Empty Bowls

21st Annual Empty Bowls

Monday, October 10, 2022 | 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Asheville-Biltmore

115 Hendersonville Road | Asheville, North Carolina 28803

About the Event

Today in Western North Carolina, more than 100,000 people are facing an empty bowl every month. But you can help fill those bowls at MANNA FoodBank’s 21st Annual Empty Bowls.

Guests select a bowl handmade by local artisans and take with them a seasonal meal of delicious soups, breads, and dessert. The souvenir bowl guests take home reminds them of the many WNC neighbors that are currently struggling to afford groceries.

Almost every part of the event is donated, including the event space, food, and local pottery and art. This allows MANNA to use event proceeds for our food distribution and nutrition programs, which serve the more than 100,000 food insecure households across our 16-county service area, including the Qualla Boundary. Every dollar raised can help provide food for 4 meals. Since 2002, the collective generosity of our Empty Bowls guests, potters, sponsors, culinary partners, and everyone who has ever had a hand in the event, has allowed MANNA to provide the equivalent of 3 MILLION MEALS across Western North Carolina.

Collector’s Corner 

In addition to the souvenir soup bowls that ticket-holders select, guests may purchase special works of high-end craft and art at the Collector’s Corner. Collector’s Corner items are both functional and gallery-quality pieces selected by the artists. 100% of the proceeds from Collector’s Corner sales go directly to supporting MANNA’s mission of ending hunger in WNC. The general public is invited to shop the Collector’s Corner, even if they are not able to attend the Empty Bowls event. 


Based on overwhelming, positive feedback from 2021, MANNA will again host Empty Bowls in a walk-through format. Guests choose a one-hour time window that best suits their schedule, then arrive at the DoubleTree during that time window to select their bowl, choose their soups, and pick up bread + dessert. Guests can choose a one-hour time window any time between 10 AM and 6 PM, and can arrive any time during their chosen one-hour window. Both limited seating for those who would like to enjoy their meal in person AND limited curbside service for those who wish to remain in their cars will be available this year.

Adult Ticket: $45 (includes your choice of one souvenir pottery bowl handmade by a local artist, your choice of soups/stews/chowders packaged to go, and bread + dessert packaged to go)

Kids Package: $10 (includes one souvenir kid’s bowl pre-selected by MANNA, food-themed socks, and custom MANNA coloring pages)

Fur Kids Package: $30 (guests choose a dog or cat package; includes one souvenir pottery pet bowl handmade by a local artist pre-selected by MANNA, yummy treats for your furry friend, and other fun surprises)

About the Bowl Makers

It takes many talented artists thousands of hours to craft the bowls that are the namesake, the heart of, and the takeaway from MANNA’s annual Empty Bowls fundraiser. MANNA is fortunate to have incredible support from experienced potters and ceramic artists who help create the vibrant arts and crafts community in Western North Carolina. The bowls our guests take home are beautiful, functional pieces of art that become treasured keepsakes. In fact, many guests attend the event every year to look for another piece by a favorite artist to add to their collection.

About the Culinary Partners

MANNA’s partnership with the Asheville-area’s celebrated culinary industry plays an important part in the success of our annual Empty Bowls fundraiser. These dedicated partners put their heart into feeding our community all year long, and Empty Bowls is no exception. This year’s guests will enjoy a variety of flavorful, hearty soups, stews, and bisques, made-from-scratch breads and biscuits, and delicious desserts. We are grateful for this year’s participating chefs and bakers:


Biscuit Head (Soup Coming Soon), Chestnut (Lobster Bisque), Corner Kitchen (Lentil Soup – Vegan), Fork Lore at the Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park (Green Apple & Caramelized Onion Bisque with Pumpkin Seed Gremolata), Givens Estates (Blackened Chicken Corn Chowder with Charred Scallion Crema), Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort (Cherokee Brunswick Stew), Pack’s Tavern (Vegetable Minestrone – GF Option), Red Fiddle Vittles (Soup Coming Soon), Red Stag Grill (Soup Coming Soon), Smoky Park Supper Club (Wood-fired Candy Roaster Squash & Coconut Milk Bisque with Savory Ginger Pepita Granola – Vegan), Strada Italiano (Creamy Tomato Bisque – Vegetarian, GF), Western North Carolina Culinary Association of the American Culinary Federation (Soup Coming Soon) and A-B Tech Culinary Arts Department (Soup Coming Soon).

Breads + Desserts

Annie’s Bakery, City Bakery, Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Sunshine Sammies, Tupelo Honey and Well-Bred Bakery & Café.

About the Event Sponsors

MANNA deeply appreciates the support of our Empty Bowls sponsors. These sponsors share our vision of a hunger-free WNC, and are investing in that vision through their support of Empty Bowls.

Premier Platinum

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort


Beach Hensley Homes, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Asheville-Biltmore, Highwater Clays, Odyssey Clayworks and Smart Products.


Continental Automotive and Harris Teeter.


Brunk Auctions.


Mangum Pottery, Owle Construction, LLC and Parsec Financial.