The 38 soups and new chefs of 2017 Empty Bowls

Rich Fitzgerald, Mike Doyle, Bill Peduto at Empty Bowls 2015

County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Congressman Mike Doyle, and Mayor Bill Peduto giving their three ladle salute.

The annual Empty Bowls Dinner serves up a simple but delicious meal of soup and bread as a reminder of the roughly 1 in 8 people throughout our region who are facing hunger.

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and Just Harvest will co-host the 22nd Annual Empty Bowls Dinner from 1:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (with two different seating times) on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at Rodef Shalom in Oakland.

Attendees favorite part of this event? Well there are the great kids activities from the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and Mike the Balloon Guy, the ceramic bowl they get to select from among thousands made by local artisans and students, and the chance to meet new dining companions all there for a great cause.

But at the top of that list is a chance to eat some delicious soup, cooked up by some of the city’s great chefs, and dished out by local celebrities.

2017 Empty Bowls soup menuMore than three dozen Pittsburgh restaurants and caterers are donating several hundred gallons of soup, which will be served up with yummy Breadworks rolls. New to the event this year are:

Cafe Raymond
Job Corps
Paris 66
Thin Man Sandwich Shop

Keith Fuller (formerly of Root 174) will continue his support of this event with a soup from his new downtown restaurant Pork & Beans. And E2 is continuing their support through their new outfit, Black Radish Kitchen.

A wide variety of soups will be on offer at the event, including unusual selections such as Artichoke and Almond (from Spanish restaurant Morcilla) or Jalapeno, White Cheddar, and Broccoli (from Kaya) and the ever-favorite Chicken Noodle. This year the Food Bank’s nutrition team will also be creating an exclusive soup for this event only!

We encourage you to try many delicious options from our generous partners. You can enjoy two types of soup per line visit and may go through the line multiple times during your seating time.

More soups than you can get to? Soup-to-Go will be for sale during the entire event. Prices are $6 /12oz. and $9 /16 oz. containers. (An extra $1 for a large container of the Food Bank’s Tuscan Bean can provide five meals to our neighbors in need!)

Check below for the list of soups available at each seating. Note that some soups will be available at both seating times.

Soups marked with a * will also be available for sale to-go, where you can also purchase Five Points Artisan Bakery’s sourdough loaves and Rolling Pepperoni’s pepperoni rolls!

Soups available to-go only: Kosher Pea Soup (Deena’s Dishes Catering), Cream of Mushroom Soup (Legume Bistro), and Soup aux Choux (Paris 66).

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

Join us at the event on Sunday, March 20!

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SEATING 1 (1:30-3:30pm)
Donor Soup V/GF/Veg?
Ali Baba Lentil V/GF/Veg
Black Radish (formerly E2) Black Bean V/GF/Veg
Café at the Frick She-Crab Bisque
China Palace – Shadyside Hot and Sour
Common Plea Artful Catering French Mushroom V/GF/Veg
Dinette Tomato Saffron GF/Veg
Eat’n Park *Chicken Noodle
Eleven *Stone V/GF/Veg
Food Bank *Tuscan Bean V/GF/Veg
Google at Parkhurst *Vegetarian Chili Veg/TBD
Hyeholde Restaurant *Sherry Bisque Veg
Kaya Jalapeño, White Cheddar, Broccoli Veg/GF
Mad Mex Shadyside *Chickpea Chili V/GF/Veg
Piccolo Forno Pasta e Fagioli V/Veg
Scratch Tomato Veg/GF
Six Penn Kitchen *Tomato Asiago Veg/GF
Sonoma Grille Wedding
Thin Man Sandwich Shop Sweet Potato & Tahini  w/Sumac Veg/GF
Woody’s Italian Restaurant and Catering Wedding
SEATING 2 (4-6pm)
Donor Soup V/GF/Veg?
Bar Marco Celeriac Puree and Apple Veg
Café Raymond Pasta Fagioli Veg
Casbah Butternut Squash Puree Veg
CCAC *Beef Goulash GF
Cure Celery Root Veg
East End Food Coop Mushroom Barley V/Veg
Eat Unique White Turkey Chili GF
Food Bank *Tuscan Bean V/GF/Veg
Girasole Wedding
Google @ Parkhurst *Vegetarian Chili Veg/V/GF
Job Corps *Cheeseburger & Fries
Morcilla Artichoke and Almond Veg/GF
Pork and Beans *Leek and Cauliflower Veg
Salvatore’s of Little Giant World of Catering Wedding
Smallman Street Deli Chicken Noodle
Soba Thai Corn Chowder V/Veg
Square Café *Tomato Bisque GF/Veg
Wholey’s Market Lobster Bisque


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