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Soup Night

Inspired by Maggie Stuckey's book "Soup Night: Recipes for Creating Community Around a Pot of Soup," neighbours have hosted these smaller, off-season gatherings as a means to stay connected with others in their community.

Regardless of whether you live in a large cresent, a condo complex, or an apartment, this is an easy and inexpensive way for neighbours to gather and get to know one another.

A Recipe for Neighbourhood Soup Night


  • Hosts:  one or two neighbours to host the gathering

  • Guests: all/any of the neighbours on your street

  • Soup:  two big pots of soup (usually one would be vegetarian)


  1. Choose a night to host Soup Night

  2. Host sends out a hand-delivered invitation a week or so in advance

  3. Host prepares two big pots of soup

  4. Soup night is casual and everyone is welcome

  5. Each neighbour must bring their own soup bowl and spoon, so the host is not left with a mess to clean afterwards

  6. Some people on the block may not be in a position to host, and this is just fine.

  7. To accommodate a larger crowd, people are invited to sit wherever there is room in the host's home, including the stairs and the floor.  Chairs and tables are reserved for the seniors in the neigbhourhood.

  8. No RSVP is expected.  Whoever comes, comes.

  9. It's okay to come late and leave early, but never stay longer than the specified time.


Consider having a Soup-Night Host Sign-Up sheet at your Summer Block Party or gathering.

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