Empty Bowls Frequently Asked Questions By Restaurants
Empty Bowls is a fundraising event for The Food Bank of Manatee, a PLUS program of Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee. It is held from 11am-1pm at the Manatee Performing Arts Center on Thursday, November 3, 2022 and at Main Street in Lakewood Ranch on Friday, November 4, 2022. Tickets are $30 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 at both locations to allow guests to enjoy their 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.
Based on previous years, we expect 400+ guests to attend each luncheon; therefore, each participating restaurant has agreed to provide 5 gallons of hot soup.
It is best to bring the hot soup in the large pot(s) from which you will serve.
We will supply Sternos at each soup station.
- 5 gallons of hot soup
- One large serving pot
- At least one serving ladle
- One server. Supplying your own server awards 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.)
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.