Charities Helping Charities for the Holidays


Austin Empty Bowl Project

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If ending hunger is the heart of what we do, helping charities is the blood that keeps it pumping. We’ve found that the most efficient and effective way to reach as many Central Texans as possible is to help hunger relief charities do their work better. Through our partnerships with government and private organizations, we’re able to get food at a low price or even for free and ensure that it is safe to eat.

Our charitable partners can then have convenient, quality, one-stop shopping and delivery service.  They leave the logistics and the complex parts of food management to us so they can focus on providing personalized compassionate outreach to communities in need.

When charities help each other, the community benefits. It’s a great model that close to 300 Central Texas charities have subscribed to by partnering with us.

Sometimes, it’s the Food Bank on the receiving end of help. During the holiday season we benefit from the nonprofit the Austin Empty Bowl Project, whose events help fund our Kids Cafe program.

Here’s how it works.  Select a hand-crafted bowl created by area potters and students and fill with your choice of gourmet soups provided by local chefs.  Then grab a seat, and share a meal with a couple thousand of your neighbors while enjoying live music.  Take your bowl to be cleaned, wrapped up and enjoyed at home or wherever its final destination may be.  Bowls are $20 each.  You’ll also have the opportunity to purchase limited edition

T-shirts, bid on a quilt by Nancy Elder, celebrity bowls or artisan bowls in the silent auction area.

This year’s restaurants, bakers and chefs include: Chef Charles Mayes, Café Josie, Wink Restaurant, Magnolia Café, Hoover’s Cooking, Corazon at Castle Hill, Fabi & Rosi, Guero’s, Sweetish Hill , The Upper Crust Bakery, Sazon, Eastside Café, Bistro Le Marseillais,El Mercado, Mandola’s Italian Market, Whip In, Le Cordon Bleu, The Soup Peddler, Iron Cactus, Querencia At Barton Creek, Chef Ron Cooke, Buenos Aires Cafe, Caffe Mac, New India, Thai Fresh, Foreign & Domestic, Go Go Gourmet, Hilton Austin, Whole Foods Market, MOWAM/CAFB, Mother's Cafe & Garden, The Corner Bakery, Mimi's Café and Noodles & Co.

Event Details:

Saturday, Nov. 23
6 – 9 p.m. $75 per ticket.

Sunday, Nov. 24
11 a.m. – 3 p.m. $20 per bowl. Bowl limit TBD.

Marchesa Hall and Theatre - Lincoln Village, 6226 Middle Fiskville Road (near Highland Mall)

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Thank you to this year’s sponsors: Silicon Labs, Austin Real Pros, HealthTronics, Whole Foods Market, Randalls, Ceramics Bayou, Fox 7, Austin American-Statesman, The Austin Chronicle and KGSR.