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Empty Bowls returns with a new beneficiary

Join us for the return of beloved Empty Bowls Event on Sunday, January 15th.


Boulder Mountain Clayworks and Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood are bringing back their Empty Bowls event after a year hiatus on Sunday, January 15th from 12 noon – 2 pm at the Church of the Big Wood. This year, the fundraiser will benefit Blaine County Charitable Fund who works closely with former beneficiary, The Hunger Coalition to support local families struggling to make ends meet. The transition will help bring awareness and funding to this critical organization that shares much of its purpose with The Hunger Coalition: to create stable and resilient communities in Blaine County.


“The Hunger Coalition is grateful to have been the beneficiary of this event for so many years and we’re excited to pass the torch to another important cause. Supporting our workforce goes beyond food, and Blaine County Charitable Fund is poised to do just that. We hope our friends and supporters will help carry on the tradition, finding new ways to support and uplift the hard working people of our valley,” said Krista Felton, Director of Philanthropy of The Hunger Coalition.


During the event, guests purchase locally made ceramic bowls for $25 per bowl, then fill the bowl with scratch-made soups, salads, chili, bread, and dessert donated by local chefs and caterers. Thanks to Boulder Mountain Clayworks, there will be more than 300 hand-crafted and hand-painted bowls from local artisans to select from this year.


“Empty Bowls is a great way to give back to our community over the shared joy of a good meal,” said Mary Fauth, Executive Director of Blaine County Charitable Fund. “This event raises critical funds that go directly back into our community, helping people with emergency expenses like rent, utilities, and gas.” She added, “It is a pleasure to partner with Boulder Mountain Clayworks and Church of the Big Wood on this feel-good community event.”


Boulder Mountain Clayworks’ staff and volunteers work hard in engaging the community to create bowls, Blaine County Charitable recruits volunteers and restaurants, and Church of the Big Wood provides the venue. Local restaurants and chefs offer their culinary skills to fill the bowls with a satisfying meal. The bonus – the bowl is yours to keep!


Empty Bowls is held at the Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood’s cafeteria from 12-2pm and has featured dishes from local restaurants and caterers including: Atkinsons' Market, Big Belly Deli, Bigwood Bread Bakery and Cafe, The Chocolate Moose, CK's Real Food, Cookbook Restaurant, The Covey, 7 Fuego - Bellevue, The Haven, The Ketchum Grill, Mahoney's Bar and Grill, The Mint, Nourish Me - A Health Food Store and Cafe, Perry's Restaurant, Rasberrys Catering & Bistro, Red Star, Sean Templeton & The Boho Lounge, Starbucks, Sun Valley Resort, Warfield Distillery & Brewery, and more.


Everyone in the community is encouraged to bring family and friends to Empty Bowls and enjoy a truly memorable and meaningful meal. Together, we can ensure that everyone in the community can cover their emergency expenses and thrive in Blaine County.


The Church of the Big Wood is located at 100 Saddle Road, across from the YMCA in Ketchum. All are welcome. Admission price is the purchase of a $25 bowl (children 10 and under have the option of purchasing a disposable bowl to fill with goodies for $10).


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