This year’s 10th anniversary of ‘Empty Bowls’ was a huge success and broke all fundraising and attendance records with over 1,200 in attendance donating over $21,000. The proceeds raised from this event benefit the Highline Food Bank and White Center Food Bank. “Thank you to everyone who attended, donated and volunteered,” reads an announcement. Discover Burien and Burien Parks and Recreation teamed up with Moshier potters, who donated over 1,300 bowls, to host Empty Bowls every year. Empty Bowls events can be found around the country raising money to combat hunger in our communities There were over 22 local restaurants, caterers and facilities that donated over 5 gallons of soup each to help make this event such a success. A special thank you to the following who contributed soup and kept our bowls full:

  • 909 Coffee & Wine
  • Angelo’s
  • Archie’s Mexican Restaurant
  • Azteca
  • Black Zia Cantina
  • The Company
  • Day Star Retirement Village
  • El Dorado West Retirement
  • Elliot Bay Brewery & Pub
  • Grand Central Bakery
  • The Greek House
  • Highline Medical Center
  • Huckleberry Square
  • Ivar’s Seafood Restaurant
  • La Costa Mexican Restaurant
  • Lavish Roots Catering
  • Mark Restaurant & Bar
  • Maven Mercantile
  • Mick Kelly’s Irish Pub
  • Normandy Park Senior Living
  • SideStreet Kitchen and Bar
  • The Tin Room Bar & Grill
This year’s winner for best soup was Elliot Bay, which secured first place with Tony’s chicken tortilla soup. Second place went to The Company with their African Peanut soup. Third place went to Lavish Root with their Thai Peanut soup. Fourth place was a tie between Ivar’s Clam Chowder and Highline Medical Center’s Seafood Chowder. A special thank you also to Umpqua Bank, Recology Clean Scapes who donated the yard waste bins, The B-Town Blog for photographing and promoting the event, Clay Art Center for donating clay, NW Wine Academy for providing wine service, Deanta Kelly, our musician for the evening, Highline Education Association for their $500 donation, Grand Central Bakery which donated 1,200 dinner rolls, Burien Press which donated coffee, Ace Hardware, which donated much-needed items, Mark Restaurant donated over 1,000 cupcakes and the Puget Sound Skills Center culinary program donated 750 cookies. “We couldn’t have done it without your help!” Thank you also to our amazing volunteers. With over 85 volunteers helping throughout the event, you helped ensure this success for our community. For more information on how you can help fight hunger in our community, please visit and and thank you for making Burien awesome! For more information about the restaurants and businesses who donated to this event please visit our members’ page DISCOVER BURIEN The Discover Burien Association is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation working on economic development, business recruitment & retention, education, promotion and marketing of the Burien community. We are a membership based organization, but do not limit our services to only members, we include the entire Burien business community. We work with Burien businesses to find solutions to their problems to help educate or direct to resources that are available. We also work as a liaison between businesses and city hall to help streamline issues. Membership and contributions are tax deductible. BTB’s Michael Brunk was at the event and put together the following gallery of photos. Click individual thumbnails to view larger images/slideshow: ]]>

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One reply on “'Empty Bowls' sets record with over 1,200 attendees and over $21,000 raised”

  1. A special thanks also to Burien Actors Theatre who created the beautiful center pieces for all the tables for the event. Thank you BAT for #makingburienawesome!

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