SoupFest Chefs 

Kelly Kinhan- Lebanese Lentil Soup

Kelly has called Concord home since 1994 and currently is the Business Development Manager at Cobb Hill Construction. He is thrilled to follow in “Mr Jim’s” footsteps and has made volunteering a regular part of his life…this includes designing and building sets for local schools and theater production groups, cooking breakfast bi-monthly at the Friendly Kitchen, active member on the Advisory Board at the Salvation Army and current President and Board Chair at RB Productions, a local community theater group. He would like to thank his amazing family, friends and coworkers for their continued support.

Millie LaFontaine – Spiced Curried Squash Soup

Millie LaFontaine is a retired physician who has been proud to call Concord home since 1990. Her husband, Mike LaFontaine, is a longtime Coalition to End Homelessness volunteer and board member who didn’t even have to twist her arm to get her to try her hand as a Soup Chef for this event. Millie and Mike are the parents of three sons, and are the delighted grandparents of Baby Cora.

Jim and Laurie Schlosser- Cream of Broccoli

The Schlossers landed in Concord in May 2016, and continue to be grateful for their choice to settle here.  Laurie has been an ASL interpreter and activist in interpreter politics in NH since 1981.  Jim is a primary care physician and the former Chief of Staff at the Manchester VA.  He was a founding board member of the Institute for Health Care Improvement and loves gardening and basketball.

Eugene Shear- Vegetarian Curried Parsnip Sweet Potato Soup

Eugene is a retired social worker who during part of his professional career assisted homeless psychiatric patients at New Hampshire Hospital find homes.  He is married and lives in Concord.

Jim Doremus- Gazpacho

Jim is the Chief Executive Officer for the Concord Family YMCA.  He holds a BS and an MS from New England College. Jim has worked for the nonprofit, social services sector in the greater Concord area for the past 33 years, including leadership roles with the Friends Program and White Birch Community Center. He resides in Henniker with his wife Susan Murray and son Jackson.

Dawn Ruddy- Sausage and Pepper Soup

I’ve been a Concord resident for 45 years, for the past 20 years I’ve worked as a Dental Hygienist.  I’m a mom of 3 grown children and a grandmother of 5. I enjoy the outdoors, hiking, kayaking and camping.  I volunteer in the Cold Weather Shelter.  I support the coalition to end homelessness because everyone deserves a place to call home.

Ron and Gerri King- Soup Pistou

Ron is an architect whose company designs and builds natural playgrounds, playgrounds without equipment, across the country.  Gerri King is a social psychologist and organizational consult who works throughout the US and, occasionally, abroad.

Peggy and Karen have worked together at Shear Magic Salon for over 25 years.  Peggy grew up in a well known Concord family and she and her husband have a college aged son.  Karen and her husband have 2 college age daughters who have grown up in Concord.  Both enjoy serving their community.

Colin Van Osten- Chilled Blueberry Soup

Colin lives in Concord with his wife Kristyn, his sons Peter & Patrick, and their black lab, Moses.  He returns to SouperFest with his unique Chilled Blueberry Soup, which he learned to make working in the kitchen at the Canterbury Shaker Village in the mid-2000s.  Colin currently works as Vice President of Workforce Solutions at Southern New Hampshire University, and previously served as Executive Councilor from Concord and 48 surrounding towns from 2012 – 2016.

Cindy Yanski and Jennifer Curtis- Bone Builder Soup

Cindy and Jennifer are Volunteer Coordinators for the Friends Retired and Senior Volunteer Program.  For the past three years they’ve promoted the healthy benefits of volunteering by connecting adults 55 and over with local non-profits such as The Coalition to End Homelessness.

They hope you enjoy their hearty “Bone Builder” soup made with nutrients that promote strong bones, inspired by the RSVP signature program, Bone Builders. Bone Builders is a free exercise class specifically designed to prevent osteoporosis while increasing strength and balance.  Classes are run by trained and dedicated RSVP volunteer leaders throughout Merrimack, Belknap and Rockingham counties.

Tom Fredenburg   

Retired tenants’ rights attorney, former CCEH board member, former owner of the homeless resource center and site of the winter shelter. “I believe that housing is a right, not a privilege, and that bringing Concord’s homelessness to functional zero must be our goal.  Ask me about my oyster farm!”

