Fill a bowl

illustration by mark stivers

Seriously, I love soup. It’s one of my favorite things to make because it requires minimal fuss and uses up all those pesky leftovers in my fridge. Lentil, barley and ham, three bean, leek and potato, egg drop—really, it’s all so easy that I never order soup when I go out to eat since I find few restaurants can make soup just the way I like it.

However, there is one general exception to my rule, and that’s when the River City Food Bank holds its annual Empty Bowls event. It’s a fantastic event where you pick out a handcrafted bowl made by a local student or professional potter and then go to town binging on soup. Not just any soup, mind you, but soup produced by some of the best restaurants in town like Opa! Opa!, Lucca, Cafe Bernardo and L Wine Lounge and Urban Kitchen. There is also a shopping bazaar with various artisan jewelry and pottery available at the event.

Empty Bowls is held on Monday, March 7, at 5:30 p.m., which will include appetizers, wine, soup and a bowl. A smaller Empty Bowls event will also be held on Tuesday, March 8, at 11 a.m., and 12:30 p.m.; this includes soup and a bowl. Tickets can be purchased at