Seinfeld's "Soup Nazi" was inspired by actual soup vendor Al Yeganeh, who claimed — during a heated rant, which ended with the ejection of Jerry Seinfeld and his party from the soup stand in midtown Manhattan — that the show's 1995 episode ruined his life. Fortunately, Kansas City's own soup personality, Tim "the Soup Man" Hall, is much more congenial. The Louisiana native, with his deep Southern accent, wows with soups and stews. And his classes at the Culinary Center of Kansas City (7920 Santa Fe Drive, Overland Park, 913-341-4455) have become some of the most popular. With A Big Bowl of Love — Soups and Stews
, a demonstration class, Hall offers participants tips and tastes of his hearty creations: Southwest chili, pasta fagioli and chicken stew. The class runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and costs $55. Space is limited. Sign up at kcculinary.com
or by calling the culinary center at 913-341-4455.