Soup Event Heats Up Food Bank’s Coffers

by Joy Donovan on February 9, 2012

FORT WORTH _ Tickets are still available for Empty Bowls Fort Worth and its 10-year anniversary celebration Feb. 17 for patrons to delight their artistic fancies and tickle their taste buds at an event that attracts more than 1,500 guests. 

Empty Bowls Fort Worth is open  from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Texas Hall, inside the Amon G. Carter Exhibit Hall at Will Rogers Memorial Center, 3401 W. Lancaster.

General admission tickets are $45. and individual sponsor tickets allowing early entry to the event are $125. Tickets may be purchased by credit card either online at or by calling Tarrant Area Food Bank at 817-332-9177, ext. 110. Checks for tickets may be mailed to: Empty Bowls, Tarrant Area Food Bank, 2600 Cullen St., Fort Worth, TX 76107.

With admission to Empty Bowls, individuals may select a handmade bowl by area artists. Then patrons fill those bowls, sampling soup created by some of Fort Worth’s top chefs, including pork hatch chili by Tim Love, cream of jalapeno soup by Jerrett Joslin and vocka gazpacho with smoked shrimp by Jon Bonnell. 

New this year will be bowls and platters, signed by 13 celebrities, that will be offered in a live auction. Among the celebrities participating are LeAnn Rimes, Lyle Lovett and Betty Lynn Buckley. Live music will entertain guests, and attendees also will get to watch art demonstrations. 

The event benefits Tarrant Area Food Bank, which serves 13 counties. Tarrant Area Food Bank is a primary source of donated food for more than 300 major hunger-relief programs including pantries, soup kitchens, senior centers and emergency shelters.

For more information on Tarrant Area Food Bank, visit

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