how much to bring? I was very disappointed.

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