A soup-er way to help out animals

Soup pots will bubble at the fourth annual Soupabration, an artisan soup tasting event planned for Sunday at the Morro Bay Community Center.

“This fun foodie fundraiser for Pacific Wildlife Care keeps growing out of its previous venues,” said the event’s creator and co-coordinator, Charmaine Coimbra. “… folks who love to taste the creative concoctions in one hand and wine taste with the other.”

Chefs from throughout San Luis Obispo County will compete in five categories: Holiday Soups, Seasonal Soups, Vegetarian/Vegan, Chowder/Bisque, Judges’ Choice and People’s Favorite. Last year’s Judges’ Choice went to Manta Rey in San Simeon. The People’s Favorite belonged to Divine Street Catering.

Coimbra said a record number of chefs will compete this year including those from Blue Sky Bistro on the Bay, Divine Street Catering, Shine Café, 60 State Park Restaurant, Apple Farm restaurant, Fig Good Food, Jeffrey’s Catering, Linn’s Restaurant, Manta Rey, Robin’s Restaurant, Roxanne’s Café, Second Press Wine Bar & Eatery, Simply Delicious Events, and Sunset Grill.

“Apple Farm’s Chef Steven Smeets and Chef Brooke Stockwell from 60 State Park Restaurant will demonstrate holiday soup preparation,” Coimbra said. "Comedian Jill Turnbow will run a live auction immediately after the winning soups are announced. One of the items is an Indian brunch and wine tasting at LXV Winery.”

Information and tickets are available at www.pacificwildlifecare.org.

Coimbra noted Soupabration has been a 100 percent zero-waste event since 2011, thus, also notable is Saturday’s free E-Waste Recycling opportunity at Morro Bay’s Coast Electronics from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Said Trina Dougherty, Morro Bay Eco Rotary Club’s president: “Let’s keep electronics out of the landfill and recycle useable parts. Eco Rotary will receive state refunds to produce more activities benefiting our communities’ environment.”