Small Bites: Swallow this

Open up and say ahhh: Mary Kelley tastes some of the goods that Swallow Soup offers.

For home delivery, we recommend checking out Swallow Soup, a seasonal local soup-delivery service. The service is run by Mary Kelley, a local mother and entrepreneur who wanted to start a business that allowed her to spend the summertime with her kids when school's out — pretty crafty, no?

Kelley makes vegan and vegetarian creations with as many local ingredients as possible, like any good Asheville food entrepreneur should. And, should you think vegetarian soup equals weak soup, think again. Recent selections include a rich fontina with cream, garlic and marsala wine a pumpkin-black bean chili and a creamy tomato-coconut bisque.

Though the soup requires advanced order, it arrives chilled and in containers perfect for freezing as is to prepare for times when getting out of bed and going to the store seem impossible. "I had a woman do that when we ran butternut squash soup," says Kelley. "She ordered four."

Soup orders are delivered weekly on Tuesdays — you can even get a monthly "soupscription," either for yourself or as an unusual gift for the holidays. Think of it as cold or flu insurance, Kelley suggests.
Swallow Soup currently offers a special deal of a month of soup for $40. For more information about the service, visit


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