UPDATE: 8th Annual Empty Bowls Raises Nearly $17,000 for Food Banks!


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Guests line up for the dinner serving of ‘Empty Bowls’ on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013. Photo by Michael Brunk.

We just learned that the 8th Annual Burien Empty Bowls was another HUGE success, raising $16,762 for the Highline and White Center Food Banks!

Over 930 people came to the event last Friday, Jan. 25 at the Burien Community Center (see photos and previous coverage here). Last year $18,400 was raised from 1,150 attendees (read about the 2012 event here).

“This annual fundraiser, always on the last Friday in January, is a great opportunity to support the food banks and have a meal with your neighbors!” said Organizer Gina Kallman. “All the food is donated by local businesses, and all the bowls are made and donated by potters at the Moshier Community Art Center…and even past potters from as far away as Chicago!”

The event is hosted by Burien Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services and Discover Burien.

Gina also asked us to give a shout out to this event’s “wonderful donors”:

  • The Moshier Art Center Potters
  • 909 Coffee & Wine
  • Ace Hardware
  • Angelo’s Ristorante
  • Archies Mexican Restaurant
  • Azteca Restaurant
  • The B-Town Blog
  • Burien Fred Meyer
  • CC’s Lounge
  • Clay Art Center
  • Day Star Retirement Village
  • El Dorado West Retirement
  • Elliott Bay Brewery & Pub
  • Emerald Cove Catering Co.
  • Fernwood at the Park
  • Grand Central Bakery
  • Highline Medical Center
  • Ivar’s Seafood Restaurant
  • Kayak Bar and Grill
  • La Costa Mexican Restaurant
  • Mark Restaurant & Bar
  • Mick Kelly’s Irish Pub
  • MS Mubarek Restaurant
  • Normandy Park Senior Living
  • Panera Bread Company
  • Pho Lilly
  • Puget Sound Skills Center
  • SideStreet Kitchen and Bar
  • Simply Fresh
  • Sterling Savings
  • Taco Time
  • The Company
  • The Tin Room Bar & Grill
  • Veracruz Mexican Restaurant
  • Waste Management
  • Musicians Jini O’Flynn, Chris Butler, and Clara McMichael

“We would also like to congratulate the winners of this year’s best soup contest! Our esteemed judges (former Burien Mayor Noel Gibb, Kevin Fitz–former owner of Meal Makers Restaurant, and Shellie Hart–On Air Personality at Warm 106.9, and former Burien Resident) gave the following awards:

  1. 1st prize—CC’s Lounge for their Ham Chowder
  2. Tied for 2nd—Ivar’s for their Chowder and The Tin Room for their Creamy Potato
  3. 3rd place–Elliott Bay for their No Doubt Triple Threat Chili

We look forward to seeing you at next year’s event on Friday, January 31st, 2014 (we’ll be there again…will YOU?)

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