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Once the temperatures begin to drop, the leaves start to change color and it’s time to pull on a sweater, our thoughts turn to foods that warm us up. An informal poll of our team members, including owner Mark Ryan, reveals that we all love our soups! There’s just something extra-special about a dish that warms your soul, as well as your stomach. 

We aren’t going to ask Chef Danny any of his soup-crafting secrets, but among our favorites are our Yukon Gold potato and horseradish cream soup with fresh chopped chives; chicken corn chowder; roasted pumpkin bisque; Italian white bean soup with tomatoes and fresh herbs; and Chester County mushroom and barley soup.

Soups can be a great appetizer for any event. Check out our top ways to enjoy a Robert Ryan Catering & Design soup. 

Soup Service

For an unusual soup experience at a seated meal, one that guarantees the soup served will be piping hot, is to include a pre-set bowl containing various toppings placed at every guest’s seat. Toppings can be anything from croutons to cheese to bacon. As service commences, servers pour hot soup over the toppings.

Photo: Martin Reardon

Soup Combos

Soup is often paired with sandwiches or salads, and for events, there are plenty of ways to present them. Try a customizable salad bar with one or more soups to choose from, or a fun food station display that can feature a mini sandwich paired with a soup served in a demitasse cup. Even presenting a cup of soup with a small sandwich on top can be a big crowd-pleaser.

Photo: Justin Hersker

Soup Shooters

Soups can be tricky to serve as an appetizer at stand-up events: You have to contend with a bowl, a spoon and a drink! Instead, a two-ounce soup shooter can be a satisfying compromise. It’s a warm welcome for guests, and it’s easy to enjoy. This is a great option for buffets or cocktail hours.

Photo: Christie Green

Soups are perfect for a fall wedding or event. Find other “reasons for the season” ideas here, as well as some more of our staff’s favorite dishes here. And for recipes that are perfect for the fall, including roasted butternut whiskey and rosemary-pomegranate vodka, click here.

Ready to learn more? Schedule a consultation with one of our event managers today!


Robert Ryan Catering and Design plans and executes over 400 events each year, boasts a five-star rating on WeddingWire and has received WeddingWire’s Couple’s Choice/Bride’s Choice Award seven years in a row. Learn more about Robert Ryan Catering & Design and tour our venues. Subscribe to our e-newsletter for exclusive offers, up-to-date news and for recipes from our executive chef.

Kim MacKinnon