Empty Bowls 2021

Empty Bowls table 2021

On behalf of the Pine Tree Potters' Guild, I would like to express our gratitude to everyone who participated in our 12th Annual Empty Bowls event that took place on Nov 18 to 20, 2021 at The Old Town Hall in Newmarket.

Again 2021 presented its share of challenges we had to creatively work around. In non-pandemic times, we typically gather for a meal but when planning the event early in 2021, we could not predict how the pandemic may impact us come the fall. We were determined to continue our Empty Bowls tradition in support of our recipient charities who work to relieve hunger and homelessness in our community, they need our financial help now more than ever. In 2020 we were grateful to hold our event outside under a tent in the Trinity Anglican Church parking lot, but this year we were very happy to be able to hold our event inside the Old Town Hall in Newmarket over three days that coincided with Pine Tree Potters' Guild Fall Sale.

Pine Tree Potters' members worked very hard all year to create hundreds of beautiful bowls and when patrons arrived at the Old Town Hall, our bowl room did not disappoint! This year we raised $18,700.00 which was donated to Welcoming Arms, Aurora and Inn From The Cold, Newmarket. Since our first event in 2010, Pine Tree Potter's Guild is happy to report that we have raised over $190,000.00 for local charities and we look forward to continuing in this tradition again next year.

We wish to extend a heartfelt "Thank You" to Meridian Credit Union for a very generous grant and support in selling tickets ahead of the event. Thank you as well to our Sponsors; Tucker's Pottery Supplies for donating the clay used by our potters for crafting the bowls; David Schembri Design, Alyson Murray Designs, and Allegra Print Aurora for donating our printed materials. Finally, we are so grateful for all our dedicated volunteers who donated their time and skills to ensure that everything ran smoothly.

In addition to raising funds for our two recipient charities, we also wanted to help support our local culinary establishments who are working hard to keep their businesses running during the pandemic. We reached out to restaurants that have so generously supported Empty Bowls over the years as well as some new ones in the Newmarket area and invited them to participate in a "coupon book initiative". Patrons who pre-purchased tickets to our Empty Bowls event received a beautiful hand-crafted bowl and a coupon booklet from this year's participating restaurants. It is our hope that these coupons will be used by the community and that it inspires many return trips and ongoing support for these business in the years to come.

The following is a list of the culinary establishments that participated in our 2021 coupon initiative:

Aqua Grill, Aurora
Bangkok Thai Cuisine
Bijoy's Restaurant
Cachet Supper Club
Catharina's Kitchen
Chip+Malt, Newmarket
COBS Bread Aurora Gateway
Dorio's Kettleby Italian Bakery
Goulash House
La Bréhandaise Catering
Made In Mexico
Maunder's Food Shop
Old Village Free House
Piazza Italian Eatery
Ristorante Orsini
Rockford's Bar and Grill
State and Main Kitchen and Bar Aurora
Sushi Sushi Japanese Restaurant
Vintage Spice

Again, many thanks to everyone who continues to support our Empty Bowls event, we are very much looking forward to the opportunities 2022 will bring us!

Lisa-Marie Oliphant,
Chair, 2021 Empty Bowls Committee, Pine Tree Potters' Guild

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Previous Empty Bowls Events

see previous empty bowls events

Empty Bowls events are held by potters in communities throughout North America with the objective to raise funds and awareness for local charities that work to relieve hunger and homelessness. During the event, patrons select a handmade bowl from the hundreds on display and local chefs and bakers in attendance serve a ladle of their gourmet soup and artisan bread. The handmade bowl guests take home with them serves as a gentle reminder that not everyone has a full bowl every day.

For further information please contact: emptybowls@pinetreepotters.ca