On Sunday, October 14 I attended the 7th Annual Empty Bowls Project at the Italian Community Center in Troy, NY. Empty Bowls is a “grassroots effort to fight hunger” – these events are organized in cities throughout the world as a way to bring community, art, food, and hunger relief together. This was my second year at the Troy event.
Seventy potters contributed bowls to the event. Bowls ranged from tiny finger bowls to some large enough to be small serving bowls. After arriving around 12:15 and waiting in line for 20 minutes outside of the Italian Community Center, we entered the pottery room where we chose our bowl (each $15 entry included one bowl). Many of the bowls weren’t signed (unfortunately!), but I found a beautiful one from potter Jean Decker (see top image).
Some of the bowls were very decorative – I love the one my cousin found:
After choosing a bowl, we moved on to the tasting rooms. It was rainy Sunday morning, so the event was inside, which meant we could really feel how well-attended it was!
Thirteen restaurants and catering companies were around the periphery of two rooms. My favorites were:
Chef Jackie Baldwin’s Broccoli Smoked Gouda
Muza’s Red Beet Soup
Crab Chowder from Bootlegger’s on Broadway
Sweet Potato Ancho Chili with Honey from the Tap Room at Brown’s Brewing
Proceeds from the event go to a variety of Upstate New York hunger relief programs: this year the event raised over $15,000 – a huge accomplishment! It was wonderful to be part of this day.