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Stew Leonard’s Shares the Warmth with Soup of the Month

 

NORWALK, Conn., January 6, 2014– Stew Leonard’s brings new meaning to “liquid lunch” this year with the launch of their 2014 Soup of the Month program. From bisque and broth to chowder and chili, Stew Leonard’s soups are freshly prepared every day by the farm fresh grocer’s in-house culinary team. Paired with a crusty bread from Bethy’s Bakery, they are the ultimate in comfort food, no matter the time of year!

 

“January is National Soup Month so there’s no better time to kick off our Soup of the Month program,” said Stew Leonard’s Executive Chef Michael Luboff. “Each soup is made with fresh, simple ingredients. I promise there’s nothing in these soups that isn’t already available in your kitchen at home…but our chefs do all the work!”

 

A new soup is selected every month by our chefs based on seasonal popularity and made available at a special price. The monthly calendar features the following 13 soups:

 

January/Healthy Vegetable Soup: With just 50 calories per serving, Stew Leonard’s Healthy Vegetable Soup is the perfect way to recommit to healthy eating after the holidays. This soup is jam packed with yellow squash, zucchini, carrots, sweet potatoes, leeks and more.

 

February/Vegetable Minestrone Soup: Naturally low in fat and cholesterol free! Chunks of fresh veggies plus kidney and garbanzo beans make this a warm and filling meal to chase away the winter blues.

 

March/Split Pea Soup: A thick base of peas, onions, and garlic set the stage for chunks of kielbasa, carrots, and potatoes. This hearty and rich soup is the perfect defense against the chilly winds of March.

 

April/Pasta Fagioli: A traditional Italian soup featuring carrots, onions, celery, bacon bits, beans, and pasta. Serve with a sprinkle of grated parmesan cheese.

 

May/Manhattan Clam Chowder: Naturally low in fat, Stew Leonard’s Manhattan Clam Chowder credits its zippy and garden-fresh taste to clams, tomatoes, onions, and a splash of Worcestershire sauce.

 

June/Gazpacho: Get ready for bathing suit season! With just 40 calories per serving and zero fat, Stew’s gazpacho is refreshing and bursting with tomatoes, onions, garlic and fresh herbs. Best served cold.

 

July/Chicken Chili: Named winner of the “People’s Choice Award” at the International Chili Society cook-off against the best chili in New England, this three-bean recipe was developed in-house by Chef Art Weiss of Stew Leonard’s in Danbury and Chef Michael Olbrys of Stew Leonard’s in Norwalk. A crowd pleaser!

 

August/Chicken & Corn Chowder: Chunks of chicken and corn are blended with Stew Leonard’s milk and heavy cream. Customers love this chowder’s spicy chipotle kick too.

 

September/Tomato Bisque: A classic! Kids will especially love this rich puree of tomatoes and Stew Leonard’s cream when served alongside a buttery grilled cheese sandwich.

 

October/Butternut Bisque: Butternut squash, ginger, fresh rosemary, fresh sage, and a dash cinnamon create a fragrant, robust soup. The addition of freshly squeezed orange juice gives this harvest-season staple a lively kick of flavor.

 

November/Pumpkin & Corn Chowder: Honey, carrots, cream and nutmeg are blended together with pumpkin to create a silky base studded with corn and finely chopped sage.

 

December/Lobster Bisque & New England Clam Chowder: Stew Leonard’s farm-fresh butter, heavy cream and whole milk make these soups a decadent addition to a holiday meal or as a hardy dinner on their own. Our award-winning New England Clam Chowder is chock full of clams and potatoes and the addition of real lobster meat to our Lobster Bisque sets these apart from imitators.

 

Each Soup of the Month selection will be available in quarts at the special price of $4.99. December’s offerings, Lobster Bisque & New England Clam Chowder, will be available for $6.99/quart.

 

About Stew Leonard's
Stew Leonard's, a family-owned and operated fresh food store founded in 1969, has four stores in Norwalk, Danbury, and Newington, Conn. and Yonkers, N.Y. Stew's earned its nickname, the "Disneyland of Dairy Stores" because of its country-fair atmosphere, with costumed characters and animated entertainment throughout the store that keep children entertained while parents shop. Stew Leonard's legion of loyal shoppers is largely due to the stores' passionate approach to customer service: "Rule #1 -- The Customer is Always Right"; Rule #2 - If the Customer is Ever Wrong, Re-Read Rule #1." This principle is so essential to the foundation of the company that it is etched in a three-ton granite rock at each store's entrance. The company's culture is built around an acronym for S.T.E.W.: Satisfy the customer; Teamwork gets it done; Excellence makes it better; WOW makes it fun. For more information, visit Stew Leonard's website at www.stewleonards.com.

 

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