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TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW FOR NORTH TEXAS FOOD BANK'S 16th ANNUAL EMPTY BOWLS PRESENTED BY KROGER

DALLAS, March 2, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The 16th annual Empty Bowls benefiting programs of the North Texas Food Bank, will be held on Friday, March 6, at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. This signature event will feature soups and other bowl-friendly fare from 20 of North Texas' top restaurants and food purveyors. As a memento of the day, attendees also will have the opportunity to select a handcrafted bowl created by a local artisan.

"It is hard to believe that Empty Bowls is celebrating 16 years," said Jan Pruitt, president and CEO of the North Texas Food Bank. "Our supporters tell us that they look forward to this signature event that combines the best in local fare with works of art created by talented local artists. In 2014, Empty Bowls raised $175,000 -- which translated to 525,000 meals provided for hungry children, seniors and families across North Texas."

This year's event will feature food stations with bites from 20 local restaurants, including first-time restaurants Meso Maya, Snappy Salads, Ten 50 BBQ, The Green Door, Urban Crust and Zoe's Kitchen, as well as prior participants Empire Baking Co., The Mozzarella Co. and The Place at Perry's among others.

Bowls featured at the event will be curated by Trinity Ceramics under the leadership of Owner David Cramer, a longtime supporter of the North Texas Food Bank and Empty Bowls, and Kroger will return as the presenting sponsor of the 16th annual Empty Bowls.

"The Empty Bowls event is one of the most popular events we do all year. It fills the need as a fundraiser for the North Texas Food Bank, it provides guests with a terrific experience and our Kroger volunteers love it," said Gary Huddleston, Consumer Affairs Director of Kroger.

Purchase tickets for the 16th Annual Empty Bowls to benefit North Texas Food Bank



Tickets available at www.ntfb.org/emptybowls
When: Friday, March 6, 2015
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Where: Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201
Tickets are available at three price points:
VIP: $100 - Includes early entry at 10:30 a.m. through an exclusive VIP Entrance. Be one of the first to sample the 19 chef stations, choose a handcrafted artisan bowl and bid on the silent auction
General Admission: $35 - Includes General Admission entry at 11 a.m. Enjoy the 19 chef stations, beverages, and take home a handcrafted artisan bowl
No Bowl Ticket: $25 - Includes food and beverages without the extra cost of a handcrafted bowl
Parking:
Due to limited parking, guests are encouraged to carpool. This year UBER is offering first-time riders $20 off their trips. Garage, street level and valet parking is available as follows:
• UBER- New users who enter promo code 'EmptyBowls' will receive $20 off their first ride.
• Meyerson Symphony Center garage via Munger Ave off Pearl
o Self-parking is $10
o Valet parking is $25
o Handicap valet parking is $25 with valid permit via Munger Avenue off of Pearl St
• Hall Arts Center garage off Ross Ave
o Self-parking is $10
o Handicapped self-parking is available next to the elevators on levels G4 and lower
• AT &T Performing Arts Red Lexus garage (Winspear Opera House) self-parking is $5
• Platinum Parking self-parking:
o Lot at Ross and Harwood is $10 (not on map)
o Lot on San Jacinto between Leonard and Hawkins is $5
• Additional parking is available on street level

About the North Texas Food Bank

The North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) is a top-ranked nonprofit relief organization, and the largest North Texas charity. Each day, the North Texas Food Bank provides access to 170,000 meals for hungry children, seniors and families through a network of more than 1,000 programs and 262 Partner Agencies. In fiscal year 2014, NTFB provided access to some 62 million meals. NTFB recently has announced a 10-year vision to eliminate the hunger gap in its 13-county service area. NTFB is a member of Feeding America, a national hunger relief organization.

About Kroger Southwest

The Kroger Southwest Division operates 212 stores, 205 pharmacies and 124 fuel centers in Texas and Louisiana and is part of one of the nation's largest retail grocery chains serving customers in 34 states and the District of Columbia. For more than 125 years, Kroger has emphasized a customer-first approach to providing quality products, value pricing, outstanding service and an exceptional shopping experience. Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, the supermarket retailer is dedicated to making a difference in the communities it serves by supporting hunger relief, education, health and wellness, and diversity programs. Resulting from the retailer's philanthropic commitment, Forbes magazine lists Kroger as the most generous company in America. For more information about Kroger, please visit www.kroger.com, Facebook or Twitter.

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CONTACT: Anna Kurian Phone: 214-724-6565 Email: annak@ntfb.org

Source:North Texas Food Bank