Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at Austin’s Ale House, 82-70 Austin Street, Kew Gardens
two seatings: 5:30-7:00pm and 7:30-9:00pm.

In 1990, a high school art teacher in Michigan, John Hartom, helped his students find a creative way to raise funds to support a food drive. What evolved was a class project to make ceramic bowls for a fundraising meal. Guests were served a simple meal of soup and bread and were invited to keep their bowls as a reminder that someone else’s bowl is always empty and that communities of people can work together to fill them. Since that memorable day, events have been held across the United States and Canada, in New Zealand, Germany, Finland, England, and Hong Kong. Requests for information have come from individuals in over 100 countries. Empty Bowls events have now raised tens of millions of dollars for organizations fighting hunger. The events have also raised public awareness about hunger and have provided people of all ages the chance to work for positive change in their own communities and beyond.

Inspired by the mission of Empty Bowls, a committee of Kew Gardens’ volunteers decided to develop a Kew Gardens Empty Bowls Event in 2012. They imagined friends and neighbors of all ages sitting around communal tables, sharing a simple meal of soup and bread in unique and beautiful ceramic bowls created by potters and community artists at The Potter’s Wheel, a wonderful local pottery studio. They imagined a feel-good event that culminated with a very generous donation to local hunger organizations. Each of the Empty Bowls Events has been very successful with several different themes: a fundraiser to honor the victims of Hurricane Sandy, a Thanksgiving event to land a turkey on the tables of appreciative families and in 2018 enough money was raised to fill over 250 shopping bags of food for a family of five for one week. In total more than 600 local attendees have made a difference in the fight against hunger, raising more than $20,000. This year Kew Gardens Empty Bowls Event is scheduled for Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at Austin’s Ale House, Kew Gardens. Adults and children will once again choose “their bowl,” enjoy a simple meal of soup and bread, take home their cherished bowls to remember that there are always empty bowls in the world AND know that each $20 donation will help to feed a family in need!

LIMITED SEATING!!! RESERVE NOW!!! Event Info: (917) 881-3358
Seatings: 5:30-7:00pm OR 7:30-9:00pm

Online: Event reservation at

Day of event: Seats available first-come first-served basis only: cash, credit


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