The typical Friday after Thanksgiving is about filling your shopping bags, not your stomach. It's about beating the crowds at the crack of dawn and jostling to get those sales. The Idaho Foodbank, in partnership with Moxie Java and countless local artists and restaurants, offers an alternative—the 13th annual Empty Bowls fundraiser.
Rather than fighting for the deals, or perhaps as a break from the Black Friday furor, consider visiting the Grove Plaza for a delicious bowl of hot soup. Attendees select an empty bowl from thousands of ceramic, glass, wood or even steel bowls, and every one is handcrafted by a local artist. For $10, you can walk away with a bowl and a serving of soup from local chefs at restaurants including Locavore, Shaka Shak, Asiago's, Cottonwood Grille and Westside Drive In.
While you're warming your stomach, local musicians will help warm your spirits. Singers and songwriters who have contributed to the Idaho Foodbank's holiday CD, Idaho Ho Ho, will perform throughout the event. You can pick up a copy of the CD as well, and all proceeds go to the Idaho Foodbank. Or, if you miss your chance, you can pick up the CD at any local Moxie Java.
The $10 you pay for a bowl provides 30 meals to hungry neighbors around Idaho. The Idaho Foodbank hopes to raise $30,000 to help those less fortunate. So instead of raising your blood pressure at Black Friday sales, try raising money for a good cause and get a great meal at the same time.