Progresso Artisan Soups – a full review…

*This post is a part of my work with Progresso, however all opinions are completely honest and my own. For more information please see the PR tab above. Thank you!

I am a real soup lover – and I’ve had pretty fantastic soups in my lifetime. My mom makes some of the best soups I’ve ever tasted, like Butternut Squash Soup, Shrimp and Corn Bisque, Italian Wedding Soup, and a to-die-for classic Chicken Soup. All of these soups she makes from scratch, laboring lovingly over a steaming pot for hours. So to say that my standards are high would be an understatement.

As a Progresso Artisan Ambassador I was sent the entire line to review, and here are my thoughts:

Rustic Tomato Soup with Chicken and Dumplings – to jump right into things, I have to say that this is my favorite soup out of all of them. I know, it’s terrible to play favorites but in this case I can’t help it. The flavor of oregano definitely jumps through, but it’s the dumplings that I found myself searching through the soup for.

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Smoky White Bean and Winter Vegetables – This is one of those heavier soups that screams ‘winter’. It’s thick and has a lot of smoky flavor. When you’re heating it up it actually smell’s like bacon!

Progresso Artisan Smoky White Bean

Creamy Potato with Sausage and Kale – This soup was super popular at NYCWFF. Inspired by Zuppa Toscana, I love how unlike most premade soups you can actually see the ingredients and chunks of potato in this soup.

Progresso Artisan Creamy Potato with Sausage and Kale Soup

Masala Curry Butternut Squash – Easily the most aromatic of all the soups, I garnished mine with a bit of apple and dried cranberry. You can really smell the garam masala – and I love how Progresso chose both the trendy flavor of curry with the most traditional flavor of butternut squash.

Progresso Artisan Masala Curry

Creamy Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper – Roasted red pepper takes this creamy tomato soup to the next level. It’s definitely not your typical tomato soup!

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Click here to check out the whole line, as well as read up on the process of creating artisan soups. Which of the Progresso Artisan Soups would you love to try? What’s the best soup you’ve ever had? Let me know in the comments below!

NYC Wine & Food Festival: Day 2

*This post is a part of my work with Progresso, however all opinions are completely honest and my own. For more information please see the PR tab above. Thank you!

My second day at the NYC Wine & Food Festival was pretty eventful – I definitely ate more, haha! There was less of a crowd, and I was able to actually stop at different places rather then being pushed along by a massive swarm of people. Here are some of my memorable eats:

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My favorite was the smoked salmon from Domain NYC. They smoked the salmon right there and were drawing a curious crowd. They plated it in these little plastic orbs so that when you opened the lid your nose was flooded with the mouthwatering smoky scent of the salmon.

Domain NYC at NYCWFF

Another favorite was from Chipotle. Confessesion: I’ve never ever had Chipotle before – I know, I know, shame on me. However, if they turn out food as good as the carnita tacos I had from them at NYCWFF then they’ve won a new customer.

Chipotle at NYCWFF

I also had a great clam chowder – however, I had been eating for a few hours straight and was too full to finish it.

Clam Chowder at NYCWFF

In between eating I did manage to win a Rachel Ray grill set from the Progresso Artisan stage! I was so excited – I told you guys how I saw all these people on day 1 walking away with cool prizes, well, I absolutely did not expect to win one myself!

Progresso Artisan Giveaways

I have to say, one of my favorite moments from NYCWFF was meeting Ed Levine of SeriousEats.com. I’ve been reading Serious Eats since I was in middle school, and it was definitely a source of inspiration as both a writer and a eater. How much of an inspiration you ask? Well, between reading Serious Eats and Ruth Reichl’s books, I went from wanting to be a doctor to wanting to be a food writer, and I even went so far as to start my own NYC food blog while I was still in high school.

Progresso Artisan Stage Serious Eats Ed Levine and Kenji

Anyways, Ed was on the Progresso stage with J. Kenji Lopez-Alt (Serious Eats & The Food Lab – we’re also massive Kenji fans at my house), as well as other chefs who were dishing up their own soups as well as engaging NYCWFF attendees with tales of their favorite soups, ingredients, and techniques. Good times. Check out what the chef’s created!

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Later on restauranteur Joe Bastianich (Eataly, Del Posto, etc.) regaled the Progresso Artisan audience with everything from soup and wine pairings to stories of how he personally identifies with the Progresso brand, and more specfically their new Artisan Soup line!

Joe Bastianich at NYCWFF with Progresso Artisan SoupsI have to say, being a Progresso Artisan ambassador was awesome, and I can’t wait to share with you all what I thought of each of the soups – so stay tuned!

NYC Wine & Food Festival: Day 1

*This post is a part of my work with Progresso, however all opinions are completely honest and my own. For more information please see the PR tab above. Thank you!

Believe it or not, this year was my first time ever attending the New York City Wine & Food Festival. The size of the festival is pretty decent, and I think if you commit yourself (and limit your wine intake) you could very well cover the whole floor in one day.

Progresso Artisan Soup Stage at NYCWFF

It was so great to be there as a Progresso Ambassador because I could actually see first hand what people thought of the soup and chat with the Progresso team. Apparently, more then a few people had a hard time believing that the soup was not prepared right there on the spot because it tasted “too fresh” and had too many “real vegetables”. If you don’t know, the Progresso Artisan line’s unique Tetra Pak packaging, which keeps the soup tasting the same as it did when it went in the box really gives the line an edge – keeping it out of the can and in the carton. So yes, if you’re reading this now and were one of those incredulous few, the soup you were tasting is the same exact soup you’ll find on shelves all over the East Coast! I promise!

