June 20th – SoupStock Festival

500 Degrees is proud to be participating in the Shelton SoupStock Festival cook-off. We will be serving our delicious Gazpacho. So make sure you attend with your appetite and vote for us!

What is Gazpacho?

Gazpacho is a soup made of raw vegetables and served cold, usually with a tomato base, originating in the southern Spanish region of Andalusia. Gazpacho is widely eaten inSpain and neighboring Portugal, particularly during the hot summers, as it is refreshing and cool.

Gazpacho has ancient roots. There are a number of theories of its origin, including as an Arab soup of bread, olive oil, water and garlic that arrived in Spain and Portugal with the Moors, or via the Romans with the addition of vinegar. Once in Spain, it became a part of Andalusian cuisine, particularly Córdoba andSeville, using stale bread, garlic, olive oil, salt, and vinegar, similar to ajoblanco.

There are many modern variations of gazpacho, often in different colors and omitting the tomatoes and bread in favor of avocados, cucumbers, parsley, watermelon, grapes, meat stock, seafood, and other ingredients.