Empty Bowls

20th Annual Empty Bowls
Monday, October 18, 2021 | 10:00am – 6:00pm
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Asheville-Biltmore
115 Hendersonville Road | Asheville, North Carolina 28803 

Tickets Are SOLD OUT


Today in Western North Carolina, 1 in 6 people and 1 in 4 children faces an empty bowl.
But you can help fill those bowls at MANNA FoodBank’s 20th Annual Empty Bowls. We invite you to join us for this remarkable milestone, where we will celebrate twenty years of community, art, and collaboration while bringing awareness to the very real problem of hunger in Western North Carolina. Read more about this historic milestone year HERE. 

Guests select a bowl handmade by local artisans and take with them (in a to-go format for 2021) a seasonal meal of delicious soups, breads, and dessert. The souvenir bowl guests take home reminds them of the many WNC families 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. 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 2.8 MILLION MEALS across Western North Carolina. 


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 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.


For 2021, MANNA will use a walk-through format for Empty Bowls. 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 — all while masked and distanced when inside the DoubleTree. Guests can choose a one-hour time window any time between 10:00am and 6:00pm, and can arrive any time during their chosen one-hour window. (Limited curbside service will be available for those who wish to remain in their cars.) 

Adult Ticket: $40 (includes your choice of one souvenir pottery bowl handmade by a local artist, your choice of two soups packaged to go, and bread + dessert packaged to go) 

Human Kids Add-on: $10 (includes one souvenir kid’s bowl pre-selected by MANNA, a package of ABC noodles, and a specially-created MANNA recipe to make Alphabet Soup at home) 

Fur Kids Add-on: $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 a custom pet tag recognizing that MANNA strives to fill every bowl in the house) 

Empty Bowls at Home Add-on: $30 (includes one souvenir pottery bowl handmade by a local artist pre-selected by MANNA, one package of Roots & Branches dried soup mix to make at home, soup and stew recipes from seven of WNC’s most beloved chefs, all packaged to go in a MANNA tote bag) 

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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 Asheville’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 be able to experience the same flavorful, hearty soups, stews, and bisques, made-from-scratch breads, biscuits, and muffins, and desserts – just taken to-go to enjoy at home. We are grateful for this year’s participating chefs and bakers: 




Biscuit Head – Vegan Taco Stew

Chestnut – Seafood Gumbo

Corner Kitchen – Vegan Lentil Soup

Fork Lore, located in the Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park – Buttered Popcorn Soup

Givens Estates – Bison Chili

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort – Tomato, Beetroot & Carrot Curried Bisque

Pack’s Tavern – Vegetable Minestrone

Red Stag Grill – Hungarian Goulash

Sawhorse – Yellow Split Pea and Bacon Soup

Smoky Park Supper Club – Wood-fired Candy Roaster Squash & Coconut Milk Bisque with Savory Pepita/Ginger Granola (vegan)

Strada Italiano – Creamy Tomato Bisque



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.  

Platinum Sponsors


Silver Sponsors


Copper Sponsor

Mangum Pottery 


Tickets Are SOLD OUT