Columbia Gorge Food Bank to Host Soup Benefit Dinner, Online Auction | Free News

Columbia Gorge Food Bank will host a benefit soup dinner on Thursday at the Bargeway Pub in The Dalles. The event will be the Dalles’ first Empty Bowls benefit dinner, with plans to make it an annual event.

Empty Bowls is an international hunger relief project created in 1990 by Lisa Blackburn and art teacher John Hartom. Blackburn and Hartom joined a charity campaign in their Michigan community and Hartom came up with the idea to give artists and art students a way to make a personal difference. He had his art students make ceramic bowls which were then used to serve soup at a fundraising meal. Guests who donated to the meal were able to keep the bowls.

Over time, Empty Bowls has spread across the world, with different communities hosting the event at different times of the year. Each community also adapts the idea to suit them. Some communities have bowls of more than just ceramists, also using the creations of woodturners, glassblowers, or blacksmiths.

The CGFB version of the event will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 6 at the Bargeway Pub, located at 1535 Bargeway Rd., The Dalles. Tickets will be a suggested $20 donation at the door, all proceeds will go to local CGFB programs. CGFB currently provides free nutritious food to over 5,000 families per month through 43 community partners in Sherman, Wasco and Hood River counties.

According to a press release from CGFB, the event will feature live music and guests will be able to choose from three soups, fresh local breads and refreshments at the hostless bar. Attendees will also get a glimpse of the progress of the new food bank warehouse and community feeding center, which is slated to open this winter.

“Each guest will choose a handcrafted bowl to keep thanks to donations from local potters, ceramic workshops across the gorge, and schools across the state – a reminder that while hunger persists in our community, we all have the power to help,” the release said.

CGFB is looking for volunteers for the event. Interested persons should contact [email protected]

For those unable to attend the event but still wish to participate and support CGFB, there will be an online auction featuring over 50 handmade ceramic works, local beer and wine, handicrafts and more. The auction will open at 7 a.m. on Monday, October 3 and close at 7 p.m. on Monday, October 10. Those wishing to bid or browse the auction can go to

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