More than 1,000 people waited in line Friday to pick the perfect bowl — handcrafted and handpainted by area artists, children and community members who chipped in for The Idaho Foodbank’s annual Empty Bowls fundraiser. The decision could take awhile, with about 3,000 bowls to choose from.
By the end of the day, fewer than 500 bowls remained unsold. The Idaho Foodbank will tally its proceeds next week.
Chefs from 20 local restaurants prepared gallons of soups — oh, no, more choices — to “fill” the bowls. Wiley Earl, executive chef from Lucky Fins, made 25 gallons of roasted poblano and jalapeño soup. “We’ve run out every year,” he said. “We didn’t want to run out this year.”
The 19th annual event, held on the Friday after Thanksgiving at the Grove Plaza, usually raises $30,000 to provide food assistance to those badly in need this winter. “This year, we’re hoping for $35,000,” says Morgan Wilson, the Foodbank’s vice president of development.