Last year's Empty Bowls event raised $1,500 for the food pantry operated by Phillips Avenue Elementary School. Photo: Emil Breitenbach Jr.

The third annual “Empty Bowls” event, a fundraiser for the Phillips Avenue food pantry, took place Thursday evening at Riverhead High School.

Students in the high school ceramics classes, the cooking club, the baking and pastry class and the photography club collaborate on the event, with ceramics students crafting bowls, cooking club students making soups and photography club students mounting a photo show.

Ceramic bowls, made and donated by students, were sold for $5 and $10 each, depending on size. Each bowl came filled with the diner’s soup of choice — broccoli-cheddar, minestrone, loaded baked potato or corn chowder, made that day by cooking club members. Each bowl of soup was served with bread — donated by Blue Duck Bakery and Panera Bread — a soft drink and a cookie.

The photo show, with proceeds from entry fees donated to the food pantry, was judged this year by photographer Steven Berger.

The PTOs at each school in the district donated baskets for a fundraising raffle, said cooking club adviser Roberta MacGray, a family and consumer science teacher at the high school.

Last year the event raised $1,500 for the Phillips Avenue food pantry, MacGray said. She hoped the addition of the raffle this year would help the event meet a fundraising goal of $2,000.

Riverhead High School musicians provided music for the evening.

RiverheadLOCAL photos by Emil Breitenbach Jr.

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