Great food — and camaraderie — served up at Tallahassee gathering of veteran reporters

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For the 11th year, Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald Bureau Chief Steve Bousquet and consultant Nancy Leikauf opened their Tallahassee home to friends and compatriots for their annual Fall Soup Supper.

Guests are invited to bring their show-stoppers like Victoria Zepp’s Greek Avgolemono and Mary Ellen Klas’ pecan and wild rice soup, while others opt for salads (former state Rep. Anne Mackenzie’s garlic salad went quickly), appetizers, and desserts. Chowders — clam, chicken, and two iterations of sausage and corn — seemed to be the most popular offerings.

Leikauf is known for her enthusiastic holiday decorating and the home featured several tables fully set with fall linens, candles and multitudinous pumpkins and other gourds. It was the end of the final day of early voting in Florida, and host Bousquet was late to his own party after quarterbacking a roundup story. No matter what room you entered, much of the conversation revolved around speculation about the presidential and elections around the state.

Among those who attended were Phil Ward and Rochelle Koff, Lucy and Dick Morgan, Cynthia Henderson, Troy Kinsey, Brent and Kathy Kallestad and next-door neighbors Michelle and Matt Ubben.