Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Opinion

February 15, 2014

Filling your soul with an empty bowl

Looking for a place to enjoy supper on a Saturday? Goshen boasts an assortment of quality eateries. Allow us to suggest that on Saturday, Feb. 22, you opt for the fine dining that will be available at the Mill Race Farmers Market at Washington and Second streets.

You won’t be disappointed. Take our word for it.

THE 13TH ANNUAL Empty Bowl Project is scheduled at the market from 5 to 8 p.m. that day. The News staff finds itself hungry just thinking about it.

Diners can enjoy a variety of soups. The dining ware? Locally crafted, functional art. In other words, sup from the bowl and then take it home.

The Farmers Market space is donated for the event. Guild members and other artists provide the bowls. Local restaurant operators donate the soup and bakers the bread.

“We serve 600 to 800 people,” said Fred Driver, director of the Clay Artists Guild. “It is a soup benefit and the $15 per person includes the bowl, soup, bread, dessert, music and good company.”

THAT’S A BARGAIN for $15, and the Empty Bowl Project would earn high praise from this newspaper if the event was only about eating, fellowship and fun.

It’s much more than that.

Take note of the “benefit” in Mr. Driver’s quote. Proceeds from the Project go to the Goshen Interfaith Hospitality Network. That nonprofit group works with local church communities to offer meals and temporary shelter for homeless families with children.

Media reports indicate the economy is on an upturn. Still, too many families in our area have yet to experience the uplift. The Goshen News has talked to people aided by Interfaith and those providing the help. We’ll vouch for the need experienced by the former, and the giving spirit of the latter.

WHILE WE’RE AT IT, The News will also say we’ve enjoyed succulent soup at the annual Empty Bowl Project. The music and assembled company were to our liking as well.

Great food, great people, great cause. Suffice it to say we didn’t mind standing in line.

We don’t think you will, either.

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