Mayfield-Graves County Empty Bowls set for April

Twenty restaurants in Mayfield and Graves County will be offering samples of their great cuisine next month at the 2016 Empty Bowls event, which benefits local needy families.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 16, you can try out a smorgasbord of yummies at the third annual "big brunch," which raises money for the Mayfield-Graves County Food Pantry. The eating extravaganza will be held at Trace Creek Baptist Church’s Family Life Center, 3357 State Route 131.

For a $15 ticket each diner gets to pick a unique hand-painted bowl to use to gather samples of the goodies. After eating, participants take the bowl home as a reminder of the hungry around the world and in their own community.

Restaurants offering samples of their specialties are: Applebee’s, Carr’s Steak House, Cracker Barrel, Dairy Queen, Dinner Bell, Domino’s, Snappy Tomato Pizza Co., H&C Doughnut Shop, Happy House, Larry Darrell & Darrell Bar-B-Que, Majestic Pizza & Steak House, Mayfield Creek Market, Meadow View Market, PaPa T Licious, Rita’s Café, Southern Red’s BBQ, Taco John’s, Wendy’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers, Wilma’s Kountry Kitchen and Hill’s Famous Chili Dogs.

In addition to all the food tasting, there will be a silent auction and door prizes donated by local merchants and individuals. Local artists Pat Gibson, Rick Tedder and Jackie Herndon are donating paintings. International pottery artist Wayne Bates from "Gallery 21" south of Murray will donate an art piece again this year. 

"I am grateful to each restaurant that is ‘stepping up to the plate’ and donating their time and delicious food to the event," said Project Coordinator Claudia Heath. "I would ask that everyone who attends to please remember to mention to each of them how much they appreciate their support of the event and their community. Each restaurant has the community interest at heart otherwise this event could not take place."

Tickets are available at Sissy & Me Too, 929 Paris Road, 270-247-0008; Trace Creek Church office, 270-658-3304; the Mayfield-Graves County Chamber of Commerce, 201 E. College St. 270-247-6101 or by calling Heath at 270-705-6062. 

Tickets will be available at the door as long as there are enough bowls to accommodate diners. 
The first two year’s event raised a combined total of more than $27,000 for the Food Pantry, which provides emergency food supplies for local needy families. 

"We have 1,000 bowls ready so all we need is 1,000 people to pick up a bowl, sample all the fare and have a great time supporting a wonderful cause," said Jackie Puckett, one of the event coordinator.

The Empty Bowls project is an international effort started some 20 years ago to help alleviate hunger and raise awareness of the issues of hunger around the world.

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