Seattle Empty Bowls set to raise funds for Ballard Food Bank


The seventh annual Seattle Empty Bowls fundraiser will be held on Saturday, April 25.

The event will be held at the Nordic Heritage Museum (3014 NW 67th Street) from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m and all proceeds this year will benefit the Ballard Food Bank.

During this unique fundraiser guests are asked to make a suggested donation of $20 or over. This donation, which goes directly to helping locals in need, allows guests to choose a beautifully decorated ceramic bowl and have it filled with a soup of their choice.

Soups, including vegan options, will be provided by Ballard Market and Artisan bread will be on hand from Tall Grass Bakery. Coffee and tea will be served up by Caffe Umbria.

Seattle Empty Bowls is a unique local fundraiser with an important message. According to one of the event organizers Isabelle Franklin, the event gives the opportunity for locals to see that they can help their own community. Whether you are a bowl artisan or an event guest Franklin says that the event also shows that art can be a powerful force for good.

“The event is organically created by members of the Community for the benefit of the Community.  Everyone who comes to the dinner takes home a reminder of the event and the need for food assistance all year round,” said Franklin.

Seattle Empty Bowls events are well-known for their community feel. Guests will have the opportunity to enter a silent auction for some locally made and beautifully decorated glass, wooden and ceramic bowls.

While sampling the soup, guests will also be serenaded by the talents of many local musicians. Unique to this event, pet bowls will also be on sale with proceeds going to local animals who are in need of a good meal.

If you are interested in helping out volunteers are still needed to assist in the kitchen, with the auction and to help with the clean up. Contact Andrea at for more information.

For more information about the event click here and click here to visit the Seattle Empty Bowls Facebook page.

Check out the photos above from last year’s event.

Photos courtesy of Seattle Empty Bowls.


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