Empty Bowls

Empty Bowls

For those looking for a charitable and enjoyable evening out, it is without reservation that I recommend that you attend the Empty Bowl’s Dinner on Friday, April 19, 2013. The benefit dinner, which will be held at the Rondout Valley High School in Accord, NY from 5:00 pm-7:30  pm, helps raise money to provide food for families in need throughout the Hudson Valley.

Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend this year but from having participated in the past, I can truly say it is a unique and wonderful community event. The fun begins immediately when you arrive at the event and get to choose a ceramic bowl (made by professional artists and Rondout Valley High School students and staff members) to use throughout the night and then take home after. There will be approximately 800 ceramic bowls to choose from! Each ceramic bowl costs $15.00 and there is also an option to  purchase a disposable paper bowl  for $5.00 for those who want to help but do not want to take a bowl home. Approximately 25-30 vendors will be stationed throughout the cafeteria with soups and ice creams for you to fill your bowls up with and try. The participating vendors include local restaurants, delis, florists, a water company, Stewart’s Shop, and a local cheese shop. Their generous donations help make Empty Bowls an amazing event!

This year also happens to be the 10th Anniversary of Empty Bowls. The event was started back in 2003 by Marnie Hart, a Rondout Valley High School art teacher, and one of the school’s students who chose raising money for a local food pantry as her senior W.I.S.E project. During its first year, Empty Bowls initially started as an ice cream social event but expanded during the following year and continued to have both soup and ice cream in the years to follow. In 2006, Fern Sarnoff, who took over teaching ceramics, and her son, Sam Stewart, who attended the school at the time, continued on with the event.

Empty Bowls has proven to be a wonderful and charitable community event. In past years, they have managed to raise over ten thousand dollars. The proceeds from this event get divided between four local food pantries, which is a tremendous help to these pantries and the people they serve. According to Empty Bowls organizer, Fern Sarnoff, “For various reasons, food pantries region-wide are under more stress than usual. It has been difficult for some of them even to keep their doors open, let alone stock the shelves.”

I hope many of you readers will get a chance to experience this event. It is truly a great community experience that benefits a wonderful cause!

For more information, please visit the Empty Bowls website:


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A special thank you goes to Fern Sarnoff and Alex Stewart-Protoss for providing information about the event!