Press Release: Empty Bowls Naples on January 24, 2015


      The 9th annual Empty Bowls: Naples will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, at Cambier Park, 755 Eighth Ave. S., in downtown Naples.  All proceeds from the event will benefit the Harry Chapin Food Bank to help feed children, families, seniors and others who go hungry in our community. Sponsors include Bill Smith Appliance, FPL, D. Garrett Construction and Bond Schoeneck, and King.

     Empty Bowls combines art, music and great food to bring awareness about the issue of hunger in our community. For a $15 donation to the food bank, attendees can select a beautiful hand-crafted bowl, then enjoy the variety of soups provided by 50 local restaurants, a silent auction, pottery demonstrations and music. Last year, Empty Bowls: Naples raised $60,000, which helped the food bank provide $360,000 in food and grocery items to our neighbors in need.

     Bowl-making and bowl-painting workshops have been held since last year’s event.  As a result, 2,000 bowls will available.  More than 100 items will be on display in the silent auction.  Professionals will demonstrate throwing pottery, and the Barron Collier drum line will perform prior to the event. Attendees also will have an opportunity to paint bowls. 

      Restaurants and their specialty soup are Alpine, creamy Sauerkraut Soup; Bayside Seafood Bar & Grill; Shrimp Jimbalya; Bleu Provence, Leek and Potatoes (poireau pommes de terre); Brio’s Tuscan Grille, Italian Wedding; Brook’s Burgers, Baked Potato & Bacon; Captain and Krewe, Seafood Gumbo; Carrabba’s. Lentil and Sausage; Charlie Chiang’s, Creamy Chicken Corn; CJ’s on Marco, Olde Marco Chowder;  Cloydes Prime Steak and Seafood House, Cloyde’s Prime Steak Soup; Collier’s Reserve Country Club, Split Pea and Ham; Culvers, Tomato Florentine.

       Additional restaurants are Daniela’s, Hungarian Goulash; DeRomo’s, TBD; Eagle Creek Country Club, Carrot Dill Soup; Food & Thought, Turkey and Rice; Gina’s Café, Tomato Basil; Kensington Country Club, Minnesota Wild Rice; Larry’s Lunchbox, Split Pea; Lamoraga, Lobster Bisque; Lorenzo Walker, Minestrone; M Waterfront Grille, New England Clam Chowder; Marco Marriott Beach Resort, Quinn’s Conch Chowder; Mr. Big Fish, Mr. Big Fish Seafood Chowder; Naples Flatbread, Grandma Rosie’s Chicken Soup; Naples Grande Country Club, Roasted Tomato Bisque; Naples Heritage Golf and Country Club, Cream of Mushroom; Naples Sailing and Yacht Club, Cream of Chicken with Rice; Olive Garden, Minestrone; Palmira Golf Club, Fiesta Chicken Avocado Tortilla; Panera Bread, Broccoli Cheddar; Peppers Deli & Butcher, Peppers Italian Wedding Soup; Randy’s Fish Market, Lobster Bisque; and SMH Catering, New England Clam Chowder.

      Others are Spanky’s Speakeasy, Cream of Mushroom; Steamers, Steamer’s New England Clam Chowder; Sunburst Café, Chili; Texas Tony’s, Three Meat Stew; The Club at Mediterra, Butternut Squash; The Dock, Loaded Baked Potato;  The Turtle Club, Hearty Roasted Chicken & Orzo; The Sauce Lady, Ela Vivonetto; Tiburon Golf Club, Cream of Mushroom; Vi at Bentley Village, Conch Chowder; Whole Foods, Local Key’s Fisheries Seafood Soup; Wilderness Country Club, Bahamian Conch Chowder; Worthington Country Club, Camembert Mushroom; Wynn’s Market, Tomato Basil; Zookie’s Sports Pub, Chicken Enchilada.

       Panera Bread will provide bread.

      The Harry Chapin Food Bank, an affiliate of Feeding America, solicits, collects and stores quality food for distribution to families and others in need through a network of 150 nonprofit agencies in Lee, Collier, Hendry, Charlotte and Glades counties that provide food to more than 30,000 people monthly. More than 1 million pounds of food are distributed by the Harry Chapin Food Bank monthly.  For each donated dollar, the food bank can distribute $6 worth of food and grocery items. In fiscal year 2013-14, the Harry Chapin Food Bank distributed 18.7 million pounds of food and other grocery items valued at more than $32 million. This is roughly the equivalent of 15.5 million meals to people in need.

      Sponsorships for the event are still available and may be made by visiting or contacting Joyce Jacobs at 239-334-7007, ext. 130, or

      For additional information about or to contribute financially to the Harry Chapin Food Bank, contact (239) 334-7007 or go to

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