Monday, March 22, 2010
Empty Bowl Project 2010
Yesterday's Empty Bowl Project held at the Akron Art Museum brought together some great local chefs, two very talented artists, and almost 250 lucky guests, to support The Good Samaritan Hunger Center.
Zeber-Martell Clay Studio artists, Claudia Zeber and Michael Martell, did an amazing job on the bowls. Be sure and visit their studio right next to Vegiterranean to purchase more of their beautiful work, including jewelry. (Speaking of Vegiterranean, I had the good fortune to share a table with the talented Scot Jones, and sample both of his offerings, a delicious celery root, and a tomato bisque with artichokes that was made with cashew 'cream'.)
I served a lot of Black Bean Espresso Chili, a recipe I adapted a bit from Epicurious. The recipe as written makes a lot, so plan to tuck some in the freezer unless you are having a lot of company.
It's very thick, so I added a little more water. I made about ten gallons, in batches, and by the end, nearly everything had a speck or splash of chili on it, including me.
I garnished with a shaving of bittersweet chocolate, which was also a big hit.
It was a great event. As Claudia Zeber told me "These bowls won't just feed people once. They will continue to help feed people, since all of the proceeds go to The Good Samaritan Hunger Center".