11th Annual Empty Bowl Dinner

Release Date: Thursday, November 19, 2009

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Chestnut Hill College, in partnership with the Northwest Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network (NPIHN), will sponsor the 11th Annual Empty Bowl Dinner on Thursday, November 19, 2009 from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Sorgenti Arena, located at 9601 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia.

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. In honor of the Phillies making it to the World Series, there will also be a raffle for a Phillies baseball cap signed by Ryan Howard donated by the Philadelphia Phillies Community Outreach.

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, bakeries, schools, and businesses:

Abington Arts Center

Friendly’s Restaurant
Moe's Southwest Grill
Bala Cynwyd

Blue Bell:
Montgomery County Community College

Center City:
Twenty 21
Singapore Chinese Restaurant
Brown Betty’s Dessert Boutique
Tartes, Fine Cakes and Pastry
Essene Market and Café

Cheltenham: Cheltenham Art Center

City Line:

Delaware County:
Swarthmore Pottery Club
On a Roll -Media

Chestnut Hill:
Bocelli's Italian Restaurant
Chestnut Grill
Cosimo’s Pizza Café
French Bakery
Osaka Japanese Restaurant
Rollers Restaurant
Solaris Grille
Bredenbeck’s Bakery
Metropolitan Bakery
The Night Kitchen
Cin Cin
Prudential Fox & Roach, Chestnut Hill Office
Springside School
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Bakers
St. Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church
Shundeez Restaurant and Market
Poppy’s Seed Bakery
McNally’s Tavern

Baha Fresh Mexican Grill
Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon
Marriott Hotel West
Panera Bread
Miquon School Potters

East Falls:
Church of the Good Shepherd Potters

Elkins Park:
Color Me Mine

Flourtown Presbyterian Church Youth Group

Fort Washington:
Palace of Asia

Frankford High School Art Department

Flower Café
Susan Farrington
Stapley Nursing Home
Germantown Jewish Centre Religious School
Germantown Mennonite Church
Urban Café
Germantown Friends School
Center in the Park Organization

Haverford Pottery Club

King of Prussia:
Le Bus Bakery

Lafayette Hill: Brittingham’s Irish Pub
General Lafayette Inn & Brewery
Vino’s Pizza

Gwynedd Square Nursing Center
Adobe Café, Manayunk
Lucky Star, Roxborough
Jakes, Manayunk
Pina's Pizza, Roxborough
Mishkan Shalom Bakers

Mt. Airy:
Allens Lane Art Center
Acme Market
Earth Bread and Brewery
Chef Ken’s Café
Marchiano’s Bakery
McMenamin’s Tavern
Mi Puebla
Molly’s Pies
Trolley Car Diner
Chilly Philly Ice Cream
Lutheran Seminary
Project Learn
Lutheran Theological Seminary Refectory
Lawrence Bock Potter
Geechee Girl
Center Caterers
North by Northwest

George Washington High School Ceramics Department
Northeast High School Ceramics Department
Aramark, Holy Redeemer Hospital
North Wales
The Mud Shack

Applebee's Neighborhood Grill

Plymouth Meeting:
Doubletree Guest Suites
JB Dawson's Restaurant & Bar
The Hill School
Washington House

University City:
Tandoor Indian Restaurant
White Dog Café
University City Arts League potters
Penn Arts Club
Wharton School Undergraduate Class
Moore College of Art

Wyndmoor: Flannery’s Grove Deli

Other Contributors: Congregation Youth Group Bakers
Woodlynde School
William Penn Charter
Penn Dining Services (Aramark)
Holy Redeemer Hospital
St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church
Upper Dublin Lutheran Church
Falls of Schuylkill Presbyterian Church
Philadelphia Senior Center
West Philadelphia Catholic High School
Dallis’ Good Home Cooking
Greene St Friends School
Miquon Camp and Miquon School
Tamanend Middle School
Village of the Arts and Humanities