The 7th annual 'Soupabration' kicked off in Morro Bay on Sunday, stacked with 14 chefs competing for "best soup."
The event raised money for Pacific Wildlife Care, San Luis Obispo County's only licensed rehabilitation center that cares for injured birds, mammals, and reptiles.
The president of the organization, Kimberley Perez, says it costs about $1,000 a day to keep the rehabilitation center up and running.
"When the public finds wildlife that's hurt or orphaned, they don't know what to do with it, you just don't want to leave it. We're a place you can bring that animal," said Perez.
Celebrity chefs and judges participated in a "blind tasting."
Tickets were $50 for soup tasting and food sampling. A $65 ticket includes wind and beer tasting and a souvenir glass.
Perez says the event is their biggest fundraiser of the year.
Highway 101 through Santa Barbara, closed after the mudslides of Jan. 9, is projected to reopen as early as next week, according to Caltrans.
Officials say a dead bear found along the beach in Carpinteria this week may have died during last week's mudslides in Montecito.
Ellen DeGeneres continues to use her show to bring more national attention to the Montecito mudslide recovery effort.
Caltrans says it hopes to have some sort of timeline Monday on when Highway 101 may reopen in the Montecito area.