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Unique Empty Bowls fundraiser highlights local ceramics and helps feed Houston's hungry

Empty Bowls lunch highlights ceramics and helps feed Houston's hungry

Empty Bowls Houston 2014
The empty bowls, which serve as a reminder of the empty bowls in our community and in the world, come in all shapes and sizes. Photo by Joel Luks

This week's KHOU CultureMap Moment focuses on the 11th annual Empty Bowls Houston event (May 16; 11 a.m.-3 p.m.) at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

For a minimum $25 donation, you can enjoy a hot bowl of soup from Whole Foods Market, live music, artist demonstrations and take home a memento of a one-of-a-kind bowl from more than 1,000 handcrafted by local ceramists, woodturners and artists. All proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the Houston Food Bank.

The empty bowls, which serve as a reminder of the empty bowls in our community and in the world, come in all shapes and sizes, CultureMap's Joel Luks explains in the video below. Attendees pick out the bowl that's a favorite for a keepsake.

“You’re going to see so many different varieties of bowls from ceramic to wood, fabric, paper, glass and anything your heart desires. Yes, this is a good event for a good cause, but you’re going to take something home that’s a reminder of the beauty around you," says Luks.

In its first 10 years, Empty Bowls Houston has raised more than half million dollars for the Houston Food Bank, providing 1,508,424 meals to the hungry.

See the KHOU CultureMap Moment here: