Lake Norman & Mooresville

Soup kitchen brings a taste of New England to the lake

The anual Lobsterfest is a fundraiser for the Mooresville Soup Kitchen. The event is set for June 6 at LangTree Lake Norman.
The anual Lobsterfest is a fundraiser for the Mooresville Soup Kitchen. The event is set for June 6 at LangTree Lake Norman. COURTESY OF VICKIE TRAYNUM

The Mooresville Soup Kitchen will host its fourth annual Lobsterfest fundraiser on June 6 at LangTree Lake Norman.

The event was first suggested by former soup kitchen board member and New Englander Pam Heaton in 2011.

“She loved the idea of a beach party and seafood boil,” said Vickie Traynum, the soup kitchen’s executive director. “Lobsterfest is our best attempt to capture that atmosphere at Lake Norman.”

This year’s menu will includes lobster, shrimp, beef and vegetarian dishes.

The food is primarily provided by soup kitchen food services coordinator Jim Myers and his volunteer cook teams. Several Lake Norman restaurants are also providing food.

There’s also a raffle for items including a round at Trump National Golf Club, a case of wine and diamond earrings.

The money that is raised will be used for general expenses as well as to support the soup kitchen’s outreach programs.

“Lobsterfest will help us to continue providing services to those in need in our community,” said Traynum.

The soup kitchen has been providing meals, fellowship and encouragement to those in need since 1987. It provides a light breakfast and hot lunch on weekdays to about 200 guests, and offers outreach programs focused on the underemployed, the elderly and neglected children.

Because the kitchen does not receive any government funding it does not require identification or income qualification for its services.

“Everyone is welcome at the Mooresville Soup Kitchen,” said Traynum. “This creates a unique sense of community where we are offering more than a warm meal. We offer our neighbors in need a listening ear and a place to belong.”

In 2014, the kitchen provided more than 150,000 meals and has provided more than 42,000 meals this year.

Last year’s Lobsterfest raised about $40,000 to support these services.

“We invite the community out to join us lakeside for this unique evening of food and entertainment,” Traynum said, “knowing that 100 percent of the proceeds go directly back into changing lives in our own community.”

Jennifer Baxter is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Jennifer? Email her at

Want to go?

Lobsterfest tickets are $60 each. The event runs from 6-8 p.m. For Lobsterfest tickets, go to the soup kitchen’s website at