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Empty Bowls 2023
In it's 25th year, Empty Bowls started as a way for the arts community to help people struggling to access food. The first Empty Bowls Waterloo Region–led by the Waterloo Potters' Workshop–took place in 1998 and to date has provided more than 1.3 million meals.
When you buy a $50 ticket, you help provide 100 meals to vulnerable people in Waterloo region accessing food assistance. Each ticket includes a beautiful, handcrafted bowl and delicious lunch or dinner.
Each $50 ticket includes:
*Admission to either the lunch seating (11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.) or the dinner seating (5–7 p.m.).
*Delicious soups and bowl meals provided by the restaurants, caterers and schools listed below.
*One (1) handcrafted bowl provided by the Waterloo Potters' Workshop.
25th Anniversary Guest Speaker
Presented by Bennett Wealth Management of RBC Dominion Securities Inc.
Sydney Keedwell is a Métis chef who was born and raised in Kitchener, Ontario. Starting her career early at the age of 17, Sydney trained at Conestoga College. Now with over eight years experience, she works at White Owl Native Ancestry Association. Sydney is the food and nutrition coordinator and the chef of Aadanjige Cafe and catering. Over the course of her career, Sydney was able to further discover her Indigenous heritage. She found a love for finding connections within Mexican cuisine and how the two naturally intersect.
Tomato soup with coconut & ginger.
Cream of mushroom soup
Central Vietnamese lemongrass noodle soup
3 Sisters vegan chili
3 Sisters Vegan Chili
Cream of Mushroom
Coconut Thai Chicken
Ontario Asparagus Leek
Smoked Cauliflower Velouté
Special thank you
25th Anniversary sponsor
Thank you to Bennett Wealth Management of RBC Dominion Securities Inc. for supporting the 25th annual Empty Bowls event.
Can I select more than one bowl?
Upon arrival, ticket holders will select their individual bowl from all bowls available. One (1) handcrafted bowl is included in the ticket price. A very limited supply of additional bowls may be available for sale for $40 each, while supplies last.
Are there vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options?
Yes. There are options at each seating for vegan, vegetarian or gluten free meals.
Current COVID protocols at WLU for Empty Bowls:
Face coverings are no longer required on the university campus. Members of our community are encouraged to wear masks in higher-capacity, close-proximity settings. Please respect each other’s choices about mask wearing and please continue to self-monitor and refrain from attending campus locations when ill.
The university may re-implement health and safety requirements at any time in response to changing conditions.
Is there parking on site?
Parking included in the ticket purchase is available at the following locations.
-St. Michael’s Church - (Lot 18 rear portion – entrance off Balsam St)
-Northdale Campus – 66 Hickory St. W, Waterloo (Lot 37)
Paid parking available in the pay and display lot at Lazaridis Hall (Lot 33)
*Accessible parking available at Lazaridis Hall with a valid MTO accessible permit.