Arbor Update

Ann Arbor Area Community News

Stone Soup

9. November 2004 • MarkDilley
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Come on out for the SOS Stone Soup Community Cook-Off!

When: This Sunday, November 14, 2004, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Where: Washtenaw Community College’s Student Center Building
Why: To celebrate the power of community and observe Homeless Awareness Week
How: Just come on out—it’s free and open to the public!

Join your friends, neighbors and fellow community members for a tempting, taste-testing extravaganza and activities for everyone! Ten gifted competitors will present their best soups and stews for judgment by your discerning palate. You’ll find the recipes for your favorites in the 2004 SOS Stone Soup Community Cookbook, which will be available at the Cook-Off for a suggested donation of $10.

A panel of local judges has reviewed recipes submitted by community members and selected the top ten for competition in the Cook-Off. A recipe entry form (PDF) is available on the SOS website at All recipes accompanied by a donation of any size to SOS Community Services are guaranteed publication in the 2004 SOS Stone Soup Community Cookbook. Recipes received after Monday, November 1 will be held for next year’s Cook-Off and Cookbook.

SOS Community Services responds with care and respect to families in need by working in partnerships that result in economic, family, and residential stability. SOS offers Housing Crisis Services, Homeless Family Services and Homeless Children’s Services to families throughout Washtenaw County.

All proceeds from the Cook-Off and accompanying Cookbook will benefit the SOS Emergency Food Pantry. To find out more, contact Kathryn at 734.961.1207 or or visit

Remember the Stone Soup story?

Tough times had come to a small town, and famine had overwhelmed the townsfolk. People began hoarding food, wanting to keep every last bit to themselves. One day, a peddler came through town to stay for the night. He needed to eat, but knew that food was in short supply. So, he decided to make Stone Soup. Using only water and stones, he cooked a big pot of soup and told everyone who passed by how tasty his soup would be. As word spread about the delicious Stone Soup, the townsfolk emerged from their homes, offering contributions of carrots, cabbage and other tasty ingredients to the pot. The result was great soup and a great lesson about the benefits of coming together and sharing as a community.