Today was Ashland's annual Empty Bowl charity. For a few dollars, you could buy a locally handcrafted bowl, fill it with soup and enjoy it with bread, water and company. The proceeds go to help Uncle Foodie's dinner, our local effort to feed the homeless and low income people. You take the bowl home with you. The brochure says, "The bowl goes home as a gift as well as a reminder that somewhere someone's bowl is empty."
Peace House organizes the event but the entire community is involved. An art group, Clay People, fires some of the bowls but others are provided by the Soroptimists, charities and schools. My bowl was made by our high school's senior class. The Ashland Food Co-op and the Ashland Emergency Food Bank participated. Our Mayor was a server, and our city council members served as water servers, along with Peace House's executive committee. Several candidates for local office were present as servers (wink, wink). First United Methodist Church opened their doors for the affair.
I was bugged that I couldn't learn what soups were being offered ahead of time. My social affairs secretary (frequently referred to as my spouse) didn't know. There was no reason to know but I was curious. We'd bought the tickets weeks ago, and it was for charity. The soup offerings were not the reason we were there so what they were really wasn't important.
Except they were delicious.
Minestrone, Moroccan bean stew (vegan) and potato leek were being served. I had the potato leek...fabulous. My wife had the bean stew. It had nutmeg in it...fabulous. Nice to see so many friends and neighbors present. It's just another little way for all of us to try to help.
Causes Michael Seidel Supports
Kiva, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Propublica.org, Doctors Without Borders, GreaterGood.com