to make the soup tasting as seamless as possible, I ordered enough plastic spoons and small plastic tasting cups so that everyone could try each soup with a fresh cup and spoon. our process was to pick a soup, heat it up, pour it into tasting cups – while the person who made the soup described the ingredients and how they made it. the plastic tasting cups and spoons were crucial as they made tastings and clean ups super easy.
I served mini cornbread muffins and sliced french bread for soup dipping plus a charcuterie board, chili cheese dip, and brownies. and of course, there was lots of wine and champagne consumed! we were all so impressed by the different soups, everyone did such a great job picking unique and savory soups.
I sent out a google sheet ahead of time to make sure we didn’t have any soup repeats and also kept on top of RSVPs to ensure I had an accurate final headcount a week in advance of the soup swap so that each guest made the right amount of soup.
since I knew I would be spending a lot of time in the kitchen, heating and serving the soup – I made sure to set up a self serve bar so no one had to ask for a refill. I love wine writers, washable markers to write guests’ name on their glass to avoid mix ups.