Community Celebrates Empty Bowls

The community came out in force to celebrate the 22nd Annual Food Bank for Larimer County’s Empty Bowls Soup Dinner & Art Auction fundraiser. The event, which began in an art class at Lopez Elementary School more than two decades ago, played host to more than 600 guests who enjoyed delicious soup from more than 20 local restaurants. Empty Bowls founder, art teacher Mike McCarthy, emceed the event that included inspirational stories from local artist TS Berger, Food Bank volunteer Jan Touslee and Food Bank CEO Amy Pezzani.

The event’s origins can be traced back to art class when McCarthy inspired his students to create empty bowls to represent those who didn’t have enough to eat. Since then, area artists have worked together to support the event and the fight against hunger in the community. Empty Bowls has grown from offering five signature soups in 1998 to over twenty soups in 2019 and has raised more than $900,000 for the Food Bank’s hunger-relief programs.

Photo collage from Empty Bowls 2019

For this year’s event, local restaurants like Spoons, Cacciatore at Heller’s Kitchen, CB & Potts, Fiona’s and many more served delicious soups – more than 20 different offerings to sample. As is tradition, attendees got to take home soup bowls created by local artists and students and bid on beautiful artwork in our silent auction.

Stay tuned for details soon for the 23rd Annual Empty Bowls for 2020!

Soup Providers – Thank you!

  • Anheuser-Busch Biergarten
  • Austin’s American Grill
  • Cacciatore at Heller’s Kitchen
  • Café 1024
  • CB & Potts Restaurant & Brewery
  • Coopersmith’s
  • FBLC Nutritious Kitchen
  • Fiona’s Delicatessen
  • Fish
  • Hilton Fort Collins
  • Locality
  • Rally 5 Street Eats & Bar
  • Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant
  • Silver Grill Café
  • Simmer
  • Spoons Soups, Salads & Sandwiches
  • The Emporium Kitchen & Wine Market
  • The Moot House
  • The Still Whiskey Steaks
  • Tortilla Marissa’s
  • Union
  • Whole Foods Market