Oct 14, 2015
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Aspiring artists and chefs at Contra Costa College will fill handmade ceramic bowls they’ve created with a delicious soup they plan to whip up for the 5th Annual Empty Bowls Project on Friday, an event benefiting hungry local residents.

The soup event runs from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school’s Three Seasons Restaurant at 2600 Mission Bell Drive in San Pablo.

At $10 per person, and $5 per student, patrons will enjoy a simple meal — soup, bread and water — crafted by culinary arts students. They also get to bring home their ceramic bowls crafted by fine arts students. Proceeds from the event benefit Richmond-based homeless services provider Bay Area Rescue Mission, which provides 1,000 meals a day to the hungry, among other services.

“This simple meal is to help remind you that so many residents in our community go hungry on a daily basis,” organizers said in a statement.

Unlike most simple meals, this dining experience includes live entertainment, as the Hilltop Ukelele Lovers Association or H.U.L.A. will perform Hawaiian songs during the event.

Empty Bowls events are reportedly celebrated worldwide, but was started in 1991 by pottery teachers in Michigan.



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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.