Area residents may enter their favorite herbal soup in a "Soup & Sizzle" cook-off for an opportunity to win $100.
As part of the Oct. 13 Herb Harvest Day festival, the historic Ridenour House and Gardens, at 109 W. Johnstown Road, will serve up the culinary fun by getting the afternoon's free Herbal Trail activities under way with Jane "Bunnie" Geroux.
Geroux, retired former director of the Ohio Herb Education Center, successfully petitioned the legislature to designate Gahanna as the Herb Capital of Ohio in 1972.
She will be one of several judges for the herbal soup cook-off.
Contestants should bring their soup in a crock pot to the Ridenour House (Herb Foundation offices), on Saturday, Oct. 13, arriving no later than 10:30 a.m. The recipe must be on a card with the entrant's name printed on the back.
A panel of culinary experts will judge the entries at noon. Tastings for the visiting public will be from 1 to 3:30 p.m.
Soup entries will be judged on the combination of flavors, consistency and use of herbs.
The judges also will consider the following criteria: Is the soup healthful? Does it utilize a combination of herbs and spices? Is this a family recipe or a new creation?
"For me, I'll look for the flavor, and the consistency is very important," Geroux said. "And those herbs, to me, that's everything."
Geroux will make her favorite soup for the public to taste.
"My favorite is an entirely different kind of vegetable soup than average," she said. "In every bite, there's meat in it. I use a soup and stew blend. My soup concoction has a bite to it. I'll give the recipe to anyone. It's a wonderful vegetable soup."
For more information about the cook-off, call Geroux at 614-471-1048.
For more information about the Herbal Trail, go online to visitgahanna.com or call the Gahanna Convention & Visitors Bureau at 614-418-9114.