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A Story of Empty Bowls: How YOU Can Fight Hunger in Our Community, Feb 16th

A Story of Empty Bowls: How YOU Can Fight Hunger in Our Community, Feb 16th

WHO: Local Hill Country artists, restaurants, and YOU

WHAT: Empty Bowls Hill Country

WHEN: Saturday, February 16th, 11:00-2:00

WHERE: Kronkosky Place, 17 Old San Antonio Rd, Boerne

WHY: To support Meals on Wheels, which will receive 100% of ticket sales


WHAT YOU GET: A soup and bread lunch catered by your favorite Boerne restaurants and your choice of one handmade bowl to take home

The Empty Bowls Project is an “international , grassroots, crafts-based effort to end hunger” that is known throughout communities, art studios, schools, workplaces, and homes around the world (source). But like most good causes, the Empty Bowls Project has humble beginnings.

It was in 1990 that a high school art teacher in Michigan created the very first Empty Bowls event, in an effort to support his school district’s food drive. This teacher, John Hartom, asked his art students to create beautiful ceramic bowls to be used as vessels to serve soup and bread to the school’s faculty. The cost of the meal was five dollars per bowl.

“As the meal was drawing to a close, my wife, Lisa Blackburn, shared some basic information about hunger in the Detroit area and then, to the surprise of the guests, we asked them to keep the bowls that they had selected as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. The room fell silent. They looked at their bowls, then at one another, and then again at their bowls. People clutched the bowls to their chests. Some wept. We knew that something very powerful had happened and that we had both the opportunity and the responsibility to see that the magic of that moment not be allowed to end.”

—John Hartom (source)

Now in it’s 29th year, the Empty Bowls Project has raised millions in funding for hunger-fighting organizations around the world. Locally, you may have seen Empty Bowls events in San Antonio, Austin, Bastrop, Dripping Springs, Fredericksburg, and more. Here in Boerne, even Fabra Elementary loves to get in on the do-good action!

Fabra Elementary Assistant Principal, Troy Latiolais, and Principal, Heberto Hinojosa, at the school’s Empty Bowls event, January 31, 2019 ( Image Source )

Fabra Elementary Assistant Principal, Troy Latiolais, and Principal, Heberto Hinojosa, at the school’s Empty Bowls event, January 31, 2019 (Image Source)

So, how can you participate? By GETTING YOUR TICKET for next weekend’s Empty Bowls Hill Country event at Kronkosky Place in Boerne—100% of the ticket sales will be donated to Meals on Wheels to support the fight against hunger, right here in our community. There will be FIVE HUNDRED beautiful, handmade bowls to choose from, all thoughtfully created by local Hill Country artists. And you can even purchase an additional $50 “Souper Pass” that will get you in to select your bowl a half hour before the official start of the event.

NOTE: Gallery images below courtesy of Empty Bowls Hill Country

And the food? Well, that will be provided by some of your favorite Boerne, restaurants, including: Bumdoodlers259 Brantley's BistroPeggy's on the GreenThe Dienger Trading CoHungry Horse RestaurantCibolo Creek Brewing Co.Smoke in the Hills BBQPint & Plow Brewing Co, and Little Gretel.

With such a perfect opportunity to enjoy beautiful art, top-notch cuisine, and support a wonderful cause in our community, what’s not to love? And it’s hard to believe that the whole event was born out of a girls’ trip to Vermont and lunch at Whataburger! Empty Bowls Hill Country co-founder, Jana Sprayberry, tells us all about it:

“Several of us on the committee—Lesa Presley, Patricia Ogle, Diana Comuzzie, and I—went on a girls weekend to see the fall foliage in Vermont in 2016 and stopped at the Putney General Store (in operation since 1796!). As we were leaving, we spotted an Empty Bowls poster for Putney, and thought that would be an awesome event to do with our friend, Sherri Jo Adams - owner of Mudworks Pottery in Boerne.

We came home, life got busy, and we all forgot about it until the summer of 2017 when my husband and I were having lunch at Whataburger and in walk Ricky & Sherri Jo Adams. Coincidence? I think not - definitely a Godwink! When they sat down with us, I remembered our girls trip in the fall, and told Sherri Jo how we still thought it would be so amazing to do the event in Boerne. And lo and behold, she had been dying to do an event, but wanted someone else to coordinate the admin side while she coordinated the artist side. So there, in Whataburger, Empty Bowls Hill Country was born.

Our committee includes those listed above, plus Janet Buckingham and of course, Sherri Jo. We decided we would do a rotation for the not-for profit organization that would benefit each year. Sprayberry Orthodontics and Lovorn & Ogle Law Firm underwrite the entire event so that 100% of all ticket sales will be donated to our chosen not-for profit. Last year, we designated Hill Country Daily Bread Ministries, and of course, this year, Meals on Wheels.

We LOVE doing this event - seeing all the beautiful works of art, watching the crowd pick that special bowl, hearing stories about why they picked the bowl that ‘spoke to them’, and most of all, fighting hunger. It truly has been a blessing from God to each of us to be a part of Empty Bowls Hill Country, and we hope that the Hill Country has been blessed as well.”

With just 85 of the 500 bowls left for purchase, this event will be sold out before we know it…so GET YOUR TICKETS before they’re gone! Still need more information? Contact Empty Bowls Hill Country through Facebook messenger or email Janet Buckingham at

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