Feed’em Soup holds offers pancake dinner

By Kyla Gardner

This isn’t your parents’ pancake breakfast.

That’s what Derek Gibbs, marketing director for Feed’em Soup, 122 S. First St., said about the organization’s pancake dinner Friday.

“There are a lot of pancake dinners,” Gibbs said. “Everybody does one – the Boy Scouts, churches, every kind of organization. We wanted to make it incredibly different.”

For $6 per person, the all-you-can-eat dinner will offer pancake flavors like mixed berry, bacon, cinnamon roll and “Elvis” – a mixture of peanut butter, chocolate chips and bananas.

All of the proceeds from the fund raiser will go toward Feed’em Soup’s community projects.

Feed’em Soup hosts restaurant-style meals primarily for low income or single parent families and senior citizens, according to the Feed’em Soup website.

“People see us as a soup kitchen…we’re more than that,” Gibbs said. “It’s this whole community feel.”

The organization also offers a food pantry, clothing closet and children’s program.

Gibbs said quarterly pay-per-ticket dinners are becoming the primary fund raising method for Feed’em Soup. The organization hosted a successful spaghetti dinner in the fall and plans to host a barbecue in the summer.

The menus for these dinners and those served during regular community meals are the work of Chef Alex Smith, who has been with Feed’em Soup since its first benefit dinner.

The pancake flavors offered Friday are Smith’s invention as well. Smith said basic pancake flavors like blueberry or chocolate chip were never exciting for him, so he wanted to delve into more flavors.

Out of Smith’s flavors for Friday, the bacon pancakes are his favorite, though he said it was hard for him to choose.

“It’s like picking a favorite kid,” he said.

For pancake purists, there will also be plain buttermilk.

The event will also feature live music from a number of local performers. All-male NIU a capella group Huskie Hunks will perform from 5:30 to 6 p.m.

Trent Snyder, Huskie Hunks co-founder and director, said the group is excited to perform.

“We love singing for organizations and fund raisers for free just to give somebody some music,” he said.

People who can’t attend the pancake breakfast but still want to help out can buy tickets to the event anyway, and those tickets will be offered to regular Feed’em Soup guests who can’t afford to attend the fundraising dinners, Gibbs said.