Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Empty Bowls Feb. 19 is artistic and gastronomic extravaganza

Attendees peruse options at Empty Bowls.
Attendees peruse options at Empty Bowls.

When hundreds of people show up for the Empty Bowls event, you can’t tell which are there for art’s sake, who among the crowd is there for a yummy light lunch or which ones are passionate about feeding the hungry. Truth is that Fort Worth folks tend to feel strongly about all three categories, and this wildly popular event is gratifying on so many levels.

Hosted by Tarrant Area Food Bank, Empty Bowls features an abundant selection of bowls and other art crafted by talented artists, plus tastings of savory soups and delectable desserts of more than 40 Fort Worth chefs and restaurants ranging from popular down-home eateries to fine dining, spokeswoman Andrea Helms said.

Guests have the chance both before and after lunch to choose their keepsake bowl from the more then 2,500 distinctive pottery, glass, wood, metal, fabric and paper bowls created by local artisans. Plus, a silent auction will have tickets to sporting events, paintings, fine jewelry, concert tickets and restaurant gift certificates.

Be sure to get a raffle ticket for a chance to win Southwest airline tickets, a 40-inch flat-screen Sceptre television and four platinum-level Mavs tickets with a $120 credit for food and drinks.

Ruth Ann Kearley heads up the 23-member volunteer committee that includes Janet Rodriguez, Sylvie Schulze, Merrill Henry, Jann Orr, Amy Helling, Tracie Sayyah, Marche Ann Mann, Holly Mack, Gina McEuen and Blakely Warner, to randomly name only a few.

“Empty Bowls is a unique event that delights the artistic eye, tickles the taste buds and helps feed hungry families, all at the same time,” Kearley said. “Each $1 you spend at Empty Bowls enables Tarrant Area Food Bank to provide food for five nutritious meals. That is amazingly good stewardship of donor dollars.”

A fabulous collection of celebrity bowls signed by stars of stage, screen, sports and cuisine will be up for bid in an auction. “Signatures collected include those of Stefon Rishel (Fort Worth’s 2015 Top Chef), country music stars Clint Black and Vince Gill, Broadway actor Jason Alexander and TCU coach Gary Patterson, who will personalize his signature for the purchaser, Helms said.

To have a crack at five one-of-a-kind art treasures, check out the online auction that opens Thursday and runs through Feb. 18. Bowls signed by Lou Ferrigno (The Incredible Hulk), Anne Perry (bestselling author), Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, Luke Wade (finalist on NBC’s The Voice) and a bowl signed by 10 Colonial PGA tournament golfers comprise the online early bird offerings.

General admission tickets are $60 per person and include tastings and your choice of keepsake bowl. VIP tickets are $150 and include entry 30 minutes early, tastings and your selection of a handcrafted bowl.

The event is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Amon G. Carter Jr. Exhibits Hall at Will Rogers Memorial Center. Visit to purchase tickets and for details about the artists and restaurants, or call Helms at 817-857-7120.

Volunteers needed for Cowtown Marathon

The Cowtown Marathon races are right around the corner, Feb. 27-28, and volunteers are needed to help organizers fit, size and deliver new running shoes to qualified students at local schools weekdays through Feb 12.

For those wanting to volunteer, send an email indicating your interest to and you will be notified what volunteer slots remain to be filled. They will also send a form to be completed for a required background check before sending volunteers to the schools.

“We also have many other volunteer opportunities leading up to the race and for race weekend that are also available if people are interested,” Executive Director Heidi Swartz said. “To see the list of our needs, go to our website at and click on the volunteer link.”

The Cowtown is one of the largest multi-event races in Texas. In 2014, the Cowtown had over 26,000 runners participating in six different distances and expects a record crowd this 38th year of the event.

The Cowtown, in partnership with, announced that it will offer nearly $30,000 in guaranteed cash prizes for the fastest runners in the marathon, half-marathon and ultramarathon races — including a new regional challenge pitting runners from DFW against their competitors from the rest of Texas and bordering states. New this year: Bonus money will be offered to all marathon-distance runners bettering the past course records. To inquire, contact Swartz at 817-207-0224.

Vitro Moda Gala on Feb. 20 blends glass art, fashion and opera

SiNaCa Studios is bringing back the Vitro Moda Art & Fashion Gala for the eighth edition of the fundraiser, which features performances from the Fort Worth Opera’s 2016 Festival along with a runway show featuring fashion and art.

“Drawing inspiration from these operas, couture models will walk the runway showcasing beautiful, one-of-a-kind glass art pieces created by artists around the country. The featured pieces will be available for purchase following the show. Other glass artwork designed specifically for Vitro Moda will be available during the silent auction before the runway show,” said a representative of the event.

SiNaCa Studios seeks to provide North Texans an opportunity to experience glass art through events, education and community programs. All proceeds from the silent auction and 50 percent of sales of featured runway pieces will benefit SiNaCa Studios.

Open runway seating is $250, and standing room tickets are $125. The venue is at 809 W. Vickery Blvd. in Fort Worth. Purchase tickets at For details, call 817-899-0024 or visit

Events at a glance

▪ There{4} Teen Gathering is Feb. 12-13 at Pantego Bible Church. The conference is designed for high school girls to learn more about empowerment to make a difference with their lives. Dynamic speakers, talented worship musicians and special media features will present the audience of teens with a relevant and powerful message. Register at

▪ Fort Worth Zoo’s Valentine’s Dinner is Feb. 12 in the Zoo’s Portraits of the Wild Art Gallery. Admission includes the Love Birds adoption package, seated dinner for two, open bar, a meet-and-greet with the zoo’s outreach animals (including penguins) and more. The package is $195. Visit to make reservations and to learn about the adoption program that would make a great Valentine’s Day gift for a loved one. Adoption orders must be received by Feb. 8 to ensure mail delivery by Feb. 13.

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