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Bastrop Countywide ‘Empty Bowl Project’

The bowls are getting ready and the cooks are gearing up for the Bastrop Emergency Food Pantry’s 11th Annual Empty Bowl Project. This year’s event brings you more delicious food and fun at the Bastrop High School Cafeteria on Saturday Feb. 28.

Taking place between 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., this special lunch is an exciting battle royal of the leading area chefs, throwing down in the areas of soups, stews and chilies. Attendees are invited into a wondrously fun atmosphere full of music and competition and tasty meals. Come in and grab yourself a one-of-a-kind bowl painted by a student artist and support the Bastrop Emergency Food Pantry’s on-going fight to make sure that no one in Bastrop County is left with an empty bowl. There will be two rounds of voting, one by the special guest judges who will award winners in each category, the other by you the attendees who have the power to crown the “Fan Favorite” chef. Returning judges are Cecilia Nasti, producer and host of the “Field and Feast” radio show, extreme soup lover and “closet foodie” Nell Carroll, Director of Photography at the Austin American-Statesman and Lois Rodriguez, editorial lead for the Texas Highways website, Texas TraveLog and the Texas State Travel Guide.

“Sides” include listening to great live music featuring local favorite ‘Max Butler presents a Dunn Deal’ while you sample delicious soups from area restaurants and an opportunity to bid in the silent auction of handcrafted items created and donated by the local artists. Also included are cookies and other dessert treats made by our volunteers.

The Empty Bowl Project is a nation-wide movement that puts artists and cooks together in order to raise money for programs that strive to end hunger and food insecurity. All proceeds from ticket sales and sponsorships for this event will go toward providing a reliable resource for those living in poverty in Bastrop County.

This event is a major component of the Pantry’s fundraising efforts that during 2014 translated into 375,014 pounds of nutritious food distributed to over 12,097 households and into a broad array of education and support services to the elderly and those in need.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at the Bastrop Chamber of Commerce located at 927 Main Street, the Sugar Shack at 114 Loop 150 and at the Food Pantry office at 806 Fayette St. in Bastrop. Tickets are $20 per person; children 12 and under eat free. For further information, visit www.bastropfoodpantry.org or contact the Pantry at (512) 303-0033. Follow “Bastrop County Food Pantry” on Facebook for more details.

Flier for the Empty Bowl Project Courtesy of the Bastrop Emergency Food Pantry.

Flier for the Empty Bowl Project Courtesy of the Bastrop Emergency Food Pantry.

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