Empty Bowls Full To the Brim With Supporters of North Texas Food Bank

Empty Bowls booths (left) and supporters (right). Photos by Courtney Foreman.

Last Friday, D editorial intern Courtney Foreman attended the annual Empty Bowls fundraiser for the North Texas Food Bank at the Meyerson. Behold her observations:

Guests at Friday’s Empty Bowls Luncheon (benefiting the North Texas Food Bank) mingled in the Meyerson Symphony Center lobby amid tables blanketed with hundreds of handcrafted bowls. Hand crafted by local artisans, the bowls served as both artpieces and serve ware for soup from over 20 of Dallas’ top restaurants. The Place at Perry’s showed up with a tomato artichoke bisque; Tom Thumb Markets presented a tomato basil and a fiesta tortilla soup, and Truluck’s satisfied with a crab and corn chowder. Freebirds burrito bowl station turned out to be the most popular by far with lines stretching out from the booth for the entirety of the luncheon. Smartly, Best of Big D’s Empire Baking Company served sourdough bread and chocolate pecan brownies. Guests flocked to The Children’s Medical Center & Sodexo ‘s chocolate-covered strawberries, mini peanut butter cupcakes, and Oreo cake balls.

New booths this year: Bolsa, Truluck’s, Pizza Inn, Horne & Dekker, Empire Baking Co., Chill Bubble Tea, and Freebirds World Burrito. Proceeds benefit the NTFB’s hunger relief efforts.

Lines snake through the Meyerson (left); sweet potato soup (right). Photos by Courtney Foreman.


  • Sander

    Great event idea, great charity, and amazing attendance — yet could be so much better. Some soups were lackluster, some stations ran out too quickly, and some didn’t do soup at all. Beverages were minimal (they quickly ran out of water, just like last year, and other than that there were only Dr. Pepper products (which don’t always bring out the subtleties of a soup)).

    Plus, for $40 and another $10+ for parking, this is one of the more expensive local charity events. This is important when noting that Tom Thumb nearly literally served soup out of a can.