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So, I went to have my ultrasound done today, my echo-cardiogram, and the good news is I’m not pregnant!  Um, wait wrong ultrasound. My heart, according to the technician, looked pretty good.  Now, that doesn’t mean much of anything because it has to be viewed by the cardiologist to be official. So the word is “officially” still out. But, all the extra salads, strawberries, blueberries, fish, etc. I’ve been eating in addition to trying to take extra steps in the day (stairs instead of elevator, walking to accessible places downtown instead of driving, etc.) must be paying off, at least as far as I can tell.

Now that that is out of the way, I’m going to move on to the other topic for today: Empty Bowls.  Empty Bowls is the big fundraising event of the year for Second Harvest Food Bank. I’m not going to spend a lot of time going into details about hunger, because really you should already know that there are families here in our community that are hungry. I don’t mean they just have a hankerin’, I mean that they take turns in the family eating. Maybe it’s the kids, Scotty and Sally today (yes, just once) and Mom and Dad tomorrow, or they’re the kids on the block that are not happy it’s the weekend and they’re out of school. At least in school they get breakfast and lunch of some kind. Dear Reader, there are people that are truly starving in our community, perhaps your next door neighbor.

Empty Bowls will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, April 22 from 11-2 and you can still get tickets (before 5pm 4/21/15) for $25 in advance by going to hungernwnc.org. Any tickets you buy will be held at Will Call. After 5pm, it’s $35 and you’ll have to purchase them at the door. It’s held at the Millennium Center in Downtown Winston-Salem. There will be shuttle service from the parking lot (First Presbyterian Church on Cherry/Marshall) to the Millennium Center. What do you get for your money?  One, you’re helping a great cause. Two, you get soup from awesome restaurants around town. Three, you get to take home a piece of art; a bowl made by local artisans. It’s a great cause and somehow I pulled off being called a “celebrity server.” I’m going to be a “Floor Ambassador” from 1030-1230 (until…) so I’ll be schmoozing people up whilst they enjoy the event. There are other community celebs, such as, Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines, Chad Nance of Camel City Dispatch, local TV personalities, food people, etc. Really, you shouldn’t miss it. You can read the write up I did for The Man Who Ate the Town: A Food Blog by clicking here.

So I hope to see you all out there. ALL of you! Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!

“The bowl that each guest selects is not used at the event. It remains empty as a reminder of our neighbors struggling against hunger.” – James Caldwell, Development Manger of Special Events for Second Harvest Food Bank