Soupa serves up healthy cups on the go
Owned and operated by the brother-sister team of Kali and Joseph Kopley, Soupa is one of the Village-at-Squaw’s newest eateries. Tucked into a small, cozy corner across from the Gallery Keoki and next to Waxen Moon and Mamasake, Soupa’s space is perfect for its offerings. Warm, orange tones color the walls, and a couple of stunning framed exotic photos inspire images of Central Asia and the Himalayas. Seating is available on bar stools only – there’s about five stools along the window and two over a wrapped copper counter top. Order at the cashier’s stand and take a good look at the pastry cases filled with fresh-baked cookies and other warm offerings and another case filled with bottles of Pellegrino. Soupa’s small space keeps the kitchen work-area on display, which will no doubt tempt your tastebuds as you watch employees hand-craft a homemade apple pie or slice potatoes for another pot of delicious soup.
Soupa, not surprisingly, serves soup – four different kinds of soup to be exact. Every few days or so soup recipes rotate, so don’t expect the same thing everyday. The one thing you can expect is fresh, often organic, ingredients and flavor-packed soups crafted by local culinary specialist Callie GilanFarr and special family recipes as well. GilanFarr previously worked at Plumpjack’s at Squaw, and will be mastering the soups at Soupa until she leaves to cook in Italy in February. Soup is available by the cup, bowl or quart and each serving comes with a hearty slice of fresh-baked bread from the Tahoe House (the bread is the only thing not made onsite). Another delicious accompaniment to some yummy spoonfuls of soup is a grilled cheese. There’s about four varieties to choose from and you can customize your order by adding hot peppers, tomato, bacon and pickles.
Coffee, Pellegrino, bottled water and soda available.
Take your order of smoldering soup to go in a fully compostable Ecotainer and fill up on warm goodness on the chairlift between runs. Add a dash of the fondue cheese to your tomato-based soups to take it up a notch.
The La Fondue grilled cheese is a decadent diversion from the standard with gooey Enmatel Gruyere cheese, add bacon, peppers and tomato to take it to another level. Our favorite soup was a toss-up between the New England Clam Chowder (velvety spiced broth with chunks of clam meat and potato with skins) and the Roasted Root Veggie (a hearty, brightly-colored puree).
The good news ” you can find something to eat for under $5 at Squaw. Cups are $3, bowls are $5 and quarts are $11. Pie is $2, cookies are $1 and the most decadent grilled cheese (without the extras) is $4.25.