Empty Bowls, Tarrant Area Food Bank (TAFB)’s signature fundraising event, returns for its 18th consecutive year on Tuesday, March 17. The event takes place from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas.
VIP ticket holders will receive early entry at 10:30 a.m. Tickets are now on sale on TAFB’s event page.
With each ticket purchase, guests can select their own “studio bowl” handcrafted by local artists. In addition to the bowl included with admission, art lovers can purchase handcrafted “gallery bowls” by well-known local artists and “Art from the Heart” bowls made by local school children, companies and faith-based groups.
Throughout the day, guests will sample soups, desserts and other small bites from local restaurants and chefs. New restaurants include The Meat Board, Local Foods Kitchen, Texas de Brazil and several others. Many Fort Worth favorites also are returning. For the full list of participating restaurants, click here.
Every guest who purchases an Empty Bowls ticket makes a difference. Each general admission ticket purchase provides more than 300 meals, expanding the reach of Empty Bowls into all 13 counties that TAFB serves. “Empty Bowls is a fun, artistic event with a wide array of delicious food, and it is the compassion and generosity of our community that makes Empty Bowls not only a one-of-a-kind event but also a heartfelt Fort Worth tradition,” said Julie Butner, president and CEO of TAFB.
This year’s event will feature a refreshed layout of the event space, accentuating the restaurants and making them more accessible. Guests also will be able to watch live art demonstrations, bid in a silent auction with several unique items and enter a raffle with a new prize of 50,000 American Airlines miles.
Empty Bowls is being presented by GM Financial and Albertsons/Tom Thumb and is also sponsored by more than 40 additional corporations and organizations. “Empty Bowls would not be possible without the partnership of our sponsors, local artists and participating restaurants,” said Francie Cooper, director of community events for TAFB. “Their support of this event is irreplaceable because they help us to achieve our vision of communities where no one has to go hungry.”
Event sponsors include: The Vincent Genovese Memorial Foundation, First American Payment Systems, WFAA-Channel 8, Texas Health Resources, Blue Zones, Jere Robertson, Sabrina Fernando, Century Mechanical, Origin Bank and more.
TAFB empowers communities to eliminate hunger by providing food, education and resources through innovation and collaboration. Through a network of 330 partners, TAFB is able to provide access to 600,000 nutritious meals each week to children and adults facing hunger. This work resulted in access to 30 million nutritious meals in fiscal year 2019.