Palm Beach County Food Bank’s Empty Bowls Delray Beach Kicks Off With VIP Reception at Old School Square

Nearly 150 local residents came together on October 25 at Old School Square to kick off the upcoming Empty Bowls Delray Beach benefit, taking place on December 2, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Old School Square. All proceeds from the family-friendly event go to the Palm Beach County Food Bank to fight hunger in our local community.

The VIP reception celebrated event leadership, including Honorary Chairs Brenda Medore and Leanne Adair and Event Chair Patty Jones, as well as sponsors, committee and board members.

Leanne Adair, Patty Jones, Karen Erren and Brenda Medore (CAPEHART)

“The Palm Beach County Food Bank serves the entire region of Palm Beach County through approximately 200 partner agencies and programs,” said Karen Erren, Executive Director for the Palm Beach County Food Bank. “The funds we raise together through Empty Bowls helps the one in six residents of Palm Beach County who do not know where they will get their next meal. We couldn’t do it without our incredible event leadership and committee, the dozens of restaurants that donate soup, the celebrity servers, as well as our sponsors, which include our presenting sponsors Old School Bakery and Old School Square. It is a real example of neighbors helping neighbors.”

Empty Bowls is a national grassroots event that raises money for hunger relief. The unique event invites the public to “eat simply, so others can simply eat.” Guests will share in a basic meal of water, bread provided by Old School Bakery and soup made from 30 local chefs, all served by area celebrities. Each guest will receive a handmade bowl by various local artists to take home after, as a reminder that hunger is a daily issue for so many in Palm Beach County.

“In one of the richest counties in the United States, it’s incredibly sad there is still a need to feed our local community,” said Patty Jones, Event Chair. “As we celebrate this evening, please remember all the empty bowls that will be filled by purchasing a ticket for Empty Bowls Delray Beach. We look forward to seeing each of you on December 2 at 11:00 am at Old School Square.”

To date, restaurants and venues serving their signature soups include Abe & Louie’s, Artistic Artichoke, Bedner’s Farm Fresh Market, Burt & Max’s, Cabana El Ray, Caffe Luna Rosa, Chez Gourmet, The Colony Hotel, Cut 432, Deck 84, Delray Sands Resort, El Camino, Elks Lodge of Delray Beach, Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar, Henry’s, Johnnie Brown’s, Lucille’s Bad to the Bone BBQ, Max’s Grill, Mussel Beach, Old School Bakery, Over the Bridge Café, Park Tavern, Prezzo, Riggins Crabhouse, Salt 7, The Groove and Tramonti.

Celebrity servers include Kyle Aubrey, Steve and Marie Bedner, Margaret and Dr. Robert Blume, Jestena Boughton and Jim Chard, Chiara and Tom Clark, Chef Ernesto Deblasi, Nancy Dockerty, Carol Eaton, Justin and Dr. Elvis Grandic, Chuck and Pam Halberg, Danielle Hartman, Ann Heilakka, Roger and Dale Kirk, Jayson Koss, Marti LaTour and George Elmore, Jacqui Moroco, Chef Paul Niederman, Nicole and Dr. John Pasqual, Laura Reiss, Bob and Diana Stone, Kate Volman, Pam and Greg Weekes, Frank White, Bettina and Andrew Young, Joe and Sally Zaluski and Dee and Father Marty Zlatic.

Guests receive a bowl to take home and may purchase additional bowls created by local artists, residents and students from American Heritage, FAU, Gulf Stream, Pine Crest and St. Joseph’s Episcopal School.  Advance tickets by December 1 are $25 per person. Guests can also purchase tickets the day of the event at the gate for $30 per person.

For more information please call 561.670.2518. To purchase tickets please visit http://oldschoolsquare.org/events/empty-bowls.

The Palm Beach County Food Bank provides access to nutritious food for more than 100,000 hungry Palm Beach County residents every month. The Food Bank procures approximately 5 million pounds of food annually from grocery stores, restaurants, food distributors, wholesalers and other sources and provides it to more than 200 local community partners, including food pantries, soup kitchens and residential housing programs. Palm Beach County Food Bank programs reach families, school children and seniors, and connect those in need to available benefits and resources. For more information, visit pbcfoodbank.org or call 561-670-2518.