Soup-er bowl of fundrais­ers

Glace Bank Food Bank host­ing Empty Bowl event

Cape Breton Post - - News | Glace Bay/New Waterford & Area - BY SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE sharon.mont­gomery@cb­post.com

The Glace Bay Food Bank is once again hop­ing empty bowls will help fill their shelves with food.

Kim­berly McPher­son, gar­den co­or­di­na­tor, said an Empty Bowl fundraiser is be­ing held Oct. 20 at the Glace Bay fire hall with the money go­ing to the food bank.

The first time they held the event last year it sold out.

“Most def­i­nitely we were sur­prised,” she said.

“We didn’t re­al­ize how great the de­mand would be.”

The $30 ticket pro­vides peo­ple an op­por­tu­nity to choice their own hand­made pot­tery bowl and en­joy home­made soup, bis­cuits and desserts.

“There will be at least three dif­fer­ent types of soup, in­clud­ing a veg­e­tar­ian op­tion,” McPher­son said.

“You get to try all three types if you wish.”

The soups and desserts will be cre­ated by Shaun Zwarun, head chef at Kiju’s; Lukas Batschelet, owner of Bovem Longhorns from in Loch Lomond; and Nathan Susin, owner of Ele­menti Cater­ing.

Each per­son gets to leave with their bowl, which McPher­son said usu­ally sell for $30-$45.

Pot­ters from across the is­land are do­nat­ing bowls in­clud­ing Kim­berly McPher­son, El­iz­a­beth Burtt-Ivey, Dem­marest Haney, Linda Wright and Hardy Kal­ber­lah.

There will also be a silent auc­tion dur­ing the event.

Only 100 tick­ets are be­ing sold this year.

“We de­cided to hold it at the fire hall so we could ac­com­mo­date everyone in one evening,” she said.

Burtt-Ivey do­nated about 30 bowls last year and is hop­ing to do­nate another 30 this year.

She was also pleas­antly sur­prised by the pop­u­lar­ity of the event, which raised $3,000 for the food bank.

“I was im­pressed by the qual­ity of the bowls do­nated and the soups,” she said.

“The soups were all in­cred­i­ble — all healthy and made lo­cal.”

Burtt-Ivey said farm­ers are do­nat­ing the chick­ens and veg­eta­bles for the soups and lo­cal busi­nesses and artists across the is­land are do­nat­ing to­ward the silent auc­tion.

“Ev­ery­thing is do­nated so there are no costs at all. Ev­ery­thing raised goes to the food bank.”

Tick­ets are only be­ing sold through Eventbrite web­site at www.eventbrite.ca/e/empty-bowls-tick­ets38508905172?aff=es2

Any­one with ques­tions can call the food bank at 902-8490750.

SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE/CAPE BRE­TON POST

El­iz­a­beth Burtt-Ivey, left, a pot­ter, and Kim­berly McPher­son, gar­den co-or­di­na­tor at the Glace Bay Food Bank and also a pot­ter, show some of the bowls they made for the Empty Bowl fundraiser to be held at the Glace Bay fire hall on Oct. 20 to raise...

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