Kick off the giving season early this year! The 25th annual Empty Bowls event is back again this fall. Enjoy a warm hearty lunch, give back to the community, and go home with a handcrafted bowl.
Who: The Potters’ Guild of Las Cruces has been hosting this popular event since 1993. Guild member Cally Williams met the founder of the national Empty Bowls event at a conference and brought the concept home to Las Cruces. Groups in Albuquerque and Santa Fe have since jumped on board with their own fundraisers.
What: The bowls are made by a variety of local artists and craftspeople, from high school and university students to serious pottery throwers who make their livings selling their creations. Many of the bowls are produced at the annual Bowl-A-Thon, brainchild of well-known local potter Jan Archey. Every summer at NMSU’s William Hall, dozens of potters gather to collaborate on hundreds of bowls.
The soups served at the event are donated by local restaurants and concoctions can range from traditional favorites, like minestrone and chicken tortilla, to unexpected concoctions like chilled pineapple kale soup. Volunteers from the Potters’ Guild and El Caldito serve up bowls with a side of bread.
When: Friday, October 20, 2017 | 11am – 2pm
St. Paul’s United Methodist Church
225 W. Griggs (Corner of Alameda & Griggs)
Why: All proceeds from the event go to El Caldito Soup Kitchen, an organization that provides hot meals to the homeless and poverty-stricken members of the Las Cruces community every Sunday through Friday, and sack lunches on Saturday. El Caldito also hosts holiday meals on Easter, Veteran’s Day, Flag Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. The organization has been serving the community for more than three decades and is staffed almost entirely by volunteers. El Caldito President Gabe Anaya says, “We don’t turn anyone away. All we ask is, ‘Are you hungry?’ If the answer is yes, we serve a meal.”
For more information on Empty Bowls and El Caldito Soup Kitchen, visit:
The basic principle is simple:
Potters and other craftspeople work with the community to create handcrafted bowls. Guests are invited to a simple meal of soup and bread. In exchange for a cash donation, guests are asked to keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. The money raised is donated to an organization working to end hunger and food insecurity. –emptybowls.net
Get Your Tickets!
$20 – Lunch and Handmade Bowl
$12 – Lunch Only
Tickets are available at:
Bernina Sewing & Design
Color Your World
El Caldito Soup Kitchen
Main Street Bistro
Mountain View Market
New Mexico Spanish Kitchen
The Potteries (Mesilla)