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North Adams, MA 01247

April 2008 "What's Cooking?"

I am happy to report that our 8th biennial Empty Bowl Dinner was a huge success.  Generosity and goodwill, along with the aromas of over 30 soups, filled the air.  A wonderful time was had by all who attended and by those who volunteered.

There are so many people I wish to thank.  We are so grateful to the First Congregational Church of Williamstown for allowing us to use their dining hall and kitchen again this year. Mt. Williams Greenhouse once again donated beautiful red and pink rose bouquets that decorated each table.


A heartfelt thanks goes to all the potters from near and far for donating their beautiful hand crafted bowls. It was so wonderful to see each person's smile as they left holding their cherished bowls. These special bowls will serve as a constant reminder that not everyone's bowl is always filled as they are used or displayed in the homes of the folks who contributed.

To all the local restaurant Chefs and private individuals who donated their signature soups and chilies, we thank you. This year, we were fortunate enough to have 30 different varieties to choose from.  Each one was different and all very delicious.

An event such as this one can not be successful without volunteers. I wish to extend my deep appreciation all who worked tirelessly to ensure the success of this Empty Bowl Dinner. This event took hours and hours of preparation.  From making telephone calls to secure the potters,  advertising to secure the patrons, working with the chefs, organizing the dining room and kitchen and garnering the numerous volunteers who made sure the event flowed smoothly by providing their energies and selfless effort.  Because of you, we can look forward to continuing our mission of providing free healthful meals to the many folks of northern Berkshire County who depend so greatly on our services.

Again, many thanks.

Valerie Schwarz

Executive Director

Berkshire Food Project



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