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Orland Township warming up for Super Bowl with Souper Bowl Challenge


Orland Township officials are issuing a challenge to take the Souper Bowl Challenge when the third annual event returns Saturday.


“It’s a lot of fun,” said Lisa Ruel, public relations coordinator for Orland Township. “It ties into the Super Bowl Weekend. Warm up with us on Saturday before you watch the game on Sunday.”


Ruel said the Souper Bowl Challenge provides the community with a fun way to sample a variety of soups for a good cause.


“It’s a good reason to get out of the house on a cold Saturday,” she said.


The celebrity judges will include meteorologist Andy Avalos of NBC Chicago and Star 96.7 morning show hosts Kevin Kollins and Brooke Hunter. They will distribute three awards to those competing in four categories of competition.


Ruel said it’s clear that people get into the spirit of the competition.


“We had a couple citizens come again,” Ruel said. “With the culinary MVP (category), we have several repeats.”


Last year, the Souper Bowl Challenge drew more than 300 people to drop in, officials said.


“You get to taste all the different soups and you get to vote,” Ruel said.


At that event, the soup varieties ranged from clam chowder and chicken tortilla to broccoli cheese.

“It just varies,” Ruel said. “We do get a good variety. Usually, the restaurants that attend, they’ll have what they’re known for, or what their most popular soup is.”


Ruel said people tend to enjoy what the Souper Bowl Challenge aims to offer the community.


“They have a lot of fun,” she said. “They enjoy doing it.”


The proceeds generated as part of the event will benefit a local food pantry, officials said.


The Souper Bowl Challenge is from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Orland Township Office, 14807 S. Ravinia Avenue, Orland Park. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and children over 5.


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