My name is Josie. I started this little soup gig with a small group of 20 “kettlebell-ers” in a garage studio in Milwaukie, Oregon called The Warrior Room. The soups were designed for pre and post workouts and crafted with an emphasis on super foods that supported their ass-kicking lifestyles and factored in intense training routines, muscle building and repair, weight loss, cleansing, stress reduction and a sense of well being that nourished the warrior in all of them. Recipes were tested, sampled and customer testimonials established our first “best sellers” list. Since then we have grown to have over 180 different soup recipes [and growing] that are now enjoyed by a larger community of warriors that include teachers and administrators, a variety of gyms, business owners, naturopaths and nutritionists, yoga instructors and music teachers, dentists and daycares. I continue to add customers to our delivery lists and am extremely proud and touched by my long-time customers who order each and every week.
When this concept of making soups started to develop, I knew I’d have to have a kitchen that included people who were fun and had good ideas – not just about food, but life. Making soup in quantities that we do is exhausting work, so the pre-requisite for joining the team was to not only have talent and a sense of humor, but to bring energy. I wanted the kitchen environment to be invigorating and a place we looked forward to coming to. A place where we laughed a ton, talked incessantly and supported one another. We did all of the above for sure. I was lucky enough to have had the best most hard working women over the years – so much talent!
We’ve created some culinary teams that kind of changed the constitution of the kitchen and kept my enthusiasm going. I owe so much to all these women ~ Vanessa, Susan, Tre, Arden, Katie, Deb, Carla and Maddy. You are my heroes!
And, now to my son Eli. No offense to all these women who came before him, because you all know how I feel about you. BUT Eli is killing it in the kitchen! Who would have ever guessed?! What was born out of necessity during the pandemic, has become an amazing partnership with my first born. I am very grateful. He’s been contributing some grueling hours as sous chef extraordinaire to keep this little gig going. Thank you Eli – Love you!
Last, but not least to the guy that puts the canopy up and down, loads our refrigerators, runs errands, gets ice, moves coolers and refrigerators all over town and comes to help clean the kitchen when I am about to collapse ~ thank you. I couldn’t have done this without you for all these years. Thank you Mac. XOXO
Our philosophy is simple : make it tasty! make it healthy! make it memorable!
Local farms we love to support
- Greenville Acres Farms, Forest Grove
- Our Table Cooperative, Sherwood
- Albeke Farms, Oregon City
- Heart2Heart Farms, Sherwood
- Hansen Family Farm, Canby
- Moomaw Family Farm, Oregon City
- Birkeland Farm, Portland
- Groundwork Organics Farm, Junction City
- Rankin Ranch, Florence
- Schoolyard Farms, Gladstone
Some of our favorite people
- Warrior Room, Milwaukie
- Cup of Tea, Happy Valley
- Bleeding Hearts Kettlebell Club, Portland
- Thrive Yoga & Wellness, Oregon City
- Integrated Fitness by Herta, Milwaukie
- Pickled Beet, Gladstone
- Colour on Burnside, Portland
- Tonkon Torp Law Firm
- Farmer’s Markets, Everywhere!
Organizations we support
- Laurel Lary Richter Foundation (https://www.positivelylaurel.com)
- Clackamas Service Center
- Epilepsy Foundation
- Right 2 Dream Too
- (known as R2DToo)
- Northwest Farmers Union for BIPOC
- Special Olympics of Oregon / Unified Sports
- Dollar For
- United Cerebral Palsy
- Oregon Food Bank