Living in a ski resort town means lots of house guests, particularly in February and March when families start arriving for spring skiing. I enjoy guests and never expect a gift but it is nice when people express appreciation for hospitality. Over the years I have given and received board games, flowers, coffee table books, olive oil, and tea towels. I’m always on the hunt for original and useful hostess presents and when I came across Spoonful of Comfort, a personable online company that ships delicious homemade chicken noodle soup care packages, I knew I’d found a winner.
Spoonful of Comfort was launched by Park City-based entrepreneur Marti Wymer in honor of her beloved mother Mona Bowes, who passed away from cancer in 2007. Marti was living miles away with her young children when her mother was diagnosed with lung cancer and she wrestled with how she could comfort her from afar – flowers just didn’t feel right and she wanted to send soup but she couldn’t find a company that shipped fresh soup. This sparked the idea for Spoonful of Comfort and Marti eventually developed the soup she knew her mother would have loved.
Marti’s soup is delicious, healthy, and preservative-free. Her recipe contains all natural ingredients – sea salt, parsley, chicken stock, celery, carrots and fresh pasta – charmingly presented in a keepsake mason jar with a cheerful ribbon and custom card. She also designed special packaging to ensure the soup would stay chilled in transit and arrive ready to enjoy or freeze within two to three days.
Spoonful of Comfort is a thoughtful gift for someone who is ill or in need of comfort, and it also makes a wonderful house present because it’s a pre-made crowd pleasing meal which easily fits in the fridge. A gallon jar of soup is $34 and serves four to six people. Each care package can be tailored with soft, made-from-scratch rolls (my mother-in-law declared them the best she’s ever tasted), yummy oatmeal cookies, and spa socks and blankets.
Tragically, Marti’s mother lost her battle with cancer and she wasn’t able to taste her daughter’s soup or see it featured on the Today Show as “the ultimate of chicken soup.” The loving memory of Mona Bowes lives on through Spoonful of Comfort and a portion of the proceeds from each soup order go directly towards research at the American Cancer Society.
So the next time you want to say “Thinking of you” or “Congratulations on your new baby” or “Thank you for hosting our family of five people for eight days and letting us borrow your car” …consider saying it with the gift of soup!