About

Spoon & Ladle is based in Birmingham, Alabama, and today offers soup selections to individuals, restaurants and grocers who seek artisan soup with Southern soul. We slowly layer seasonal, fresh ingredients to craft soups that grace tables with a sense of place. Our from-scratch recipes speak of warmth and balance, and are defined by unexpected blends of fresh, seasonal ingredients and vibrant flavors that are distinctive and memorable. Under the culinary direction of Executive Chef Monty Todd, Spoon & Ladle soups are made in small batches with meticulous care and without compromise.

Monty Todd

was born in Montgomery, Alabama in June of 1961. Raised by his mother, a single parent of four children, he learned at a very young age that if he wanted food that he enjoyed rather than food for food’s sake, he was going to have to take matters into his own hands. He spent summers with his grandparents in a small West Alabama town, tending their large garden and falling in love with food, cooking and the great outdoors. He learned culinary skills from his grandmother, Snowie Hall, who cooked three fabulous meals a day, utilizing fresh ingredients from the garden. She taught Monty her recipes and her techniques….although some were stolen when she wasn’t looking.

Monty cooks for relaxation. He cooks for meditation. He cooks to see the looks on peoples face when they are pleased. Many soup recipes later, he is still cooking to see people’s reaction, and to see just how far his creativity can go.

We prepare a variety of our high quality soups in small batches several times each week. Crafted without added preservatives our soups are available for 7 days from the date they are created…..or while they last!

 

IN STORES THIS WEEK

Tomato & Watermelon Gazpacho

A mild and refreshing summer soup with fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, watermelon, basil and mint.

Shrimp & Crab Gumbo

A classic Cajun favorite with lump crab, shrimp and andouille in our rich homemade roux.

Tomato, Vegetable & Cabbage 

Tomatoes, vegetables and cabbage in our homemade tomato stock.

Oyster & Artichoke

Stewed oysters, artichoke hearts, sherry and cream combine for a decadent Cajun favorite

Cream of Shiitake Mushroom 

Decadent, creamy and full of Alabama raised shiitake mushrooms from Southern Foothills Farm.

French Onion 

A homestyle favorite.

Loaded Baked Potato

A loaded baked potato in a bowl!

Heirloom Tomato & Crab

A flavorful blend of vine ripe heirloom tomatoes and crab.

Crawfish Étouffée

Fresh boiled crawfish, homemade crawfish stock and onions blend to create a slightly spicy, complex flavor

Broccoli, Cheese & Cauliflower

A savory blend of broccoli, cauliflower and cheese in our from scratch vegetable stock.

 

Here is a partial list of the soups we rotate throughout the season. If you have a special request that is not on this week’s menu please call us at 205-747-3077 and we will do our best to accommodate you!

 

STAPLES

Cajun White Bean & Tasso

Southwest Chicken & Cilantro

Chicken & Sausage Gumbo

Chicken, BBQ & Sausage Brunswick Stew

Lemon & Chicken Orzo

Oyster & Artichoke Stew

Red Bean & Andouille

Shrimp & Corn Chowder

Tomato & Basil

Tomato & Vegetable Minestrone

Turkey & Noodle

SEASONAL FAVORITES

Summer

Chicken Quinoa & Poblano

Chilled Carrot & Cauliflower

Fresh Fruit & Mint Gazpacho

Potato, Summer Vegetable & Fennel

Roasted Corn & Sweet Red Pepper

Shrimp & Crabmeat Gumbo

Tomato & Roasted Green Chile Gazpacho

Spring

Asparagus & Mushroom

Chicken, Rice & Roasted Poblano

Corn, Potato & Roasted Poblano

Green Chile & Cilantro Bisque

Lemon, Basil & Chicken

Red Potato & Roasted Spring Onion

Tomato & Vegetable

Fall

Pozole & Chiles

Butternut Squash & Cumin

Carrot, Cauliflower & Quinoa

Crawfish Etouffee & Rice

Potato & Leek

Tomato

Winter

Beef & Vegetable

Chicken & Wild Rice

Clam & Potato Chowder

Guinness Beef & Barley Stew

Lamb, Potato & Roasted Green Chile

Loaded Baked Potato & Chives

White Bean & Ham

 

RESTAURANTS

CANTINA – Pepper Place — Birmingham

BEEF O’BRADY’S – Hoover & Helena

BOB SYKES BARBEQUE – Bessemer

STORES

PIGGLY WIGGLY- Crestline, River Run, Clairmont, Bluff Park, and Homewood

ORGANIC HARVEST- Hoover

ANDY’S FARM MARKET – Hoover

MURPHREE’S – Cahaba Heights

WESTERN SUPERMARKET- Mountain Brook, Rocky Ridge, and Highland Ave

BURNETTE FARM MARKET- Helena

 

FARMERS MARKETS

PEPPER PLACE MARKET – Select Saturdays