I was unable to attend November’s edition of Detroit Soup. However, a close friend of mine was able to not only attend, but to volunteer his time for the cause. I thought his experience was so cool that he should share. So I’m handing it over to guest blogger, Adam Pecherski!
I attended Soup Detroit for a couple reasons. First and foremost it seemed like such an incredible idea. Secondly, I had a group assignment for a communication class at Oakland University. We had to work with a non-profit or a charity group. It seemed like a perfect opportunity to combine my own personal interests with class. My group and I drove to Detroit on a Sunday night to help out.
When we arrived we were amazed. There were 150+ people in a cool loft above Mexicantown bakery and we were early! These were all people concerned about the current state of Detroit.
Everyone pays $5 to get in to the building. This provides them with dinner and guaranteed stimulating conversation and entertainment. The dinner is soup, salad and bread. Soup and salad is donated by an attendee and is most often made from fresh local ingredients. This time the soup was delicious butternut squash made by Detroit native, Rachel Harkai. There were two kinds of salad made by Molly O’Meara and Sarah Sidelko. There was also a wide assortment of delicious pies crafted by Tom Joseph and Caitlin Drinkard. Finally the bread. So delicious, so lovingly donated by my personal favorite bakery Avalon Bakery in Detroit, and from Mexicantown bakery which was literally made downstairs. The beverages included beer, wine, coffee, and a DELICIOUS hard cider brewed by the Soup Brewers Guild using apples from Oakland Universities campus……irony.
All of the people who generously donated their time to provide the 150 attendees wear sashes and are congratulated with applause after describing their creations. After the meal (and a few glasses of that cider) the heroes of Detroit, donning their fitting capes, arise to the podium and talk about their inventive ideas to better the city. Detroit Soup is attempting to better the city one idea at a time. The ideas can be virtually anything that could create a better and more thriving city. This week the winner was Veronika Scott. She created a Element S(urvival) coat. This traps the wearer’s heat and transforms into a self heated, waterproof sleeping bag at night. The money from this function will allow Veronika to create the first 25 coats to shelter the less fortunate in Detroit.
As I helped bar tend during the night I met many happy and exciting people. This is something that outsiders don’t know about Detroit. There is a wealth of creative, fun and inspiring people living and working within it’s city limits. Thankfully, Detroit Soup is there to remind everyone of Detroit’s heroes and confidants.