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HP Hood’s ‘soup boutique’ food truck will be dishing free samples in Harvard Square

Bisque buffs and soup lovers may want to be on the lookout in Harvard Square Thursday; that’s when the HP Hood Soup Boutique is scheduled to be on the scene, dishing up soups that make creative use of Hood cream.

This soup boutique is on wheels --- not to put too fine a point on it, the boutique is a food truck officially titled the Soup Boutique, Inspired by Hood Cream --- a.k.a. the Hood Cream Soup Boutique. The Hood food truck/boutique has been out and about this week, with stops in Boston and a stop planned in Portland, Maine.

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At each stop, Hood, the Lynnfield-based dairy brand, said it will be offering soup samples that use Hood Cream as an ingredient.

“Each stop will offer two soup selections – one original recipe created by a leading local chef based in that stop’s city, and one classic Hood soup recipe prepared by Chef Jonathan Dunn of Lavishly Dunn Catering,” a Hood media advisory said.

Thursday’s menu calls for a soup du jour whipped up by chef Eric Gregory of Harvard Square’s Grafton Street Pub & Grill at 1230 Massachusetts Ave., the advisory said. In this case, Gregory’s soup features cheddar, ale, and bacon among its ingredients. (Whew! We’ll have our ale on the side, please.) As for Dunn, his soup is an artistic mix of butternut squash and sweet potatoes.

Plans call for free samples of these offerings to be ladled out between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. today in front of the Grafton Street Pub, Hood said

As for Friday, the soup boutique is scheduled to make a stop in Government Center with chef Chris Coombs of Deuxave/dBar doing the honors.

Chris Reidy can be reached at reidy@globe.com.
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