2018 EMPTY BOWLS IS SOLD OUT! Thank you to all of our wonderful supporters, sponsors, and donors. If you have any questions please call Chrissy Vaughn at 949-380-8144 x 218. We look forward to a wonderful event.
South County Outreach is holding its sixth annual Empty Bowls hunger-awareness event on April 17, 2018 at El Niguel Country Club in Laguna Niguel. Local artisans, chefs, businesses and volunteers come together for an evening to raise funds to prevent hunger and homelessness in Orange County.
Empty Bowls is an international grassroots movement created to fight food insecurity. Hosted locally by South County Outreach, 14 local restaurants and chefs help provide a unique tasting event by each creating a signature soup. All guests leave with a unique ceramic bowl, handmade by a local student or artist, as a reminder of those who are hungry - whose bowls are truly empty. The event will also include wine tasting and a silent auction.
“We love this Empty Bowls event - it is so uplifting to see everyone enjoy the simple meal of soup and to know that they are making contributions to feed people who struggle to put food on the table for their families,” said South County Outreach Executive Director Lara Fisher.
This humble meal of soup is intended to create awareness about the problem of hunger in Orange County where more than 335,000 people do not know where their next meal is coming from - that number of people would fill Angel Stadium more than seven times. South County Outreach distributes more than 1 million pounds of food annually, providing over 3,000 people with meals each month.
“In the summer months, demand for the food pantry is high. Half of Orange County’s kids qualifying for the free or reduced lunch program, since school is out they no longer have access to those guaranteed meals. That’s about 100 extra meals per child, low-income families have to provide during the summer break,” explained Fisher. “The proceeds from Empty Bowls help us stock our food pantry to keep supply up with demand.”
Local restaurants are great supporters of Empty Bowls and this year’s participating restaurants include Angelina’s Pizzeria Napoletana in Irvine, Food Chemistry in Irvine, Chef Barbie Flores in Anaheim, California Pizza Kitchen in Mission Viejo, El Niguel Country Club in Laguna Niguel, Hanna’s Restaurant and Bar in Rancho Santa Margarita, Hendrix Restaurant & Bar in Laguna Niguel, Mother’s Market in Laguna Woods, Prego Ristorante in Irvine, Rosie Delights, Salt Creek Grille in Dana Point, Sonny’s Pizza & Pasta in San Clemente, Trevor’s at the Tracks in San Juan Capistrano, Urban Grill & Wine Bar in Foothill Ranch, and Villa Roma in Laguna Hills.
“We have the best partners for this event. Each year the chefs work to come up with new and interesting soups to outdo each other – but in a very friendly competition,” said Fisher. “We also appreciate all the great auction items that are donated. Our guests love to enjoy their soup and wine while choosing what to bid on. It’s just a fun evening of doing good.”
Each year, children from South County Outreach housing programs decorate bowls for the event. Local ceramic artists, high school art students and clubs create and donate the bowls that will be given to guests. Lake Forest ceramic artist Ryan Mennealy and Irvine ceramic artist Rebecca Gaut each create special pieces for the auction. Other ceramic partners include Mission Viejo High School, El Toro High School, Trabuco High School, Laguna Beach High School, Costa Mesa High School, Muddy's Studio and the Ceramic Slipcasting Club of Laguna Woods. A special bowl is painted by the artist Wyland to be featured in the auction.
“Empty bowls is a completely unique event. The beautiful handmade bowl I received is a daily reminder of all the good being done by so many, for so many, through South County Outreach,” said former Laguna Niguel Mayor Robert Ming.
The event is open to the public; Reservations are $110 and are available at www.sco-oc.org/empty-bowls or by calling 949-380-8144. South County Outreach is still accepting sponsorships and silent auction item donations for the event.
Since 1989, South County Outreach has been helping local people in crisis - the unemployed, under-employed, seniors, veterans, the disabled and children in Orange County. With the support of local residents and the Orange County business community, the agency was able to provide nearly 50,000 services last year, helping people in need get back on the road to self-sufficiency.
El Niguel Country Club | 23700 Clubhouse Drive, Laguna Niguel, CA 92656
El Niguel Country Club23700 Clubhouse Drive
Laguna Niguel, CA 92656 Driving Directions
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