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New Castle 'Empty Bowls' Event To Fill Local Food Pantries

Last year’s New Castle "Empty Bowls" was attended by more than 300 people and raised more than $10,000.
Last year’s New Castle "Empty Bowls" was attended by more than 300 people and raised more than $10,000. Photo Credit: Provided

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. – With the early spring weather feeling like winter, it’s still an appropriate time for a good bowl of soup —especially for a good cause in Chappaqua.

With that thought in mind, the potters of New Castle, in collaboration with local merchants and community groups, are hosting its second “Empty Bowls” event on Monday, April 8, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the First Congregational Church on Bedford Road in Chappaqua.

For $25 per person, guests will choose one of the handmade ceramic bowls on display and fill it with their choice of soups donated by local restaurants. Live music by local musicians and a raffle will add to the festivities.

As an all-volunteer effort, all the money raised will be given to the Mount Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry and the Interfaith Emergency Food Pantry in Pleasantville. Last year’s event was attended by more than 300 people and raised more than $10,000.

Empty Bowls is an international initiative that provides a reminder for all of the empty bowls in the world. Hundreds of these events have taken place across the nation, raising millions of dollars for hunger-fighting organizations.

Adult potters are creating bowls at the New Caste Art Center, with soups to be donated by local restaurants and caterers including Basilico, Chappaqua Diner, Crabtree’s Kittle House, Gail Patricks, Le Jardin du Roi, King Street, Ladle of Love, Panera Bread, ShopRite, Taylored Menus and Via Vanti.

With potters busy making unique and beautiful handmade bowls, registration is limited and determined by the number of bowls made. Therefore, reservations are first-come, first-serve and must be made in advance.

You can make your check payable to Mount Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry and mail to: Empty Bowls, c/o Penny Vane, 734 King St., Chappaqua, NY 10514, while also including a note with your name, phone and email address for an email confirmation of receipt.  Your name will then be on a list at the door on the day of the event.

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