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The TENTH ANNUAL Boston SOUPER BOWL
Date: Sunday, February 11, 2018 – 4 entry times: 2PM, 3PM, 4PM, & 5PM
Location: Haley House Bakery Café, 12 Dade Street, Roxbury, MA
A fundraiser to benefit the Haley House Soup Kitchen, presented by Haley House in partnership with MassArt’s Clay for Change and the Center for Art and Community Partnerships (CACP).
Tickets cost $40 and are available online at: souperbowl10.brownpapertickets.com
On Sunday, February 11th, from 2-6 PM at Haley House Bakery Café in Roxbury’s Dudley Square, more than a dozen phenomenal chefs will serve soups made from locally sourced ingredients to benefit Haley House’s Soup Kitchen in the South End.
Upon entering, attendees select a handcrafted ceramic bowl, courtesy of MassArt’s Clay for Change student group. Moving from station to station, guests will be treated to delicious soups produced with locally sourced ingredients, reminded of the joy of eating locally all year round (even during the winter)! At the end of the event, attendees are invited to take their handmade bowls home with them.
Ingredients for the Souper Bowl are sourced from a selection of local farms and purveyors and Iggy’s Bread generously donates bread. A selection of soups featured in the past: Butternut Squash & Apple, Cream of Carrot, French Onion, Kambocha Mash, Kale, Pea Tendril, Pork & Bean, Root Vegetable & Lentil, Scotch Broth, Seafood Chowder, Mannish Water (Goat’s Head Soup), and Sweet & Spicy Parsnip.
Brief History of this Event: In 2009, the Boston Localvores, an informal group interested in supporting the local food movement, approached Haley House Bakery Café with the concept of a tasting event spotlighting locally sourced soups and the “Souper Bowl” was born. Seven years ago, MassArt’s Clay for Change student organization proposed a partnership to make bowls for this event (as part of the “Empty Bowls” movement), to support Haley House’s 50 year old Soup Kitchen (located in the South End since 1966). For the past several years, MassArt’s Center for Art and Community Partnerships has collaborated by coordinating community bowl-making workshops that add to the richness of the event.
About the Souper Bowl Partners:
Haley House: Haley House’s overall mission is to foster health, hope, and economic independence while challenging the root causes of poverty and injustice. Over the course of its 50+ year history, Haley House has expanded creatively in response to the needs of those who have come to our doors. Despite our growth, Haley House maintains an intimate sense of community that inspires and supports personal and societal change. We remain deeply rooted in our two Boston neighborhoods: the South End (since 1966) and Roxbury (since 2005).
Haley House Soup Kitchen: Located at 23 Dartmouth Street in the South End since 1966, Haley House’s Soup Kitchen builds community and relationships by preparing a nutritious, made-from scratch breakfast for men struggling with homelessness (Sunday-Friday), a sit-down lunch for neighborhood elders living on limited incomes (Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays) and a weekly food pantry (Thursdays). The home-cooked, nutritious meals are prepared by volunteers and led by members of a community living upstairs; no one has ever been paid to serve in the soup kitchen.
Guests are treated with dignity and care and find refuge from the violence and anonymity of the streets (there are no metal detectors or law enforcement officers present). The personalist focus of the Soup Kitchen offers a broader perspective on the systems that create hunger and poverty, while working to build alternatives to those systems. Donations from the Souper Bowl 10 will support approximately three months of food served in the soup kitchen.
Massachusetts College of Art and Design: Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) founded in 1873, has a legacy of leadership as the only independent public college of art and design in the country and the nation’s first art school to grant a degree. MassArt is dedicated to authentic and mutually beneficial community engagement through public programming, curricular opportunities, and collaborations like Haley House’s Souper Bowl. MassArt’s artists and designers are committed to making a difference in their local communities and around the world.
Center for Art and Community Partnerships (CACP): The Center for Art and Community Partnerships (CACP) at MassArt believes that art and design are dynamic, transformative, tools in building a nurturing community. CACP embraces inclusive, collaborative, approaches to create artful opportunities in which the college community and the wider public create and learn with one another. For the past several years CACP has deepened and extended the Souper Bowl collaboration between Haley House and MassArt to include ceramics workshops and this year, a cooking class at Haley House! These “skill share” workshops bring CACP staff, Clay for Change students, Ceramics faculty and members of the Haley House community together to create and glaze ceramic bowls at MassArt and then cook and eat together at the Haley House instructional kitchen. These workshops allow members of the Haley House community and members of the MassArt community to build awareness, connections and new creative skills!
Clay for Change: Clay for Change is a student organization at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. The organization works to build strong connections between MassArt and the wider community through the arts and ceramics in particular. “Empty Bowls” is one of Clay for Change’s primary initiatives.
About Empty Bowls: Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger. The basic premise is simple: handcrafted ceramic bowls are created, guests are invited to enjoy soup within the bowl and for a cash donation they keep the bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. The money raised is donated to an organization working to end hunger and food insecurity – in this case, Haley House.