Ninth annual Empty Bowl set for Saturday |

Ninth annual Empty Bowl set for Saturday

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Guests at last year’s Empty Bowl benefit for Hospitality House had hundreds of colorful soup bowls to choose from. Proceeds from the event went to Hospitality House/Utah’s Place, Nevada County’s homeless shelter and rehousing program. The ninth annual event is set for Saturday.

Sharing a simple meal of soup and bread is an opportunity for the community to express its compassion for those who are homeless and hungry. At the Empty Bowl benefit for Hospitality House, soup is served in bowls handmade by local artists that event-goers may take home with them as a reminder of their support of their neighbors in need.

A popular community event for nine years now, the Empty Bowl will take place Saturday at Peace Lutheran Church, 828 West Main St. in Grass Valley. There will be two seatings, the first from noon to 2 p.m. and the second from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Local restaurants will contribute a large variety of soups and artisan breads. This year Hospitality House Serves, the culinary skills training class for guests at Hospitality House, will also offer a variety of soups created in the kitchen at Utah's Place.

Two generous donors will match all contributions made at the event up to $2,500. This means that people can triple the money they donate: a $20 donation will bring $60 to Hospitality House—or a $100 donation will bring $300, according to Joanna Robinson, Hospitality House Development Director.

In addition to the ceramic bowls crafted by local potters, there will be a limited number of bowls handmade by guests at Hospitality House at this year's event and also a number of handcrafted wooden and glass bowls.

This year music will be presented by the Blended Metals Saxophones Band, a four-piece saxophone group that is a subset of the Nevada County Concert Band (noon to 1 p.m.); harpist Lisa Stine and flutist Phyllis Grant (5 to 5:30); and vocalist and guitarist Heather MacAdam with Phyllis Grant on flute (5:30 to 6).

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Additional support for the Empty Bowl comes from sponsors BriarPatch Co-op; California Solar Electric Company; Janet D. Peake, MBA, CFP, EA; Ke lki Beach Bungalows; KNCO; KVMR; Nevada County Realtor Assn.; Peace Lutheran Church; Robertson, Woodford, and Summers, Certified Public Accountants; Telestream; The Union; and YubaNet.

Contributing restaurants, caterers, and individual soup donors include Antonio's Catering, Bear River Pasta, Bistro 221, California Organics, Christopher's Deli, Dupre's Bakery, Fudenjuce, The Holbrooke, Jernigan's, Matteo's Public, Jerri Glover, Lefty's, Nevada City Classic Café, Nevada City Eats, New Moon, The Owl, Christy Paul, Alyson Ridlon, Vee Proietti, Safeway, Sopa Thai, South Pine Café, Summer Thyme's, Three Forks, Truckee Sourdough, and Tofanelli's.

Advance tickets are available at BriarPatch Co-Op and at the BookSeller, online at, and at the door. Children under 12 will be admitted free (but will be eligible to receive a bowl only with a paid ticket).