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7th Annual Empty Bowls Event

Join the Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana for the 7th Annual Empty Bowls event on Saturday, April 22, 2023, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. The event will be held at the Monroe Civic Center, with your favorite restaurants serving up a tasting menu. Tickets are now available! This event is helps raise awareness for hunger while also raising critical funds to provide food assistance to those struggling with hunger in our community.

With the price of an all-inclusive event ticket ($40), guests can choose a beautiful bowl to take home as a reminder of all of the empty bowls in our community. A tasting of signature dishes will be served from over a dozen local restaurants. Past year’s participating restaurants include: The Fat Pelican, Chef Pat Nolan, Grown & Grazed, Taste of India, JAC’s Craft Smokehouse, GoodEarth Eatery, Thurman’s Food Factory, Newk’s Eatery Monroe, CC’s Coffee House, Braiz’n American Bar & Grill, Sweet Loves Bakery, Maebird Coffee.

The delicious food will be accompanied by live music from local musicians. Check our Facebook event page for updates on the musical guests!

Talented local artist Leigh Buffington will be creating a large painting in oils during the event, which will be part of the silent auction that also includes a variety of art and gift items. Ceramicist Alyssa Guidry will do a live pottery throwing demonstration. Stay tuned for more activities as we add them!


$40 ticket includes handmade bowl

$20 ticket includes event and food only

$10 ticket for children age 4-12 (event and food only)

Kids 3 and under get in free


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Empty Bowls Poster Contest

Calling all artists! Enter our Empty Bowls poster design contest for a chance to win $100 cash first prize! Submission Deadline: February 28, 2023

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Empty Bowls Poster Design Contest

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Help fill the plates of local families who face hunger