Empty Bowl Returns September 9!

Two weeks of dining at restaurants, followed by an Art Extravaganza on Sept. 24!

 

Countdown to Empty Bowl – Back Sept. 9 – 24!

Back by popular demand, Empty Bowl returns this year again in partnership with local artists and restaurants. Last year was the first time Empty Bowl was ever hosted at multiple locations with seven restaurants standing in as hosts. Feedback from the event overwhelmingly indicated love of the new format—patrons loved dining out and buying beyond their ticket price to help support local restaurants, too. However, some still missed shopping for extra bowls, bidding on prizes and trying their luck at the raffle. There is also something special about coming together as a community to stand in solidarity with those who are hungry and without a home

With all of this feedback in mind, we are pleased to share that we took your feedback to heart and this year, Empty Bowl is back in two parts: first, through restaurants, Sept. 9-23 AND second, with an Empty Bowl Art Extravaganza on Saturday, Sept. 24, which is an exclusive opportunity for ticketholders to come together to shop bowls, participate in an auction and raffle, listen to live music and enjoy a no-host happy hour.

All proceeds from Empty Bowl and the Empty Bowl Art Extravaganza are utilized to help provide emergency shelter and housing assistance to local homeless men, women and children.

Tickets go on sale Aug. 5 at hhshelter.org.

Your ticket includes admission to the: EMPTY BOWL ART EXTRAVAGANZA

On top of your dining experience, every ticket includes private access to our first-ever Empty Bowl Art Extravaganza on Saturday, Sept. 24. You must buy an Empty Bowl ticket to a restaurant in order to enter the art affair. The Empty Bowl Art Extravaganza will be an exclusive opportunity for ticketholders to come together to shop bowls, participate in an auction and raffle, listen to live music and enjoy a no-host happy hour from 4-6 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church. You must buy an Empty Bowl ticket to a restaurant in order to enter the art affair.  Address: 828 W Main St, Grass Valley, CA 95945.

FEATURED RESTAURANTS (DINE SEPT. 9 -23*)

 Heartwood Eatery:

Rainbow Salad made with greens and veggies, half an avocado, a sesame tamari dressing.

 Sopa Thai Cuisine: 

 Tom Kah Soup with lemon grass and coconut milk with broccoli, snow peas, cabbage, carrots, mushrooms and tomatoes.

 Friar Tuck’s Restaurant & Bar:

Grilled avocado and shrimp salad with mixed greens, roasted corn, cherry tomatoes, chipotle cilantro lime buttermilk dressing.

Golden Gate Saloon @ The Holbrooke Hotel:

Brisket Bowl made with achiote rice, kimchi, smoked brisket, avocado, crema, cilantro.

Lola @ The National Exchange Hotel:

French Onion Soup made with caramelized onions, beef broth, sourdough croutons, gruyere cheese.

Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co: 

SUPRISE DISH! Menu varies per week at the restaurant.

Tofanelli’s Gold Country Bistro:

Crab cake on a bed of mixed greens with mango salsa and red pepper aioli.

Alexander’s Station Steakhouse and Event Center:(Prix Fixe menu – 1 night only, Sept. 23)*

Sparkling Wine Reception to start the evening, followed by a multi-course dining experience with several wine pairings, featuring: House Smoked Sturgeon served with a tender green bean salad grapefruit dressing and caviar; wild mushroom sauté served over truffle risotto; Rancho Llano Seco pork tenderloin wrapped in applewood smoked bacon and served over chard with a blueberry port sauce; and baked apple tart with pecan cream and caramel sauce.

For Alexander’s only, ticket sale ($250 per person) proceeds will be split equally between the restaurant and Hospitality House to make such an experience possible. As such, only 50% of each ticket will be considered a donation. Patrons will be taxed half the ticket amount PLUS 18% gratuity at the time of dining.

IMPORTANT DETAILS

Because restaurants are donating their own signature dish and staff time to make Empty Bowl possible, we kindly ask that all ticketholders, PLEASE, patronize these restaurants by purchasing appetizers, drinks, desserts and more. Like many in the community, they’ve been affected by the pandemic, on top of a workforce shortage, so this year’s Empty Bowl is an opportunity to not only help struggling homeless Nevada County residents by purchasing a ticket but also serves as an opportunity to stand strong behind our restaurant community by purchasing delicious additions at each participating restaurant.

