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Chicken Soup Cook-Off

Chicken Soup Cook-Off

John Geisen shared some of Izzy's strategies to try to win this weekend's Eleventh Annual Cincinnati Chicken Soup Cook-off at the Wise Temple, having proudly and humbly won the past 8 years!

The theme of the competition is Have Fun, Feed the Hungry and Support Charitable Works.  Professional competitors will include: 

McAllister's Deli, Belterra Park, Seasons Retirement Community,Kroger  Market Place Anderson, Kroger Market Place Blue Ash, Kroger Market Place Independence, Bravo’s in Mason, Bravo’s in West Chester, Stone Creek in Montgomery, Brown Dog Cafe,  Coopers Hawk Winery, The Wich on Sycamore, Garnish Catering, Maggiano’s, Health Savor, Jewish Hospital, Health Savor, Café Mediterranean, Trio’s and 10 other entrants!

Nonprofits organizations that will benefit from the event include:

  • The Lighthouse which labors to rehabilitate troubled juveniles
  • The Interfaith Hospitality Network which provides shelter to the homeless.
  • Scholarships for local youth to go to college and GUCI Summer Camp
  • Books and educational equipment.
  • Health seminars for the community and more.

Last year more than 941 attendees ate over 221 gallons of soup in 2 ½ hours!

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  • “Flew in from Florida for the week, had to stop for a Rueben and potato pancake before leaving. You need to open some down this way! ”

    Barton F. ★★★★★

  • “I've been living in Seattle and I crave just taking a flight to eat some Izzys ”

    Tania M ★★★★★

  • “Slightly different take on a deli. A small place where customers and food are shown lots of care. I had corned beef w eggs on top; all sandwiches come with large potato cake. Our staff was in town for a convention and ate there often. We were never disappointed.”

    Colette F. ★★★★★

  • “Good, quick service and delicious food. Sort of a New York deli menu with a diner feel. Famous for Reubens. Their potato pancakes are the real winner though, don't miss them! Their soups are always good too.”

    Alanna T. ★★★★

  • “Best tuna salad around.. which u might not expect.. and Luv their cabbage soup !! ”

    Katy Y ★★★★★

  • “I love the corned beef wraps and the Turkey wraps. Izzy's is delicious and busy weekdays at lunch. ”

    Emily C. ★★★★

  • “Had some quests from Columbus area and Andrian, MI and wanted to take them to a "local" restaurant. My grandson and I decided Izzy's in Forest Park was the choice. They LOVED it. First the delicious pickles and then the famous Ruben and potato pancake. The waitress was great, very friendly and we enjoyed her conversation with our questions. They were very impressed with the food and her. I wish I knew her name but she was the only waitress there. Then even bought a jar of pickles to take home.”

    Glyn H. ★★★★★

  • “Izzys always has good sandwiches, particularly any Reuben variation because the sauerkraut is always crisp and tart. The pickles are the real star though, and we inhale as many as possible every time we visit. The potato pancakes are unique and definitely worth a try - particularly if you are expecting something like a hash brown patty or a soft doughy cake. ”

    Paul W. ★★★★

  • “This place is AWESOME!!!! I drove from Indianapolis to try this place and I do not regret my decision!!! Best food ever!!! The rueben omg...every ingredient from the bread to the sauce has been perfected!!! We need an Izzys here in Indy! 100% better than Shapiros!!! The pickles omg...I could go on and on forever!!! Thank you Mr. Izzy!!!! ”

    Dee Y. ★★★★★

  • “One of the best restaurants in the city. Hands down the best Reubens around. ”

    James M. ★★★★★

  • “If you’re a fan of deli sandwiches, this is the place!”

    Kevin M ★★★★★

  • “I love Izzys!!! I go to the one on Mall Road in Florence. The staff are super friendly and the food is delicious!! We love the kids eat free Saturdays as well. The only thing I dont like is that the broccoli cheese soup was taken off the menu. ”

    Macon P. ★★★★★