Grass Valley, Calif. (Aug. 10, 2021) –  The 15th annual Empty Bowl benefit for Hospitality House is back for all of September to raise awareness and support for individuals struggling with homelessness. Every dollar received from Empty Bowl is a donation toward Hospitality House’s emergency operations and every dollar makes a difference in someone’s livelihood.

“This event is vital,” said Nancy Baglietto, executive director of Hospitality House. “Lack of affordable housing in our community is a serious, ongoing problem that directly correlates to homelessness. Hundreds of people are without homes right now and coupled with the added challenges of the pandemic and wildfires, Empty Bowl is an opportunity to ban together as a community to create lasting impact for those who need it most.”

Dozens of empty bowls, waiting to be filled

In 2020, with the community’s help, Hospitality House provided 70,892 meals (nearly double all of 2019); served 639 unique homeless individuals; and helped 234 people reach housing destinations. Empty Bowl is an opportunity to further these efforts in 2021. Additional donations are always welcome.

Dozens of artists, including renowned artists Dik Hotchkiss, Chic Lotz, Yvon Dockter, Mindy Oberne, Penny St. Clair, Paul Steege, Bob Davis, Carlos Angulo, Karl Miller, Randy Panos and many more, have come together to make the event possible by creating and donating hundreds of handcrafted ceramic and wooden bowls. In addition, local restaurants have come forward to each host Empty Bowl at their individual venues, donating their food and staff time.


The community has an opportunity to participate in Empty Bowl for as many days as they’d like throughout September. Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 1, each week one to two local restaurants will each host Empty Bowl at their own restaurants, preparing gourmet sustenance in a beautifully donated artisan bowl. Following is a list of featured Empty Bowl restaurants and their days of participation (days/hours vary by location).


Sopa Thai Cuisine, Sept. 1 –6
Tofanelli’s Gold Country Bistro, Sept. 8 – 14 (excludes weekend)
Lola @ The National Exchange Hotel, Sept. 8 – 14
Golden Gate Saloon @ The Holbrooke Hotel, Sept. 15 – 21
fudenjüce, Sept. 15 – 21
Heartwood Eatery, Sept. 22 – 28
Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co., Sept. 22 – 28


  • Sopa Thai Cuisine: Tom Kah Soup: lemongrass, coconut milk with broccoli, snow peas, cabbage, carrots, mushrooms and tomatoes.
  • Tofanelli’s Gold Country Bistro: Surprise soup of the day with dinner roll.
  • Lola @ The National Exchange Hotel:  French Onion Soup: caramelized onions, beef broth, sourdough croutons, gruyere cheese, Rasputin stout and cooked brandy.
  • fudenjüce: Kitchari Bowl: Steamed organic spinach, organic shredded carrots, organic mung beans, and organic basmati rice flavored with organic spices (cumin, coriander and fennel) and organic sunflower oil.
  • Golden Gate Saloon @ The Holbrooke Hotel: Brisket Bowl: achiote rice, BBQ brisket, kimchi, avocado, crema and cilantro.
  • Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co: Surprise dish!
  • Heartwood Eatery: Rainbow Salad: local salad greens and veggies, half an avocado, a sesame tamari dressing and bread and butter.

Because each restaurant is donating their own signature dish and staff time to host Empty Bowl, ticketholders are encouraged to patronize these restaurants by purchasing tasty add-ons to support them, such as appetizers, drinks and desserts.


To kickoff Empty Bowl, the entire community is invited to participate in a virtual art sale, featuring a variety of specialty bowls and artisan creations on Wednesday, Sept. 1 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. No event ticket required to participate! A sneak preview of featured work will be available on beginning Monday, Aug. 30. Sign up to receive art sale details and related Hospitality House news at


Tickets are $40 each and are available online at and online at A limited number of tickets are available for each participating restaurant. Tickets must be purchased in advance in order to be redeemed at participating restaurants. Each restaurant has restrictions in place when tickets can be utilized. Each ticket includes one artisan bowl, one delicious meal and a pamphlet on Empty Bowl’s significance with a featured story on a local individual overcoming homelessness. Tickets are subject to sell out and are being sold on a first come, first serve basis. Days/times/locations vary by each participating restaurant. Exclusions apply.

Further support for Empty Bowl comes from generous local business sponsors, including: BriarPatch Food Co-op, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, SPD Markets, Telestream, LLC, Chapa-De Indian Health Grass Valley, YubaNet, Pawnie’s Home Care, Caseywood, AJA Video Systems, County of Nevada (Better Together), Northern California Mortgage Co., Nevada County Association of Realtors, The Union, Whitewater Naturopathic Medicine, Peters’ Drilling & Pump Service, KVMR, Clientworks and Law Office of Minor and Keene.

Learn more about Empty Bowl at

About Hospitality House
The mission of Hospitality House is to bring homeless people in Nevada County into a circle of community caring that offers shelter, sustenance, advocacy, opportunity, dignity, and hope as they transition from homelessness to housing. For more information about Hospitality House, visit