Richard Rourke Memorial Soup Bowl Competition

Saturday, February 23 / 12-2:30 pm, Masonic Center

One of the highlights of Winterfest, the annual Soup Bowl Competition showcases delicious soups and chowders prepared by local restaurants.  The competition takes place on Saturday, February 23 from noon to 2:30 p.m. in the Masonic Center on Arcand Drive. Attendees will be voting for their favorite soups, so bring your appetite and try them all!

Tickets are $6 and are ONLY available at the door.

Participating Restaurants and Organizations:

Complete list is still being updated

  • Lao'DeCafe - Khao-Poon Chicken and Coconut Curry

  • Boys and Girls Club of Greater Lowell - Classic Ministrone Soup with Garlic Stick

  • Chicks and Dogs Rolling Diner - Chicken Tortilla Soup

  • Purple Carrot Bakery - Chicken Sweet Potato and Sage Chowder

  • Fuse Bistro - Winter Squash Soup

  • 110 Grill - Chili

  • House of Hope - Roasted Tomato and Corn Bisque

  • Lowell General Hospital Sodexo - Italian Wedding Soup

  • Wamesit Lanes Fire Water Tavern - Chicken Chorizo Tortilla

  • Nolo at the Stonehedge Hotel - Loaded Potato Soup

  • Gormely’s Cafe - Broccoli Cheddar

  • Cobblestones Restaurant - Loaded Baked Potato Soup

  • Eggroll Cafe - Kielbasa & Kale Soup

  • Life Alive - La Sagrada, A chickpea Cassoulet

  • Coffee & Cotton - Kielbasa & Kale Soup

Meet the Judges:


Timna Nwokeji

Owner / Chief Blogger


Timna has been a food/fashion/travel blogger for four years and enjoys exploring different cities and their cuisines. Timna loves writing about the city of Lowell and the surrounding areas. There is so much to enjoy! Check out her website  for restaurant reviews, travel, recipes and more.


Ryan Bonaparte

Entrepeneur / Writer


Ryan Bonaparte is a passionate entrepreneur, writer, and advisor with a background in technology and business strategy. In 2018, Ryan launched his latest adventure, ReMix Waffles, a fast growing all-natural waffle mix company. His mission is to enable anyone, regardless of skill, to cook the most delicious, wholesome food. 


Sabrina Akintan



Sabrina is a recent graduate of the local non-profit E for All summer 2018 business accelerator program and the co-founder of Flavor Noire Inc. a company that let's you taste flavors of different countries through a monthly subscription box. Sabrina is also a passionate mother of two and married to her life partner.

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Yun-Ju Choi

Coalition for a Better Acre cbacre.org

Yun-Ju Choi is the executive director of the Coalition for a Better Acre. Yun-Ju is focused on furthering the growth of the CBA in its mission of community revitalization and resident empowerment. In her spare time she loves to entertain and host gatherings at her home where she loves to cook and come up with unique food ideas to impress her guest. 


Bobby Tugbiyele

The Leap Network theleapnet.com

Bobby Tugbiyele is the Founder and CEO of The Leap Network, a professional services firm providing recruitment, career advisory/coaching, and business and social networking.  Bobby resides in Downtown Lowell with his wife and two sons.