Empty Bowls Raise Awareness

Aqua, brown and gray handmade pottery bowl on table

Empty Bowls, an international project to fight hunger, is an artisan charitable concept that varies from community to community. Its theme: “eat simply, so others can simply eat.”

Here on the island, buy a handcrafted bowl and eat some soup. But of course, it’s Palm Beach! Last year, that meant the local restaurants were the likes of Buccan, Bistro Chez Jean-Pierre, Café Boulud, and PB Catch just to namedrop a few of our best-loved restaurants, providing a variety of soups, chowders and chilis. Fresh baked rolls were provided by Old School Bakery in Delray Beach.

This year’s Palm Beach Empty Bowls event will be Friday, February 28 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at The Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea. Served by local celebrity chefs, town religious leaders, and Town Council members, guests go home with a real “empty bowl” - handcrafted by a Cocoa Beach pottery studio - as a reminder of those in our county who are hungry.

The best thing - the event is underwritten by the church. That means that every penny goes to the Palm Beach County Food Bank, serving more than 200,000 people each year. And where else in Palm Beach can you get gourmet soup, artisanal bread, a bottle of water and a hand-thrown pottery bowl for just $25 with advanced purchase?

Photo of handmade bowl courtesy Denise Savela

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