Soup Series: 7th Annual Empty Bowls Event

Like the warm & fuzzy feeling you get by reading “Chicken Soup for the Soul,” some of Sacramento’s favorite eateries are offering up soups that will warm your heart and your bowl.

Last week, the Sac Foodies had the opportunity to preview some of the soups planned for the 7th Annual Empty Bowls event – an initiative that combats hunger in Sacramento County while offering attendees a selection of the area’s best soups.   A ticket to the March 8 or 9 event includes the choice of a beautifully crafted ceramic bowl made by local high school students and artisans, plus a gourmet soup serving from one of nine area restaurants. Benefiting Sacramento’s River City Food Bank, this popular event has been a sell-out in previous years.

 For more info and a full listing of restaurants, click HERE.

 In the meantime, here’s a little taste of what you can expect:

Liz Conant – “I was lucky enough to pick-up a to-go order of two delicious seafood soups from Scott’s Seafood: Scott’s Boston Clam Chowder and Crab Bisque. The chowder was perfectly creamy with just the right mix of clams and potatoes. And, I thought it was interesting that they use Sierra Nevada Pale Ale in the soup – can’t go wrong with that! The Crab Bisque was unique as it has quite a kick from the cayenne pepper. The crab tasted fresh and between both soups and the fresh bread they supplied for dipping, this was more than a filling meal for two, and perfect for a cold February evening.”

Christine Schunk – “Chef Shannan Berg at Café Bernardo  does soup right.  We tried the Potato Roasted Red Pepper Soup which was full of flavor and hearty enough to make a meal out of.  Chef Berg let us know that the soup is even popular in the summer months – which says a lot for the high temps we reach here in Sacramento! Delish!”

Karlie Bettencourt – “I picked up the tortilla soup from the Vizcaya Pavilion and Mansion, a beautiful white mansion with a large water fountain in front and beautiful garden courtyard in back.  As I made my way to the kitchen to get the soup I took in the scenery, and for a second I forgot I was in Midtown. It was tortilla soup – one of my favorites!  The soup had large pieces of chicken and vegetables in it and was topped with delicious tortilla strips. There was a very homemade taste and quality to it.”

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  • Lesley Miller | Feb 25, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    Thank you Sac Foodies for covering this great cause.

  • philanthrophile | Feb 28, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Oh, goodness. I haven’t eaten yet today and now I’m craving soup even thought it’s breakfast time. I can hardly wait for Empty Bowls.