On the Friday after Thanksgiving, The Idaho Foodbank holds it annual affair, Empty Bowls. You purchase a pottery bowl for $10.00 and receive a bowl of soup and, of course, the bowl you purchased. Here is some information from their website, Empty Bowls, about the event.

“On the Friday after Thanksgiving, The Idaho Foodbank hosts its annual Empty Bowls event in downtown Boise on the Grove Plaza.

Throughout the year, we collect handcrafted and handpainted bowls from professional and amateur artisans, students, and studios. The event gives you the opportunity to select a unique bowl from these thousands of options, and then enjoy a hot bowl of soup, generously donated by several of our finest local restaurants. While guests enjoy their meal, we encourage them to remember that not all of our Idaho neighbors are able to meet this basic need and their financial support at the event helps us to provide free, emergency food to those in need.”

13th Street Pub/Vegetarian option
Arid Club/Southwest sweet potato & chorizo
Asiago’s/Salmon Chowder
Boise Centre/Lobster Bisque
Bonefish Grill/Seafood Chowder
Brick Oven Bistro/TBD
Cottonwood Grille/Banana Squash
Cucina di Paulo/Cream of Roasted Butternut Squash
Doubletree Riverside/Chicken Noodle
Dry Creek Merc/Chicken Tortilla

Emilio’s/Chicken and Wild Rice
Highlands Hollow/Roasted Red Pepper Bisque
Locavore/Pumpkin Sage
Parilla Grill/Vegetarian option
Shaka Shak/TBD
The Basque Market/Turkey noodle
The Flicks/Minestrone
Westside Drive In/Baked Potato
Zee Catering/Butternut Squash


As you can see, it takes a lot of hard work and soup to make this event happen. It was a cold, breezy day and sometimes breathing into a Kleenex helps one to keep warm. Enjoy the photos of the event, and if you are in Boise next year the day after Thanksgiving between 11:00am and 2:00pm, plan to attend the event. Cheers!

Some of the people getting their pottery bowls.

Some people we met in line.

The Pottery Bowls all decorated by local artists.

One of the two bowls we purchased and some soup and bread.

Contemplating the Empty Bowls situation.