‘Empty Bowls’ to benefit local food banks

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    The class and Chef Carrie Douglas pose for a photo while the soups cook during the Empty Bowls Cooking Class, in the C4 kitchen at North High School, Wednesday, January 24, 2018 Carla Clark | For The Republic

    A local chef added one last-minute ingredient to her specialty chicken soup already simmering for the upcoming Empty Bowls fundraiser: recorded music, beginning, fittingly enough, with The Beatles’ tune “Come Together.”

    As Carrie Douglas recently directed 20 new friends to simultaneously create their own version of the dish amid the accompanying soundtrack, volunteer cooks did indeed come together to literally stir each other’s portions, and stir each other’s altruistic tendencies. The proceedings unfolded recently in the roomy, C4 kitchen of The Courtyard Restaurant inside Columbus North High School.

    The plan: Get about 20 gallons of donated soup on — all for Saturday’s 20th annual event that normally attracts several hundred people and raises more than $11,000 for local food banks. This year, in honor of the special anniversary and with a beefed-up sponsor list, organizers hope to cook up $20,000.

    If you go:

    What: 20th Annual Empty Bowls fundraiser for local food banks. Event consists of a meal featuring soup, chili and other offerings such as desserts, live music, and this year, contra dancing.

    When: 5:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday.

    Where: Central Middle School, 725 Seventh St., Columbus.

    Entertainment: Banister Family Bluegrass Band and contra dancers from Bloomington


    • Artisan bowl, all-you-can-eat soup, bread and drink for $25.
    • All-you-can-eat soup, bread and drink for $12.
    • Children 12 and younger admitted for $3.
    • Desserts are $2.

    Advance tickets are available at Viewpoint Books at 548 Washington St., Columbus.

    Information: Facebook page Empty Bowls 2018.

    For more on this story, see Thursday’s Republic.

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    Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at bblair@therepublic.com or 812-379-5672.