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Elgin Empty Bowl Project is ‘cooking’

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The heat will definitely be on as some of Elgin’s best restaurants and caterers conjure up great soups, stews, chilies—piping hot, aromatic, taste tingling; some fresh takes on old standards and others likely to become new favorites. All promise to be satisfying taste treats for all attending the third annual Elgin Empty Bowl fundraiser Saturday, November 16.

Between 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.—at the SPSJT Lodge Hall, 702 South Highway 95—chefs from Elgin area restaurants and local caterers will be showcasing their culinary talents and vying for bragging rights in what has become an annual “battle of the ladles.” Celebrity judges will weigh in on the “bests” in each category, and attendees will vote their overall “fan favorite.”

As of November 1, six restaurants and caterers have stepped up to the challenge; 11 great offerings have been promised. Participating thus far are Eva Mae’s Kitchen, Jalisco’s Mexican Restaurant, Meyer’s Elgin Smokehouse, Pekar Kolaches and catering, Roadhouse Paige and Southside Market & Barbeque. The Roadhouse will be serving up four different creations; Jalisco’s and Southside, two each.

Tickets are $20 per person; children 12 and under eat free. To avoid the line at the door, attendees are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance online at or via Facebook (search “Elgin Empty Bowl Project”). Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door.

In addition to sampling to their satisfaction, each ticketed attendee will also take home a hand-decorated ceramic soup bowl. And many will venture into some great Christmas shopping at the event’s silent auction and take their chances in raffles for two getaway weekends.

According to event planning team leader Stephanie Wood, “Everyone—cooks, volunteers and attendees alike—will also take away the satisfaction of knowing that they have greatly helped the three charitable organizations provide food support throughout the year to the large (and increasing) number of Elginites experiencing ‘food insecurity’—persistent difficulty in obtaining sufficient, nutritious food for themselves and their family.”

All event proceeds will be shared among the Elgin Community Cupboard, the Food Pantry of the First Baptists Church of Elgin and the Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry to serve needy Elginites.

For additional information about the event, please contact Stephanie Wood at