Elgin hosted its third annual Empty Bowl, a fundraiser supporting area organizations who provide food to those in need.
Empty Bowl features local restaurants and caterers who serve their soups to attendees. This year’s restaurants were Jalisco’s Mexican Restaurant, Southside Market & Barbeque, Meyer’s Elgin Smokehouse, the Roadhouse in Paige and Blessed Kitchen in Bastrop. Attendees also took home hand-decorated soup bowls and had an opportunity to bid for items in a silent auction.
The event raises money for the Elgin Community Cupboard, the First Baptist Church Elgin Food Pantry and the Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry. The event also serves as a competition between the participating restaurants for awards for the best soup in various categories, as well as a fan favorite award voted on by all who attended.
According to Tresha Silva, executive director of the Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry, this year’s event saw a very good turnout with over 170 attendees. The three food pantries benefiting from the fundraiser were very happy about the community’s support to help them battle hunger, she added.
“The Elgin community was amazing about coming together,” Silva said.