Burien’s annual “Empty Bowls” fundraiser for the Highline Area and White Center Food Banks was a huge success on Friday, Jan. 26, 2024, with attendance estimated at 852 people, raising a total of $19,220.

That’s a 20 percent increase in funds over last year, and 42 percent growth in attendance.

Every year, Moshier Art Center potters donate handmade bowls to be filled with soup at this fun event. Your donation gives you an opportunity to pick out a beautiful handmade bowl, as well as a simple but wonderful meal of soup, bread, dessert, and drink donated by local businesses.

Empty Bowls events can be found around the country raising money to combat hunger in our communities.

The annual event was held at the Burien Community Center, and was full of smiling people doing good things for Burien.

Burien City Manager Adolfo Bailon selects the winners for 13 beautiful handmade ceramic pieces from Moshier potters from Julie Creswell. who is a Moshier Potter.

A raffle was also held for 14 extra-special handmade bowls, with winners chosen by Burien City Manager Adolfo Bailon.

The jury judging “Best Soup” consisted of (from left to right): John Carey of the White Center Food Bank, Cathline Schilling, Bonnie Wells, Maria Bailon, Justin Moser of the DubSea Fish Sticks, Dennis Schilling, Yolanda Bailon and Mark Hayden of the Burien Police Department.

Empty Bowls “Best Soup” Winners

The winners – chosen in a taste test by a jury of eight locals – this year goes to:

Best Soup:

2nd Place:

3rd Place:

Best Facility Soup, 1st Place:

  • Village Green West Seattle with Lemon Chicken Orzo

2nd Place:

  • Merrill Gardens with their Crab Bisque

3rd Place:

“Thank you for all that participated! It was a great line-up of soup this year,” organizers said.


Below is raw video from our live Facebook feed:

For more info, visit the city’s website here.

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