Cook-off to help people get home repairs

DAVIDSON — Bragging rights are up for grabs at the 10th annual Souper Bowl soup cook-off to benefit the Davidson Housing Coalition’s Hands Around Mecklenburg/Mooresville Making Emergency Repairs Safely (HAMMERS) program.

It’s tasters’ choice, so attendees are invited to try them all and cast their vote for their favorite soup from an area restaurant.

This year’s Souper Bowl takes place 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Feb. 1 in the Lilly Family Gallery of Chambers Building on the Davidson College campus.

“It’s a place for people from all walks of life to come together and have fun,” said Davidson Housing Coalition Management and Development Fellow Eddison Wilkinson. “It’s very family-oriented. It’s the day before the Super Bowl and you get to try out delicious soups and see new restaurants.”

Competing for the first time are Fork! and The Pearl Wedding and Events. Fighting to keep their titles are Alton’s Kitchen and Cocktails, Campania Café & Trattoria, Flatiron Kitchen + Taphouse and Toast Café. Armin’s Catering at Beaver Dam, Sabi Asian Bistro and Restaurant X are also hoping to have this year’s winning combination. Categories are best chunky, best creamy, best farm to spoon using local ingredients, best vegetarian and most creative. All entries are eligible to receive best overall.

“It gets really competitive,” Wilkinson said. “A lot of them take it seriously. You can go into restaurants and see the certificates hanging on the wall. It’s awesome to see them get excited.”

In addition to enjoying local creations, attendees will hear performances by The Sands of Time, Rusty Knox and Davidson College chorales, plus enjoy desserts from local bakeries. They can also take part in a silent auction with pottery, paintings and crafted jewelry by local artists.

While the competition is all in good fun, the money benefits a cause that should not be taken lightly.

HAMMERS, a collaboration of Davidson Housing Coalition and Davidson College, offers aid to lower income residents living in Huntersville, Cornelius, Davidson and Mooresville with immediate safety threats in their homes. Priority is given to the elderly, disabled, single parents or households with five or more people in them. Projects include roofing, wheelchair ramps, drywall and electrical work and are at little to no cost to residents.

Since its establishment in 2005, HAMMERS has repaired 113 homes thanks to grants, donations and the help of volunteers.

“There is a lot of need,” HAMMERS Supervisor Cheryl Graham said. “We are really getting the word out to apply. They are not big applications, just prove your income and that you own and live in the home.”


Want to go? The Souper Bowl takes place 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Feb. 1 in the Lilly Family Gallery of Chambers Building on the Davidson College campus. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $8 for students 12 and older and $5 for ages younger than 12. If available, they may be bought at the door. Details: or 704-892-4486.