Create the Perfect Cold Weather Soup Buffet

By Guest Blogger Amanda Saiontz Gluck

Soup Passion Soup Bowls

I have been brainstorming some unique dinner buffet displays for my upcoming Fall and Holiday soirees for a while now, so when I was introduced to Villeroy & Boch’s Soup Passion Collection I knew I had found the perfect concept! Who doesn’t love a warm soup in the Fall? And with a few special touches, like unique bowls and specialty noodles, I knew the wow factor would be on point! Villeroy & Boch’s soup collection in particular, is incredibly elegant and sleek {I just love the white porcelain!}, while the functionality is totally nouveau! Take my favorite item, the small soup passion bowl which is actually two small bowls connected at the center, allowing you to serve a bowl of soup on one side and then place crackers or bread for dipping on thVilleroy & Boch Soup Passione other! Read on for how I styled my bar as well as my soup go-to’s this season!

To create my soup bar display, I lined my collection of bowls down my buffet table in my dining room. To create a Fall vibe I suspended an autumn wreath over my mirror, placed two large white faux pumpkins on one end of the buffet, and a long glass vase full of pumpkins and pinecones on the other end. I swapped classic white candles for ones with a texture of natural birch. And for flowers I filled a Villeroy & Boch white Numa vase with Kale Brassica!

For my soups, I have two new recipes I need to share. The first is a healthy butternut squash soup from my friend BeWellwithArielle.com – a tad sweet because of the syrup and almond milk rather than cream! Find the recipe on this health guru’s website here. I placed this soup in asia bowls which come with a small tray that I filled with crackers and sprigs of rosemary for color! Then my classic vegetable soup was a hit because I served it with festive Fall Leaf noodles; a crowd pleaser for adults and kids! {Note: these noodles are just as great with pasta sauce!} The Villeroy & Boch tureen, which holds up to four bowls of soup and has a lid, is the perfect place to store soup while guests decide which route to choose!

I hope this inspires a new selection of foods and tools to utilize at your next dinner party.

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The American Amanda Saiontz Gluck is an internationally successful blogger. Creator of the blog FashionableHostess.com, Amanda is a Decor Expert, Party Stylist, and Lifestyle Blogger followed by 30,000 fans per month on her website and 91,000 on her on Instagram. Amanda is a contributor to Style Me Pretty, Martha Stewart, and the AOL LifeStyle Collective. Recent press includes Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Bridal Guide, and Martha Stewart Weddings. She is known well among the world of bloggers; but has a special relationship to the brand of Villeroy & Boch through her participation in the Festive Table Styles Around the World campaign and continued collaborations on her Blog featuring our brand.

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Recipe: Savory Seasonal Soup

Villeroy & Boch Audun

Villeroy & Boch Audun Dinnerware

With a hint of cayenne pepper and a drizzle of maple syrup, this Butternut Squash Soup will be your go-to recipe for fall entertaining.

We love it with a deconstructed grilled cheese. Simply toast the bread and roll goat cheese (or your favorite soft cheese) into little “truffles” which you can drop into the soup to melt or spread on your toast and dunk. Either way, it’s wonderful. Add some crisp apples, a bottle of wine, and you’re all set!

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
1 (2 to 2 1/4 pound) butternut squash, halved and seeded
2 Tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
2 Tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
¼ cup organic maple syrup
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
Dash cayenne pepper (I use a couple of dashes)
½ cup heavy cream (more if you like)

Preheat oven to 425 F. Brush insides and outsides of squash halves with 1 T of oil and place, cut sides up, on cookie sheet or in roasting pan. Bake for one hour or until the squash is tender. Remove from oven and cool.

Heat remaining tablespoon of olive oil in a large pot. Cook the onion until softened. Scoop out the squash from the peel and add to onion, stirring. Add the parsley. Stir in chicken broth and simmer, about 20 minutes. Add the syrup, salt and both peppers.

Whisk in the cream. If you like your soup with some texture, stop here. For really smooth soup, use an immersion blender to make it velvety before adding the heavy cream.

(Article & Photos by Martie Duncan, MartieKnowsParties.com)

 

Villeroy & Boch Audun Dinnerware

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Cheese “Truffles” served in Villeroy & Boch Audun Dinnerware

Soup’s On & We’re Bowled Over

Villeroy & Boch Dune Lines Soup Bowl

We’ve gone through our vast collection of soup bowls and spotlighted some of our favorites.

From rim soups, to pasta bowls, to rice bowls and more, you’ll find these Villeroy & Boch favorites will be your “go to” bowls for seasons to come.

We love the cozy season of fall. Warm soups are a casual, easy and cost-effective way to dine with friends and family. When choosing a soup bowl, here are a few tips:

  • Don’t get too tied down with the product name. A rice bowl is a great every day shape for hearty chili and minestrone…plus ideal for cereal, ice cream and just about anything else!
  • Rim soup bowls are shallow and are great for keeping smooth, creamy soups and flavorful consommés piping hot. This shape also works great for smaller portions of pasta, risotto and desserts.
  • Pasta bowls are deeper and perfect for stews, noodle soups and curries. A nice, multi-purpose shape that allows for larger servings.
  • It is customary to plate any soup bowl with a small plate underneath, i.e., cream soup cup saucer, salad or dinner plate.

Villeroy & Boch Soup Bowls

Pictured from left to right:
French Garden Cream Soup Cup, Urban Nature Rice Bowl, Audun Ferme Rice BowlNewWave Pasta Plate, Country Heritage Rim Soup,
Home Elements Pasta Plate, Flora Rice BowlsDune Lines 6” Oval Bowl, NewWave Cream Soup Cup, Green Garland Oval Rim Soup