Cambria’s Black Cat Bistro serves up San Luis Obispo County’s best soup according to four celebrity judges and the 5th annual Soupabration! in Morro Bay this past weekend.
The event was a fundraiser for Pacific Wildlife Care.
Black Cat Bistro’s clam chowder competed in a field of soups, chowders and bisques created by 11 chefs from across the county. Based on blind taste tests, Black Cat Bistro won the Best of Show Award and also took first place in the chowder-bisque category.
Blue Sky Bistro in Morro Bay, which took honorable mention in the category, also won accolades as the People’s Favorite Soup. Manta Rey Restaurant in San Simeon took honorable mention in the People’s category.
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Fig Good Food of Atascadero’s Moroccan chickpea lentil soup was named Best Vegan or Vegetarian Soup, with Shine Café (Morro Bay) taking honorable mention for its pinto bean chili soup.
Full Moon Bistro (Cayucos) won Best Seasonal Soup with its Scotch broth, ahead of a wine country beef noodle soup from Jeffrey’s Catering (Templeton).
Soup judges were Carmel Hyatt Highlands Executive Chef Chad Minton, Linn’s (Cambria) Executive Chef Matt Beckett, cookbook author/cooking school owner Brenda Hock and Morro Bay Mayor Jamie Irons.
The award for the best cookie using chocolate also went to Cambria, with Linn’s winning honors in that category ahead of Come Get Your Cookies (Grover Beach) and Sweet Alexis Bakery (Los Osos).
The crowd of more than 200 attendees settled on a three-way tie for favorite wine or winery among Michael Rose Cellars (San Miguel), MVC Wines (Morro Bay) and J. Lohr (Paso Robles).