Record-setting Attendance at the Palm Beach County Food Bank’s 3rd Annual Empty Bowls Delray Beach event

Thanks to more than 1,000 guests who attended Palm Beach County Food Bank’s 3rd Annual Empty Bowls Delray Beach, thousands of hungry Palm Beach County residents will get their empty bowls filled this season. The family-friendly event took place on Sunday, December 2 at Old School Square in Delray Beach. All proceeds went to the Palm Beach County Food Bank to fight hunger in our local community. Event leadership included Honorary Chairs Brenda Medore and Leanne Adair and Event Chair Patty Jones.

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Empty Bowls is a national grassroots event that raises money for hunger relief. The unique event invited the public to “eat simply, so others can simply eat.” Guests shared in a basic meal of water, bread provided by Old School Bakery and soup made from 33 local chefs, all served by area celebrities. Each guest received a handmade bowl as a reminder that hunger is a daily issue for so many in Palm Beach County.

“It’s hard to imagine there are almost 200,000 people in our community that go hungry every day and often don’t know where they will get their next meal,” said Jones. “Because of the more than 1,000 people who attended Empty Bowls Delray Beach, the Palm Beach County Food Bank will be able to help the one in six residents of Palm Beach County who are hungry.

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 almost 200 local community partners and programs, 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.

The restaurants and venues that served their signature soups for the event included 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, 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, New York Grilled Cheese, New York Prime, Old School Bakery, Over the Bridge Café, Park Tavern, Prezzo, Prime Catch, Riggins Crabhouse, Salt 7, St. Andrews Country Club, Sysco, The Grove, Tramonti, Woodfield Country Club and Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar (Boca).

Celebrity servers included Kyle Aubrey, Steve and Marie Bedner, Margaret and Dr. Robert Blume, Jestina Boughton, Frances Bourque, Jim Chard, Chiara and Tom Clark, Chef Ernesto Deblasi, Justin and Dr. Elvis Grandic, Neal De Jesus, Nancy Dockerty, Stephanie Dodge, George Elmore and Marti LaTour, Marusca Gatto, Ron Gilinsky, Chuck and Pam Halberg, Stacey Hallberg, Danielle Hartman, Ann Heilakka, Shelly and Billy Himmelrich, Rick Janke, John Kelly, Roger and Dale Kirk, Jayson Koss, Mark Larkin, Michelle Maros, Jacqui Moroco, Chef Paul Niederman, Stanley C. Panther, Nicole and Dr. John Pasqual, Mayor Shelly Petrolia, Dave Reilly, Laura Reiss, Alex Ridley, Marie Speed, Bob and Diana Stone, Kate Volman, Krystian von Speidel, Frank White, Pam and Greg Weekes, Rich Wilson, Bettina and Andrew Young, Joe and Sally Zaluski and Dee and Father Mary Zlatic.

Guests also had the chance to purchase additional bowls created by local artists, residents and students from American Heritage, FAU, Gulf Stream, Pine Crest and St. Joseph’s Episcopal School.

“Our record-setting attendance this year shows that there are so many residents who want to help their neighbors in need,” said Karen Erren, Palm Beach County Food Bank Executive Director. “This event wouldn’t have been such a success without the incredible support and hands-on leadership from our Event Chair Patty Jones, Honorary Chairs Brenda Medore and Leanne Adair, Old School Bakery, Old School Square and the countless committee members, sponsors, restaurants and servers involved. We hope to see you all at our next Empty Bowls event in Palm Beach on February 8.”

Palm Beach Empty Bowls will take place on February 8, 2019, at The Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person. For more information please call 561.670.2518.