Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Last Day for Lucchesi's Gazpacho; Shop for the Dixon

Posted By on Tue, Sep 15, 2009 at 7:45 AM

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Here’s some September 15th-specific food news for you.

After today, Lucchesi's popular gazpacho soup, made by Alyce Mantia, will be no more ... at least for now.

And, if you shop at Whole Foods today, 5 percent of the net will go to the Dixon Gallery & Gardens.

About that soup?

"I created a monster," Mantia says.

Mantia brought the soup recipe with her when she closed her much-missed East Memphis market and started working at Lucchesi's last year.

She says that particularly on hot days the soup, along with the chicken salad, would fly out the door. But, the cooler weather means it's time for warm, fall soups, such as Mantia's chicken gumbo and Italian tomato-basil soup.

So what's so special about this gazpacho?

Nothing, Mantia says. "There are no secret ingredients. It's got fresh and canned tomatoes, cucumbers, red-wine vinegar, and olive oil." She also says there's no pureed bread like some gazpachos nor is it spicy.

"It's pretty simple, a pure-flavored gazpacho. Everybody loves it," Mantia says.

Lucchessi's Ravioli & Pasta Co., 540 S. Mendenhall (766-9922)

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While you're in the neighborhood picking up that gazpacho, stop by Whole Foods to finish your shopping.

Proceeds from today's sales go to the Dixon and its education programs, events, and exhibitions.

From 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Dixon staff will be at the store to lead floral demonstrations and to answer questions about the museum.

In related news, the Dixon is bringing back its semi-regular Terrace Cafe lunches, from September 15th-18th and September 22nd-25th.

Seatings are from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and reservations are required (761-5220).

The lunches are $25 and include a table-side fashion show as well as admission to the museum. For the menu, go here.

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