New chefs and 45 soups at the return of Empty Bowls

bowl of soupAfter a hiatus due to the pandemic, the annual Empty Bowls Dinner returns this year to raise awareness of the roughly 1 in 8 people in our region who struggle to keep food on the table. All proceeds from this simple but delicious meal of soup and bread will be used to reduce hunger in our region.

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and Just Harvest will co-host the Empty Bowls Dinner on Sunday, March 27, 2022, from 1:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Rodef Shalom in Oakland.

New this year: three different seating times with lower capacity at each to maximize the space among guests. There are also strict COVID guidelines in place. Please note: the separate to-go-only options for each seating are now all sold out.

And of course, you’ll get to eat some delicious soup cooked up by some of Pittsburgh’s great chefs. Dozens of Pittsburgh restaurants and caterers are donating several hundred gallons of soup, which will be served up with yummy Breadworks rolls. There will also be cookies from Giant Eagle and delicious Millie’s ice cream!

A wide variety of soups will be offered at the event, including Chicken and Sausage Gumbo, Tomato Fennel Cream, Potato and Bacon, as well as the classics. We encourage you to try many delicious options from our generous partners. You may go through the line multiple times during your seating time.

New to the event this year are:

Alta Via
Andora Restaurant
Azorean Cafe
Community Kitchen Pittsburgh
Dagny’s Eatery
La Palapa, Mexican Cuisine & Mezcal Bar
Levia Trattoria
Lola’s Eatery
Nurture Pgh
Restaurant Associates
The Duquesne Club
Toscana Brick Oven

Check below for the list of soups available at each seating.

All proceeds will jointly benefit Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and Just Harvest.

Join us at the event on Sunday, March 27!

*** Seating 1 is SOLD OUT *** Some tickets for this seating will be available for purchase at the door of the event.

Seating 1: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Seating 2: 3:30pm – 5:30pm
Seating 3: 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Advance price tickets will be available online until Thursday, Mar. 24 at midnight.
After that, purchase tickets at the door of the event.

Advance price tickets are $20 ($25 at the door). No tickets are needed for children under 3.


The Soups

Veg = Vegetarian | V = Vegan | GF = Gluten-Free

SEATING 1 (1:00-3:00pm)
Donor Soup Veg/V/GF?
Allegro Hearth Bakery Red Lentil Veg/V
Andora Restaurant Tomato Basil Bisque Veg
Azorean Café Vegetable Kale V
Bistro-To-Go Stuffed Pepper GF
Butterjoint Cream of Mushroom Veg
CCAC Culinary Chicken and Sausage Gumbo
Eat’n Park Chicken Noodle
Eleven Potato & Bacon GF
Mad Mex Shadyside Chickpea Chili V
Restaurant Associates Cream of Broccoli Veg
The Café at The Frick Potato Leek

Veg/GF/ Dairy Free

Toscana Brick Oven Wedding
SEATING 2 (3:30-5:30pm)
Donor Soup Veg/V/GF
Acorn Tomato Fennel Cream V/GF
Bar Marco Sweet Potato and White Bean with Kale and Soffrito GF
Casbah Tomato Bisque Veg/GF
East End Food Co-op Mushroom Barley V
Paris 66 French Veg
Salvatore’s Wedding
Soba Thai Corn Chowder V
The Duquesne Club Pasta Fagioli


SEATING 3 (6:00-7:00pm)
Donor Soup Veg/V/GF?
Alta Via White Bean and Italian Greens Veg/GF
Apteka Tomato and Lentil V
CCAC Culinary Cream of Mushroom
Di’Anoia’s Eatery Chicken and Orzo GF
Kaya Chipotle Tomato and Black Bean Bisque Veg/GF
La Palapa, Mexican Cuisine & Mezcal Bar Tortilla GF
Piccolo Forno Pasta e Fagioli V/GF
Square Cafe Tomato Bisque Veg
Wahlburgers  Chili GF
To-Go (All sold out)
Donor Soup Veg/V/GF?
Black Radish Kitchen Spicy Tomato V/GF
Cafe Raymond Wedding V
Community Kitchen Pittsburgh
Dagny’s Eatery Butternut Squash
Fig and Ash Onion Veg
Levia Trattoria Pasta  Fagioli
Lola’s Eatery Curry Broccoli Cheese Soup Veg
Metz Culinary Management Italian Sausage and Kale
Morcilla Potato and Leek GF
Nurture Pgh Coconut Curry Squash V
Revel + Roost Tomato GF
Shady Side Academy Lang’s Bean Chili
Talia Mushroom Bisque
Wholey’s Lobster Bisque
Zoup! Southpointe Red Lentil Chili V/GF/Dairy Free

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