While we ponder which new restaurant to try out this weekend (Masa 14? Taylor Gourmet…?), it’s easy to forget that not everyone in D.C. gets enough to eat every day. To shed light on the issue of hunger and remind us that there are some 600,000 empty bowls in the National Capital Region, the Capital Area Food Bank is hosting their 2nd annual Empty Bowls lunch.
The concept of Empty Bowl is simple and should satisfy any foodie looking to lunch for a good cause. This Wednesday, October 21, anytime between 11:30 AM and 2:30 PM, you just need to show up at DLA Piper (500 8th Street, NW) with $25 in hand. In exchange, you will receive a handcrafted bowl created by local artists filled with soup donated by local restaurants. The participating chefs and restaurants are Breadline, Panera Bread, the Capital Area Food Bank’s resident chef, Food and Friends, Café Atlantico, Clyde’s of Gallery Place and PS’7s among others. The bowls were generously donated by Jodi Walsh and House of Artistry; artists affiliated with the Torpedo Factory; Capitol Hill Art Workshop; and artist Maija Hay.
According to the Capital Area Food Bank, calls to its food bank’s Hunger Lifeline, an emergency referral system, increased 91 percent last year. So do something good for you and for others. Help Capital Area Food Bank know how many people to expect, by rsvping to firstname.lastname@example.org. Guests keep their bowls as a reminder that there are always empty bowls in our community that need to be filled. All proceeds from the sale of the art bowls go directly to the CAFB, the largest public, nonprofit food and nutrition education resource in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area.