The Empty Bowl lunch is a very special event.
Not only do you get to pick a hand-made, hand-painted and decorated bowl, you get soup, bread, dessert and a soft-drink, tea or coffee.
It's the 21st annual event that makes money for Feeding the Valley and the Kids' Cafe program.
I didn't realize it's been going on since 1992. I know I've been to a number of these lunches.
What I would do is go to the recreation center a couple of days before the lunch and scout out all the bowls. I'd pick the one I really liked and kind of hid it.
Then on the day of the lunch, I'd get there early, find my bowl and get it filled with delicious soup.
Alas, it's no longer at the Britt David Cultural Arts Center. The staff there knew what I was doing and turned their heads.
It's at the Northside Recreation Center, 2010 American Way. And I don't know a soul there.
But it won't matter. There will be plenty of bowls to choose from. In fact, Lisa Castile tells me she'll have more than 1,000 bowls.
Lisa is the recreation supervisor for cultural arts for Parks & Rec, who now oversees the event.
It's 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets are $10, $5 for children 11 and younger; includes a hand-painted bowl and a meal.
It used to be that the Britt David volunteers would make all the soups, bread and desserts.
This year’s soups are provided by a variety of organizations — chicken soup will come from Chick-Fil-A, chili will be prepared by Central High School culinary arts students, vegetable soup will be from Gallops Senior Center. Olive Garden will also prepare several soups.
Publix grocery stores and Panera Bread will bring the different types of bread. And Publix will also bring the desserts.
You won't go away hungry. I swear.
And you'll take home a pretty bowl, which is the best part of the whole thing.
It also used to be that the potters at Britt David would make the bowls. They still do, but now, Lisa has bought pre-made porcelain bowls. She has senior adults and children in the various Parks & Rec programs paint and decorate them.
So go early and support the Parks & Rec folks and Feeding the Valley.
You'll feel good about it.
For more information, call Northside Rec Center at 706-576-5475.