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INTRODUCING: Stone Soup Foodworks, a sassy soup biz inside a converted chip truck

Move over poutine, the soup truck is here

Soup Truck. It’s an idea that seems to make perfect sense. Ottawa certainly has its share of chip trucks; why not serve steaming hot bowls of healthy homemade soup instead of greasy fries? Jacqueline Jolliffe, a self-professed foodie and environmentalist, decided to combine her two passions into a new business and Stone Soup Foodworks was born.

While dreams of creating a soup empire simmer away on the backburner, Joliffe is working towards two immediate ambitious goals: 1) to launch her soup truck on the ice at Winterlude and 2) to develop a “Soupscription” catering service — delivering 2-litre jars of fresh homemade soup to weekly subscribers’ doors. I met Joliffe on Tuesday evening in the kitchen space she rents in The Causeway Work Centre in Hintonburg. There, she was stirring, straining, and seasoning three different soups for the 20 customers that have signed on since December. There was peanut butter and yam soup; Berkshire chorizo and potato soup; and a white bean, leek, and cabbage soup. She makes everything — including the stocks — from scratch, using locally-sourced mostly organic ingredients.

Jacqueline Jolliffe believes we need convenient accessible good food.

These days most of her energy is spent working to complete the renovation of the neglected 1978 chip truck with the help of family and friends. It has been a huge challenge. In addition to the external makeover, they have had to install a fridge, six-burner stove, double sink, lights, venting, and plumbing as well as figuring out what will be needed to make the truck solar-powered (a longer-term goal). While it’s all coming together, Joliffe acknowledges she’s a bit nervous about securing the necessary food truck permit in time to hit the ice for Winterlude. Assuming all goes well, the menu is already planned — she’ll offer two different soups and two types of chili served with True Loaf bread — hearty, healthy alternatives to the deep-fried delicacies that are synonymous with skating during the festivities in February.

The countdown to Winterlude is on but Jolliffe seems to be taking it all in stride. “I thought it would be simpler,” she laughs. But clearly, this is a labour of love. “It’s great, I get to do something I believe in.”

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UPDATE: Look for the Soup Truck on the canal during Winterlude on Pig Island, across from Lansdowne starting Thursday, February 3.

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  • Dayanti Karunaratne

    Sign me up! If you don’t get the permit you can just park in my driveway and funnel soup through the window. MMM…

  • Sarah

    Cannot WAIT to find the soup truck on the canal this Winterlude! :)
    Where can we find the soup truck after Winterlude?

  • Miss Vicky

    I’ve arranged some Stone Soup deliveries to my workplace and have not had a disappointing bowl of soup yet! Can’t wait to have some on the ice! I hope she can sort out the bureaucracy and permitting issues so she can set up the truck somewhere on an ongoing basis

  • Oren

    super brilliant. my office in westboro would sign up for this instantly.

  • Marilyn

    Good luck to this enterprising young woman! Healthy eating is just what the doctor ordered and the canal during Winterlude is a great place to start!

  • Wendy

    Yummy, delicious and nutricious – these soups are like eating a healthy bowl of love and goodness. Best of luck for Winterlude and beyond!

  • Karen

    We need more trucks on the street like this one which sells good healthy food. There is a construction site near my home and a chip truck. The workers go there every day for something unhealthy to eat. I am not against chip trucks, but it is important to keep worker healthy, not just full.