They put the SOUP in SouperFest!
SouperFest wouldn’t be possible without the help of our wonderful volunteer chefs who donate their time and homemade soups. Many chefs are familiar faces, year after year, and for some this is their first time participating. Please join us in thanking them for their generosity in 2020! We hope they will join us in 2021…
Friend of Jim Kinhan
SOUP: Chunky Tomato
Kim, a long time friend of the late Jim Kinhan, returns for her fifth year as a participating chef and long time participant of the SoupFest. Kim was a 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.
St. Paul’s Church
SOUP: Belgian Chestnut
Rev. Kate Atkinson is an Episcopal Priest and the Rector of St. Paul’s Church in Concord. Caring for people in need is central to the mission and ministry of St. Paul’s, and the parish has a long history of feeding, clothing, sheltering, counseling, and providing many other services, to our homeless neighbors. Kate is not a native Granite Stater, being the product of a British father who was raised in Belgium, and a mother from Wisconsin. Her international heritage has influenced her choice of soup, which is savory Belgian Chestnut.
SOUP: Smoked Paprika Lentil Vegetarian
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.
Concord Family YMCA
Jim Doremus is the Chief Executive Officer for the Concord Family YMCA. Jim has worked for the nonprofit, social services sector in the greater Concord area for the past 35 years, including leadership roles with the Friends Program and White Birch Community Center. Jim has been a Rotarian for twenty years and currently serves on the Board of Riverbend Mental Health Center and the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce. He resides in Henniker with his wife Susan Murray and son Jackson.
SOUP: Seafood Chowder
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.
SOUP: Tuscan White Bean
Millie and her husband Mike have called Concord home for thirty years. A retired physician, she loves her new-found freedom, and particularly enjoys cooking and gardening. The Coalition to End Homelessness is a cause near and dear to her heart.
Tara Weckstein lives in Bow with her husband Doug and are members of the UU Church. They raised their triplets in beautiful NH. Tara is excited to have the opportunity to participate as a Soup Chef in SouperFest.
Suzanne Key and Karen Densmore
The Friends Program
Karen Densmore and Suzanne Keays are volunteer coordinators for the Friends Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. They love promoting 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.
SOUP: Peanut Chicken
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.
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.”
Head Chef Chris Roscoe
O Steaks and Seafood
SOUP: Curry Butternut Squash Bisque
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 SouperFest, giving back to the community because the community generously comes through its doors.
Chef Corey Fletcher
Revival Kitchen and Bar
SOUP: Ribolitti (Italian bread and bean)
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.
SOUP: Broccoli Cheddar
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.
New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
SOUP: Chicken Vegetable
Deborah served as Director of the Governor’s Office of Energy and Community Services under then-Governor (now Senator) Jeanne Shaheen, worked as a nonprofit lobbyist on issues impacting women and families, and practiced civil poverty law with New Hampshire Legal Assistance. In her spare time she mentors and serves on the board for the Circle Program, perfects her gluten-free baking, studies French, and whips up a frequent pot of soup.
Bill has been a resident of Concord with Sue, his wife, for over two decades. His work to combat homelessness began with service as an overnight volunteer at South Congregational Church when that church, along with First Congregational Church, were the only options for someone without a home to find a warm bed in Concord on a cold winter’s night. Since then Bill has been actively involved with CCEH. He also serves as the volunteer coordinator for St. Paul’s participation in Family Promise – another local program working to eradicate homelessness in central New Hampshire and beyond. After a long and successful legal career, Bill is exploring the world of education. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in English education at Plymouth State University where he also teaches a first-year composition course.
SOUP: Greek Avgolemono/Lemon Chicken
Dawn Triconi is the executive director for Intown Concord. She has over 15 years experience in the non-profit and event planning sector. She is originally from Florida where she was Director of Operations for the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce. It’s been on her bucket list to live in New England and when the opportunity was presented, she packed her bags and quickly settled into New Hampshire living! Her passion is events and bringing smiles to crowds of people! She loves to volunteer, spend time with her amazing family, catch up on reading and travel! Her husband is the chef in the family and has picked Avgolemono Soup, (a traditional Greek lemon chicken soup) to highlight during SouperFest!
SOUP: Pumpkin, Black Bean & Prosciutto
Bob is a retired Family Physician who has “died and gone to heaven” in retirement, playing, cooking and having fun.
Mulberry Creek Imagery
SOUP: Portuguese (vegan, dairy & gluten free – option to add linguica!)
This is Doreen’s fourth year as a Soup Chef. When not making soup, she can be found photographing people, pets, landscapes and just about anything in between with hubby, Aaron Baker. Together they operate Mulberry Creek Imagery, a SouperFest supporter from since its debut.
