Free soup for the needy

Acquatico Bay: Containers can be picked up Mondays.

From leftovers to main dish: Aquatico Bay Restaurant chef Darren Simpson dishes up a soup for the restaurant’s new free take-out soup to those in need on Mondays. Each chef in the restaurant makes their own special soup.

Soup’s on.

Chef Darren Simpson was concerned about the amount of food being thrown away at the Aquatico Bay Restaurant and Sandbar Pub.

So he cooked up a plan to put the leftovers to better use, cleared his idea with owner Wendy Davies, who came on-board immediately, and got the necessary clearance from Interior Health.

Then he began making hearty, nutritious soups and freezing them in one-litre containers to be given away free to those in need every Monday morning.

“The idea came from a guy I know in Kelowna, who did something similar,” Simpson says, noting extra garden produce was used to make soup for the Kelowna Gospel Mission. “And I’ve been partners with someone who won the Stone Soup contest.”

The fundraising contest involves Central Okanagan chefs who compete to see who can make the best soup using only the ingredients in the Gospel Mission’s pantry.

“When I was looking at all our leftovers – we do a lot of Christmas parties – I thought why not make a soup,” Simpson says, noting he now has five different kinds in the freezer.

In the weeks ahead, Simpson will be posting the types of soup that will be available on the Aquatico Bay/Sand Bar Pub Facebook Page. Those who are in need may go to Aquatico Bay Monday mornings between 9 and 11 to pick it up.

“I was part of a major charity event just about once a week in Kelowna and I want to get something organized in Salmon Arm and get people onboard,” Simpson says.

Plans are to continue the soup program every week, except perhaps in the summer months when the restaurant and pub are extremely busy.

Simpson, who has been in Salmon Arm for about one year, says it bothers him that statistics indicate some 40 per cent of food in North America ends up in landfills.

“I am a big supporter of France’s new law,” he says of recent legislation that forbids restaurants to send leftovers to the landfill. “They have to give the food away; it’s not going into landfills, it’s going into people’s bellies.”


Just Posted

In photos: Monashee Mountain Men Black Powder Shoot

Black powder firearms enthusiasts gathered together to test their skills at the… Continue reading

Reel Reviews: Atypical college life

We say, “Life of the Party is pleasant and harmless.”

Caravan Farm Theatre fundraiser embraces outlaw spirit

The third annual Hands Up! Live Auction Fundraisder is June 2

In Photos: Trooper attracts a crowd on Shuswap Lake

Hundreds of boats turn up to watch the Canadian rockers play atop a 94 foot houseboat

Salmon Arm Secondary hosts B.C. mountain biking championships

Over 200 riders expected to hit the trails May 25-26

VIDEO: After the floods, comes the cleanup as Grand Forks rebuilds

Business owners in downtown wonder how long it will take for things to go back to normal

Talking music at Penticton’s Dream Café

Listen Up! to Holger Petersen

UPDATE: Woman dies in ocean accident near Tofino hours before daughter’s wedding

“We are so thankful to everyone who helped our mom.”

Olympian sues USA Swimming, saying it failed to protect her

Ariana Kukors Smith alleges her former coach Sean Hutchison began grooming her for sexual abuse at the age of 13

Defence minister thanks troops for B.C. flood relief work

Harjit Sajjan says not only was military response quick, support from locals has been ‘tremendous’

Couple survives being buried in mudslide on B.C. highway

The couple, from Saskatchewan, were en route to Nelson when a tree fell in their path

‘So grateful:’ Injured Bronco hockey player glad he’s alive, works on recovery

Ryan Straschnitzki was badly hurt in the accident: a spinal injury, broken ribs, a broken collar bone, and punctured lung

PHOTOS: Floodwaters rise and fall in Grand Forks

The flood-ravaged Kootenay-Boundary region begins to heal

Martin Mars waterbombers’ firefighting days are done

Wayne Coulson said his company still hopes to find a new home for the vintage aircraft

Most Read