Project Empty Bowl helps those living with HIV/AIDS

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A Loving Spoonful hosts its signature fundraiser, Project Empty Bowl on July 7, 2011 raising needed funds to continue providing free meals and nutritional counselling for those living with HIV/AIDS in Vancouver.

Blue Spill 3 by Andre PettersonHosted by Global TV’s Deborra Hope, this annual signature event features gourmet food served up in handcrafted souvenir bowls, all paired with a selection of beer and wines.

Project Empty Bowl got its humble beginnings in the early 90s in Bloomington, Montana when a local teacher asked his high school ceramic students to make enough bowls to give a luncheon for the school staff.  For $5 each, the guests received a simple meal of soup and bread, served in one of the handmade bowls. Guests kept the bowls after the meal to keep them as reminder of all the empty bowls that still need filling. The money raised was donated to the local food bank.  Since then, groups of potters worldwide have raised and donated millions of dollars to organizations like A Loving Spoonful.

A Loving Spoonful joined Project Empty Bowl in 1997 and it has become one of the group’s most important fundraising events, raising funds so that it can continue delivering free meals and nutritional counselling and education to men, woman and children living with HIV/AIDS.

In addition to the food and drink, generously donated by the Coast Coal Harbour Hotel, Peller Estates and Russell Brewing Co, the event will also feature both a silent and live art auction.

This year’s auction will feature a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to purchase art from Arthur Erickson’s personal art collection, which has been graciously donated to the event by his family.

The auction will also include artwork donated by some of Vancouver’s top galleries, including this year’s feature artist Andre Petterson whose piece Blue Spill 3 is featured above and donated by the Bau-Xi Gallery.

Project Empty Bowl
Coast Coal Harbour Hotel, 1180 West Hastings Street
Thursday, 7 July 2011

Tickets are $100 and can be purchased online at, or by calling 604.682.6325.

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