You asked for it…here it is! Another delicious recipe from one of our Empty Bowl soup makers – Katherine Finnerty. This recipe is adapted from The Soup Bowl Cookbook, but Katherine modified it and made it her own. The resulting soup is a delicious brew of smokey, spicy satisfaction. Enjoy!
Before the dinner, we had the pleasure of listening to presentations from Donna Rose of CVOEO and Lily Bradburn of HOPE, updating us on the state of food insecurity in Vermont. They were pleased to inform us that this is the first year in a really long time that food insecurity in Vermont has actually decreased a bit. We owe so much of that success to the hard work of organizations like these, and to the generous donors, like you, who help to keep them afloat.
We’d also like to extend an extra special thank you to our Sponsors:
And of course, a HUGE Thank you to our Volunteers! Without your hard work moving furniture and decorating, cooking soups and dessert, cleaning and serving, this event would not be possible!
Here are a few great shots of the night!
Recognize this handsome crooner? It’s Fred Barnes, our long time Co-op member-owner and musician extraordinaire. For the past few years, Fred has very generously donated his talent at the piano to provide entertainment and add to the ambiance at our annual Empty Bowl Dinner. Fred has quite an interesting musician’s history. He spent years as a pianist and vocalist on the Cunard Line cruise ships Queen Elizabeth 2 and Countess, and followed this experience with several years as the House Pianist for the Sheraton Russell Hotel, on Park Avenue in New York. In addition to his performance career, Fred has spent 25 years instructing students of all ages in Jazz piano. Currently, Fred is active on the musical scene as an accompanist and soloist. Thank you, Fred, for all you do!
Here’s a word about Fred from Douglas Anderson, Executive Director, Middlebury Town Hall Theater:
“Fred Barnes is a master. He commands a seemingly endless repertoire of standards, all served up with breath-taking technique. He also sings – surprise! – in a clear, un-fussy voice that brings to mind Fred Astaire, with all of the charm the comparison implies. I’d say that no one plays piano like this anymore, except that there’s nothing old-fashioned about his playing. I Fred’s hands, even the oldest standard becomes as fresh as the day it was written.
With his effortless brilliance and genuinely warm personality, Fred turns any event into something extraordinary.”