Aurora Empty Bowls 2016

On behalf of the Pine Tree Potters' Empty Bowls committee, we would like to express our gratitude to everyone who participated in the 2016 Empty Bowls event that took place on November 17th at the Aurora Cultural Centre.

Empty Bowls events are held by potters in communities throughout North America with the objective to raise funds and awareness for local charities that work to relieve hunger and homelessness. During the event, patrons select a handmade bowl from the hundreds on display and local chefs and bakers in attendance serve a ladle of their gourmet soup and artisan bread. The handmade bowl guests take home with them serves as a gentle reminder that not everyone has a full bowl every day.

Our event this year was another wonderful success, with tickets selling out for all three meal services. This year we raised over $19,300 to be divided equally and donated to Aurora's Welcoming Arms and Inn From the Cold, Newmarket. Cumulatively since our first event in 2010, Pine Tree Potters' Guild has raised over $114,000 for local charities.

We wish to extend a heartfelt "Thank You" to all of the local chefs and bakers who donated their time, gourmet soup and bread for all to enjoy; Meridian Credit Union for a very generous grant; Tucker's Pottery Supplies for donating the clay used by our potters for crafting the bowls; David Schembri Design and KKP Design and Print for donating our printed materials; and the Aurora Cultural Centre for all their support allowing us to host our event at their beautiful facility.

We also wish to thank Joy Gannicott, Dave Parsons and Sam Carothers for their contribution of great live music.

Finally, we are so very grateful for all of our dedicated volunteers who donated their time and skills to ensure that everything ran smoothly and of course a huge thank you to all the talented potters who took the time to make all the beautiful bowls.

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The following is a list of the culinary establishments that participated in our 2016 Empty Bowls event:

Aqua Grill
Aurora Sobey's Extra
Aw Shucks
Bijoy's Restaurant
Catharina's Kitchen
Chuck's Roadhouse
Cookie It Up
Dorio's Kettleby Italian Bakery
Fishbone Kitchen and Bar
Gabriel's Café
Graystones Restaurant
Hungry Brew Hops
Joia Ristorante and Wine Bar
King Richard's English Pub
King's Riding Golf Club
La Bréhandaise Catering
Little Red Catering
Longo's - Aurora
Maunder's Food Shop
Michael Angelos
Nature's Emporium
Taste it Catering
The Hurst Bakery
The Kitchen By Food In Motion
The Pickle Barrel

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Again, thank you so very much to all who participated. It is because of you that our event has been so successful year after year.

Looking forward to 2017!

Jacqui Adamek,

Chair, 2016 Empty Bowls Committee, Pine Tree Potters' Guild. For further information please contact:

Lunch Sittings

Lunch sitting images courtesy of David K. Joyce .