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Ives rises to the 'Challenge'

Sturbridge resident claims victory in soup competition

Elinor Ives, of Sturbridge, won the Soup Challenge presented by New England Country Soup. (click for larger version)
March 13, 2011
STURBRIDGE — For Elinor Ives, soup is not only the key to a satisfying meal, but also to victory, as the Sturbridge resident was crowned champion at the Soup Challenge presented New England Country Soup Saturday, March 5.

Since early November, amateur cooks from the 14 states in which New England Country Soup is currently distributed have been producing, testing, and revising their best homemade soup recipes with the hopes of taking on a New England Country Soup flavor of their choosing at the Soup Challenge held at the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts.

When the judges' verdicts were delivered, Ives learned that her "Pumpkin-Kissed Chicken Corn Chowder with Cranberry Crostini" had outlasted nine other finalists from across the northeast before edging out New England Country Soup's Chicken Corn Chowder. As a result, she will soon be enjoying the competition's top prize, a weekend getaway for two to Martha's Vineyard.

"This event was great fun but challenging from start to finish," Ives said. "Competing with New England Country Soup on both taste and nutrition proved to be much more difficult than I had originally thought."

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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