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Filling empty bowls to help the hungry

Local potters, students, chefs, bakers, merchants, artists, musicians, community leaders and a generous group of underwriters are stepping forward to support Peace House as it hosts its seventh annual Empty Bowls Supper, a community event which raises funds to help feed the hungry in our area. Proceeds from the fundraiser will be shared with the Ashland Emergency Food Bank, Ashland ACCESS, Food Angels, and Uncle Foods Diner, local partners in addressing food security for the poor and homeless in the Rogue Valley.

Empty Bowls 2018 will be held from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 27, in the First United Methodist Church’s Wesley Hall at 175 North Main St. in Ashland. Guests who come to the first seating (4 to 5:30) will pay $25 for a ticket and choose bowls made by local potters, which will be filled with soups supplied by area restaurants. Local bakers are donating bread and dessert.

Guests who arrive for the second seating (6 to 7:30) will pay $15 for a ticket and have the option of buying a hand-thrown bowl for $10. The menu will be the same for both seatings. Students will pay $10, and children under 12 are free.

Tickets may be purchased at Paddington Station and Northwest Nature Shop in Ashland, online at peacehouse.net, or at the door.

Hand-crafted bowls are being donated by potters from ClayFolk, Frank Phillips Pottery, Marian Terliski, Robin Strangfeld’s SOU Ceramics, Lindsey Hanson’s North Medford High School, South Medford High School students and the Ashland Art Center artists. Special recognition goes to Kami Carlson for coordinating donations from ClayFolk and the Ashland Art Center. Student bowl making marathons at SOU and North Medford High School were supported by pizza donated by Great American Pizza and 100 pounds of clay donated by a generous contributor.

Underwriters of Empty Bowls 2018 are The Thalden Foundation, Wendy Seldon’s Earth and Humanity Foundation, The Lloyd Haines Philanthropic Foundation, Don Jones’ Spartan Management, and True South Solar.

Participating Jackson County restaurants include C Street Bistro, Greenleaf, Maren Faye Catering, and Uncle Foods Diner. Artisan breads from La Baguette, Organicos, Rise Up, and Market of Choice will be served with the soup. Homemade cookies will be baked by members of K1-P1.

Among the local leaders who will be serving soup this year are state Representative Pam Marsh; state Senator Alan DeBoer; Ashland Mayor John Stromberg; Ashland City Council Members Stefi Stefinger, Rich Rosenthal, and Jackie Bachmann; Ashland Chief of Police Tighe O’Meara; Daily Tidings editor Bert Etling; state District Judge Benjamin Bloom; and SOU past-president Roy Saigo.

Donna Swanson and friends will provide the music for the evening.

For more information, contact Deborah Rothschild at 541-531-3730 or rothschilddeb@gmail.com.