3rd annual empty bowl project: a benefit for the maui food bank

empty bowlThe 3rd Annual Empty Bowl Project will be held on April 12 from 5:30-8:30pm at Star Noodle (286 Kupuohi Street in the Lahaina Business Park). Star Noodle and the Maui Organization for the Ceramic Arts (MOCA) have come together once again to bring you inspired cuisine, outstanding art and great entertainment for a very worthy cause, the Maui Food Bank and Hale Mahaolu.

Ceramic artists from around Maui will come together to create hand crafted ceramic bowls to be sold for a $25 donation at the event. The bowl you purchase is a keepsake to remind you of all of the “empty bowls” in the world, all proceeds collected from the bowl purchase will be donated to the Maui Food Bank, Hale Mahaolu and other various organizations. The donation also includes a free visit to the Empty Bowl Project Noodle Bar where you will be able to create your own personal Hapa Ramen or Faux Pho with a variety of garnishings to soothe your soul. In addition to the Noodle Bar station, scrip will be available for purchase to experience an array of local flavors and ingredients street fair style!

This year there is an added twist to the experience. Star Noodle Executive Chef Gemsley Balagaso has invited three of West Maui’s top chefs to join in the fun! Executive Chef Jojo Vasquez of The Plantation House Restaurant, Executive Chef Anton Haines of Pacific ‘O and Chef Lyndon Honda, owner of Events & Catering will share their flavors and talents, with everything from pork katsu to uni (sea urchin). Also making an appearance for the evening will be the new STARSTRUCK food truck featuring Nori wrapped chicken, Laab spring rolls and Green papaya salad. Along with the great food and desserts, signature Star cocktails, wine, beer and sake will also be available for purchase.

The event will take place under the stars at Star Noodle, with live bowl making by guest chefs and local celebrities throughout the evening.

In 2013, the 2nd Annual Empty Bowl Project was a huge success with over 700 attendees and just over 375 bowls sold. Star Noodle donated $5,000 to the Maui Food Bank, $5,000 to Hale Mahaolu and $2,000 to the Lahainaluna Ladies Basketball team. Star Noodle and the Maui organization of Ceramic Arts have donated over $20,000 in the past two years.

Empty Bowl Project is an international grassroots project to help fight hunger. Events have taken place across the United States and in a dozen other countries. Millions of dollars have been raised and donated to hunger-fighting organizations. For more information please visit http://www.starnoodle.com or call Kaala Buenconsejo at 667-2998.

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