Taste soup made by Tri-Citians at Beggars' Banquet on Nov. 15

Loretto Hulse, Tri-City Herald staffNovember 6, 2013 

Discover who makes the best soup in the Tri-Cities at the annual Beggars' Banquet on Nov. 15.

The event is a fundraiser for the Safe Harbor Support Center, a place where families and children can recover from abuse, and My Friend's Place, a shelter for homeless teens.

The evening begins at 5 p.m. and runs to 9 p.m. at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick.

The highlight of the event is the Soup Tasting Contest, featuring soups from employees at Einan's Funeral Home, AEM Consulting, Numerica and Ice Harbor Brewery at the Marina. Taste them all and see if you agree with the judges when the top soup is announced.

The event will also have silent and live auctions, including a Tiny Tree Auction.

Tickets are $35 and available at http://crisis-nursery.org.

For more information, call Connie Corcoran at 942-8587 or email BeggarsBanquet2013@gmail.com.

Brewing class

Learn how to brew your own beer in a free class at Ice Harbor Brewing, 206 N. Benton St., Kennewick. The first class is Thursday, then the first Thursday of each month through May.

Each class runs several hours.

There will be a second class about two weeks after the first to bottle your beer.

Space is limited in each class. To sign up, call 582-5340.

Save in the kitchen

To save money on electricity, consider this recommendation from the government: Replace your old fridge.

If your refrigerator is more than 10 to 12 years old, it's gobbling up power. Replace it with a fridge that has an Energy Star rating. If you do, don't buy a larger unit than you need.

Some other tips to make your fridge run efficiently:

-- Keep the condenser coils clean and unobstructed.

-- Be sure the door gasket has a tight seal.

-- Keep the refrigerator/freezer compartment full but not stuffed so full that the door doesn't seal.

-- Set the temperature between 37 and 40 degrees and the freezer compartment at 0 degrees.

New read

The book: The Complete Book of Pies: 200 recipes from sweet to savory by Julie Hasson.

Cost: $20

Best for: Hasson covers the entire pie-making process from dough to plate. There are recipes for fruit and cream pies, a caramelized onion and olive tart, quiche, even traditional chicken pot pie.

She's included tips on rolling out the dough, ideas for decorative tips and easy alternatives to pastry dough.

-- Loretto J. Hulse: 582-1513; lhulse@tricityherald.com. To receive a recipe via email each Tuesday, register at tricityherald.com and click on newsletters. If you already are registered, click on edit account and newsletters to select Recipe of the Week. This exclusive recipe does not appear in the newspaper.

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