Bastrop "Empty Bowl Project"
Homestyle, HOT or haute…
Whatever the cuisine, the heat is definitely on among many of Bastrop County’s leading restaurants and caterers. At stake are bragging rights to the county’s best soup, best stew and best chili.
This battle of ladles will occur between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23 in the Bastrop High School cafeteria, 1614 Chambers St., and is waged in support of the Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry and Support Center’s annual Empty Bowl Project.
Chefs from area restaurants and caterers will be serving up their “best” in hopes that a panel of judges and the more than 500 ticket holders anticipated will agree. Celebrity judges will tag winners in each class—soup, stew, or chili—while attendees will vote on their “fan favorite”.
Nineteen restaurants and caterers—from Cedar Creek to Winchester—have already signed on for this year’s event and more are expected. Participants from Elgin will include Li’l Mexican Garden and Meyers Smokehouse. Among Bastrop’s “bests” will be Anita's Café, Aunt Lou's Catering, Bastrop Brewhouse, Brenda's 1441 Café, Cedar’s Mediterranean Grill, Chili's, Deli Depot, El Norte Mexican Restaurant, The Grace Miller Restaurant, Maxine’s on Main, Olde World Bakery, the Roadhouse and Viejos Tacos y Tequila. From Cedar Creek will be the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort and Spa and My Little Things Catering. The Back Door Café, Smithville, and Murphy's Steakhouse, Winchester, round out the early confirmations.
Food Pantry Executive Director Tresha Silva is a big fan of them all. “Each year I’m overwhelmed at the enthusiasm of the chefs and the quality and presentation of the offerings.” This event has a loyal following of both chefs and attendees who—for the price of a $20 ticket—get to sample any and all and to take home a pottery soup bowl hand decorated by Bastrop Independent School District art students.
“Empty Bowl Projects”, such as Bastrop County’s, occur across the nation as a means of combating hunger by raising funds to support local food pantries. All proceeds from ticket sales and sponsorships for this event will go toward funding the Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry and Support Center, providing a lifeline to County residents living in poverty. According to Silva, this event is a major focus of the Pantry’s fundraising efforts, efforts that during 2012 translated into 305,016 pounds of nutritious food distributed to over 14,714 households and into a broad array of education and support services to the elderly and those in need. “A sluggish economy, persistent high unemployment and the Labor Day fires all have contributed to a growing need for Pantry services and have increasingly strained the Pantry’s limited resources. We need a really good turnout at this event to sustain the good work that the Pantry does.”
Silva adds that “the fixin’s” will be seasoned with live music from “Terry Lyne and HWY South”, a band composed of local favorite Terry Lyne Moore and area musicians. Also spicing up the event will be a silent auction of items donated by Bastrop County artists and desserts by members of the County’s Extension Education Clubs and other volunteers.
Tickets are $20 per person; children 12 and under eat free. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance, during regular business hours, at the Pantry (1201 Pine), the Bastrop Chamber of Commerce (927 Main) and the Sugar Shack (114 Loop 150 W.)
Bastrop’s event is a longstanding partnership among the Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry and Support Center, the Bastrop Independent School District, restaurants and caterers throughout Bastrop County as well as local artists and businesses.
For further information about the event or sponsorship opportunities, visit www.bastropfoodpantry.com or contact the Pantry at (512) 303-9550 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, Follow “Empty Bowl Project 2013” on Facebook for more details.
1614 Chambers St
Bastrop, TX 78602