PREVIEW FEATURED DISHES

Don’t miss your chance at trying Tofanelli’s Gold Country Bistro’s crab cake on a bed of mixed greens with mango salsa and red pepper aioli!

How about a scrumptious Brisket Bowl, made with achiote rice, kimchi, smoked brisket, avocado, crema and cilantro? You’ll only find this dish at the Golden Gate Saloon at The Holbrooke.

WOW! We can’t wait for you to try this French Onion Soup, exclusive for Empty Bowl at Lola @ The National Exchange Hotel.  This French Onion Soup is made with caramelized onions, beef broth, sourdough croutons and gruyere cheese.

Heartwood Eatery is ready to serve! Their iconic rainbow Salad is made with organic mixed greens, shredded carrots, roasted beets, purple daikon radish, garbanzos, toasted seeds, sesame-tamari house dressing.

Our Friends at Friar Tuck’s Restaurant & Bar will be joining us for the first time this year for Empty Bowl! They will be offering a delicious grilled avocado and shrimp salad with mixed greens, roasted corn, cherry tomatoes and a chipotle cilantro lime buttermilk dressing! Image of the dish coming soon!

If you’re looking for a 5-course – 1 night-only dinner, you won’t want to miss out on a one-time opportunity, Sept. 23 at Alexander’s Station Steak House and Event Center.  Profits ($250 per person) will be equally split between Alexander’s and Hospitality House to make the experience possible. Dietary restrictions are available with advanced notice only.

First Course
House Smoked Sturgeon
served with a tender green bean salad grapefruit dressing and caviar accompanied with
Lagaria Pinot Grigio

Second Course
Wild mushroom Sauté
served over truffle risotto and garnished with asiago cheese accompanied with
Carpe Diem Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

Entrée Course
RANCHO LLANO SECO Pork Tenderloin
wrapped in Applewood smoked bacon and served over chard and with a blueberry port sauce
accompanied with Nevada City Reserve Merlot

Dessert
Baked Apple Tart
with pecan cream and caramel sauce
accompanied with Broadbent Madeira

IMPORTANT: For Alexander’s Station Steakhouse and Event Center, ticket sale proceeds will be split equally between the restaurant and Hospitality House to make such an experience possible. As such, only 50% of each ticket will be considered a donation. Patrons will be taxed half the ticket amount PLUS 18% gratuity at the time of dining.

**A limited number of tickets will be available for each participating restaurant. Tickets MUST be purchased in advance in order to be redeemed at participating restaurants. Each restaurant has restrictions in place when tickets can be utilized. Each restaurant is featuring a specialty dish of their choosing.**

ARTISTS

Thank you to our local artists who make Empty Bowl possible every year! This event would not exist without your generosity!!

We’d like to thank some of our artists who make Empty Bowl possible year after year:

Potters:

Chic Lotz

Dik Hotchkiss

Yvonne Dockter

Mindy Oberne (Oberne’s bowls pictured below)

Woodturners

Gold Country Wood Turners: Carlos Angulo, Bill Juhl, Edson Holmes, David Nelson, Karin Paustell, Kenny Frerichs, Karl Miller, Patrick Speer

SPONSORS

We’d like to give our heartfelt thanks to this year’s business sponsors: AJA Video Systems, Pawnie’s Home, Chapa-de Indian Health, BriarPatch Food Co-op, SPD Markets, Telestream, Inc., YubaNet, Caseywood Corporation, Inc., County of Nevada (Better Together), Nevada County Association of Realtors, The Union, and Whitewater Naturopathic Medicine.

Commonly Asked Questions:

What is this event about?

Empty Bowl is an artist-driven benefit for Hospitality House, set to return Sept. 9 – 24, 2022. Dozens of artists create and donate beautifully handcrafted ceramic and wood bowls to fill with sustenance. This year, that sustenance is filled by local restaurants who are also donating the food and their staff time to make the event possible.

Empty Bowl is an opportunity to help people experiencing homelessness get back on their feet. Sharing a simple meal is an opportunity for our community to express its compassion for those who are homeless and hungry. Every dollar received from Empty Bowl is a donation toward Hospitality House’s emergency operations and every dollar makes a difference in someone’s livelihood.

When will tickets go on sale? 

Tickets will go on sale on August 5 at 9 a.m.

Where can I buy tickets?

