Eat, get unique pottery at benefit

Eat, get unique pottery at benefit

'Empty Bowls' raises money for ICS Food Bank

Local potters glazed hundreds of bowls last week at the Northwest Arts Center in preparation for Interfaith Community Services' "Empty Bowls" fundraiser March 17.

The event will benefit the ICS Food Bank, which expanded last October.

The nonprofit Interfaith Community Services provides a variety of assistance to people in need. Its main office is at 2820 W. Ina Road, where the new food bank is located.

Each guest at the fundraiser will receive a one-of-a-kind, handcrafted bowl to take home. More than a dozen restaurants will be serving their signature soups, breads and desserts.

Local artisans and volunteers began creating bowls in January. They expect to make more than 500 bowls in time for the event, said Alison Betts, spokeswoman for ICS.

Empty Bowls is an international grass-roots effort to fight hunger.

If you go

• What: Empty Bowls fundraiser for Interfaith Community Services

• When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 17

• Where: Tucson Chinese Cultural Center, 1288 W. River Road

• Cost: $15 per person

• Buy tickets: Online at www.icstucson.org; by phone at 297-2738, Ext. 209; or at the door

Participating restaurants

• Bob's Steak & Chop House at Omni Tucson National Resort

• Caffe Torino

• El Charro

• El Coqui Creative Caribbean Cuisine

• Fox and Hound

• Gourmet Girls Gluten Free Bakery/Bistro

• The Grill at Hacienda del Sol

• Harvest Restaurant

• It's Greek to Me

• Jasper Neighborhood Restaurant and Bar

• Jax Kitchen/the Abbey Eat + Drink

• La Baguette Bakery

• La Vista Café at Hilton Tucson El Conquistador

• My Big Fat Greek Restaurant

• Outback Steakhouse

• Village Bakehouse

Did you know?

The Interfaith Community Services Food Bank is experiencing a 45 percent increase in clients over this time last year.

ICS provides food, job help and emergency financial assistance to Pima County residents in need. Volunteers help seniors and the disabled with Mobile Meals, transportation, home repairs, calls, visits, health and safety referrals and advocacy.

Nearly one in five Pima County residents lives in poverty, and tens of thousands of families struggle to put food on the table, according to spokeswoman Alison Betts. The ICS Food Bank serves hundreds of clients each week by providing emergency food boxes and supplemental food items.

ICS is composed of more than 600 volunteers and 62 faith communities. The nonprofit agency assists more than 20,000 people each year.

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