Organized and carried out by a core group with the help of approximately 180 volunteers from the neighborhood this is an all-day event held on the first Friday in November each year. Local potters (including professionals, kids’ programs, and college departments) donate hand-made bowls, bread baked onsite and local volunteers cook soup. Neighbors come together, select a bowl, have a meal of soup and bread, and for this they make a donation.
My boys plus three of their friends and two of mine, trekked down to the park yesterday for some of the most delicious curried lentil and ginger squash soup I have had.
Then the tough part...choosing a bowl to eat our soup from...that we would later get to take home.
These are the three bowls we went home with. I loved sharing why we chose the bowls we did. My nine-tear-old loved the inscription inside his which reads "from my hands to yours", Julen chose his because it's gold (his new favorite color) and I just loved the way mine felt in my hands...also I had picked up only four other bowls and each one was inscribed on the bottom with the same name...so I felt I was meant to take one of Lydia's bowls home with me.
Look for an Empty Bowls charity event in your neighborhood...or maybe start one of your own!