CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Plans are simmering for Soup Day.
This event focused on delicious hot nutrition is for a good cause.
Twenty varieties of soup will be for sale from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Red Carpet Lounge, 308 Elizabeth St. in Charleston's East End.
The idea for Soup Day surfaced during a conversation among friends at the Red Carpet when owner Mike Duda was just a patron there. Someone suggested it be a fundraiser for the Living AIDS Memorial Garden in Charleston's East End.
The idea caught on immediately and continued to pick up steam, he said.
"This is the ninth year we've done this," said Duda, who has owned the bar since 2007. "We first started at the Lee Street Lounge and had it there for three years. For the last six years it has been the Red Carpet."
The event has raised more than $1,000 a year for the last three years. All soup is donated so that all funds go for the cause.
"It's a fun event and well attended," Duda said. "People like the idea of where the money is going."
Duda points out that is a lot of soup because the cost is minimal.
A 2-ounce "taster" is $1 while an entire bowl may be purchased for $3.
"Since we are a private club, you must be 21 to get in," he said.
However, customers may purchase as many bowls as they like to take home for the family.