Eating Local with Soupergirl

This week we’re proud to feature Soupergirl, a good friend and early supporter of The Chosen. Soupergirl is really Sara Polon, a Potomac native and one-time stand-up comic who now pours all of her efforts into delivering delicious soup to your door or to a pickup location near you.

After reading Michael Pollan’s compelling book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Sara was profoundly impacted and became engrossed with the local food movement. At first she thought about starting an ice cream business, but, lucky for us,  decided to focus on soup instead.

Sara is quick to point out that she is not a formally-trained chef by any means, merely a cook trying to deliver wholesome goodness each week. With the help of her mom, aka Soupermom, and a loyal crew of kitchen and delivery staff, Sara picks up from local farms and markets and prepares everything from scratch each week.

Soupergirl incorporates as many organic and local ingredients into the soups as possible and tries to make everything as healthful as possible. All of their soups are 100% vegan, never using butter or cream, and are always light on fat and salt using heart-healthy oils like olive and canola.

Her motto is, “if my grandmother wouldn’t recognize the ingredients, we don’t put it into our soups.” Her grandmother would also be happy to know that all of Soupergirl’s products are certified Kosher with a unique certification called the Juggle K, started here in DC by Rabbi Ethan Seidel of Tifereth Israel Congregation, which not only signifies observance of kosher law but also adherence to environmental impact, animal welfare, treatment of employees, and corporate integrity.

Soupergirl is so eco-friendly that all soups and salads are delivered in certified compostable annd biodegradable containers and they engage in food composting with the leftover scraps from peels and skins of the veggies.

If you’ve never ordered some of this amazing soup (which we got to sample during our interview) here’s how it works:

Each week, Soupergirl sends out an entertaining email detailing the soups and salad available for next week’s delivery. Two soups are offered each week, one smooth and one chunky, as well as a fresh salad. Half the fun is reading the emails each week – each dish has it’s own unique name and amusingly witty story to tell.

Soupergirl has partnered with local bakeries for additional goodies like pita chips, cornbread, brownies and more! Soupergirl has also partnered with Weygandt Wines in Cleveland Park to provide weekly wine pairings for each soup or salad. When you go to Weygandt to buy the recommended wines you’ll receive a 25-45% discount from regular pricing.

Order anytime from Monday morning through Thursday at 6:00pm. Your soup or salad is delivered the following week, not the same week you order. This process ensures that everything is prepared fresh for delivery that week and it minimizes waste.

Everything is either delivered to your home or office (with a number of rapidly growing delivery zones) or a desired pickup location elsewhere in the metro region. Heating and serving instructions are included with your order (printed on recycled paper, natch) so you won’t have to fret.

Soupergirl has been featured on NBC4, FOX5 and Planet Green’s Emeril Green and has been profiled in The Washington Times, Washington Post Express, DC Modern Luxury and The Jewish Week.

To get your own soup, go to www.thesoupergirl.com and sign up for the weekly email, or go straight to the Get Soup Now page to order or place your soupscription.

Peace, Love and Soup
– The Chosen

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