21st Annual Empty Bowls Monday, October 10, 2022 | 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM  DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Asheville-Biltmore  115 Hendersonville Road | Asheville, North Carolina 28803

About the Event

Today in Western North Carolina, more than 100,000 people are facing an empty bowl every month. But you can help fill those bowls at MANNA FoodBank’s 21st Annual Empty Bowls.

Guests select a bowl handmade by local artisans and take with them a seasonal meal of delicious soups, breads, and dessert. The souvenir bowl guests take home reminds them of the many WNC neighbors that are currently struggling to afford groceries.

Almost every part of the event is donated, including the event space, food, and local pottery and art. This allows MANNA to use event proceeds for our food distribution and nutrition programs, which serve the more than 100,000 food insecure households across our 16-county service area, including the Qualla Boundary. Every dollar raised can help provide food for 4 meals. Since 2002, the collective generosity of our Empty Bowls guests, potters, sponsors, culinary partners, and everyone who has ever had a hand in the event, has allowed MANNA to provide the equivalent of 3 MILLION MEALS across Western North Carolina.

Collector’s Corner 

In addition to the souvenir soup bowls that ticket-holders select, guests may purchase special works of high-end craft and art at the Collector’s Corner. Collector’s Corner items are both functional and gallery-quality pieces selected by the artists. 100% of the proceeds from Collector’s Corner sales go directly to supporting MANNA’s mission of ending hunger in WNC. The general public is invited to shop the Collector’s Corner, even if they are not able to attend the Empty Bowls event.


Based on overwhelming, positive feedback from 2021, MANNA will again host Empty Bowls in a walk-through format. Guests choose a one-hour time window that best suits their schedule, then arrive at the DoubleTree during that time window to select their bowl, choose their soups, and pick up bread + dessert. Guests can choose a one-hour time window any time between 10 AM and 6 PM, and can arrive any time during their chosen one-hour window. Both limited seating for those who would like to enjoy their meal in person AND limited curbside service for those who wish to remain in their cars will be available this year.

Adult Ticket: $45 (includes your choice of one souvenir pottery bowl handmade by a local artist, your choice of soups/stews/chowders packaged to go, and bread + dessert packaged to go)

Kids Package: $10 (includes one souvenir kid’s bowl pre-selected by MANNA, food-themed socks, and custom MANNA coloring pages)

Fur Kids Package: $30 (guests choose a dog or cat package; includes one souvenir pottery pet bowl handmade by a local artist pre-selected by MANNA, yummy treats for your furry friend, and other fun surprises)