Photo by Matt Wendland
David Bunnell and Francisco Herrera accept the award for “Best soup of the year” on behalf of Elliott Bay Brewery in Burien after judges gave their corn chowder top honors at the 2014 Empty Bowls fundraiser.

2014 Empty Bowls sets new record for local food banks

By Matt Wendland

Each year for the last nine years, the City of Burien and Discover Burien have hosted Empty Bowls. The event raises funds for both the Highline Area Food Bank and the White Center Food Bank which are both located at opposite ends of the Burien city limits.

Attendees of the event have the opportunity to support the food banks by purchasing hand forged bowls donated by the potters at Moshier Community Art Center. After selecting their wares, lunch or dinner in the form of food donated by a number of local businesses, is provided.

This year the event was held on January 31 at the Burien Community Center. 1,185 people attended the event and donated a total of $16,820.

23 soups were donated by local businesses in 2014 and this year the judges awarded Elliott Bay Brewery top honors for their corn chowder. Maven Mercantile took second place with their coconut yellow curry soup with roasted sweet potatoes and Emerald Cove Catering took third place with their Clam Chowder.

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