Kimberly Yarlott 

Kim, a long time friend of the late Jim Kinhan, returns for her fourth year as a participating chef and long time participant of the Soup Fest.  Kim was 2017 National Distinguished Principal. When not at Reeds Ferry Elementary School, she can be found on a USTA team, the ski slopes, volunteering, at BookClub, or with family and friends. 

Gayle Murphy- Thai Carrot Soup
Gayle is the chair of the Board of the NH Coalition to End Homelessness and is glad to support the sister organization to end homelessness in Concord. She is a UCC pastor, working to minister to those people who are alienated from the traditional church.   Gayle and her husband Bob have loved living in Concord for 37 years.

R.P. Hale – In Posólli Nixtamál in quilitl-nanácatl totómitica (Gluten Free)
R.P. Hale grew up in a Mexican family in Tucson, Arizona; and he continues many multi-generational traditions in the visual arts, music, Letterpress printing, calligraphy, wood-engraving and printmaking – and the traditional Mexican cooking of Sonora and southern Arizona. “There is no more worthwhile beneficiary than the Coalition to End Homelessness. This entity is in chronic immediate need of assistance.”

Darryl Dolcino 

Darryl Dolcino is a longtime resident of the Concord area, a hobbyist woodworker, a registered nurse, home cook and a supporter of the Friendly Kitchen. As a member of South Congregational Church it is my privilege to participate in another year of SoupFest.

Marian Baker – Teaming up to make Cream of Parsley/Carrot Soup

NH Council of Churches, Represented by Marian Baker of Hillsboro, NH
Marian is the Quaker Representative and Secretary of the NH Council of Churches. Her
hometown is Hillsborough, NH. She spends 3-6 months each year in ministry empowering
women in Uganda and Tanzania (East Africa) to learn to improve their own lives. She has always
had a concern to help others in need.

Maureen Richards is a Concord native and the owner of the UPS Store in Concord.  She teaches Kickboxing at the YMCA and advocates for all things canine.

Sherry Gamble works part-time at the Payson Center for Cancer Care  planning programs.  She also teaches Yoga, Zentangle and is a Reiki Master. Photo courtesy

Phil Kimball- Teaming up to make Cream of Parsley/Carrot Soup

Phil is a member of First Congregational Church, UCC in Concord. He was formerly on the Board of Directors of the New Hampshire Conference, United Church of Christ, and is currently a Board Member on the New Hampshire Council of Churches.

Sam Bristol- Turkey Soup

I am a retired nurse practitioner in women’s health. I am on my third year of volunteering at the cold weather shelter. I want to help support the shelter.

Head Chef, Chris Roscoe

O Steaks and Seafood is a steakhouse on South Main Street in Concord, has been open for eight years.   Head Chef, Chris Roscoe, has worked 12 years for O’s parent company, Magic Foods Restaurant Group, and has been at O’s since it opened.    O’s is glad to participate in the SouperFest, giving back to the community because the community generously comes through its doors.

Chef Corey Fletcher

A passion for fine food has always been a part of Chef Corey Fletcher’s culinary career. This passion, creativity and culinary know how has driven him be the Chef/Owner of The Revival Kitchen and Bar. Concord, New Hampshire’s spot to eat, drink and gather.

Lynne Morgan-African Chicken-Peanut soup.

Lynne Morgan has lived in the Concord area all her adult life, currently in Hopkinton. She loves cooking, especially as way of caring for people and celebrating relationships.  She’s lucky to have good friends who also love to cook, one of whom provided the recipe for “African” Chicken-Peanut Soup. As an active member of South Congregational Church, Lynne is familiar with the needs of our homeless neighbors and the efforts of our commmunity to address them.  She is inspired by her friends Ellen Fries, Ginny Mierens, and Gayle Murphy; and, of course, Mr. Jim.

Dominic F. Geffken, MD, MPH-Cheddar Broccoli Soup

Dominic is the Interim Director of the NH Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency at Concord Hospital. He is a board member of the CCEH. He practices at the Concord Hospital Family Health Center (CHFHC). He was instrumental in establishing the Downtown Clinic-an outreach clinic where providers and staff from the CHFHC see clients of the Homeless Resource Center. Dominic will be proudly serving Cheddar Broccoli Soup created by the chefs at Concord Hospital.