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Cooking Up Kindness
Jewish chefs among nearly 100 restaurants helping 'Feed the Need.'
Robin Schwartz I Contributing Writer
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build an eth-
early every day, in several cities, delicious pots of
soup are bubbling with veggies, spices, noodles
and other mouth-watering ingredients in the
kitchens of Zoup! Fresh Soup Company. Eric Ersher, 47,
of Bloomfield Township created the company in 1998
after he owned a small spice business and discovered that
really good soup is hard to find."
Zoup! has concocted hundreds of soup recipes includ-
ing Tomato Bisque, Rustic Vegetable Bean, Mulligatawny,
Chicken Pot Pie and Wild Mushroom Barley; they rotate
12 daily varieties. The restaurant also serves made-to-
order salads, grilled sandwiches and baked goods. Zoup!
now has 37 locations in eight states and Ersher says 11
more restaurants are in development. He's made a living
giving customers that warm, well-fed feeling; now he's
also helping feed Metro Detroiters who may not know
where their next meal is coming from.
"There are sad stories and hungry kids out there — it's
our reality," Ersher says. "It's a pleasure to be in a position
Zoup! is one of nearly 100 local restaurants participat-
ing in a new program called Detroit Area Chefs Feed the
Need. Each restaurant is assigned one Wednesday a year
to prepare, deliver and serve nutritious lunches to 100-
400 people at one of five area soup kitchens: two Cass
Community Centers and Capuchin Kitchen in Detroit,
and Baldwin House and Grace Centers of Hope in Pontiac.
Participating chefs cook and deliver the meals that include
protein, starch, salad, bread
and dessert. They also pro-
Judi Shefman of
vide 3-4 volunteers to help
Orchard Lake with Feed
serve and clean up. They
The Need brings food to
plan to feed 12,000 people
people sitting down for
"It's an unbelievable
cause, and it's consistent
with one of our core values, reaching out into the com-
munity," Ersher said. He once served on the board of Oak
Park-based Forgotten Harvest, which rescues surplus, pre-
pared and perishable food from supermarkets, restaurants
and other places, and donates it to emergency food pro-
viders. Zoup! also has a nonprofit community foundation
that raises money for local charities.
JN's annual Camp Guide
helps makes the decision
easy, even for first-time
campers and their parents.
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