More than one tonne of French onion soup is enough to spread its smell across Jonathan Ashbridges Park and surrounding streets in Leslieville.
This is exactly what Leslieville Farmers Market has planned for the second annual ‘SouperBowl Sunday’ on Feb. 3 with the help of le Papillon on the Park and their Chef, Lukas Vyhnal.
The fundraiser will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will raise money for city permits, insurance, and other costs for the market, which will run for its third year from June to October.
“It started as a joke actually at the beginning, how much soup can we make,” said Danielle Bigue, owner of le Papillon on the Park. Last year was the fundraiser’s inaugural year, which takes place in front of the restaurant.
This year’s goal is $5000, to beat last year’s $3000. Members of the community are asked to bring their own bowls and spoons, and donate what they can.
“It’s winter, it’s cold – especially this year – so it’s a nice warm dish to have,” said Bigue.
“One young guy showed up with two pails, filled them up, and was very generous towards the market. He was having a Super Bowl party that night so it all works well together.”
Volunteers are asked to come and help chop 700 pounds of locally grown onions from Highmark Farms on Monday and Tuesday, January 28 and 29, said Zandra Zalucky, Leslieville Farmers Market manager.
“There will be lots of crying,” said Zalucky. “We’re warning people to wear their ski goggles, their swim goggles, it’s going to be a funny affair.”
Chopping times are yet to be determined, but volunteers will also get the chance to help cook the soup as well.
“They get this huge pot, and they put it on four really big burners, and they get a paddle to stir it,” said Bigue. “My chef, he’s not a tall man, so he gets up on the ladder and starts stirring the soup so it’s really a lot of fun.”
Warm pouding chomeur, a traditional French Canadian upside down caramel cake, will also be served with the soup.
“That went very well last year, even better than the onion soup,” said Bigue. “People really loved that.”
Bread to be put on top of the soup with melted cheese will be made by le Matin Bakery in Leslieville for the event. Keeping up with the trend of sizeable portions, it will be the size of a small table, said Zalucky.
Visitors also have the chance to win a draw for one month’s worth of local veggies from Highmark Farms, said Zalucky.
Those looking to volunteer with chopping onions and cooking next week should contact Zalucky at firstname.lastname@example.org