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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The 12th annual Empty Bowls charity auction and dinner benefiting the Arkansas Foodbank will be held on Thursday, April 24, 2014. The list of this year's participating restaurants is set and comprises some of the most mouth-watering dishes in Central Arkansas.

Restaurants include:

  • Apple Spice Junction
  • Ashley's
  • Cantina Laredo
  • Cheers in the Heights
  • Cupcakes on Kavanaugh
  • The Pantry
  • Scallions
  • Starving Artist Café
  • Taziki's Mediterranean Café
  • Trio's
  • Vesuvio Bistro

Guests will be able to choose from a wide variety of dishes that will be prepared by local chefs from these popular restaurants. Throughout the evening, there will be silent and live auctions featuring custom art, unique items and exclusive trips donated by local artisans and generous supporters. This year's artists include: Matt Coburn, James Hayes, Bob Crane, and Cyndi Yeager. Entertainment will be provided by local talent, The Rodney Block band. Who is a jazz quartet comprised of a lead trumpet, piano, bass, and drums.

Sponsored by Kroger, Empty Bowls will take place at Next Level Events in the historic Union Station near downtown Little Rock. The ticket price is $75 for one ticket or $150 for two. Tickets are limited to the first 300 people and can be purchased on our website, www.arkansasfoodbank.org. The event starts at 6 p.m. and will be emceed by THV 11's Tom Brannon.

The money raised from this year's event will allow the Arkansas Foodbank to continue to support the 300 agencies in our 33 counties that provide food to their local communities. Currently, one in five Arkansans lacks enough money to secure adequate nutrition. Your partnership directly impacts our ability to continue the mission of the Foodbank. Nothing can measure what it means to help everyday people take control of their lives. For these individuals, hope is a hot meal, a bag of groceries, a well-nourished child. Help us

FEED HOPE in 2014!

If you would like to become a sponsor or donate items for the auction, please contact Becky Barnes Campbell, special events coordinator at the Arkansas Foodbank, at (501) 569-4329 or by email at recampbell@arkansasfoodbank.org.

The Arkansas Foodbank, the largest food bank in Arkansas, is a member of Feeding America and the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance. Its warehouses in Little Rock, Warren, and Caddo Valley serve approximately 300 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other agencies that provide aid directly to hungry Arkansans. Last year, the Foodbank distributed more than 20 million pounds of food to agencies that help feed the hungry. For information on how you can fight hunger, visit the Foodbank website at www.arkansasfoodbank.org.

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