12th Annual Empty Bowl Dinner at Chestnut Hill College Benefits Local Community Members in Need

Release Date: Thursday, November 18, 2010 from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Chestnut Hill College, in partnership with the Northwest Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network (NPIHN), will sponsor the 12th Annual Empty Bowl Dinner on Thursday, November 18, 2010 from 4:30 - 8:30 p.m. in Sorgenti Arena.

The Empty Bowl Dinner, a popular event at the College and with the surrounding community, is the annual fundraising dinner for the Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide food and shelter to local homeless families. Local businesses, schools, and potters donate clay bowls, while local restaurants donate soups, breads, and desserts. For a small fee, diners can select a hand-crafted bowl and enjoy fare from over 59 restaurants and bakeries in the Philadelphia area. At the end of the evening, diners take home their empty bowl as a reminder of those who face hunger every day.

The dinner also serves as a gathering for the 1,200 volunteers, current and former guest families, congregations, and supporters of NPIHN and the College. “It’s such a pleasure to reunite with friends we have supported along their journey from homelessness to stability,” states Rachel Falkove, NPIHN’s executive director. “By heightening community awareness that being homeless is not just a problem in poor communities, but a growing problem everywhere, we can do more to help. Our network of volunteers demonstrates that by everyone taking a small amount of responsibility, we can strive to make a difference. We are grateful that Chestnut Hill College unites so many in our community by hosting the Empty Bowl Dinner each year.”

Chestnut Hill College students volunteer as servers for the event, which attracted over 700 attendees last year and raised over $10,000 from the dinner. All proceeds from the event are donated to NPIHN. Mike McGrath of WHYY’s “You Bet Your Garden” will be a special guest that evening. There will also be raffles for sport memorabilia and other items.

Chartwells Dining Service, Chestnut Hill College’s food service company, generously supports this event each year by donating their services for the Empty Bowl set-up and the heating of soups, as well as providing all linens, paper products, beverages, and rolls and butter.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for students and children, and can be purchased in advance or at the door. For additional information, please call 215.247.4663. A shuttle will be available starting at 5 p.m. from Mount St. Joseph Academy, Flourtown, and Our Mother of Consolation Church, 23 East Chestnut Hill Avenue, Philadelphia.

List of participating restaurants and bakeries:

Bala Cynwyd:

Center City:
Bon Appetit

Hersel's East Side

Kamal's Middle Eastern Food

Sang Kee

The Restaurant School

Jimmie John’s
Kingdom of Vegetarians

Chestnut Hill:
Baker Street
Bredenbeck’s Bakery
Bruno’s Restaurant
Chestnut Grille and Sidewalk Cafe
Cin Cin
French Bakery
McNally’s Tavern
Rollers Flying Fish
Solaris Grille

The Night Kitchen Bakery 
Top of the Hill Café
Poppy’s Seed Bakery
St. Paul’s Episcopal Youth Group

Baja Fresh

Flower Café
Germantown Mennonite Church


Adobe Cafe

Derek’s Restaurant
Manayunk Diner

On A Roll

Mt. Airy:
Centre Caterers
Chef Ken’s Cafe
Earth Bread and Brewery

Food For All 
Geechee Girl
Lutheran Seminary
McMenamin’s Tavern
Trolley Car Diner
Yu Hsiang Garden


Northwest Philadelphia:
Philly Platinum Grille

Plymouth Meeting:
JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar

Washington House

West Philadelphia:
T.G.I. Friday’s