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7th Annual Empty Bowls McKinney

Empty Bowls is gearing up for its annual fund-raiser in McKinney next month. On May 3, from 6:00-8:00, downtown McKinney will host the 7th annual event at the MPAC. If you haven't heard of Empty Bowls, do yourself a favor and read on! It is not only an excellent way to help with the problem of hunger in our own community but it is also a great time with amazing local food and craft beer and wine!

With General Admission tickets ($35) you get to:

  • enjoy a variety of homemade soup samples from some of the best restaurants in McKinney (Harvest, Layered, Patina Green, Square Burger, etc)

  • bring home a one of a kind glazed ceramic bowl from a local artist

  • listen to live music by the E Flat Porch Band and mingle with friends and community members

  • delight your kids with face painting and balloon artistry

  • help to fight hunger in your community

Click HERE to purchase tickets

Children 10 and under are free.

What is Empty Bowls?

Empty Bowls McKinney is an annual fund-raising event that brings together artists and the community to “fight hunger one bowl at a time.” There are now Empty Bowls events all over the world! Community Lifeline Center is the primary beneficiary of Empty Bowls McKinney. Proceeds from Empty Bowls McKinney support Community Lifeline Center's food pantry and programs to address food insecurity. The first McKinney event in 2012 hosted 100 attendees and raised $4,500. Last year's event in 2017 served over 800 people, and raised over $60,000.

Event Overview

When you arrive at the event you get to choose the handmade bowl that you'll take home (the empty bowl). There's a card in each bowl with a personal story of someone in Collin County affected by food insecurity. See below for some cards from last year. Often people choose a bowl according to the card inside, because the story speaks to them.

Each food vendor has a booth and you choose where to go for soup. Visit one booth, or all of them! You can get a delicious sample from each spot. Caudalie Crest Winery and TUPPS Brewery provide beer and wine for sale. Heads up, it's cash only for alcohol. There's even a swag bag for each attendee which includes (among other things) coupons from restaurants and a Whole Foods reusable bag.

Come for the cause, stay for the food!

Vendors compete for the People's Choice Award for favorite soup (you can vote at each restaurant station). The Pub was last year's winner of the rotating trophy for this honor. Who will it be this year? The 2018 food and drink vendors are: Blount Fine Foods, Caudalie Crest, The Celt, Bernard's Gourmet Foods, Hugs Cafe, Spoons, McKinney's Sweet Spot, Local Yocal, Harvest Seasonal Kitchen, Layered, Patina Green, The Pub, SNUG on the Square, Square Burger, TUPPS, Whole Foods Market

Here is an exclusive SNEAK PEEK at some of the menu items for this year's event:

Hugs Cafe - Tomato Basil Soup

Spoons - Pumpkin soup, bakery bites, and a biscuit bar (soup and bakery bites pictured above)

McKinney's Sweet Spot - Gooey butter bites and brownie bites

Local Yocal - Smoked Italian Sausage with Tuscan Kale soup

Patina Green - "Leaves and Roots" soup - vegetarian and gluten free, to be developed and made from fresh organic local produce delivered that week

The Pub - Beir Cheese soup

Layered - Smoked Salmon Chowder

The Bowls

photos courtesy of Empty Bowls McKinney

Guests take home an empty handcrafted bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the local community and of children and adults who go to sleep hungry. The bowl remains empty to symbolize all the empty bowls in the world. (You don't eat out of that bowl at the event). Artists and community members make and donate bowls. SPARC Studio, Walls of Clay, McKinney Art Studio, and artist volunteers play a key role in running the artistic/bowl aspect of the planning. One bowl is included in the ticket price. Additional bowls may be purchased for $15.

Auction Bowls

photos courtesy of Empty Bowls McKinney

Local artists and celebrities (including Mayor George Fuller, Police Chief Greg Conley, and Empty Bowls McKinney Event Coordinator Jamie St. Clair) make larger masterpieces for silent auction which happens online. These bowls are on display at The Heard-Craig House. You can bid online, even on your phone; you don't need to be at the event to bid. Click HERE to view the online auction.

How to support the cause, in addition to purchasing tickets:

All day TODAY April 19 is the Empty Bowls McKinney 5% Day at Fairview Whole Foods. Whole Foods will generously give Empty Bowls 5% of their proceeds for one special day. Please come out and support the event and the Presenting Sponsor!

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