21st Empty Bowls Dinner Slated for March 20, 2016

Just Harvest and the Food Bank Prepare for Signature Event

Pittsburgh, PA (February 8, 2016) – The annual Empty Bowls Dinner serves up a simple meal of soup and bread as a reminder that too many people throughout our region are facing hunger. Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and Just Harvest will co-host the 21st Empty Bowls Dinner from 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Sunday, March 20, 2016 at Rodef Shalom Congregation (4905 Fifth Ave in Oakland).

New this year is two available seating times; 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Attendees will begin by choosing a ceramic bowl to take home from the 1,200-1,500 bowls provided by local amateur and professional potters. New potters’ wares are welcome; anyone who wishes to donate bowls should contact Ken at Just Harvest at (412) 431-8960.

Nearly three dozen restaurants and caterers donate bread and several hundred gallons of soup for the event, including unusual selections such as Thai Corn Chowder and the ever-favorite Chicken Noodle. The soup is served by local celebrities, TV and radio personalities and elected officials.

Empty Bowls is also known for its family-friendly atmosphere with children’s activities presented by the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, a bake sale, entertainment, silent auction of ceramic art and celebrity-autographed bowls and soup-to-go.

Tickets are $22 when purchased in advance through Showclix at showclix.com/event/emptybowls2016 or by calling 888-718-4253. Tickets will be available at the door for $25. Proceeds benefit Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and Just Harvest.

Those that would like to have greater involvement can also participate in bowl-making events that are scheduled throughout the upcoming months. Events include:

February 4, 5 p.m. – 1 a.m. Carlow University | Downtown: Student bowl-making event
“Bowls in the Night” (not open to the public)

February 7, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Pittsburgh Center for the Arts | Point Breeze: Bowl-making
event for PCA members who are experienced potters (not open to the public)

February 13, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Sweetwater Center for the Arts: Glazing day, open to the public

Media are welcome at all events.

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