Cheryl Westbrook

22 February 2016

Unless you’re living under a rock (which doesn’t sound like a bad idea, sometimes) you are familiar with Andy Warhol’s iconic Campbell soup painting. When asked why he painted it, he replied, “I used to have the same (Campbell’s soup) lunch every day for 20 years.”

Though most of us have more options, this time of year is the best for enjoying a warm bowl of soup. January is National Soup Month. February celebrates National Homemade Soup Day (the ONLY kind of soup you’ll find at BIR locales,) but you don’t need an excuse to this liquid food.

According to archaeologists, we’ve been consuming it since 6000 BC, when our ancestors drank hippopotamus soup. (Sounds good.) There is even evidence of soup’s existence as far back as about 20,000 BC, way before boiling was a common cooking technique.

The word “soup” comes from the Latin word suppa, meaning “bread soaked in broth.” And actually, the word “restaurant” originated in France in the 16th century and described an inexpensive soup. It was sold on the street and promoted as a solvent / cure-all for tiredness. By 1765, an enterprising Parisian had opened a shop, a soup shop, and hence the word restaurant was born.

So in a few short paragraphs, we have studied modern art, culinary art, the study of words and learned that soup is responsible for the name of our businesses.


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