What is it? Food Bank's Empty Bowls dinner turns art into food

 Fired once, clay creations for the Empty Bowls benefit  to help Mount Si Food Bank await color and glaze. - Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo
Fired once, clay creations for the Empty Bowls benefit to help Mount Si Food Bank await color and glaze.
— image credit: Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo

The Empty Bowls dinner, an arts-themed benefit for the Mount Si Food Bank, set for 4 p.m. Sunday, March 25, at the Si View Community Center. Admission is $20 per person,

Empty Bowls is a grassroots event, fed by student creativity and community involvement. Several restaurants, including Twede’s Cafe, the North Bend Bar & Grill, Mount Si Golf Course and Woodman Lodge are donating soup for the event, and George’s Bakery is donating the bread.

Art students at all three middle schools and Mount Si High School are participating, funded by a grant for materials from the Snoqualmie Valley Schools Foundation. Snoqualmie Middle School staff have also contributed bowls, and “anybody in the building who wanted to contribute, on some level,” said art teacher Ruth Huschle. Kitchen staff also donated bowls that students used to shape their projects.

Seattle Pottery Supply is discounting its food-safe glazes for the students’ creations.

A limited number of tickets will be available. Sales start Wednesday, Feb. 22, at the food bank, 122 E. 3rd St. in North Bend, or on the organization’s website,

Participants can choose their favorite bowls for their meal, but it will be difficult. Bowls come in a wide variety of shapes and finishes, representing the personalities of their crafters. For example, Katryna Shaw shaped her bowl into a tree, because “normally, trees represent peace in the Native American culture,” she said, and whoever picks Addison Carr’s creation will have a sort of trophy. Carr liked the project because “It really helps people out in a bad situation.”


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