Bradenton, FL, October 21, 2014 – The “Empty Bowls” luncheons to benefit The Food Bank of Manatee will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 6, 2014, at Main Street in Lakewood Ranch, and on Friday, November 7, 2014, at Renaissance on 9th in Bradenton. For this casual luncheon, area restaurants, local businesses, and talented potters all contribute to help fight hunger in Manatee County. Tickets are $25 each and include a unique ceramic bowl to keep, a selection of soups, fresh bread from Publix, and a delicious Grandma’s Goodies cookie. The simple meal of soup and bread is symbolic of the hunger struggle in our community.
Empty Bowls is the primary fundraiser of the year for The Food Bank of Manatee and 100% of the proceeds stay local. The event is a way to help re-stock the shelves, which have been very bare in recent months.
“Empty Bowls is a wonderful community event,” says Cindy Sloan, Director of The Food Bank of Manatee. “One unique component is that each guest gets to pick out their own ceramic bowl to keep. We see repeat guests each year, as they view the bowls as collector’s items.”
The 2014 participating restaurants include: 2nd Street Bistro at Manatee Memorial Hospital, 9th Street Bistro, Anna Maria Oyster Bar, Arts & Eats Restaurant & Gallery, Clancy’s, Cortez Clam Factory, Crusader Café and Catering, FCCI’s East Side Café, Fete Catering at Polo Grill, Hacienda Mexican Grill and Cantina, Jason’s Deli, Linger Lodge Restaurant, MacAllister’s Grill & Tavern, Michael John’s Steakhouse, O’Bricks Irish Pub, The Olive Garden, Ortygia Restaurant, Panera Bread, Popi’s Place Too, III, IV, V & VI, Renaissance on 9th Catering, Riverhouse Reef & Grill, Rosedale Golf & Country Club, Sweet Tomatoes, Soma Creekside, Truman’s Tap & Grill, Waterlefe Golf & River Club, YachtSea Grille and many more!
The benefit truly is a community event, with partners ALSCO, iHeartMedia, Main Street at Lakewood Ranch, METV, and Publix Super Markets.
The event is sponsored by Neal Communities, Lakewood Ranch Communities, Goodwill Industries Manasota, Edward Jones, The Mosaic Company, Bouchard Insurance, Global Organics Specialty Source, Feld Entertainment, First America Bank, The Payton Wright Foundation, Shepherd’s Tire Pros, Touch Corporation, Walgreens, Dieter’s Sod and Landscaping, First Bank, ABC 7, and The Manatee Herald-Tribune.
Tickets are $25 ($12 is tax-deductible), and may be purchased online at foodbankofmanatee.org, by calling 941-749-0100, or at the door.
Renaissance on 9th: 1816 9th Street West, Bradenton FL 34205
Lakewood Main Street: 8131 Main Street, Lakewood Ranch FL 34202
About The Food Bank of Manatee – The Food Bank of Manatee is the largest hunger relief organization in Manatee County, providing food to more than 100 local social service agencies, food pantries, and soup kitchens. Families in emergency situations can also receive food packages on a temporary basis, or infant care baskets if they are without the resources to care for a new baby. For information on how to donate or volunteer at the Food Bank of Manatee, go to foodbankofmanatee.org or call 941-747-FOOD. The Food Bank of Manatee is operated by Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee.