Empty Bowls Supper is a fall tradition in El Dorado County.
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The supper is a fun and meaningful event to raise funds for the hungry, while raising awareness of hunger.
The basic concept is simple. Professional and student artists create handmade ceramic bowls. Guests attending receive a simple meal of soup, bread and a beverage, in exchange for a donation. Guests keep their handmade bowl as a reminder of all of the empty bowls in the world.
The Empty Bowls coordinating committee has begun planning for the 12th annual fall event scheduled for Nov. 16 at St. Patrick’s parish hall from 4:30 to 8 p.m.
Last year more than 600 guests received handmade bowls donated by student and professional artists. The event raised more than $12,000 that was donated to two organizations that fight hunger, one local and one international.
The local organization was the Upper Room in Placerville, that serves over 140 meals per day, seven days a week. The international organization was El Porvenir, serving communities in Nicaragua by working with them to dig wells for clean drinking water, use cook stoves to reduce wood fires and pollution, improve sanitation and reforestation.
The coordinating committee is hoping that additional professional artists will come forward to replace some of the long standing, generous donors who are retiring or relocating.
Empty Bowls donations are tax-deductible because it is sponsored by El Dorado Peace and Justice Community, a non-profit organization.
It takes a community of volunteers to make this event happen. Artists who would like to donate bowls for the supper or other artwork for the silent auction table can contact Gwen Yaeger, the bowls coordinator, at 415-305-7282 or firstname.lastname@example.org.