Empty Bowls

Empty Bowls: A Benefit for the RI Community Food Bank

Presenting Sponsor: Citizens Bank

Thursday, October 17, 2019
5:30 to 8 pm
Rhodes on the Pawtuxet

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About Empty Bowls: This special event brings together hundreds of local artists, over 35 local restaurants, and nearly 1,000 members of the community to envision a world without hunger, where all bowls are filled.

The concept is simple: guests choose a handmade bowl, enjoy delicious restaurant tastings, and go home with their bowl as a reminder that their support helps us fill all the empty bowls in our community.

  • General Admission: $50 in advance/$60 at door
  • Patron Admission: $150 per person
    Includes VIP bowl selection, one drink ticket and our gratitude for your generous donation)

Empty Bowls Raffle!
Enter to win a private five-course dinner for 8 at The Dorrance, complete with cocktail and wine pairings. Raffle tickets are $50 and only 150 will be sold. You do not need to be present to win. Call 401-942-6325 to purchase your raffle tickets in advance.

Note: State law prohibits the sale of raffle tickets online.

2019’s Participating Food Vendors

Angelo’s Civita Farnese Gotta Q Rasoi
Blount Fine Foods Gregg’s RI Community Food Bank Community Kitchen
Bluefin Grille Hemenway’s Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar Russell Morin Fine Catering
Brix Restaurant Julian’s The Salted Slate and Providence Wine Bar
Bywater Knead Sarcastic Sweets
The Catering Gourmet La Creperie Seven Stars Bakery
Coast Guard House Little B’s BBQ Shaw’s Supermarket
Cozy Caterers Luigi’s Restaurant and Gourmet Express Tallulah’s Taqueria
Dave’s Marketplace Catering Mill’s Tavern Watermark Café @ RISD
Dosa Express Parkside Rotisserie & Bar Xaco Taco
Eleven Forty Nine Pinelli’s Restaurant and Bar …and more to come!
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar Pranzi Catering
Garden of Eve Raffa Real Food

If you own a restaurant, catering company or bakery and would like to join us as a food vendor, watch this brief (1 ½ minute) video and check out the Food Vendor Details.  To sign up, contact Kelly Seigh at kseigh@rifoodbank.org or 401-230-1679.

Calling All Artists!

This event could not happen without the generosity of our community of talented artists, who donate over 1,000 stunning bowls each year.  If you are an artist interested in supporting this event with a bowl donation, watch this brief (1 ½ minute) video and check out the Bowl Donation Packet.  Contact Kelly Seigh at kseigh@rifoodbank.org or 401-230-1679 with any questions.

2019’s Empty Bowls Sponsors

Hearty Stew Presenting Sponsor

Citizens Bank Presented Logo for Empty Bowls

Bisque Sponsor

Amica Logo for Empty Bowls   Marcum

Chowder Sponsors

Delta Dental Logo          Shaws Foundation logo for Empty Bowls

Minestrone Sponsors

        Dimeo   Neighborhood Health Plan of RI logo for Empty Bowls

Chicken Noodle Sponsors

Cornish Associates   Empire Loan Charity Logo for Empty Bowls    Holland & Knight    Pierce Atwood    Tourtellot    Tufts Health Plan Foundation UNFI Logo  

Bouillon Sponsors

Admiral Packaging, Inc.                   Navigant     Packaging and More   Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O'Gara    

Sponsor Empty Bowls

Make the next Empty Bowls a success with your sponsorship and gain valuable visibility for your company or organization. Learn more from our Sponsor Packet! For more information contact Kelly Seigh at kseigh@rifoodbank.org or 401-230-1679.

Empty Bowls Event Committee

Thank you to our fantastic committee members who are donating their time to make this the best Empty Bowls event yet!

Empty Bowls Committee 2019

  • Dan Jaehnig, Co-Chair
  • Kathy O’Donnell, Co-Chair
Cali Almy Marita Antrop Gregory  Barishian
Amy Berrol and Susan Havens Carolyn Blackman Lisa Roth Blackman
Debbie Block Charlene Carpenzano David Dadekian
Kristen DeKuiper Patricia DiFolco Ginnie Dunleavy
Cindy Elder Mary Flynn Karen Fuller
Leslie Gernt Vera Gierke Ann-Marie and Bo Gillett
Donna Lee Beth Levow Genie McPherson Trevor
Hugh Minor John Mitchell and Kris Pedersen Doris Moore
Pam O’Hara Sarah Puleo Kelly Seigh
Pamela Stanton Jyothi Subramaniam Maureen Sullivan
Martha Tasca Deborah Thurston Cindy Trahan
Polly Wall Mark and Linda Ward Kerri Warren
Claudia and James Zompa



Check out our Facebook photo gallery from last year’s event.