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November 29, 2013 

Attendees for the ninth annual Stone Soup Supper try the entries in the tasting room before making their dinner choice for the evening at White Memorial Presbyterian Church.


Stone Soup Supper raises record $34,500

Urban Ministries of Wake County’s ninth annual Stone Soup benefit, held on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at White Memorial Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, drew a record crowd who enjoyed soups prepared by chefs from area restaurants, a chance to bid on pottery from the Triangle Potters Guild and a performance of the Stone Soup musical by Raleigh’s own children’s ACT Theater.

The Wednesday night suppers at White Memorial typically draw up to 265 people, but 525 people showed up for this year’s gathering.

Advance soup sales, offered for the first time this year, sold out two days before the event. Diners enjoyed a medley of soups, bread and desserts for $8 for adults and $4 for children. Preliminary estimates show $34,500 was raised, making this year’s event the most successful ever.

As a fundraiser for Urban Ministries, Stone Soup enables the local nonprofit to address hunger and homelessness and to provide healthcare to those living in poverty in Wake County. With 94 cents of every dollar received going directly to client care, Urban Ministries’ donors can be sure their donations are used efficiently and effectively.

Area chefs who contributed recipes included Scott Rowe, Prestonwood Country Club; Scott Crawford, Umstead Hotel and Spa; Eric Gephardt and Rusty Nicholson, The Chef’s Academy; Chef Ben Holt, The Capital City Club; Chef Eddie Wilson, N.C. State University; Donna Lupo, White Memorial Presbyterian Church; and Chef Andrew Pettifer, Margaux.

Great Harvest Bread Co. donated the bread, U.S. Foods ingredients and supplies, and Starbucks donated warm cider. Diners grazed through a tasting room before making their choice for the evening’s meal. From staff reports

Scales Street block closes for sewer work

Beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, Dec. 2, the city of Raleigh will close the 1700 block of Scales Street from Whitaker Mill Road to Fairview Road for a water and sewer line replacement project. The work is expected to be completed within two to four weeks, contingent upon weather conditions.

Following is a detour for motorists traveling on Scales Street:

• Northbound traffic on Scales Street will be detoured right onto Fairview Road, left onto Duncan Street, left onto Sunset Drive, left onto Whitaker Mill Road, and right back onto Scales Street.

• Southbound traffic on Scales Street will be detoured left onto Whitaker Mill Road, right onto Sunset Drive, right onto Duncan Street, right onto Fairview Road, and left back onto Scales Street.

Customers in the 1700 block of Scales Street should expect brief interruptions of water service but will receive notification in advance. From staff reports

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