Our Story

Our beginnings

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Soupergirl is Sara Polon, a former stand up comedienne turned soup-maker. After reading Michael Pollan’s book, the Omnivore’s Dilemma, Sara decided to get involved in the local food movement. She thought about being a farmer but she can’t even keep her house plants alive.

Soupermom is Marilyn Polon. She’s a home taught master in the kitchen. She raised the Polon kids on natural, freshly cooked and delicious food. Soupermom, aka the Chief Anxiety Officer, and Soupergirl teamed up to bring locally inspired, nutritious, and delicious soup to the hungry citizens of Washington, DC and beyond.

To be clear – they are not chefs. They are cooks. They didn’t go to the Culinary Institute or the Cordon Bleu. Quite simply, they love soup. Their soups might not always be pretty (though usually they are) but they are really good. And good for you!

Our vision

Our food system is broken. We’re trying to fix it. Soupergirl believes in real, responsible food. We support our local farming community. We compost. We use wind energy. We treat our staff respectfully and ask the same of our vendors. We cook healthfully and plant based.

What does this long and growing list of endeavors mean? The planet wins. The consumer wins. The community wins. The farmers win. The laborers win. That’s a lot of winning. As we grow, we believe we can make even bigger changes. One spoonful at a time.

Our values

We can tell you, in clear conscience, that our soups are very healthy. They are chock full of fresh, local veggies, grains, beans, and other wholesome goodness. We go very light on the salt so you can season the soup as you please. But please don’t let the whole “healthful” thing scare you. The soups are really healthy, but we don’t think you’ll notice.

Sure you can find “fresh” soup at certain stores around the area. But check out the ingredient lists of these soups – malodextrin, autolyzed yeast extract, corn syrup solids, and my favorite – xantham gum. What exactly is xantham gum? And guar gum? Isn’t Guar an extreme metal band? Did they invent gum? Is it chewy? Why is it in my soup? Our rule is simple – if you can’t pronounce something on the ingredient list, it should not be in the soup.