Soups On! Ever wonder why we serve soup at Empty Bowls?

Updated: Aug 28, 2019

There is nothing more ordinary than soup; perhaps that is why we are so fond of it.

Soup’s comfort is in both its warmth and in its simplicity. It’s a meal that speaks of tradition, of home, and of hope.

Historians believe that soup was the original menu item of the very first public restaurants, which opened in 18th-century Paris. The word “restoratifs” (which loosely means that something is “restoring”) was first used in 16th-century France to refer to a highly concentrated, cheap soup sold by street vendors and promoted as a remedy to illness or physical exhaustion. In 1765, a Parisian entrepreneur opened a brick and mortar shop specializing in such soups, using the term “restaurant” to refer to his shop.

Soups —stews, pottages, porridges, gruels—are a universal dish, found across almost all cultures and acces