SOUTHINGTON - Wood-n-Tap restaurants and Que Whiskey Kitchen will be donating more than 30 gallons of homemade soup to two area nonprofits, including Bread for Life, on Tuesday as part of National Homemade Soup Day.
Bread for Life in Southington and House of Bread in Hartford will each be receiving and serving gallons of homemade chili and soups, including baked potato and French onion, on the day that celebrates the comfort, medicinal and culinary benefits of homemade broths, bisques and stews.
“Part of our philosophy is to help in the communities where we are located,” said Phil Barnett, co-founder and co-owner of the Hartford Restaurant Group, which operates Wood-n-Tap and Que Whiskey Kitchen. “Our restaurants are well known for their homemade soups, so what better way to give to others than to tap our own kitchens and help these agencies provide good food to those in need.”
Donna Ayer, executive director of Bread for Life, said she is very excited about the donation, which she said will go a long way in supporting her nonprofit organization.
“Bread for Life is extremely thankful for the donation of soup on National Soup Day,” she said. “We are the only soup kitchen in Southington and we provide meals not only at our facility but to homebound citizens and seniors. The generosity of Wood-n-Tap and Que restaurants helps us meet our mission.”
Ayer said that this time of year, most lunches served at Bread for Life start with soup.
“I didn’t even know it was Homemade Soup Day but we’re very excited for this donation,” she said. “We’ll be very well stocked after this.”
Ayer said her agency provided over 37,000 meals in 2019 and that success is due, in part, to donations from businesses such as Hartford Restaurant Group.
“We serve 150 people per day and deliver 50 meals a day to homebound clients,” she said.
Tom Porell, operations manager at House of Bread, also thanked Hartford Restaurant Group for the donation.
“House of Bread is marking its 40th anniversary this year and the donations we have received over all these decades have helped us serve so many people,” he said. “This generous donation will serve our clients well.”
Wood-n-Tap restaurants can be found in Hartford, Southington, Rocky Hill, Vernon, Orange, Wallingford, Hamden, Newington and Farmington. Que Whiskey Kitchen is at 461 Queen St., Southington.
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