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Empty bowls ready to be filled. Courtesy photo.




More soup, please

 
Empty Bowls
When: Wednesday, Feb. 11, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Nashua High School South Cafeteria, 36 Riverside St., Nashua
Tickets: $15
Visit: nsks.org/empty_bowls0.aspx
Proceeds benefit Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter.
 
Potter’s Bowl
When: Friday, Jan. 30, from 5 to 8 p.m. 
Where: Promises to Keep, 199 Rockingham Road, Derry. 
Tickets: $40
Visit: comcaregivers.org or call Community Caregivers 432-0877
Proceeds benefit Community Caregivers of Greater Derry.
 
3rd Annual Epsom Central School Soup/Chili/Chowder Cook-off
When: Wednesday, Feb. 11, from 5 to 7 p.m. 
Where: Epsom Central School gymnasium, 282 Black Hall Road, Epsom. 
Tickets: $6 for adults (sample any 10 soups/chilis/chowders plus cornbread), $4 for kids ages 10 and under (sample any 5 soups/chilis/chowders plus cornbread)
Visit: goo.gl/CRZ2Y7
Proceeds benefit Epsom Central School student activities.




A labor of love
Handmade bowls of soup help raise awareness

01/29/15
By Allie Ginwala aginwala@hippopress.com



The process to create one handmade, coil-built, ceramic bowl takes just under two weeks. Multiply that by 700 bowls and you’ll have a picture of the time put in by Nashua students, teachers and community members to prepare for the annual Empty Bowls on Wednesday, Feb. 11, at Nashua High School South.

An international effort to bring awareness and fight hunger, Empty Bowls is a night for communities to come together to eat soup from handcrafted bowls in order to raise money for local causes. Nashua’s Empty Bowls has its 20th anniversary this year, marking two decades of working together to raise funds for the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter.
Robin Peringer, Empty Bowls coordinator and art teacher, attended an Empty Bowls event in 1995 and was inspired to start one in Nashua. 
The only food served will be a selection of soups and bread; no dessert, salad or butter. The minimalist meal is purposefully planned, to keep focus on the concept of Empty Bowls. 
“It’s all about our philosophy of trying to think of those who do have less and to appreciate what we do have,” Peringer said.
Peringer said around 90 percent of the empty bowls are made by pottery students. The soup, bread and utensils are donated by local restaurants and businesses such as The Common Man, Giorgio’s Ristorante & Bar in Milford, and the Peddler’s Daughter in Nashua. 
When they enter the cafeteria, guests will be greeted by a long table covered in handmade bowls to choose from. Coil-built bowls, most of them will have a lot of texture on the outside, some even showing the remnants of the coil. Once they get a bowl, the guests stand in line to wait for their soup. 
“You have 600 people that come all at once and wait in line,” Peringer said. “I feel the whole atmosphere is such a pleasant one because they’re there for a common purpose.” 
There will be live music from the Nashua High School South jazz band and a silent auction. Pottery students will be selling their wares to help raise funds for a community-involved pottery club. Other than the students’ table, all proceeds from the evening benefit Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter.
 
As seen in the January 29, 2015 issue of the Hippo.





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