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Empty Bowl back for another helping

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    Jose Alfredo Martinez (left) and Araceli Luna (right) serve soup from Jalisco's Mexican Restaurant.
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    Laura Camarena (left) watches as Lincoln Hunt picks out one of the many hand-painted bowls.
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    From left to right: Event co-chair Barbara Adkins, chair Stephanie Wood and Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry executive director Tresha Silva present Denise Meyer from Meyer's Elgin Smokehouse with the best chili runner-up award for Meyer's Three Mistake Chili.
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    From left to right: Event co-chair Barbara Adkins, chair Stephanie Wood and Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry executive director Tresha Silva present Lynda Bauer from Southside Market & Barbeque with the best cream-based soup runner-up award for Southside's Tuscan chorizo soup. Southside also won the best table presentation runner-up award.
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    Event co-chair Barbara Adkins, chair Stephanie Wood and Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry executive director Tresha Silva (center) present Araceli Luna (far left) and Jose Alfredo Martinez (far right) from Jalisco's Mexican Restaurant with both the best broth-based soup award and the best broth-based soup runner-up award for Jalisco's chicken tortilla soup and shrimp soup. Jalisco's also won best table presentation.
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    From left to right: Event co-chair Barbara Adkins, chair Stephanie Wood and Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry executive director Tresha Silva present Amy Bruder from Roadhouse Paige with the fan favorite award, voted on by all attendees, for Roadhouse's loaded potato soup. Roadhouse also won best chili for their red chili, best stew for their beef stew and best cream-based soup for their loaded potato soup.

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.