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This year celebrates the 17th year of MANNA FoodBank’s Empty Bowls fundraisers. Attendees choose a bowl hand-made by local artisans and enjoy a meal of soup, bread, and dessert. The bowl they take home reminds them of all the empty bowls in the world.

Everything for the event is donated: the soup, the event space, the desserts, and over 1,000 hand-made ceramic bowls. This allows for all the profits to go directly toward feeding our neighbors facing hunger in Western North Carolina.

In addition to the bowls that each ticket holder can select and take home, there is the Collector’s Corner at Empty Bowls, where special works of high-end craft and art are available for purchase. Collector’s Corner items are selected by the artists, and are gallery-quality pieces. All proceeds collected from the sale of Collector’s Corner items support MANNA’s mission to provide food to families struggling with an empty bowl throughout MANNA’s 16-county service area.

Today in Western North Carolina, one in six people and one in four children is facing an empty bowl… but you can help fill it at MANNA FoodBank’s 17th annual Empty Bowls!

About the Bowl Makers

It takes many talented artists working hundreds—if not thousands—of hours to craft the 1,000 beautiful bowls that are the namesake, the heart of, and the takeaway from MANNA’s annual Empty Bowls fundraiser. MANNA is fortunate to have a wonderful partnership with the many experienced potters who help create the vibrant craft and arts community in Western North Carolina, and the bowls our guests take home are beautiful, functional pieces of art that become treasured keepsakes. In the 17 years that MANNA has been holding Empty Bowls fundraisers, artists have made thousands of beautiful bowls to support the work of ending hunger in WNC.

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In addition to the bowls that each ticket holder can select and take home, there is the Collector’s Corner at Empty Bowls, where special works of high-end craft and art are available for purchase. Collector’s Corner items are selected by the artists, and are gallery-quality pieces. All proceeds collected from the sale of Collector’s Corner items support MANNA’s mission to provide food to families struggling with an empty bowl throughout MANNA’s 16-county service area.

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About the Culinary Sponsors

MANNA’s partnership with Asheville’s celebrated restaurant industry is all year long, and these dedicated food partners put their heart into feeding our community, both at Empty Bowls and throughout the year. The food served at each Empty Bowls event makes this autumn fundraiser a perfect seasonal celebration. The soups served at each event range from classics, like Brunswick Stew, to the decadent, like Lobster Bisque, to the deliciously unique, like last year’s guest favorite, Goat Cheese Tomato Bisque.

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About the Music

Every Empty Bowls event is a buzz of guests choosing their hand-made bowl, sampling from the incredible selection of food available, and enjoying the perfect complement of fabulous music. Every year, both lunch and dinner events feature the best of the region’s renowned music scene. Whether it’s nationally acclaimed jazz artists, Grammy-winning world musicians, gorgeous, traditional or more modern eclectic styles, the event’s music offering help create an environment that’s a treat for all the senses.

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About the Venue

The DoubleTree Hotel near the historic Biltmore Estate has been hosting Empty Bowls events since 2004. In that time, thanks to their donation of the event space, they have helped us provide the food for over one million meals to WNC families experiencing hunger.

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Culinary Sponsors

  • Ambrozia
  • Biscuit Head
  • Chestnut
  • The Corner Kitchen
  • DoubleTree
  • Givens Estates
  • Harrah's Cherokee Casino and Resort
  • Luella's BBQ
  • Red Stag Grill
  • Rezaz
  • Strada
  • Twisted Laurel
  • Well-Bred Bakery
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Annual Sponsors - Platinum

  • Preserve Communities
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Annual Sponsors - Gold

  • Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort
  • Anurja Interactive
  • The Cantina at Historic Biltmore Village
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Annual Sponsors - Silver

  • Lamar Advertising Company
  • Mast General Store
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Event Sponsors - Platinum

  • DoubleTree by Hilton Asheville-Biltmore
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Event Sponsors - Gold

  • Highwater Clays
  • Odyssey Clayworks
  • Beach Hensley Homes
  • Continental Automotive
  • Louise T. and Patrick L. O'Connor
  • Smart Products
  • Wicked Weed Brewing
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Event Sponsors - Silver

  • Harris Teeter
  • Publix
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Event Sponsors - Copper

  • Asheville’s Dream Team - Keller Williams Biltmore Village
  • AvL Technologies
  • Blossman Propane Gas & Appliance
  • Double D’s Coffee & Desserts
  • Givens Estates
  • Evergreen Packing
  • Mangum Pottery
  • Mike Brown Subaru