A NEW RECORD for Empty Bowls!

A NEW RECORD for Empty Bowls!

Thanks to the talented potters, culinary sponsors, ticket holders, and event sponsors, the 15th Empty Bowls fundraiser has set a NEW record.

It is great pleasure, and humble gratitude, that we are pleased to announce this year’s Empty Bowls fundraiser was our most successful Empty Bowls EVER! We outpaced last year’s new record by almost 15%, and are thrilled to announce the official amount raised:


This will provide the food for over 220,000 meals to folks across WNC! None of this would be possible without the dedication from so many people: our Empty Bowls sponsors, the incredible Empty Bowls potters, the culinary sponsors, and of course, the 1,000+ ticket holders that attended the event. A special thanks to DoubleTree Hotel for expanding our ability to sell more tickets by hosting both the lunch and dinner events!

We would like to give a special thanks to the following, who have gone above and beyond to ensure that Empty Bowls continues to benefit all of Western North Carolina:

DoubleTree by Hilton Asheville-Biltmore 

Toni Williams and the Biltmore Estate volunteers

Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts

Jason DeCristofaro Music

Our dedicated MANNA AmeriCorp Members

The MANNA Volunteers

John Hartom and Lisa Blackburn, founders of Empty Bowls







Empty Bowls 2016 Culinary Sponsors

The culinary sponsors for Empty Bowls pull out all the stops – they provide all of the food ticket holders enjoy at the events, as well as attend the event to serve guests. Thank you to these area restaurants and food businesses for their continued support:

12 Bones Smokehouse
Annie’s Bakery
Biscuit Head
Circle B BBQ
Corner Kitchen
Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Center
DoubleTree Hotel
French Broad Chocolate Lounge
Geraldine’s Bakery
Givens’ Estates
Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort
Luella’s BBQ
Mountain City Coffee Roasters
Red Stag Grill
Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
Twisted Laurel
Well Bred Bakery

Empty Bowls 2016 Sponsors

Patron Sponsors

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Empty Bowls 2016 Potters

Every bowl at Empty Bowls is lovingly handmade by a local potter. Each bowl takes a lot of time and attention, and these incredible artists willingly donate their work to forward MANNA’s mission of ending hunger in Western North Carolina. Each bowl provides the food for 105 meals! The impact these artists are making in WNC is very tangible. Please help us thank the following potters for their incredible investment in our community:

Paul Anthony
Ed Argue
Denise Baker
Beth Bansen
Anja Bartels
Cierra Bateman
Gordon Batten
Ann Batton
Susan Birkhead
Austin Boleman
Maud Boleman
John Britt
Gretchen Camp
Kyle Carpenter
JoAnna Carroll
Jim Chatham
Georgia Cheek
Cathey Chet
Chiwa Clark
Annie Clingenpeel
Laura Cooke
Tisha Cook
Jim Cornell
Jan Cothran
Julie Covington
Bill Crum
Dearing Davis
Natalie Davis
Al Dawson
Amy Deas
Elise W. P. Delfield
Karen Dubois
Melanie Dyel
Clive Earnhardt
Margaret Ellis
Betsey Evans
Cindy Farley
Steven Forbes-deSoule
Dustin Fowler
Paul Frehe
Andrea Freeman
Carol Taylor Freeman
Nick Friedman
Anita Funston
Barbara Gerber
Sue Grier
Marque Gritta
Judi Harwood
Connie Hall
Catherine Healy
Christine Henry
Anne Henschel
Linda Hilborn
Michael Hofman
Patti Hughes
Rod Jackson
Erin Janow
Mary Jeminez
Anne Jerman
Julie Johnson
Ann Laird Jones
Maggie Jones
Matt Jones
Mark Karner
Steve Kearns
Kait Kelsey
Carlos Kennedy
Margaret Kleiber
Gabriel Kline
Elaine Lacy
Rodney Leftwich
Nan Leininger
Kathleen Lizzul
Rob Mangum
Beth Moring Mangum
Julia Mann
Kerri Marguet
Jenay Martin
Brenna McBroom
Brian McCarthy
Carolyn McCullough
Patrick McDermott
Jim McDowell
Blair McKee
Tori Motyl
Lindsey Mudge
Mary & Tim Murray
Shalon Murray
Nancee Neel
Betsy Norman
Art Odeneal
Jim & Shirl Parmentier
Joan Pennington
Barbara C. L. Perez
Alyx Perry
Patricia Phillips
Barbara Quatrone
John Ransmeier
Melanie Robertson
Patty Robertson
Julie Calhoun-Roepnack
Sarah Wells Rolland
Maddie Ross
Michael Rutkowsky
Akira Satake
Kelsey Schissel
Elizabeth Schuler
Shelly Schumaker
Marilyn Shames
Joey Sheehan
Kelsey Sickmeyer
Rachel S. Smith
Angelique Tassistro
Shinara Taylor
Lori Theriault
Sarah Thurmond
Walter Tomialowicz
Libba Tracy
Tara Underwood-Wright
David Voorhees
Heather Ward-Migner
Doc Welty
Julie Wilson
Megan Wolfe
Doug Wunsch

Arbitrary Forms Studio
Asheville High School Ceramics Class
Batton Clayworks
Crazy Green Studios
Faison O’Neil Gallery
Givens Estates Pottery Class
Highwater Clays
Jonas Gerard Fine Art
Joy Creek Pottery
The Mountain Community School
Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts
Odyssey ClayWorks
Pincu Pottery
Pond Branch Pottery
Reems Creek Pottery
Salvaterra Pottery
Squeaky Wheel Pottery Studio
The Village Potters
The Village Potters’ Independent Study and Mentoring Studio
…and all the potters who wish to remain anonymous