Join us for the Annual
Big Soup Party
December 16, 2023

The Big Soup Party is our yearly excuse to call up our friends, break bread, and share some BIG SOUP for an evening. Started in 1993, it has remained one of our favorite events of the year. We have been blessed to have so many wonderful people in our lives. The big SOUP party is a way to keep in touch, have some fun, eat a lot of great food, and celebrate SOUP as the most perfect of culinary inventions.

The event starts at 6:00 p.m., and we serve SOUP late into the night. Come at any time. Please bring a bowl, a spoon, and a friend. Awards are given around 8 p.m. for the biggest spoon used, most original bowl, and furthest distance traveled. Be forewarned, competition for these coveted prizes is fierce! Plan early if you wish to compete.

The primary goal of the evening is to hit up our friends to raise some BIG money for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. A large bowl on the main table will collect cash and checks—made payable to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank (GPCFB) — from anyone willing to contribute.

You can also give online at:

Thank you in advance for your generosity. 

2019 Kitchen time-lapse video

2019 Friday Making the Soup


Can I bring soup?
No. We will have 6 VERY LARGE pots of homemade vegan/vegetarian soups. Plus a Chocolate Dessert Soup. Plenty for the whole crowd. We make 50 gallons of soup!

What can I bring? 
You would be welcome to bring a side dish, dessert, appetizer, beer, a bottle of wine, soda, or cookies…yes, we appreciate anything you bring… it is a lot of people to feed!

Where can I park?
Braddock Ave and any side street, including Waverly Church.

Does it cost anything?
There is absolutely NO charge to attend the big Soup party, and no one should feel required to make a donation via our big bowl. We would like to encourage everyone to consider the tremendous wealth that we all live in and give serious thought to donating to help those less fortunate.

2022 you raised $5,189.70
2021 – Pandemic
2020 – Pandemic
2019 you raised $6,000+
2018 you raised $4,000+
2017 you raised $4,500+
2016 you raised $4,000
2015 you raised $4,167
2014 you raised $2,820
2013 you raised $4,012
2012 you raised $3,762
2011 you raised $3,000
2010 you raised $2,230

(consider a donation of $5 – $20+ a person) for the Food Bank. Come, eat, drink, enjoy the fun, AND bring cash/check to support a good cause! or give here:

Where do I put my donation to the Food Bank?
A large vase on the main table will collect cash and checks made payable to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank (GPCFB). 100% of the money collected will be given to the Food Bank.

When should I arrive?
The party has a revolving crowd. Some people like to come early and leave early, others come late and stay late, and a soup-fanatic crowd arrives at the beginning and doesn’t leave until well after midnight. We love you all. This year, we have decided to start a little earlier than in past years, at 6:00 PM.

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