Spoon & Ladle is based in Birmingham, Alabama, and today offers soup selections and other specialty foods to 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 and specialty foods are made in small batches with meticulous care and without compromise.
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.
A classic Cajun favorite with lump crab, shrimp and andouille in our rich homemade roux.
A hearty classic with smoked chicken and andouille sausage.
Tomatoes, fresh basil, and our homemade tomato stock.
A complex and brightly flavored soup with chicken, lemon zest, and tri-colored orzo in our homemade chicken stock.
Smoked chicken, chicken stock, and Great Northern beans give this soup a southwestern taste.
Tomatoes, vegetables, and cabbage in our homemade tomato stock.
A vegetarian twist on our Red & Black Bean Chili.
A down home blend of BBQ and Andouille Sausage.
A mild and refreshing summer soup with fresh tomatoes, watermelon, cucumbers, mint, and basil.
BEEF O’BRADY’S – Hoover & Helena
LAZY BOY BBQ- Alabaster
PIGGLY WIGGLY- Crestline, River Run, Clairmont, Bluff Park, Homewood, McCalla, Clay, and Warrior
ORGANIC HARVEST- Hoover
ANDY’S FARM MARKET – Hoover and Rocky Ridge
MURPHREE’S – Cahaba Heights
WESTERN SUPERMARKET- Mountain Brook, Rocky Ridge, and Highland Ave
BURNETTE FARM MARKET- Helena
DJ’S FINE MEATS- Alabaster
WALL STREET DELI- Downtown Birmingham
SMILEYS SPECIALTY FOODS- Pelham
COWBOY’S – Hwy 280
PEPPER PLACE MARKET – Select Saturdays
ROSS BRIDGE FARMERS MARKET – Every Friday May 18-August 24