Wednesday afternoon (Feb. 12) two checks – for $8,160 each – were presented to both the Highline Area and White Center Food Banks from Organizers from the “Empty Bowls” fundraiser, held Jan. 31 at the Burien Community Center. This was the 9th annual event, and was sponsored by Burien Parks as well as Discover Burien. In addition to presenting the checks, the annual Empty Bowls “Best Soup” award was given to Elliott Bay Brewhouse Chef David Bunniel and Francisco Herreia. This year’s fundraiser had record breaking attendance – 1,185 people – and it raised nearly $17,000! Here are some photos from Wednesday’s presentation, taken by Scott Schaefer:

From left to right: Rick Jump of the White Center Food Bank, Francisco Herreia and David Bunniel of Elliott Bay Brewhouse, John White, President of Discover Burien, and Mike Werle of the Highline Area Food Bank receive their checks and awards from “Empty Bowls.”
Gina Kallman of Burien Parks brought the award, which will adorn a shelf at Elliott Bay Brewhouse – at least until the next Empty Bowls in 2015.

Two checks – for $8,160 each – sit on a table next to the “Best Soup” award.

Gina Kallman captures a ‘Chefie’ pic at the event.

Elliott Bay Brewhouse Chefs Francisco Herreia and David Bunnel accept the “Best Soup” award for their winning Corn Chowder.


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