Savor the flavor


Melbourne-based business launches website, catering to Brevardians and beyond



By Tammy Roberts

Senior staff writer



What started out as a casual hobby for one Melbourne mom has evolved into a full-blown business venture, catering initially to Brevard-based businesses and now, to soup-lovers from all over the nation.

"About five years ago, I found myself with a lot of free time on my hands," said Julie Shipley, owner of The Soup Shop, Inc. "My husband is an airline pilot, and he and my son like to do a lot of hunting and fishing. I realized I'd better think of something to fill up my time."

So, she started cooking.

Mrs. Shipley took several classes at the Keiser University Center for Culinary Arts and at the Culinary Institute of America in New York.

She then spent the next several years cooking extremely elaborate French-inspired meals for her family, whom, she said, didn't seem to mind one bit.

Soon, she began to focus her culinary skills on the art of making soup, and in March 2009, created her own business, known as The Soup Shop.

Mrs. Shipley launched The Soup Shop while working inside the Snack Shack Café at Pro-Health & Fitness Center locations. After meeting with local restaurateurs, she began providing several Space Coast restaurants with varieties of homemade soups. But, as word spread of her venture, it wasn't long until she outgrew the facility.

The Soup Shop is now located in a quaint business plaza off Post Road in Melbourne.

Within the facility's kitchen, Mrs. Shipley creates all 35 of her fresh soup selections, which include such favorites as cheesy potato, broccoli cheese, chicken and dumplings, garlic tomato, Moroccan chicken, sausage and escarole, spicy mulligatawny, stuffed cabbage, white chicken chili and tomato Florentine.

In order to gain a true perspective on her talent, I had the pleasure of sampling three of Mrs. Shipley's soup varieties: chicken gumbo, beef barley and a restaurant favorite, enchilada.

The chicken gumbo was a blend of tender chicken, sausage, onions, bell peppers, okra, celery and seasonings. It was so fresh and flavorsome that I could taste every element in each spoonful.

The beef barley, which has always been a favorite soup of mine, was absolutely delicious and contained no shortage of meat, barley or vegetables. I couldn't get enough of the savory taste.

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