Empty Bowl

Bowl Pick Up Scheduled for July 10 (details below)

Update 6/18/20:

Ticketholders rejoice! After the cancellation of the 14th annual Empty Bowl benefit for Hospitality House, ticketholders finally have an opportunity to safely collect their beautiful artisan bowls and take the spirit of the event home with them. Bowl pick up will take place on Friday, July 10, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 840 E. Main Street in Grass Valley (formally Bread & Roses Thrift and More), next door to Sierra Cinemas.

In addition to hand-selecting a beautiful artisan bowl to keep forever, ticketholders will also have a chance to participate in a raffle to win amazing prizes and one-of-a-kind art pieces. Select pieces will also be available for purchase. Cash, check and credit cards are all accepted methods of payment and general donations to help Hospitality House during the pandemic are welcome.


March 14 ticket times have been converted as followed for bowl pick up on July 10:

  • 11 a.m. brunch ticketholders will be honored from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • 1 p.m. lunch ticketholders will be honored from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • 3 p.m. dinner ticketholders will be honored from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Social Distancing and Safety

The safety of all ticketholders remains a top priority and as such, only 20 individuals at a time will be permitted inside the building to ensure social distancing of at least 6 feet or more is always adhered. Additionally, all attendees are requested to wear a mask.

To decrease the possibility of wait times outside, it is recommended that a single representative attend on behalf of a group. For example, if a family of four has four tickets, it is recommended that only one family member attend and collect all four bowls. Please arrive with all tickets on hand or all names for will call for tickets to be honored.

Ticketholders who do not feel comfortable being in public or who have limited mobility may take advantage of the bowl drive-thru option at the back of the building, available at all three ticket times. Ticketholders will need to furnish their tickets or provide their name for will call. With this option, ticketholders will be surprised with a pre-selected artisan bowl, which can be placed either in the trunk of the vehicle or in the truck bed to limit contact.

New Bowls

Everyone will have equal opportunity to select beautiful bowls and new bowls will be replenished as bowls are selected throughout all pick up times. The raffle will also carry on through all pick up times and winners will be contacted later that same day.

Empty Bowl was originally scheduled for Saturday, March 14 at Peace Lutheran Church. The event was first modified to remove the dining portion to increase safety but was ultimately postponed based on Nevada County Public Health recommendations amid COVID-19. Individuals unable to pick up their bowl(s) on July 10 are encouraged to call Hospitality House at 530-615-0852 for further assistance. All ticket sales help provide food and shelter to homeless individuals in crisis.

A big thank you to all of our wonderful artists in the community for making Empty Bowl possible every year. Additionally, please help us thank and support the following businesses for their loyal sponsorship: AJA Video Systems, Inc., BriarPatch Food Co-op; Caseywood Corporation; Telestream; SPD Markets; Dignity Health Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital; Nevada County Association of Realtors; Whitewater Naturopathic Medicine; MWA, Inc.; Northern California Mortgage; KVMR; Peace Lutheran Church; Kathy Dotson Designs; YubaNet; The Union; Interfaith Food Ministry; ClientWorks; Alan Savage of EXP Realty; Power-Structures, LLC., and Law Office of Minor & Keene.


Update 5/27/2020: Notification sent to ticketholders

Dear Empty Bowl Ticketholders,

We are looking forward to hosting our modified Empty Bowl soon! We can’t wait to give you all your beautiful handmade bowls.

We have sent a proposal to Nevada County Health Department, which proposes to distribute bowls this June with all safety precautions taken into consideration. Everyone’s safety is our number one priority.

We will make an announcement as soon as the new date is confirmed. We appreciate all of our ticketholders for being so understanding and supportive during these trying times.

All ticket sales help provide food and shelter to homeless individuals in crisis. You also give someone the opportunity to find a place to call home.

Stay Safe!

4/20/20: We continue to adhere to all safety recommendations and are watching closely for updates. Until the shelter-in-place order is lifted and it is safe to gather, a new date for Empty Bowl cannot be determined. However, we hope to reschedule for June with bowl pick up and raffle fun. The dining portion of the event remains cancelled.

We will make an announcement as soon as the new date is confirmed and bowl ticket sales will resume. We appreciate all of our current ticketholders for being so understanding and for staying with us during these trying times.

Rest assured, your bowls are being well cared for until we can meet again.

Update 3/16/20: We are closely monitoring updates and safety recommendations regarding COVID19. The earliest Empty Bowl will be rescheduled is April 2020. All tickets will be honored on the new date.

Update 3/12/20: Empty Bowl is postponed.

Under the recent advisement of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services to cancel all events through the end of March to slow the spread of COVID-19Hospitality House has made the decision to postpone Empty Bowl as it continually looks to safeguard the health of its attendees.

The event was expected to carry on this Saturday, March 14, rain or shine, but the date will be postponed to April or later, based on safety recommendations for COVID-19. Earlier this week, Hospitality House staff significantly altered its event plans for Empty Bowl by eliminating food service and moving the event outdoors to lessen the possibility of Coronavirus exposure and to increase community safety. Ticketholders were invited to hand-select beautiful artisan bowls to keep forever at their designated ticket time as well as participate in a raffle to win amazing prizes and art pieces. These modified activities will take place at a new date, once event safety protocol for COVID-19 is lifted.

“We take safety recommendations from California public health officials very seriously” said Nancy Baglietto, Executive Director of Hospitality House. “Based on the newest information available, postponing is the right thing to do.”

All tickets already purchased will be honored at the new date, once determined. All ticket sales help provide food and shelter to homeless individuals in crisis. Individuals unable to attend the new date or who wish to no longer support the fundraising efforts of Hospitality House may request a refund by calling 530-615-0852.

At the heart of Empty Bowl is the people. Empty Bowl serves to help individuals struggling with homelessness receive food, shelter, sustenance, job training, case management and more to return to housing. With this postponement, the objective of Empty Bowl has not changed.

“Every empty bowl sitting in my office right now represents a chance to help someone,” said Ashley Quadros, Development Director of Hospitality House. “Our bowls are empty. We hope the community will still help us fill them.”

The earliest the event may reschedule is April 2020. Current ticketholders and the general public will be notified as soon as a new date is secured.

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Grass Valley, CA 95945

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