by Wanda Lucas
Soup Up recently relocated from Union Market to their current space at 709 Kennedy Street, NW. At a party for their opening, patrons filled the space eagerly providing well wishes and continued support to Donna Henry, the owner. The vibe in the space reflected a bowl of nourishing soup – it warmed the heart and brought people together. I was excited to be present and received many recommendations on what I should sample. Described as having the ability to make ordinary food extraordinary, Soup Up didn’t disappoint as I was served soups, spring rolls, jerk chicken wings and great conversations.
Compton, a long-term patron, shared, “I like the variety of soups. Whether spicy or not, cold or hot, they are all wonderful.” Kehmari, who describes herself as a vegetarian and part-time vegan, explained that the soups meet her dietary needs very well. She praised the sweet yam spring roll which can be eaten as an appetizer or a dessert.
There were many notables in the crowd that night including Councilmember Brandon Todd, who stopped by to offer his support and present a letter from the Executive Office of the Mayor.
I asked Donna about her decision to open a soup business in 2012. She felt it unfortunate that soup is so underrated given all of the benefits it offers and wanted to provide something different, nutritious and flavorful. “While our gazpachos (savory and fruit based) are divine, soup is not just for the winter months or for the infirm and should never be thought of as such. Soup – made properly – is actually one of the best food offerings you can ever consume. Our soups are healthful – we use no dairy, butter, oil or added salt – tasty and filling.”
I watched patrons laughing, sampling the food, meeting each other and becoming a community. Enjoying a bowl of soup is nostalgic and can evoke wonderful childhood memories. The Kennedy Street location provides the right space and energy where people can connect in wonderful ways. I returned the next day for more soup. My favorites, so far, are the Bed-in-Breakfast and the Green Machine.
Soup Up encourages everyone to fall in love with soup again and experience food that not only tastes exceptionally good but is good for you. See their full menu on their site.
If you mention this article in the Petworth News, you will receive a 5% discount on your order.
709 Kennedy St NW
Closed on Mondays
Tuesday-Friday : 9am-8pm
Saturday : 10:30am-8:30pm
Sunday : 10:30 Am-6:30pm