The 34 soups, and new chefs, on offer at this year’s Empty Bowls

tuscan bean soupEvery year at Pittsburgh’s Empty Bowls dinner, hundreds gather for a modest communal meal of soup and bread. The handmade ceramic bowl that each attendee gets to take home serves as a reminder of the people in our region whose bowls so often go empty.

This fundraiser to help the anti-hunger work of Just Harvest and Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank is made by possible by the kindness and creativity of some of the city’s top chefs. Thanks to them there will be dozens of soups on hand – running the gamut from the tried and true Chicken Noodle to much more adventurous concoctions – and fresh-baked artisan bread from BreadWorks to go with, as well as treats for the kids.

This year, newcomers Morcilla and The Vandal, two of the newest fabulous restaurants in Lawrenceville, are donating delicious creations. The neighborhood favorite Pino’s of Point Breeze is new to the soup table this year as well.

And in a new twist, the Food Bank will not just be co-hosting but cooking too! Their nutrition experts have devised a tasty vegan and gluten-free creation: Tuscan Bean.

If there’s more than one here that you want to try, don’t worry – there will be plenty of soup-to-go options! What a yummy way to help the fight against hunger.

Join us at the event on Sunday, March 20!

Empty Bowls 2016

2016 Empty Bowls Soup List

Café at the Frick – She-Crab Soup
Church Brew Works – Corn Chowder
Common Plea Catering – Wedding Soup
Eat ‘n’ Park – Chicken Noodle Soup
Girasole – Italian Wedding Soup
Mitchell’s Fish Market – New England Clam Chowder
Morcilla – Sopa Blanca
Rock Bottom – Chicken Noodle Soup
Salvatore’s Catering – Wedding Soup
Smallman Street Deli – Chicken Noodle Soup
Union Pig and Chicken – Kimchi Stew with Smoked Pork
Wholey’s – Lobster Bisque

Gluten-Free

Ali Baba – Lentil Soup (vg)
CC’s Café – Spicy Pepper Bisque (vg)
CCAC – Curried Ginger and Carrot Soup (vg)
E2 – Potato and Chive Soup (v)
Eat Unique – Tomato Soup with Feta and Basil (v)
Eleven – Stone Soup (vg)
Food Bank – Tuscan Bean (vg)
Legume Bistro – Sauerkraut and Mushroom Soup (vg)
Mad Mex – Chickpea Chili (vg)
Parkhurst Dining Services – Potato Soup (vg)
Pino’s – Carrot and Ginger Soup (vg)
Root 174 – Cream of Root Vegetable (v)
Six Penn Kitchen – Ham and Bean Medley
Square Café – Roasted Tomato Bisque (v)
The Vandal – Celery Root Soup (v)
Woody’s Little Italy – Wedding Soup (v)

Kosher

Creative Kosher Catering – Split Pea

Vegan

Ali Baba – Lentil Soup (gf)
CC’s Café – Spicy Pepper Bisque (gf)
CCAC – Curried Ginger and Carrot Soup (gf)
Common Plea Catering – Carrot Ginger Soup
East End Food Co-op – Mushroom Barley Soup
Eleven – Stone Soup (gf)
Food Bank – Tuscan Bean (gf)
Legume Bistro – Sauerkraut and Mushroom Soup (gf)
Mad Mex – Chickpea Chili (gf)
Parkhurst Dining Services – Potato Soup (gf)
Piccolo Forno – Pasta Fagioli
Pino’s – Carrot and Ginger Soup (gf)
Soba – Thai Corn Chowder

Vegetarian

E2 – Potato and Chive Soup (gf)
Eat Unique – Tomato Soup with Feta and Basil (gf)
Hyeholde Restaurant – Sherry Bisque
Root 174 – Cream of Root Vegetable (gf)
Square Café – Roasted Tomato Bisque (gf)
The Vandal – Celery Root Soup (gf)
Woody’s Little Italy – Wedding Soup (gf)

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