During perhaps one of the most challenging days weather-wise the East End has faced this year, a great turnout and successful fundraiser took place on Sunday, February 10, 2013 at the American Legion Hall in Amagansett. The fifth annual Empty Bowls event, hosted by Project MOST to benefit The Springs Seedlings, drew a crowd of approximately 300 guests and raised important funds to help advance children's education around healthy eating and growing food.
Thanks to a committed cadre of volunteers organizing the event, the steadfast support of participating restaurants serving up their homemade soups, and raffle donors who added a new line of revenue this year, the event was lively and well-attended. Braving the cold and the snow, just one day after a massive snowstorm blanketed the region, community members turned out to share cozy comfort food for a good cause. Family-fun features included a craft table, bake sale and flower sale (pictures courtesy of Kris Warrenburg).
"Out of all the fundraisers we are asked to participate in this is one of my favorites because it is a grassroots comunity event that you can bring your family to," said Joseph Realmuto, chef and representative of Nick & Toni's. Mr. Realmuto also serves as co-founder of The Springs Seedlings alongside Bryan Futerman of Foody's. Mr. Realmuto added, "The price is right and there are a lot of familar faces and not to mention some great soups!"