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Life has few pleasures like a good hot meal, and cone 10 studios and Crisis Ministries served up a delicious dinner of soup and bread to help raise awareness and fight hunger in Charleston. 

The gray, misty weather made cone 10 studios seem just that much warmer and cozier, and those who attended crowded into the inviting gallery space on East Bay Street. Everyone got to select the bowl of their choice before joining the soup line, and guests pored over each of the handcrafted pieces, made by local potters. “I don’t know which one to pick!” one guest laughed, a bowl in each hand.

After selecting a bowl and chatting for a bit, partygoers wove their way through the studio space to the soup line, where they had their choice of savory vegetable or creamy tomato bisque prepared by Celia Cerasoli. People then added chunks of fresh bread and cheese to their soup before picking a spot at one of the tables. 

Most partygoers went back for seconds, admiring each other’s bowls in line. After guests had enjoyed their fill, they bid on a silent auction of locally made pottery and snagged a sweet bite from the dessert table.

Empty Bowls was a fundraising dinner for Crisis Ministries hosted by cone 10 studios. Founded in 1984 out of a soup kitchen in Grace Episcopal Church, Crisis Ministries strives to end homelessness and hunger through providing food, emergency housing, case management, primary health care, legal services, employment services, and veteran services.