Jewish Community Center of Washington, DC

Matzo Ball Madness: Soup-Off

Monday, March 26, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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It’s almost March Madness and Passover time, a perfect reason to host our first Matzo Ball Soup-Off. Enter our matzo ball soup bracket competition and be voted DC Matzo Ball Soup champ in chicken, veggie, noodle, and unique categories! Not a top chef? Taste-test our competitors dishes with a side of challah and learn how to make the perfect matzo ball from Prescription Chicken’s founder Valerie Zweig.

Cheftestants - Show off your culinary skills! Create a soup dish in your own kitchen to enter into our competition, then bring your entry to our “Kitchen Stadium” for the Judges’ Panel. You can enter into one of four catergories, chicken, veggie, noodle, unique. Don't have time to cook everything? Our partners, Prescription Chicken, will are donating their chicken broth for you to use if you need it, just email Stacy at and you can bring your other ingredients to the JCC on Monday and we can help you assemble everything.

Dishes must be completed at home but can be warmed on our stoves/microwaves, we suggest bringing a crock pot or a large plastic container.* You may enter with a group/friends but please email us at to let us know if there is more than 1 chef attending the event so we can help you purchase the correct tickets. All cheftestants will recieve a swag bag for participating!

Make enough soup for small tastes for 25 tasters. You can bring a big crockpot if you would like. Please bring a list of all ingredients and label your container with your name if you are not bringing something disposable - your dish must be Kosher-style or use Kosher meat.



Egg Drop Matzo Ball Soup

Mozzarella Stuffed Matzo Balls with Tomato Soup

Pumpkin Spice Matzo Ball Soup



Chicken Lime Avocado Matzo Ball Soup

Easy Chicken Matzo Ball Soup

Sephardic Chicken Soup with Sofrito and Herbed Matzo Balls



Matzo Ball Potato Chowder

Gluten Free Matzobal Soup with Veggies

Power Greens Matzo Ball Soup



Crock Pot Chicken Noodles and Matzo Ball Soup

Grandma’s German Noodle Soup


Nosher  - Not a cook? Bring your friends to taste each dish, enjoy some beverages, snacks & challah that compliment the food, learn to make Matzo Balls from Prescription Chicken and vote for your favorite soup!


Prizes will be awarded for Noshers' Winners in each category and Judge's favorite.

Grand Prize: To Be Announced

Guest Judges

Valerie Zweig and Taryn Pellicone , Founders of Prescription Chicken

Judith Rontal, Blogger for Jewish Food Experiencer

Pre-registration required for Chefs-- Registration for Cheftestents closes Friday, March 23 -- Noshers tickets available until we sell out.

*due to Cheftestants cooking in their homes EPDC cannot guarantee all dishes will be Kosher.

This event is for those in their 20s and 30s

We're sorry, the deadline for online sales has passed. Contact program staff listed above to purchase by phone.