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Frequently Asked Questions

Empty Bowls Frequently Asked Questions By Restaurants

What is Empty Bowls

Empty Bowls is a fundraising event for The Food Bank of Manatee, a PLUS program of Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee. It will be held from 11am-1pm on Main Street in Lakewood Ranch on Friday, November 3, 2023. Tickets are $35 for general admission and $50 for VIP admission. Guests will select a hand-painted bowl to keep, sample 3 soups (sample cups will be given at registration) and select one full bowl for their lunch. Additional sample cups and bowl refills will be available for purchase. Dining tables will be set up to allow guests to enjoy their soup.

What time should we arrive to Empty Bowls with the soup?

Please arrive with hot soup at 10:00 am to be ready for service by 10:30 am. Upon arriving, check in with our Restaurant Coordinator.

How many guests come to Empty Bowls?

Based on previous years, we expect 400+ guests to attend the luncheon; therefore, each participating restaurant has agreed to provide 5 gallons of hot soup.

How should we transport the soup to Empty Bowls?

It is best to bring the hot soup in the large pot(s) from which you will serve. There is NO cooking facility on site to heat your soup.  Please bring your soup hot and ready to serve. 

How will the soup be kept warm at Empty Bowls?

We will supply sternos and two bricks to act as risers at each soup station.

What supplies should each restaurant provide at Empty Bowls?

  • 5 gallons of hot soup
  • One large serving pot
  • At least one serving ladle
  • One server. Supplying your own server gives you the opportunity to talk with existing or prospective customers. If you have no one to serve your soup, we will supply a volunteer to serve. (If unable to attend, please label your pot and ladle clearly.)

What media coverage and advertising will there be for Empty Bowls?

Event coordinators pursue exposure opportunities with all local media, including ABC-7, Bay News 9, Bradenton Herald, Herald-Tribune, iHeartMedia,  Suncoast Living Magazine, and East County Observer. Media are also invited to cover the event. Restaurants are listed on the event webpage, in e-mail marketing, in print advertisements (as space allows), and tagged on social media posts.

For any additional questions, feel free to contact us directly.

To register to provide soup, please click here.

Funds donated in excess of need will be used to provide nutrition and caring, supportive services throughout the year.  Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee is a 501 (c)3 organization. The Florida Registration Number for Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee is #CH1420.  A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL FREE 800-435-7352 OR AT WWW.800HELPFLA.COM WITHIN THE STATE.  REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.