Soup's On 

Steaming pots of soup and countless spoons will dominate the scene at FedExForum this weekend during the 18th Annual Soup Sunday. The popular event is one of the biggest fund-raisers for Youth Villages, which provides services to troubled children and their families.

More than 50 area restaurants -- including Folk's Folly, Houston's, the Half Shell, and Huey's -- are participating by donating soups, specialty items, breads, and desserts. Jim's Place East has been part of the event from the very beginning and is providing its famous Greek bread.

There will be a special children's menu for the little ones who may not yet be soup connoisseurs, and they can get their hands on some cookies during the Oreo Stacking Contest. A VIP Souper Party will offer all the soup and foods of Soup Sunday, plus adult beverages and additional specialty items in the arena's elegant Opus Restaurant. Tickets for the Souper Party are $35 per person and $60 per couple.

The 18th Annual Soup Sunday: February 18th, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at FedExForum. Advanced tickets are $15 for adults, $4 for children 11 years and younger, and $35 for a family pass (two adults and two children). At the door, tickets are $20 for adults, $5 for children, and $45 for a family pass. Advanced tickets are available at Davis-Kidd Booksellers, all Bank of Bartlett branches, Huey's, the Half Shell, Lulu Grille, Wild Oats Natural Marketplace, and the Youth Villages office at 3320 Brother Blvd. Free parking is available at FedExForum.

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Craving pancakes? Visit your local IHOP for the 2nd Annual National Pancake Day celebration on Tuesday, February 20th. From 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. that day, you can enjoy a free short stack of IHOP's famous buttermilk pancakes and, in return, make a donation to the chain's national charity partner, the Children's Miracle Network. All funds raised locally will benefit the Children's Miracle Network program at Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center. National Pancake Day is based on the centuries-old tradition of eating pancakes on the day before Lent.

click to enlarge Ken McCarver takes a sip of soup at last year's Soup Sunday
  • Ken McCarver takes a sip of soup at last year's Soup Sunday

For IHOP's celebration, there is a limit of one free short stack per guest at participating restaurants for dine-in only while supplies last. The offer is not valid with any other special, coupon, or discount.

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Everybody in the food and restaurant industry, listen up! The Memphis Restaurant Association's annual banquet fund-raiser is just around the corner. Money raised from the event will allow the association to support local charities, provide funds for education and job training in food-service operations, and help support the local restaurant and food-service industry.

The banquet, held at the Holiday Inn at the University of Memphis, starts off with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, followed by a four-course meal, a complimentary bar during the cocktail hour and after dinner, and sweets, pastries, and coffee.

Annual MRA Banquet, Sunday, February 25th. Tickets are $45 per person and can be ordered by calling 788-1000.

2007 is the year of the boar in the Chinese calendar. Pigs are sensitive, indulgent, and cultured with a streak of earthiness. Fortune is always around them. People who are born under this sign are said to be diligent and courageous.

On Saturday, February 17th, the Greater Memphis United Chinese Association is holding its New Year's Festival at the University of Memphis' Rose Theatre. The festival will feature food, kung-fu demonstrations, music, dance, and an art exhibition. Performances are on Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $7 to $15.

To order tickets, call 409-8819 or 313-4628 or e-mail:

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