"Best year ever," Don Voigt, who helps run the the 100 Bowls program, said of the event that raises money for local food pantries.
The event raised $2,000 on Sunday to benefit pantries in Ozaukee County, more than the roughly $1,500 raised in both 2010 and 2011.
Attendees purchased handcrafted bowls for $15 from Gallery 224, and for that price also got a visit to Dockside Deli for a "real bowl" of soup, as well as bread and a cookie. The bowls — made by Port Washington High School students — the food and the manpower at the event are 100 percent donated, meaning the pantries get all of the proceeds, Voigt said.
The event is in its fourth year locally, and inspired by a movement known as Empty Bowls, "an international grassroots effort to fight hunger and was created by The Imagine Render Group," according to Emptybowls.net. Milwaukee Empty Bowls hosts a similiar event.