The 9th Annual Burien Empty Bowls Fundraiser was a huge success with record breaking attendance – 1,185 people attended this year’s event held on Jan. 31, raising $16,820! Last year, over 930 attended the fundraiser, bringing in $16,762 (see photos and previous coverage here), and in 2012, $18,400 was raised from 1,150 attendees (read about the 2012 event here). The event, hosted by Burien Parks and Recreation and Discover Burien, donates all proceeds to both the Highline and White Center Food Banks. “Our fabulous judges tasted all 23 soups and the trophy goes to Elliott Bay for their corn chowder!” said Gina Kallman, Burien Cultural Arts Supervisor. “Runners up are Maven Mercantile for their Coconut Yellow Curry Soup w/Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Highline Hospital for their Seafood Chowder with Salmon and Emerald Cove Catering for their Clam Chowder.” Gina added:

We would like to thank all the amazing businesses who made the event possible by donating soup, bread, cookies, coffee and supplies: 909 Coffee and Wine, Ace Hardware, Angelo’s Ristorante, Azteca, Archies Mexican Restaurant, Black Zia Cantina, Clay Art Center, CC’s Lounge, CleanScapes, Daystar Retirement Village, El Dorado West Retirement, Elliott Bay Brewery and Pub, Emerald Cove Catering, Fernwood at the Park, Grand Central Bakery, Highline Medical Center, Ivars Seafood Restaurant, La Costa Mexican Restaurant, Mark Restaurant & Bar, Maven Mercantile, Mick Kelly’s Irish Pub, Normandy Park Senior Living, Puget Sound Skills Center, SideStreet Kitchen and Bar, Simply Fresh, Starbucks Coffee, Sterling Savings Bank, The Company, The Greek House, and The Tin Room and Bar.  We would also like to give a huge thank you to the Moshier Art Center potters for donating over 1,300 bowls, Jini Flynn and Clara McMichael for their beautiful harp playing, Michael Brunk for photographing the event, and all of our amazing volunteers! And of course many thanks to the community who came and donated to help feed our community!
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