‘Empty Bowls’ to be filled Oct. 12 at fundraiser in Solana Beach

Soup cooked by local restaurants will be served in ceramic bowls handcrafted by local artisans Oct. 12 at a fundraiser to benefit elderly, hungry and working poor people in San Diego. Diners will choose their own bowls and take them home afterward.

The event, called “Empty Bowls,” will benefit the Third Avenue Charitable Organization, at First Lutheran Church in downtown San Diego. The social ministry provides free meals plus medical, dental and mental health care to people in need, regardless of their religious beliefs.

It will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church in Solana Beach, whose members regularly volunteer to help TACO with its mission. St. Peter’s Espicopal Church in Del Mar is co-hosting the event.

Soup and freshly baked bread will be provided by local restaurants, including Chief’s Burgers and Brew, Taverna Blu, Prepkitchen, Crepes and Corks, The Fish Market, Del Mar Rendezvous, California Pizza Kitchen, Beach Grass Café, Naked Café, Panera Bread Restaurant, Tony’s Jackal, Woody’s, T’s Café, Poseidon, and O’Brien’s Boulangerie.

After enjoying their meals, guests take their bowls home as a reminder of those throughout the world whose bowls are empty.

Art organizations whose members will make the bowls include Bishop’s School, Clay Artists of San Diego, Clay Associates, El Cajon Valley and Francis Parker high schools, Get Centered, Plum Pottery, San Diego State University’s Art Department, San Diego Potters Guild, and UCSD Craft Center.

The Big Decisions will perform bluegrass and gypsy-jazz tunes during the event.

Created in 1990 by an art teacher in Michigan, Empty Bowls is now an international grassroots effort to fight hunger. Locally, it has raised more than $110,000 for TACO over the past several years.

The North County Chapter of Thrivent Financial will contribute matching funds from the Oct. 12 fundraiser.

A donation of $20 per meal is suggested for the event at Calvary, located at 424 Via de la Valle.

For more information, phone the church at (858) 755-2855 or go to its Web site: