Chefs turn out with best soups in the name of art

South Grafton Alchemy Cafe owners Annie Dodd and Peter Freeman were one of the chefs serving up at the Friends of the Gallery fundraiser ’Soup Day’ at Grafton Regional Gallery on Sunday.
South Grafton Alchemy Cafe owners Annie Dodd and Peter Freeman were one of the chefs serving up at the Friends of the Gallery fundraiser ’Soup Day’ at Grafton Regional Gallery on Sunday. Debrah Novak

THE Valley's culinary leaders had a soup-off at The Grafton Regional Art Gallery yesterday.

Eight chefs from across the Clarence donated a pot of their finest broth and about 100 people turned up to taste.

One of the event organisers Stephanie Haines said it was good to see the courtyard full of people raising money for local art.

"It was a fabulous day," Ms Haines said.

The fundraiser was organised by the friends of the Grafton Regional Art Gallery and it was called Soup with Friends.

Restaurants, pubs and cafes were all among those who donated soup.

Peter Freeman from Alchemy Cafe made a North African-flavoured soup which was particularly well-received.

Other participating chefs included Murray Challacombe from the new Gallery Cafe, Erin Brown from Vines, Russell Lowe from the Crown Hotel as well as chefs from Roche's Hotel and Victoria's Restaurant.

"All of the patrons said the soups were top shelf," Ms Haines said.

There were also four local artists doing sketches of the customers which were auctioned off at the end of the lunch to raise money for the Gallery.

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