Empty Bowls Fundraiser to Fill Bellies on October 9

This annual fundraiser to end hunger in Milwaukee pairs handmade bowls with soups from ladles of local restaurants.

Empty Bowls – the Oct. 9 fundraiser to support local food and hunger programs in Milwaukee – is brimming with handmade pottery. That’s one of the cool things about this event, now in its 18th year. Dozens of potters, teachers, students and other peeps donated colorful, singular bowls. When you arrive, you pick out the bowl you’d like, in exchange for $25 ($10 for a kid-made bowl) and a visit to the bowl-washing station to get it ready for some ladle action by a local soup-maker.

Restaurants participating include Balzac, Beans & Barley, Cafe Corazon, Blue’s Egg, Maxie’s, Centro Cafe, Glorioso’s Italian Market, The National, Hue Vietnamese Restaurant, Motor Bar & Restaurant, LuLu Cafe & Bar/Juniper 61 and Le Reve Patisserie & Cafe. No word on the kinds of soups offered, but the price of admittance includes two soup tickets. Bread will be supplied by City Market, Colectivo’s Troubador Bakery and Molly’s Gluten-free Bakery. There’s live entertainment scheduled, as well.

Sunday Oct. 9, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. MSOE’s Kern Center (1245 N. Broadway).





Ann Christenson has covered dining for Milwaukee Magazine since 1997. She was raised on a diet of casseroles that started with a pound of ground beef and a can of Campbell's soup. Feel free to share any casserole recipes with her.