Since the increasingly dreadful turn of economic events met the most freezing cold January in New York for years, the idea of a Soup Party has never been more apt. My very talented cook of a friend, Mike, whose influence often spills into these pages had the idea and has been hosting them nearly every Sunday (making it “Souper Sunday”) for several weeks now.
It's a great, heartening way to end the weekend with the best of company, a roaring fake fireplace on the TV, and yummy, warm-you-to-your-toes hot soup. His creations have run the gamut from mushroom in a clear broth, to a thick bread tomato, to a chicken sausage stew. This weekend we are going for an oyster golden bisque (which you'll be hearing about in detail soon enough if it's good).
Host your own Soup Party! It's an affordable way to feed a crowd and everyone pitches in with desserts and drinks.