The 38 soups and new chefs of 2017 Empty Bowls

Rich Fitzgerald, Mike Doyle, Bill Peduto at Empty Bowls 2015

County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Congressman Mike Doyle, and Mayor Bill Peduto giving their three ladle salute.

The annual Empty Bowls Dinner serves up a simple but delicious meal of soup and bread as a reminder of the roughly 1 in 8 people throughout our region who are facing hunger.

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and Just Harvest will co-host the 22nd Annual Empty Bowls Dinner from 1:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (with two different seating times) on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at Rodef Shalom in Oakland.

Attendees favorite part of this event? Well there are the great kids activities from the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and Mike the Balloon Guy, the ceramic bowl they get to select from among thousands made by local artisans and students, and the chance to meet new dining companions all there for a great cause.

But at the top of that list is a chance to eat some delicious soup, cooked up by some of the city’s great chefs, and dished out by local celebrities.

2017 Empty Bowls soup menuMore than three dozen Pittsburgh restaurants and caterers are donating several hundred gallons of soup, which will be served up with yummy Breadworks rolls. New to the event this year are:

Cafe Raymond
Job Corps
Paris 66
Thin Man Sandwich Shop

Keith Fuller (formerly of Root 174) will continue his support of this event with a soup from his new downtown restaurant Pork & Beans. And E2 is continuing their support through their new outfit, Black Radish Kitchen.

A wide variety of soups will be on offer at the event, including unusual selections such as Artichoke and Almond (from Spanish restaurant Morcilla) or Jalapeno, White Cheddar, and Broccoli (from Kaya) and the ever-favorite Chicken Noodle. This year the Food Bank’s nutrition team will also be creating an exclusive soup for this event only!

We encourage you to try many delicious options from our generous partners. You can enjoy two types of soup per line visit and may go through the line multiple times during your seating time.

More soups than you can get to? Soup-to-Go will be for sale during the entire event. Prices are $6 /12oz. and $9 /16 oz. containers. (An extra $1 for a large container of the Food Bank’s Tuscan Bean can provide five meals to our neighbors in need!)

Check below for the list of soups available at each seating. Note that some soups will be available at both seating times.

Soups marked with a * will also be available for sale to-go, where you can also purchase Five Points Artisan Bakery’s sourdough loaves and Rolling Pepperoni’s pepperoni rolls!

Soups available to-go only: Kosher Pea Soup (Deena’s Dishes Catering), Cream of Mushroom Soup (Legume Bistro), and Soup aux Choux (Paris 66).

All proceeds will jointly benefit Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and Just Harvest.

Join us at the event on Sunday, March 20!

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SEATING 1 (1:30-3:30pm)
Ali BabaLentilV/GF/Veg
Black Radish (formerly E2)Black BeanV/GF/Veg
Café at the FrickShe-Crab Bisque
China Palace – ShadysideHot and Sour
Common Plea Artful CateringFrench MushroomV/GF/Veg
DinetteTomato SaffronGF/Veg
Eat’n Park*Chicken Noodle
Food Bank*Tuscan BeanV/GF/Veg
Google at Parkhurst*Vegetarian ChiliVeg/TBD
Hyeholde Restaurant*Sherry BisqueVeg
KayaJalapeño, White Cheddar, BroccoliVeg/GF
Mad Mex Shadyside*Chickpea ChiliV/GF/Veg
Piccolo FornoPasta e FagioliV/Veg
Six Penn Kitchen*Tomato AsiagoVeg/GF
Sonoma GrilleWedding
Thin Man Sandwich ShopSweet Potato & Tahini  w/SumacVeg/GF
Woody’s Italian Restaurant and CateringWedding
SEATING 2 (4-6pm)
Bar MarcoCeleriac Puree and AppleVeg
Café RaymondPasta FagioliVeg
CasbahButternut Squash PureeVeg
CCAC*Beef GoulashGF
CureCelery RootVeg
East End Food CoopMushroom BarleyV/Veg
Eat UniqueWhite Turkey ChiliGF
Food Bank*Tuscan BeanV/GF/Veg
Google @ Parkhurst*Vegetarian ChiliVeg/V/GF
Job Corps*Cheeseburger & Fries
MorcillaArtichoke and AlmondVeg/GF
Pork and Beans*Leek and CauliflowerVeg
Salvatore’s of Little Giant World of CateringWedding
Smallman Street DeliChicken Noodle
SobaThai Corn ChowderV/Veg
Square Café*Tomato BisqueGF/Veg
Wholey’s MarketLobster Bisque


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