(Seguin) -- Texas Lutheran University will be fighting hunger one bowl at a time. The university is inviting the public to stop by on Sunday for the annual Empty Bowls event to be held at TLU's Jackson Park Student Activities Center.
Ashlie McEachern, TLU senior staff writer/media relations, says Empty Bowls is an international project to fight hunger, personalized by artists in a community. She says the local effort this Sunday will allow for some warm delicious soup.
"Since the first event in November of 2011, Empty Bowls has raised almost $25,000 to support the fight against hunger through our partnership with the San Antonio Food Bank. We are able to feed specifically seniors, families, children in our area through these efforts. It's really about us being able to connect with and help those who might need it in our own community," said McEachern.
McEachern says the soup, poured in a hand crafted take-home ceramic bowl, will be offered in exchange for a $15 donation.
"Every Empty Bowls event is based on the idea that you have local artisans and ceramicist who make these beautiful hand crafted ceramic bowls. Ours are actually courtesy of Walt Glass Pottery. Walt Glass is an adjunct professor in our visual arts department. The idea is that people come to the event and they're able to purchase these beautiful bowls and be reminded of all of the empty bowls in not just our community but everywhere. So that's kind of the idea is you get to come and make a selection of all these amazing beautiful bowls and you get to enjoy some delicious soup from local restaurants and TLU student organizations. You're directly supporting our efforts to alleviate hunger in the Seguin community," said McEachern.
Partnering with TLU to provide the soup will be a number of local restaurants. She says the menu will even include a specialty soup being prepared by TLU's own top chef.
"Something pretty cool this year, our Executive Chef Ernest Cervantes, who's a winner of Chopped Grill Masters, he’s going to be at Empty Bowls this year serving Pozole with smoke pork and Mexican crema. That is something that I don't think anybody wants to miss. So we're very excited for him to be there this year," said McEachern.
Other tasty soup donors include JJ's Café with its Steakhouse Vegetable; the Zonta Club of Seguin with Chicken Tortilla & Tomato Basil; Dixie Grille with Cheesy Potato; the Lake Breeze Ski Lodge with Creamy Poblano; Courtyard Marriott New Braunfels with Chili & Cornbread; the TLU Student Government Association with Chicken Noodle; the TLU Facilities Department with its Hoppin' John Soup and another special recipe from TLU’s Campus Ministries.
Empty Bowls will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at TLU's Jackson Park.