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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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  • “Love the corned beef and potato cakes. Don't forget extra pickles.”

    Ed P. ★★★★★

  • “Pickles!!  Potato Cakes!!  Pastrami!!  Paradise!! There is just NOT a better sandwich shop to be found!! ”

    Matthew B. ★★★★★

  • “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. ★★★★

  • “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. ★★★★

  • “If you love good old fashioned corned beef (and a variety of things related to it) you can't go wrong with Izzy's. Awesome potato pancakes and their pickles are my favorite anywhere. They even have some really good vegetarian options.”

    Meta S. ★★★★★

  • “We love this place. So glad it came to Ft. Wright. My 2-yr. old loves the pickles and almost makes a meal on them alone. The reubens are great but you owe it to yourself to experiment. The Spicy Delight is awesome and worth a try. ”

    Sam B. ★★★★★

  • “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. ★★★★★

  • “The best! Yummy. Love potato pancakes and pickles as much as the sandwiches. ★★★★★★★★★★ 10★s. ”

    Wana R. ★★★★★

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

    Katy Y ★★★★★

  • “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. ★★★★★

  • “Best I've had in Cincinnati!”

    Starr P. ★★★★★

  • “First time having Izzy burger. Incredible! ”

    Rob D ★★★★★