About Us

Soupbox features recipes that have been regularly Voted Best Soup in Chicago.

 

- Paula Deen named Soupbox in her "10 Best Spots for Soups Across the Country”

- Rachel Ray’s Tasty Travels Best Soup in Chicago

- Voted Best Comfort Food in Chicago

- The TV series "ER"

- Chicago Sun-Times

- Chicago Magazine

Inspiration - "Soup is Liquid Comfort"

Soupbox Creator/Owner, Jamie Taerbaum, was inspired by watching his single mother perform a daily balancing act by raising 5 children. In the kitchen, she performed this act as well. Through the adding and subtracting of household ingredients, she warmed her home with the aromas of hand-made, comforting, and simply GOOD food. Watching these balancing acts of life’s demands and the kitchen, Jamie was given the vision in life to create. "My personal philosophy about soup is just like in life, we all just want to feel good, so we add and subtract things from our life to align with that feeling until we get it just right. That's how I live my life, and that's how I try to make our soup!”

Jamie travels all over the globe and seeks flavors to set his soup creations apart from the rest. He’s found ingredients and unique foods in places like Costa Rica, Panama, Mexico, Brazil, Canada, Sweden, Serbia, France, Italy, Spain, Aruba, Netherlands, Thailand, and the Virgin Islands. You name it, he’s probably heard of it. 

Soupbox - "Soup Explorations"

Long before Soupbox was even a twinkle in his eye, Jamie was paying his way through college at University of Illinois in Chicago studying Business Management. One of his few indulgences was enjoying homemade Italian Ice at Mario’s Italian ice in Chicago’s Little Italy. Wanting to pursue an entrepreneurial path, he decided to make his own version with just fresh fruit calling it “Icyfruit” So, at age 24, this led him to max out 6 credit cards opening a storefront named "Icebox" in the trendy neighborhood of Lakeview East. His homemade icy concoctions caused such a fuss he had lines out the door. Folks loved his simple comfort food served with a genuine smile and a friendly ‘Thank You’. When the cool, Fall weather approached, he decided to try his hand at another comfort food - fresh gourmet soups - continuing business all year long. 

Thereafter, Jamie started making 70+ Gourmet Soups, serving a variety of 12 each day with freshly baked bread, a genuine smile and a friendly thank you his customers had come to love. He decided to call this seasonal side of the business “Soupbox”. Folks came to learn “these aren’t your grocery store canned type soups” and the Soupbox business gradually started taking off. The Seinfeld “soup nazi” episode airing thereafter helped too!

Soupbox features soup recipes that have regularly been voted best in Chicago. With 12 fresh soups every day with varieties including low-fat, vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free and spicy options. Soupbox has been recognized by a myriad media outlets including Rachel Ray’s Tasty Travels, Best Soup in Chicago, Best Comfort Food in Chicago, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, WGN TV, ABC News, MetroMix, Chicago Magazine, the TV series "ER", and Paula Deen named Soupbox in her "10 Best Spots for Soups Across the Country". Plus many others.

In 2011, Soupbox was approached by RacePoint Publishing to create "The Soupbox Cookbook" that has sold over 30,000 copies to date.

Joining the Soupbox team in 2018, Fred Wilson quickly rose through ranks starting his training as General Manager in less than a year. Fred grew up on the south side of chicago in Englewood. His passion for teamwork and his hard working nature has rubbed off on the team, which in turn has helped elevate great service at Soupbox even more. The “Gentle Giant” of Soupbox has talents outside of serving soup. He’s also a recording artist, writer of two books ("Spoken, Not Words" available on Amazon), and most recently has started directing film. With his chill demeanor, and empathetic personality; Fred looks to lead the team to new heights, but most importantly continuing to give that same great, infamous service Soupbox has known for 20+ years.

In 2019, Soupbox was approached by Clarity Food Ventures to create fresh cold-processed soups to sell in grocery stores nationwide. These soups are called "Soup Explorers".

We believe "worries always go down better with soup!"