14th Annual Empty Bowls Tickets on Sale NOW!

14th Annual Empty Bowls Tickets on Sale NOW!

Please note: This event has passed. Stay tuned for news about 2016’s Empty Bowls event by subscribing to our enewsletter, which you can do at the bottom of our website. Thank you!
-MANNA Staff


Mark your calendars for MANNA FoodBank’s best-yet Empty Bowls soiree!

Food lovers, artisan craft collectors, and those passionate about getting good food to people who need it come together for our annual Empty Bowls events, MANNA’s anchor event for September, which is Hunger Action Month across the nation.

This year marks the 14th year of this wonderful fundraiser! As in years past, you have a choice of attending lunch or dinner, both on Monday, September 14th. Join us in our efforts to fill empty bowls across Western North Carolina!

Tickets are available in advance only. You can purchase tickets online here:

Lunch Tickets SOLD OUT
Dinner Tickets SOLD OUT

Time: 11:00 A.M. – 1:30 P.M.
Place: Doubletree by Hilton Asheville-Biltmore Hotel
115 Hendersonville Road

Time: 5:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.
Place: Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park
43 Town Square Boulevard

Adult tickets are $35, include a bowl of your choice handmade by local artisans, and a meal of soup, bread, and dessert. The bowl serves as a reminder of all the empty bowls in our area, across our nation, and throughout the world. Kids tickets* (ages 8-15) are $10, for the meal only, and kids 7 and under eat for free.
*Kids tickets do not come with a bowl.

***Our sincere apologies to our Jewish friends for inadvertently scheduling this event during Rosh Hashanah.

The event features food from top local restaurants, fabulous live music, and the Collector’s Corner, where pottery collectors and enthusiasts can find high-end handcrafted pottery. All proceeds from the event go straight to the work of ending hunger in WNC.

Handmade Bowls Made by:
Brian McCarthy, Paul Frehe, Tisha Cooke and other members of the Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts; Lori Theriault and the Village Potters; and dozens of other potters whose bowls are still arriving daily.

Food from:
12Bones, Ambrozia, Biltmore, Biscuit Head, Brixx, Bubba’s, Carmel’s, Chestnut, Corner Kitchen, Deerfield, Destinations at Doubletree, French Broad Chocolate Lounge, Geraldine’s Bakery on Merrimon, Givens Estates, GO Kitchen-Ready, Green Opportunities, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, Lexington Avenue Brewery, Mountain City Coffee Roasters, PF Chang’s, Strada Italiano, Roux, Well Bred Bakery, and more!

The Jason DeCristofaro Trio with guest Tim Doyle
Franklin Keel
Daniel Keller

This event would not be possible without the help of our volunteer staff, donors, and supporters! All of the food, the 1000+ handmade bowls, the event space, proceeds from the Collector’s Corner, and the live entertainment are graciously donated so that MANNA can continue to help fill the empty bowls of our friends and neighbors.

Special thanks to the following Empty Bowls Sponsors:


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