The Empty Bowls Project in Dripping Springs is a family-fun event where the community comes together to share a wonderful meal, live music, fellowship, and most importantly, support our neighbors in need. More than 20 restaurants from Dripping Springs and Austin prepare and donate dozens of soups that are each distinct and delicious.
In addition to supporting Helping Hands, guests select the perfect bowl to take home. Over 1000 beautiful and unique hand-thrown bowls and hand painted bowls are created by local artists and potters.
Area citizens will come together on Sunday, November 3rd from 11 am to 3 pm at Dripping Springs Ranch Park and Event Center to celebrate 22 years of hosting an annual Empty Bowls Project, a regional collaboration and fundraiser that helps fight hunger and food insecurity locally.
Co-sponsored by Dripping Springs Helping Hands and the City of Dripping Springs, the annual family fun event will raise a substantial amount of money to help feed the hungry. In exchange for a donation of only $25 per person at the door, patrons can choose a beautiful ceramic bowl and fill it with delicious soups and breads from 30 plus area restaurants. Live music will be provided by Alex Dormont, Madison Rodges, Braydon Zink, and Micah Wagner. New this year, Bell Springs Brewing Company, long known for its wine, has begun making beer and will serve free beer to guests to enjoy with their meal while listening to music.
After enjoying a wonderful meal and delightful desserts, listening to live entertainment, and visiting with friends and neighbors, guests can take their one of a kind artisan bowl home as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world.
The proceeds from the Empty Bowls Project benefit Dripping Springs Helping Hands, a non-profit organization and food bank that has been serving the community for 33 years. The annual event is a lifeline to the continued success of the Helping Hands’ mission to provide the community of Dripping Springs with a framework of compassionate care designed to assist neighbors in their time of need.
Helping Hands provided more than 175,000 pounds of food for people in 2018 who can’t afford basic food and good nutrition. June Baumoel, one of the event organizers and a volunteer with Helping Hands said the annual fundraiser raises more than 62 percent of the Helping Hands annual operating budget. “Without the proceeds from the Empty Bowls Project, many of our clients would have nowhere else to turn,” she said.
June added that they “are super excited to have 17 potters who have provided bowls for our event. Guests coming to the Empty Bowls Project in Dripping Springs will have one of the most unique collections of bowls than in prior years. Our generous potters come from all over the Hill Country!” Several of the potters will be at the event to sell their ceramics.
Kelly Emmert, owner of the Art Garage Austin, is very engaged with the Empty Bowls Project by opening her studio for kids and adults to paint bowls for the event. Anyone wanting to paint bowls can visit the Art Garage any time. Also, Treaty Oak Distilling is opening their doors for a bowl painting party on Sunday, September 29th. Dripping Springs Helping Hands has been named Treaty Oaks Distilling’s “Charity of the Month” in October.
The Empty Bowls Project is a huge community success because of more than 100 generous sponsors who help put on the grassroots fundraising event. Special thanks to the City of Dripping Springs and the following top-tier sponsors: Celadon Corporate: The Even Steven Foundation, Wilson A/C and Appliance, Sunset Canyon Baptist Church, Panera Bread, Pink West- Napiorkowski Family; Porcelain: Dripping Springs Lions Club, June and Jim Baumoel; China: United Methodist Women of Dripping Springs, Shelley and Greg Willis, John and Cindy Luongo Cassidy, High Cotton Home and Design and Carlson, Brigance & Doering, Inc.
Dripping Springs Ranch Park Event Center is located at 1042 Event Center Drive, across from Dripping Springs Elementary School on RR12. The venue provides a covered, air-conditioned area with ample parking for one of Dripping Springs largest community fundraisers.
To volunteer or learn more about Dripping Springs Helping Hands, please look online at www.helpinghands-drippingsprings.org and https://www.facebook.com/DrippingSpringsEmptyBowlProject/
About Dripping Springs Helping Hands
Dripping Springs Helping Hands provides a food pantry for the North Hays County region and operates with an all-volunteer board and more than 100 people who give their time to help others. In 2018, the organization spent $35,344 to buy food for families from Central Texas Food Bank. They also provided $35,672 in financial assistance for housing, utilities, transportation, school supplies and their holiday gift program for kids. Many local businesses and churches host canned good drives throughout the year and bring donated food to the pantry. Area farmers are generous to bring fresh fruit produce so clients have choices of home-grown vegetables and fruit.
Empty Bowls Project Information Website