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Hunt for Durham's best soup March 5th at the Empty Bowls benefit for Urban Ministries

Besides being a really good cause, the 2010 Empty Bowls fundraiser for Urban Ministries of Durham's Community Cafe scheduled for March 5,  is also a prime opportunity to check out gourmet soups at a bargain price.

The soups come from some of the city's top restaurants who are competing for the title of Best Soup in Durham.

Soups are served in handcrafted bowls donated by local potters. For $30, you get soup and a bowl to take home; tickets for soup only are $15. Children 6 and under eat soup free.

Empty Bowls runs 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 5th at the Durham Armory.

Judging is handled by a celebrity panel including N.C. Rep. Mickey Michaux, and by popular ballot.

Participating restaurants include Nana's, Blu Seafood, Papa Mojo's Roadhouse, Revolution, Rue Cler, Watts Grocery, Whole Foods and UMD's own Community Cafe. Last year Six Plates Wine Bar won the title of Best Soup in Durham.

All proceeds benefit the the UMD's Community Café, serving three meals a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year to anyone in need of a meal.

Empty Bowls is a nationwide movement begun in Michigan in 1990. The Durham event owes its founding to the late Leonora Coleman, owner of Claymakers. The pottery studio continues to contribute many bowls to the fundraiser every year.

Due to the popularity of this event, tickets are limited, so get yours in advance at the United Ministries website, at UMD headquarters, located at 410 Liberty St., or by calling 919-682-0538, ext. 35.

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