DC Vegan Hotspot SOUPERGIRL Sparks “Soup Revolution” with Simple Ingredients and Complex Flavors.
In case you missed it, local entrepreneur team Soupergirl (Sara Polon and her mother Marilyn) appeared on the reality TV show ‘Shark Tank’ on October 21, to pitch their “Soup Revolution” to celebrity investor tycoons. Be sure to check out Soupergirl’s delicious, plant-based, all-natural soups for yourself and see why it’s one of the hottest vegan spots in the nation.
Healthy, all natural, vegan-friendly food that you can’t resist.
Standup comedian turned soup entrepreneur Sara Polon launched Soupergirl in 2008 as a delivery service offering healthy, all natural, vegan-friendly soups. Since then, she and her mother Marilyn (Soupermom) have expanded to two brick-and-mortar locations in Takoma Park and on M Street, in addition to selling soups in Whole Foods, Costco, and various natural goods stores in the area. In case you missed it, the ambitious mother-daughter team appeared on the reality TV show “Shark Tank” on October 21 2018, to pitch their “Soup Revolution” to celebrity investor tycoons: Kevin O’Leary, Mark Cuban, Laurie Greiner, Daymond John, and Matt Higgins. While the sharks ended up passing on the investment opportunity, they did thoroughly enjoy the soup samples, and offered Sara constructive advice on how to scale her soup manufacturing. Definitely be sure to check out Soupergirl’s delicious, plant-based, all-natural soups for yourself and see why it’s one of the hottest vegan spots in the nation.
Cozy up this fall with some warm and delicious soup.
Washington, DC is one of the best cities to experience autumn. The striking foliage and cool breezes are always welcome by the end of a sweltering summer packed with tourists. If you’re looking for a spot to cozy up this fall and enjoy some warm and healthy food, Soupergirl is the place for you. The cute and homey atmosphere, welcoming faces, and inviting smells of warm broth, vegetables, and spices are sure to draw you in. Meanwhile, the delicious and nutritious soups and salads will leave you satisfied and coming back for more. Soupergirl prepares soup the way it was meant to be made: from scratch and cook slowly with love. The business is committed to cooking with responsible, healthy, sustainable food and has developed close relationships with the community of local farmers. Sara and her mom observed that DC is at its heart a really fit and healthy city, however people are often overworked and simply do not have time to buy local produce and cook elaborate meals. Fortunately, soup is a perfect way to incorporate healthy living into your routine and ensure you get those recommended healthy grains and 5-7 vegetables a day– all in one bowl! Twenty Tables is extremely excited to be partnering with such ambitious and socially-conscious entrepreneurs to help spread the “Soup Revolution”!
When it comes to soup, the possibilities are endless.
When it comes to soup, the possibilities are endless. However, Soupergirls’ hot soups straight from the kettle typically fall under two categories: chunky and puréed. They have a wide-variety of options ranging from Indonesian Curried Vegetable to Zucchini Chickpea Bisque. Soup is also extremely adaptable, which means that you can enjoy hearty, warm soups in the winter, and cold, lighter recipes in the summer months. For an especially tasty autumn option, I recommend trying the Moroccan Style Harira, which consists of chickpeas, lentils, whole wheat pasta, tomato, cinnamon, cilantro, parsley, turmeric, carrot, celery, onion, homemade vegetable stock, certified non-GMO canola oil, kosher salt, and pepper. With so many options, it can definitely be difficult making up your mind. Luckily, you have the chance to sample any of the day’s hot soups before committing to a whole bowl. Soupergirl also offers similarly sophisticated and wholesome fresh salads. The Cabbage Kale Cranberry Almond, Quinoa Vegetable Tahini Bowl, and Lentil Roasted Sweet Potato are all absolutely delicious. With the TwentyTables app, you have the chance to explore Soupergirl’s extensive menu at a great price. During lunch, for just one ticket or $6 you can choose between any chunky soup, puréed soup, or medium salad, all available with a side (croutons, challah, bread roll, and baguette). If you’re trying Soupergirl for dinner, enjoy a combo meal of soup, salad, roll, and a cookie for two tickets. Thanks to their recent TV exposure, Soupergirl is likely to be drawing larger crowds of curious viewers. Luckily, with TwentyTables you can simply open up the app, select a meal, schedule a time for either pick-up or dine-in, and skip the wait.
Prime locations with a cozy, cute, and modern atmosphere.
Soupergirl’s original retail store in Tacoma Park is conveniently located just a few minutes from the Takoma Park metro station. Their M street location is also ideal, just a few minutes’ walk from bustling Dupont Circle. Both locations have a modern, cute, and cozy atmosphere that reflects their home-cooked food. The Takoma Park location on Carroll St. is much more spacious with more room seating options if you are looking for a place to chill for a while. And if you’re in a rush, both stores offer a variety of grab and go soups, which are easy to transport and reheat. One of these best options is the Autumn Vegetable Peanut, which includes local zucchini, local sweet potato, homemade peanut butter, ginger, local thyme, cumin, cayenne pepper, garlic, and onion. If you find yourself really digging Soupergirl’s food and feel prepared to commit to eating healthy on a higher level, try the Souper “Cleanse”– a seven-day program free of meat, dairy, and processed food. Customers get 20 individual soups to eat four per day at specific time intervals for five days with two “off days.” For the original Soupergirl, this routine isn’t a cleanse, but rather her weekly routine. With a satisfying variety and the option to snack within limits, many will find that their goal of incorporating healthy, sustainable foods into their everyday routine is far more realistic than they ever realized.
Soupergirl swims with the sharks.
For anyone who is unfamiliar, ‘Shark Tank’ is a reality TV show on ABC in which budding entrepreneurs present their ideas to ‘titans of industry’ who have built their own lucrative empires. Contestants pitch their business ideas in an attempt to convince any of the sharks to invest in their idea. The Souper duo recently made their TV debut on the show, seeking $500,000 in exchange for a 10% share of their company, which is expected to generate $3.4 in revenue this year. In order to scale up her soup manufacturing and increase profit margins,
The sharks recommended that Sara allow an outside manufacturer to help make her product, which is currently prepared in small batches by hand. Sara declined since she fears this would harm the flavor and quality. While the sharks declined to partner with Soupergirl, they praised the soup and brand, wishing the team luck in expanding their soup empire. In fact, according to the Washington Business Journal, guest shark Matt Higgins is currently helping the team raise money to fund their national expansion by connecting them with some of his portfolio restaurant companies. Clearly, Soupergirl is making big moves - so be sure to see what they’re all about for yourself by checking out one of their local DC stores and grabbing some delicious and nutritious soup.
The TV segment reinforced what got all of us at TwentyTables so excited about partnering with Soupergirl in the first place: their commitment to delivering socially-conscious and high-quality food– even if that means lower profit margins. Just as Soupergirl teams up with local farmers to make healthy and responsible food more accessible for the community, we similarly believe that by forming partnerships between local restaurants, patrons, and the food insecure, we can all prosper together. That is why for every twenty meals ordered using the app, we donate five to the food hungry and insecure.