Empty Bowl 2021

Tickets on sale now while supplies last. Event subject to sell out. First come, first serve. No rainchecks.

TICKET SALES HAVE CLOSED. THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING EMPTY BOWL 2021.

SPECIFIC QUESTIONS? Scroll below to read commonly asked questions.

Empty Bowl Schedule of Events & Dish Per Restaurant:

Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co
Week IV: September 22-27
Dish offered with your bowl:
SUPRISE DISH! Menu varies per week at the restaurant.

Heartwood Eatery
Week IV: September 22-28
Dish offered with your bowl:
RAINBOW SALAD = local salad greens and veggies, half an avocado, a sesame tamari dressing and bread and butter.

fudenjüce
Week III: September 15-21
Dish offered with your bowl
: KICHARI BOWL: steamed organic spinach, organic shredded carrots, organic mung beans, and organic basmati rice flavored with organic spices (cumin, coriander and fennel) and organic sunflower oil.

Golden Gate Saloon @ The Holbrooke Hotel
Week III: September 16-20

Dish offered with your bowl: BRISKET BOWL: achiote rice, BBQ brisket, kimchi, avocado, crema and cilantro.

Sopa Thai Cuisine 
Week I: September 1- 6
Dish offered with your bowl:
TOM KAH SOUP: Lemongrass, coconut milk with broccoli, snow peas, cabbage, carrots, mushrooms and tomatoes.

Tofanelli’s Gold Country Bistro
Week II: September 8-14* Excludes Saturday/Sunday
Dish offered with your bowl:
SURPRISE SOUP OF THE DAY with a dinner roll.

Lola @ The National Exchange Hotel
Week II: September 8-14
Dish offered with your bowl:
FRENCH ONION SOUP: caramelized onions, beef broth, sourdough croutons, gruyere cheese, rasputin stout and cooked Brandy.


EMPTY BOWL DETAILS FOR 2021

This year’s Empty Bowl is back with a twist. Instead of having one large gathering on one single day, the community is invited to participate in Empty Bowl for the entire month of September! That’s right—the entire month! Visit one restaurant, two restaurants or more! Go for a full belly and visit all seven restaurants!

Tickets now on sale while supplies last. First come, first serve and subject to sell out!

Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 1, each week one to two local restaurants will each host Empty Bowl at their own restaurants (times/days vary by location), preparing gourmet sustenance in a beautifully donated artisan bowl (A big thank you to all our artists!). A total of seven restaurants are available to visit throughout the month.

Because each restaurant is 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, 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.

NEW: To kickoff Empty Bowl, the entire community is invited to participate in a virtual art sale, featuring a variety of specialty bowls and artisan creations on Wednesday, Sept. 1 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. No event ticket required to participate! A preview of all featured work will be available on hhshelter.org beginning Monday, Aug. 30. Art will be available for purchase on a first come, first serve basis beginning at 1 p.m. on Sept.1. Call 530-615-0852 to be the first one to buy your favorite item! No holds! No rainchecks!

FEATURED RESTAURANTS & PARTICIPATING DATES:

Sopa Thai Cuisine (Sept. 1-6) 
After purchasing your ticket, please call for reservations at 530-471-0101. Event will be hosted during restaurant’s regular operating hours.
Address: 312 Commercial St, Nevada City, CA 95959
Event Dates & Hours:
Wednesday: 11AM–3PM, 5–9PM
Thursday: 11AM–3PM, 5–9PM
Friday: 11AM–3PM, 5–9PM
Saturday: 12–9PM
Sunday: 12–9PM
Monday: 11AM–3PM, 5–9PM
Tuesday: Closed

Tofanelli’s Gold Country Bistro (Sept. 8 -14 – excludes Saturday/Sunday)
Empty Bowl will be hosted during specific dates and hours, and may vary from regular restaurant’s operating dates and hours. No reservations needed, walk-ins welcome. Bowls will be on display for ticketholders to chose their favorite bowl!
Address: 302 W Main St, Grass Valley, CA 95945
Event Dates & Hours:
Wednesday: 8AM–3PM
Thursday: 8AM–3PM
Friday: 8AM–3PM
Saturday: Excludes Weekends
Sunday: Excludes Weekends
Monday: 8AM–3PM
Tuesday: 8AM–3PM

