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6th Annual Empty Bowls NE
Friday, April 19, 2019 8:40 AM


"Empty Bowls," an international grassroots effort to address hunger, is coming again to the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District for its 6th year on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 11 AM - 6 PM at East Side Neighborhood Services (1700 2nd St NE).


Its concept is simple: Empty Bowls NE - Minneapolis asks local potters - who have teamed up with Thomas Edison High School art students - to provide handcrafted ceramic bowls and asks amazing local restaurants to provide delicious soup; guests of the event pay whatever they can and keep the bowl itself as an excellent reminder of the empty bowls in the world and in our own community.

Empty Bowls NE - Minneapolis is a 100% volunteer-driven effort and 100% of all proceeds raised go towards three terrific NE Minneapolis hunger causes:  The Sheridan Story (kids), Helping Hand Food Pantry (adults), and East Side Neighborhood Services' Senior Food Shelf (seniors), serving a spectrum of generations within our NE Minneapolis community.  Last year, Empty Bowls NE - Minneapolis raised over to $18,000 for these local hunger causes. This year's goal is to raise over $20,000.

Similar projects have been held for years in nearby communities: St Catherine's University, Columbia Heights, Hopkins, Rogers, Northfield, Plymouth, Maple Grove, New Prague, and Powderhorn Park in Minneapolis.

Empty Bowls NE - Minneapolis has secured over 500 handmade ceramic bowls. Many Northeast potters have been Empty Bowls participants in surrounding areas, but until recent years had no means to join the effort in their own community. Expanding on that community spirit, Empty Bowls NE has again partnered with Thomas Edison High School's Fine Arts department to both produce pottery and provide students exposure for their work and experience interacting with prominent local artisans.

This year's Empty Bowls NE will again feature a "Pottery Lottery" where the community can purchase raffle tickets for original artwork and ceramics donated by local artists. The proceeds from this raffle will be donated directly to Edison High School's Fine Arts department to support their Arts programming.

100% of the funds are distributed to
The Sheridan Story, Helping Hand Food Pantry (, and East Side Neighborhood Services Senior Food Programs.

(note: there will be vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free soups!)

The Anchor Fish & Chips
The Bad Waitress Diner
Bark and the Bite
Brasa Rotisserie
Chowgirls Killer Catering
Domo Ramen
The Draft Horse
Dusty's Bar - NE MPLS
Eli's East Food & Cocktails
Erte & The Peacock Lounge
Fig + Farro
Gardens of Salonica: New Greek Cafe & Deli
Gasthof zur Gemutlichkeit / Marios Keller Bar
Ginger Hop
Gorkha Palace Restaurant - Minneapolis
Maeve's Cafe
Masu Sushi & Robata
Matchbox Coffeeshop
The Mill Northeast
Mojo Coffee Gallery
Parkway Pizza Northeast
Red Stag Supperclub
the sample room
Sen Yai Sen Lek - Thai Rice & Noodles
ShawsBar AndGrill
The Sheridan Room
Stanley's Northeast Bar Roomortheast Bar Room
Stray Dog Restaurant & Bar
Surdyk's Liquor & Cheese Shop
Young Joni


Community members can learn more at

For further information or to volunteer please contact:

Susannah Dodge // (612) 702-2097 or

Volunteer Coordinator
Jenifer Helgerson // (612) 900-5048 or

Edison High School Arts Teacher and Pottery Coordinator
Krista Marino // (507) 581-0690 or

Aaron Neumann // (612) 788-1284 or

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