A local nonprofit is shaking an ancient tradition as it marks the 20th anniversary of a popular community event.
The Open Door is hosting its annual Empty Bowl dinner on May 22nd. This year’s meal is available for takeout, by appointment only, as a drive through experience at the nonprofit’s 228 Emerson Ave.
Guests follow the same route down Emerson Avenue that became a lifeline for so many during the pandemic to enjoy the simple meal of the special dinner – soup, bread, and a biscuit – at The Open Door. As always, the bowl will go home as a reminder that someone’s bowl is empty somewhere.
With the paperback taking a heavy toll this year, The Open Door is happy to offer “Pay-What-You-Can” tickets so everyone can enjoy this community tradition. Diners must have a ticket reservation which can be made at www.foodpantry.org or https://bit.ly/2RYKNnm.
For each reserved ticket, guests receive:
A beautiful bowl made with love, chosen at random and prepackaged. As always, the bowl will go home as a reminder that someone’s bowl is empty somewhere.
Homemade soup – chowder, chicken, vegan or gluten-free – to take away and warm up.
Bread, biscuits and a bottle of water round off the meal.
Artists have once again come to the table with unique bowls for auction. An exhibition of the auction trays can be viewed at Cape Ann Savings Bank on Main Street.
Instead of last year’s silent bids during dinner, the auction was put online.
The bidding is on www.biddingowl.com/theopendoor and is open until May 31st.