Tickets are only available for online purchase this year. They will be available on https://emptybowl2022.rsvpify.com

Tickets will be $40 and up for restaurants participating Sept. 9- Sept. 22.

Tickets for Alexander’s Station Steakhouse and Event Center (Prix Fixe menu – 1 night only, Sept. 23) $250 per person.

IMPORTANT: For Alexander’s Station Steakhouse and Event Center, ticket sale proceeds will be split equally between the restaurant and Hospitality House to make such an experience possible. As such, only 50% of each ticket will be considered a donation. Patrons will be taxed half the ticket amount PLUS 18% gratuity at the time of dining.

What does my ticket include?

1 ticket = 1 donated artisan bowl you’ll get to keep forever + 1 meal (restaurants participating Sept.9-22). *

For Alexander’s Station Steakhouse and Event Center on Sept. 23, 1 ticket= 1 donated artisan bowl you’ll get to keep forever+ multi-course dining experience with several wine pairings.

*Meal types vary by participating restaurants. Drinks, appetizers, entrees, desserts, etc. are all extra and are not included with your ticket purchase.

Every ticket also includes automatic entry into the Empty Bowl Art Extravaganza on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 4-6 pm at Peace Lutheran Church. Participating in silent auctions or raffles at the Empty Bowl Art Extravaganza comes at added expense but entry is complimentary to all ticketholders.

What meal is being served?

Food offerings will vary by restaurant. Patrons with a ticket will visit their selected restaurant to receive a meal served in an artisan bowl. Since restaurants are donating food for this event, patrons are encouraged to purchase additional menu items while on the premises. Empty Bowl will be hosted at restaurants September 9 – 23, allowing you to support multiple restaurants if you’d like, increase your contribution to Hospitality House, and acquire an impressive collection of artisan bowls.

Alexander’s Steakhouse ticket will include 5-course menu, created by Chef Vincent at Alexander’s Steakhouse Station and Event Center.

Do I get to pick out my own bowl? 

This answer varies by each restaurant. Some restaurants are having a “masked” experience, meaning your bowl will be a surprise. Others will offer a small selection for you to choose from at your table. A few are hosting displays to pick and choose from as you arrive.

I only want a specific artist’s bowl for my collection. Where can I find out where my favorite artist’s bowls will be?

All bowls will be scattered across all participating restaurants. There is no guarantee that an artist who participated in years’ past will choose to participate again this year (all artists graciously donate their bowls, time and talent). While Hospitality House will do everything in its power to ensure equal distribution of artist variety to all restaurants, because the event takes place over two weeks, bowl varieties and specific bowls by specific artists are not guaranteed to ticketholders. Following the event, if a patron is still on the hunt for their perfect bowl, they are encouraged to attend the Art Extravaganza where a variety of art work and bowls will be available for purchase, auction and raffle.

Why the new format?

Following last year’s event format change to restaurants due to covid-19, Hospitality House provided surveys to all ticketholders on their event experience. Overwhelmingly, patrons loved the new format in restaurants but while some appreciated the new style, some missed coming together and seeing more works of art. Based on this feedback, we are including the Art Extravaganza as an option for ticketholders who still want to come together as a community.

Am I required to buy more food/drinks at my selected restaurant? 

No, but we appreciate you patronizing each restaurant as best you can. Restaurants have been hard hit by the pandemic, along with the greater community. With more people falling into homelessness, coupled with the ongoing challenges surrounding homelessness in general, the full price of your Empty Bowl ticket goes to Hospitality House and will provide food, shelter and services to homeless individuals in Nevada County. After you redeem your ticket, your purchase of additional food or drinks supports your favorite or newly discovered restaurant. Show local artists that their work is making a difference by keeping one or more beautifully created bowls and unite as a community to help local restaurants and individuals in need.

Do I have to tip if I dine in or take my bowl to go? 

Restaurants are participating out of the kindness of their hearts with nothing received in return. As such, tipping is greatly encouraged. Each restaurant is donating their staff time and food to participate in Empty Bowl. It is a huge help if you are able to show your appreciation for them by tipping your server and purchasing add-ons.

Are reservations for dining required?

Each restaurant has their own set of rules for Empty Bowl, including dates and hours of participation. When tickets go on sale, all stimulations will be posted.

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1262 Sutton Way
Grass Valley, CA 95945

Shelter Line: (530) 271-7144

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