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The soups were incredibly popular, as were the numerous giveaways going on at the Progresso stage – I was so excited to see attendees walk away with kitchenware and even a few massive gift baskets!

After a few hours of wandering around, with stops at the Progresso stage, me, Mel (Food and New York City), and Serena (Big Apple Nosh)- also Progresso ambassadors and amazing bloggers, stayed our wandering feet at the Food Network stages. We watched a surprisingly low key Guy Fieri, and Robert Irvine, pull together a couple of dishes before we moved on.

Progresso Artisan Ambassador NYCWFF

I loved the pasta with fresh mozzarella and basil from Barilla – it was so good, and very simple, I’m definitely going to recreate it at home. I also tried a kombucha, butternut squash, and pecan dish that looked pretty and sounded exciting but wasn’t particularly thrilling.

It was pretty hectic, but of all the foods I tried my favorite (outside of Progresso Artisan Soups, obviously, lol!) was a pumpkin butternut squash soup with accompanying grilled cheese. The booth was actually for a cruise line, and they were exhibiting the kind of deliciousness that can be found while cruising with them. Having never been on a cruise, I suddenly comprehended why people went on them. The soup was creamy and flavorful and the grilled cheese was in all ways perfect.

NYCWFF Soup and Grilled Cheese

Later on we caught Robert Irvine doing a demo, he was pretty crowded by adoring fans and media – but I managed to get a pretty decent shot ;)

Robert Irvine NYCWFF

I would be lying if I said I wasn’t beyond exhausted by the end of the day. Alas, my food exploration was not over – we did spend the evening dining at Del Posto which I will link my recap/review here when it goes live! And be sure to stick around for my recap of day 2!

Where you at the NYCWFF? have you had a chance to try Progresso’s Artisan Soup line? What’s your favorite soup? Let me know in the comments below!

Big News Ahead…

*This post is a part of my work with Progresso, however all opinions are completely honest and my own. For more information please see the PR tab above. Thank you!

If you’ve been watching my twitter or instagram or saw my post on the DUMBO Arts Festival you might have noticed that something has been cooking between me and Progresso – well, I’m pleased to announce that this weekend I will be heading to the New York City Wine & Food Festival as a Progresso Artisan Ambassador!

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Having tasted the soups, I’m so excited to be sharing this line of soups with you – they’re amazing! Progresso’s new line of Artisan Soups, available in East Coast grocery stores, was designed around the concept of celebrating Progresso’s heritage and tradition of quality. Which pretty much means that this line of soup is certain to be an exciting collection of great flavors!

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The line includes five soups: Creamy Tomato with Roasted Red Peppers, Masala Curry Butternut Squash, Rustic Tomato with Chicken and Dumplings, Creamy Potato with Sausage and Kale, and Smoky White Bean and Winter Vegetables. Sounds good, huh? Look out for my complete review of the whole line later this month, as well as a recap of my experience as a Progresso Artisan Soup Ambassador!

Meanwhile, I had a chance to briefly chat with Heidi Teod, Ph.D – the culinary expert behind Progresso’s new line of Artisan Soups. She was very excited to share Progresso’s new soup line at NYW&FF and said that creating the line was a “wonderful opportunity to explore and use ingredients to create a contemporary take on traditional soup!”

I also love the flavor blueprints that Progresso has for each soup – they’re amazing, check out the rest of them on their site here!

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Heidi gave me so much insight to the Progresso Artisan Soup line, and I can’t wait to share it with you – so be sure to follow along with the #ProgressoAmbassador hashtag, and let me know what you think!

Progresso Artisan Soups Premiers at the DUMBO Arts Festival!

*This post is a part of my work with Progresso, however all opinions are completely honest and my own. For more information please see the PR tab above. Thank you!

Many of you already know that art is a huge part of my life, so I was so excited to take my sister (who is an artist herself) to this year’s Dumbo Arts Festival! The Dumbo Arts Festival is a yearly occurrence which highlights “Brooklyn’s commitment to and presence in the arts community by presenting the best in local, national, and international art amid the breathtaking backdrop of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline.” It’s open to the public and draws quite a number of visitors.

We wandered around a bit looking at different installments and pieces. My favorite was the giant blown up heart – in fact a lot of visitors were stopping to take pictures of the piece. With the breathtaking nighttime skyline of the city, the DAF was definitely an event that I feel anybody who can, should go.

Heart of DAF

A lot of people were checking out a alternative artisan creation – and that would be Progresso’s new line of Artisan Soups! Progresso was offering DAF-goers a chance to taste all of the soups from their new line, including Creamy Tomato with Roasted Red Peppers, Masala Curry Butternut Squash, Rustic Tomato with Chicken and Dumplings, Creamy Potato with Sausage and Kale, and Smoky White Bean and Winter Vegetables.

Progresso at DAF

Festival goers also walked away with coupons for the soup too! My sister and I chatted with a lot of people and they were really really enthusiastic about the soups, many of them went back on line for seconds. I can’t wait to share with you my thoughts about each individual soup – so look out for that later this month!

Progresso Artisan Soups at Dumbo Arts Festival

Soup in hand, we walked over to Jane’s Carousel where we attended the opening night party. The hors d’oeuvre’s were nice but we really just wanted more soup, lol! We did ride a couple of times on the carousel – if you ever find yourself in the city you should make a point of riding on Jane’s Carousel. It was so magical to be able to stare out over the water to the lights of the city – I feel like if it isn’t already an iconic New York City thing to do, than it should be.

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To find out more about Progresso’s NEW Artisan Soups, click here!

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