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Some rain, a chill in the air, and more than 30 different savoury hot soups to taste, made the ”Soup du Cure” at Pirate’s Tavern in Salt River Marina the perfect place to be Sunday night.
Hundreds of customers showed their support, crowding into the large outdoor tent, where soup vendors passed out their best gourmet soups. Scents of seasoned chowders and chillies, gumbos, and kalalloo wafted through the air, while customers used their 50-cent coupons to taste the plethora of choices.

For the third year, the fundraiser has given back to the community, to “cure” the benefactors they choose to help. This year, the Caribbean Education Initiative hosted the event to raise money for the non-profit organization to support intervention, delinquency prevention, and character-enhancing programs for youth. The entrance fee of $10 for adults and $5 for children goes directly to the cause.

Even though it poured rain for most of the afternoon it didn’t deter Ezequiel Monell from keeping a positive attitude as he stirred the soup he helped make for the Beachside Café, where he works. Monell wants to be an executive chef someday and is currently a culinary student at the St. Croix Career and Technical Center.