CCAC students to prepare soup for annual Empty Bowls dinner on March 20

CCAC Culinary Arts prepare for Empty Bowl Dinner
Article by: CCAC Public Relations

Press Release

PITTSBURGH—Students enrolled in the Community College of Allegheny County Culinary Arts program at Allegheny Campus are putting their cooking skills to good use by participating in the fight against hunger and food insecurity. The students will prepare and serve soup at the annual Empty Bowls dinner held on Sunday, March 20, from 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Rodef Shalom in Oakland. The dinner serves up a simple meal of soup and bread as a reminder that too many people in our region are facing hunger with “empty bowls.”

The CCAC students will prepare a Middle Eastern-style, gluten-free, vegan, creamy, curried carrot soup that is sure to please discriminating palates. This is the first time the students are participating in the event, which will benefit Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and Just Harvest. The dinner features soup cooked by some of Pittsburgh’s top restaurants, local personality soup servers, a silent auction of ceramic art and celebrity-autographed bowls, live music, children’s activities and artisan pottery for guests to take home. 

According to Art Inzinga, CCAC associate professor, Culinary Arts, “The students are very excited about participating. There are people in the community who really struggle with where their next meal is coming from, and that hits close to our hearts, as chefs.”

Pittsburgh’s Empty Bowls dinner typically draws more than 1,500 people, and in its past 20 years the event has raised more than $500,000 to fight hunger in our region.

Tickets are $22 in advance and $25 at the door. To purchase tickets and for other details, go to:

For more information about the CCAC Culinary Arts program, click here.

(Picture includes: Culinary Arts students Erin Kuhns and Michael Head; Culinary Arts Associate Professor Art Inzinga


About the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)
CCAC annually educates nearly 30,000 credit students through more than 150 degree, certificate, diploma and transfer programs and offers thousands of students access to noncredit and workforce development courses. The learning-centered institution’s mission is to provide affordable access to quality education and offer a dynamic, diverse and supportive learning environment that prepares the region’s residents for academic, professional and personal success in our changing global society. CCAC’s quality programs enable students to transfer credits to approximately 500 colleges and universities and support regional workforce needs with accessible instruction available day, evening, weekend and online in Allegheny County and beyond. Visit to learn more.

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