Palm Beach Residents to Fill “Empty Bowls” of Hungry Neighbors

Thousands of Palm Beach County residents who may not know where they will get their next meal will have access to more nutritious food this season thanks to Palm Beach County Food Bank’s 6th Annual Palm Beach Empty Bowls benefit. The event takes place on Friday, February 8, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach. All proceeds go to the Palm Beach County Food Bank. Event leadership includes Chair Emeritus Pat Reichenbacher, Outreach Committee Chair Jodie Payne and Honorary Chairs Kathleen and Lew Crampton.


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.” Old School Bakery provides rustic breads and chefs from the area’s best restaurants, hotels and country clubs donate their signature soups, all served by local celebrities. Guests share in a simple meal of bread, soup and water. Each receives a hand-crafted bowl to take home as a powerful reminder of all the empty bowls in the community.

“Palm Beach Empty Bowls has become a community tradition and ensures that people in need across Palm Beach County have their own empty bowls filled,” said Reichenbacher. “I am proud to chair the 6th Annual benefit that calls attention to a problem that seems unbelievable in an area with so much wealth. Join us on February 8 as we come together to fight hunger in our local community.”

Last year, restaurants and venues serving their signature soups included Avocado Grill, The Bath and Tennis Club, The Beach Club, Barcelo Restaurant, Bistro Chez Jean-Pierre, BrickTop’s Palm Beach, Buccan Restaurant, Café Boulud, Café Sapori, C’est Si Bon Gourmet Grocer & Caterer, Chesterfield Palm Beach, Chez L’epicier, Cholo Soy Cocina, Colony Hotel Palm Beach, Cucina, Eau Palm Beach, E.R. Bradley’s Saloon, Field of Greens, Gourmet Galaxy, Grato Restaurant, Island Bee, LaSirena Restaurant, Limoncello Restaurant, Maven Restaurant, Palm Beach Country Club, Pastry Heaven, Palm Beach Catch, Pistache, Publix of Palm Beach, Regional Kitchen & Public House, The Sailfish Club of Florida, Table 26, Ta-boo Restaurant Palm Beach, TooJay’s Gourmet Deli and Trevini Ristorante.

Celebrity Servers include members of the Town of Palm Beach Town Council, leaders of the houses of worship in Palm Beach, representatives of our Sponsors, Chefs from the restaurants and hotels serving soups, representatives of agencies in Palm Beach County who work on the front line of Hunger Relief and media personalities.

“The Palm Beach County Food Bank serves the entire region of Palm Beach County through nearly 200 partner agencies and programs,” said Karen Erren, Executive Director for the Palm Beach County Food Bank. “The funds we raise through Palm Beach 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 event leadership, committee, restaurants and country clubs, celebrity servers and sponsors. It is a real example of neighbors helping neighbors.”

Committee members include Susan Barnhart, Lee Daniels, JB Edwards, Peg Ekberg, Edwin Ferree, Phyllis and Jim Gooder, Irene and Sid Ritman, Kitty and Dennison Lanier, Jack Lansing, Kenlynne and Bill Mulroy, Debbie and Michael Pucillo, Pat and Dietmar Reichenbacher, Nick Kindred, Tanner Rose, Cecily Titcomb and Dinah Washam.

Tickets for Palm Beach Empty Bowls are $25 per person. For more information please call 561.670.2518. To purchase tickets please visit

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 or call 561-670-2518.

The Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea believes serving those in need, around the corner and around the world, is integral to our life of faith. As Jesus reminds us, Whatever you do for the least of these, you do for me.” Through the Church Mouse and The Shoppe, Bethesda realizes substantial revenue to support our outreach efforts. This financial support is augmented with countless volunteer hours of involvement. Our first priority is education. We believe that proper education not only changes the trajectory of one kid’s life but also changes the trajectory of generations to follow. Our second priority is food. Over fifteen percent of the residents in Palm Beach County are food insecure. Our third priority is shelter. We believe that financial support of agencies with expertise in this work is the most effective use of our resources.