Lola @ The National Exchange Hotel (Sept. 8-14)
Empty Bowl will be hosted during specific dates and hours, and may vary from regular restaurant’s operating dates and hours. After purchasing your ticket, please call for reservations at 530-362-7605.
Address: 211 Broad Street, Nevada City, CA 95959
Event Dates & Operating Hours:
Thursday: 5PM–9PM
Friday: 5PM–10PM
Saturday: 5PM–10PM
Sunday: 5PM–9PM
Monday: 5PM–9PM
Tuesday: 5PM–9PM
Wednesday: 5PM–9PM

fudenjüce (Sept. 15-21)
No reservations, walk-ins please. Event will be hosted during restaurant’s regular operating hours.
Address: 815 Zion St, Nevada City, CA 95959
Event Dates & Hours:
Wednesday: 10AM–6PM
Thursday: 10AM–6PM
Friday: 10AM–6PM
Saturday: 11AM–6PM
Sunday: 11AM–6PM
Monday:10AM–6PM
Tuesday: 10AM–6PM

Golden Gate Saloon @ The Holbrooke Hotel (Sept. 16-20)
Empty Bowl will be hosted during specific dates and hours, and may vary from regular restaurant’s operating dates and hours. After purchasing your ticket, please call for reservations at 530-460-4078.
Address: 212 W Main St, Grass Valley, CA 95945
Event Dates & Hours:
Thursday: 5PM–9PM
Friday: 5PM–9PM
Saturday: 5PM–9PM
Sunday: 5PM–9PM
Monday: 5PM–9PM
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: Closed

Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co. (Sept. 22-27)
No reservations, walk-ins please. Event will be hosted during restaurant’s regular operating hours.
Address: 211 Commercial St, Nevada City, CA 95959
Event Dates & Hours:
Wednesday: 8AM–8PM
Thursday: 8AM–8PM
Friday: 8AM–8PM
Saturday: 8AM–8PM
Sunday: 8AM–8PM
Monday: 8AM–8PM
Tuesday: Closed

Heartwood Eatery (Sept. 22-28)
No reservations, walk-ins please.
Address: 237 Commercial St, Nevada City, CA 95959
Event Dates & Hours:
Wednesday: 10AM–4PM
Thursday: 10AM–4PM
Friday: 10AM–4PM
Saturday: 10AM–4PM
Sunday: 10AM–4PM
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10AM–4PM

 

IMPORTANT: 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. 

 

Countdown to Empty Bowl – Back for all of September!

This year’s Empty Bowl is back with a twist. Instead of having one large gathering on one single day, the community is invited to participate in Empty Bowl for the entire month of September! That’s right—the entire month! Visit one restaurant, two restaurants or more! Go for a full belly and visit all seven restaurants!

Because each restaurant is 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, 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.

FEATURED RESTAURANTS

Sopa Thai Cuisine, Sept. 1 – 7
Tofanelli’s Gold Country Bistro, Sept. 8 – 14
Lola @ The National Exchange Hotel, Sept. 8 – 14
Golden Gate Saloon @ The Holbrooke Hotel, Sept. 15 – 21
fudenjüce, Sept. 15 – 21
Heartwood Eatery, Sept. 22 – 28
Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co., Sept. 22 – 28

IMPORTANT: 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. Days/times/meals will be announced on hhshelter.org by Aug. 2 or sooner.

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

Commonly Asked Questions:

What is this event about?

Empty Bowl is an artist-driven benefit for Hospitality House, set to return Sept. 1 – 28, 2021. 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? 

Monday, Aug. 2 at 3 p.m.

Where can I buy tickets?

Tickets are only available for online purchase this year. They will be available on this page and the homepage of hhshelter.org.

What does my ticket include?

1 ticket = 1 donated artisan bowl you’ll get to keep forever + 1 meal.

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

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 seven 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 a month, 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 call the event team at 530.615.0852. If any bowls are leftover after the event, they may be available for purchase.

Why the new format?

In the past, Empty Bowl was a large gathering of several hundred people in a somewhat small space. Local artists made and donated beautiful bowls for the event. Guests redeemed their tickets for a bowl of their choice and filled it with soup donated by local restaurants and community groups. Event supporters kept their bowl forever as a reminder of how important a single serving of simple sustenance is for someone who is homeless and hungry.

To increase safety this year, we are moving Empty Bowl into our restaurant community. There will be a list of participating restaurants and their featured dishes (see above). 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 throughout the month of September and different restaurants will be showcased each week, allowing you to support multiple restaurants, increase your contribution to Hospitality House, and acquire an impressive collection of artisan bowls.

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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Grass Valley, CA 95945

Shelter Line: (530) 271-7144

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