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Review Tue May 26 2009

A New Option for Soup

Being on bed rest for 23 hours a day has really put a damper on my ability to prepare healthy meals for myself. Therefore, I'm feeling particularly glad that I recently learned about The Stock Option, a local soup delivery service. I've been enjoying the soups at home, but I may continue to use the service once I go back to work.

Every day, owner Jack Price (a former insurance salesman who began The Stock Option when the recession started taking a toll on his old line of work) prepares a soup of the day, using lots of fresh produce and organic ingredients. Customers email or call before 10 a.m. for lunch delivery or before 2 p.m. for a dinner delivery. You receive 16 oz. of soup, along with bread and sometimes other garnishes, for $6 (which also covers taxes and delivery).

I've tried three of the soups, and they were all very good. The Moroccan Lentil Stew was loaded with tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and a nice mix of spices. Newspaper Stew, based on recipe from a newspaper in Colorado, is a hearty chicken stew with tons of veggies and spicy chicken sausage. The Roasted Red Pepper Bisque with Shrimp was pleasantly tangy, loaded with shrimp, and good either hot or cold.

Cold soups, and possibly salads, are on the way for summer. This is a fairly new business, so the structure may change as more people find out about it. That could start soon--Mr. Price recently taped a segment for Good Morning America highlighting interesting businesses started because of the recession, and it should be airing this week.

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chicago office / May 26, 2009 11:41 AM

This sounds like a great service, especially in this economic downturn. The "Roasted Red Pepper Bisque w/Shrimp" sounds delicious right now!

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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