New Hampshire Coalition to End Homelessness
SOUP: Salmagundi – A 17th century mystery, created and adapted by travelers, immigrants, and people of the sea.
Keeler Family Realtors
SOUP: Spiced Carrot Squash (Vegan)
Jocelyn has lived in NH all her life. She loves cooking, arts, the outdoors, and is passionate about supporting local. She works as real estate agent in the Concord area with Keeler Family Realtors. For years she has wanted to be a part of SouperFest, and this year is happy to not only have the chance make a soup to share, but to support a cause as great as CCEH.
SOUP: Spinach Pasta (with Kathy Harvey)
Eileen is a retired elementary school teacher. She taught Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades, and loved it! She spends her retirement years at Jazzercise, playing tennis, bridge, strumming my ukelele with 13 other ladies, visiting seniors in retirement communities, and of course, enjoying my family!
SOUP: Spinach Pasta (with Eileen Gfroerer)
My name is Kathy Harvey and I recently retired from the food service industry. I am currently the co owner of Letgoyourmind summer stem programs where we use Lego and robotics to teach STEM concepts. My husband Jim and I have lived in the Concord area for the past 30 years. We have raised two wonderful children and my passion is cooking.
SOUP: Smoked Sausage and Sweet Potato
Bob Murphy, husband of Gayle, father of Concord High grads Chris, Bill and Kevin (a past SouperFest celebrity chef), has lived in Concord the past thirty-nine years. A graduate of Manchester Memorial High School, the University of New Hampshire-Durham, and other schools, Bob took a 38-year detour before settling into retirement. He spends his time on cross country skiing, bicycle touring, fly fishing, furniture making, and deferred home maintenance.
Bob has a long history of cooking in the home, in the mountains, and for SouperFest. He is fond of barbeque, Irish, Italian, and French cooking. His lasagna recipe has garnered two marriage proposals, his Creme Brulee a third (but don’t ask, Bob is terminally monogamous). In Burgundy, Bob ate Boeuf Bourguignonne five straight nights; Boar Ragu in Tuscany a day longer, because everybody’s mamma has her own take on the classic recipes.
The recipe today combines two of Bob’s passions in the smoked Italian sausage and sweet potato main ingredients of this soup. It begins with eight pounds of sausage and four pounds of sweet potatoes smoked in a barrel smoker for an hour and a half, to which is added cannellini beans, onions, bell peppers, chicken stock, and Italian spices. This hearty soup makes a great winter meal.
Five Rivers Conservation Trust
SOUP: Squash and Apple (Vegetarian)
Beth McGuinn uses fresh food from her garden and local farms to create heathy, tasty food for family and friends. When she is not gardening and cooking, she serves as the Executive Director of Five Rivers Conservation Trust the capital area’s local land conservation organization. If you buy your local food at Dimond Hill Farm or Carter Hill Orchards, buy milk products from Contoocook Creamery or hike at the Winant and Swope parks, you are familiar with Five Rivers’ conservation efforts. Each of these properties is conserved by Five Rivers.
SOUP: Calabrese Chicken Soup
A native of Calabria, Italy, Nino has enjoyed cooking – and eating – Italian food since he was old enough to reach the family stove. Nino and his wife Rose (also from Calabria) moved up to rural Canterbury from New Jersey several years ago to be closer to their grandchildren. As always, he is excited and honored to share his love for Italian culture and cuisine with his friends and neighbors here in New Hampshire. The hearty chicken meatball soup that he and his son and sotto capo, Carmine, have prepared is an old family recipe that, over many generations, has revealed a magical ability to cure colds and warm the soul on a cold day.
Kathleen and Jim Paine
SOUP: Venison Stew
Jim and Kathleen Paine
Retired Veterinarian-Russell Animal Hospital and retired Russell Animal Hospital administrator/nurse
Interests: Bee keeping, gardening, hunting and fishing.
SOUP: Cream of Chicken
SOUP: Chicken Corn Chowder
Rolf, a Concord native, is a Realtor with Cowan and Zellers RE, LLC in Concord. He lives in Concord with his wife, Stuart and they have 4 adult children.
Rolf serves as Vice-Chair @ YMCA Camp Coniston, and with Stuart, who is the nurse at Broken Ground School, has become involved with the refugee community, working with Camp Coniston to provide on-going camperships to 15 refugee children.
He believes that being part of a community means supporting everyone in the community, most of all those who need it most.
Peggy Lamora & Karen Riley
Shear Magic Hair Salon
SOUP: Loaded Baked Potato
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.
SOUP: Clam Chowder