Monthly Archives: May 2015

…and then there was music!

We’re so gob-smackingly delighted to announce that young folk singer Georgia Lewis will be playing for us at our inaugural Soup on the 19th. Georgia has offered to play solo as her fiddler, Rowan Piggott, won’t be back from playing in Ireland on time. What a star 🙂

We hope they can – and guitarist Felix Miller – can join us next time. In the meantime you can check them out at Georgia Lewis & Friends. Hope to see you on the 19th.

A Very Pleased Team Soup


We’ve discovered an IT issue with our emails and online contact form that means since May 17th emails to us might have bounced and contact form submissions lost.

It’s sorted now, but we don’t know what we missed. So if you contacted us recently and got a bounce or no reply, please send it again. Especially if you didn’t get a reply as we’re usually quite prompt.

Sorry for the hassle.

Team Soup

Timing is everything.

With under a month to go this seems like a good time to tell you how (we hope) the evening will go:

Doors open 6pm, or thereabouts, depending on just how good our preparation has been. We aim to kick off around 6:30 pm with a brief intro and then get straight into the pitchers and their projects. Each gets a few minutes to explain their project and we get to ask a few questions – 3/4 at most as we don’t want to slow things down. Once all the pitches are over, hopefully around 7:15 pm, it’s time for food!

A selection of very yummy soups, with vegetarian and gluten free options. We will also have contributions that people are bringing along – so far we have promises of lasagne, quiche, cheesy scones and bread. The voting will now be open so those with quick minds (or impulses) can place their vote. The rest of us can mull it over while we eat and chat about the projects. You can even talk to the pitchers as they’ll be milling around. There will also be info posted up about the projects, contributors and BrightonSoup.

Around 8:30 pm we’ll give you notice that the voting is about to close. Then our guest band will play a couple of tracks to keep you entertained whilst we close the vote and do the counting.

We hope to announce the winning project at 9pm. After that we we get back to more music and socialising until we have to close the soup party at 10pm. Then that it’s that sad time of clearing up, and yes, if you really, really want to stay behind and help, you can. 🙂

Team Soup

Happy Sunday Soupateers!

How about some soup facts to enjoy whilst you procrastinate getting out of bed or sit in the garden with a nice cuppa?

  • Archaeologists uncovered a 6,000 year old soup recipe which includes hippopotamus meat!
  • In Nebraska it is illegal for bar owners to sell beer unless they are simultaneously brewing a kettle of soup
  • Asked why he painted the iconic soup cans, Andy Warhol said “I used to have the same (Campbell’s soup) lunch every day for 20 years.”

  • There really is a substance in chicken soup that aids in alleviating the symptoms of the common cold and influenza, although it won’t get rid of the cold itself
  • In Shanghai, China, you can have Deer Placenta Soup that will apparently help you in bed, your kidneys, skin and vitality. 
Well on that note final note, have a great day!

Team Soup


May 14, 2015

So far we’ve sold 25% of our advance tickets and have £68 in the pot for the winning project. Boom!


If everyone who has said they’re coming turns up, it’s going to be a packed house – with one happy project getting a cash boost. Though it isn’t just about the money. We hope to bring together those starting projects with those wanting to get involved. Maybe those with some spare time and lots of energy. Or those with bigger pockets. And let’s face it, those that just love soup.

That’s the beauty, you don’t just get to vote for a project you like, you could find yourself getting involved in one. Utilising your own skills or learning new ones. Doesn’t even have to be the winning project, you could help one of the other projects that interested you. Inspiration could hit you with an idea of your own or get together with another Souper to start something. Limitless possibilities, just for turning up.

And speaking of projects, we’ve had another submission and some enquiries so it looks like we’ll have no trouble filling the four slots. We’ve also had a really kind offer from Alan the Printer for some free posters, how cool is that! We’ll be out and about putting them up somewhere near you later this week.

BrightonSoup @ Portslade, an opportunity for all to get involved. Eating good food, bumping into friends and neighbours, meeting new people and maybe having some fun along the way.  Who wouldn’t want to be there?

The BrightonSoup Team

A busy week

Well last week was a busy one, but a good one too.

We confirmed the venue/date and let the ticket site go live. We sold our first tickets, a great relief as it won’t be just us eating soup and pitching ideas to each other in a big empty room. We had a glitch when someone tried to buy a ticket and it wouldn’t accept cards – only PayPal. We ticked the “Paypal” option to give people more choice, but it seems Eventbrite doesn’t work that way. Most annoying.

Well we’re new to this and we knew it wouldn’t all go perfectly – we’ve learnt something for next time. So we’ve added options to pay by bank transfer or cheque. And you can always call and we’ll sort something out.

We’ve managed to get some major soup help too: Tom, who runs the awesome Soup Dept is making us a huge pot of soup on the night – you know it will be delicious :). We’re also talking to a local chef who may be helping too, with something hot and spicy. We’ve also had confirmation of attendees bringing some of their own food to share so we just might end up with variety of food for all different tastes. Fantastic!

And if that wasn’t enough to qualify for a good week, we’ve also received our first project submissions – and they are exactly the kind of ideas we want. We’re tempted to tell you about them now, but it’s probably best we wait until nearer the time if not the night itself.

So a really good week and only 6 more to go.

The BrightonSoup Team