The annual Agapé Mission Empty Bowls luncheon fundraiser is set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Bartlesville Community Center. Presenting sponsors include Bartlesville Regional United Way, Truity Credit Union, Susan Dick Financial Services LLC, Diversified System Resources, ABB and Phillips 66.


Tickets are $25 per person and available at Arvest Downtown, Agapé Mission or online at Empty Bowls Bartlesville Facebook page. Tickets will also be sold at the door, as long as they are still available. Tickets are limited.


The luncheon gives attendees the opportunity to taste a variety of foods from local restaurants and caterers, as well as take home a hand-painted souvenir bowl. The Agapé Mission event is a win-win for everyone: attendees who get their choice of a handmade bowl, Agapé Mission, and the people they serve every day.


New to Empty Bowls this year is Frida’s Cocina Mexicana, which opened in July, and will provide spinach enchiladas. Other participating caterers and restaurants include Agapé Mission, Bambino’s Café, Beverly’s Bake Shop, Casa Tamales, Classic Catering, Chili’s, ConocoPhillips’s Café-Eurest, Copan Truck Stop, Cup ‘N Cake, Dink’s Bar-B-Que, El Maguey, El Rincon, Fresh Market in Tulsa, Green Country Village, Goldie’s Patio, Luigi’s, Marco’s Pizza, Mazzio’s, McAlister’s, Monterrey’s Little Mexico, New China, Ocean China, Omega Chocolates, Painted Horse Bar & Grill, Papa Murphy Pizza, Price Old Fashioned Meat Market, Rib Crib, Rolling Pin, Shortie’s Grill, Sugarica, Sushi One, Szechuan Chinese Restaurant, Tacos Maria, Tallgrass Estates and Weeze’s. A few restaurants are still to be confirmed.


According to Brenda Williamson, event chair, “some of the enticing menu items this year are pork carnitas, pulled pork sliders, beef sliders, brisket sliders, burritos, beans and rice, egg rolls, sushi, cheeseburgers, tamales, pot roast, rolls, chicken fried rice, pizzas, pasta salad, potato salad, Mediterranean lemon orzo salad, spaghetti, mac & cheese, Asian beef tacos, cookies, cupcakes, dessert bars and more.”


Williamson also noted that there will be menu boards in the lobby so guests can see which booths serve their favorite foods. “That way, they can go straight to that booth and don’t have to start at the first booth and go through entire line.”


Fifty percent of Bartlesville’s elementary and junior high kids qualify for free or discounted school lunches. However, some of these children have little or nothing to eat on weekends. This is where Agapé Mission comes in by providing snack sacks to more than 625 children every weekend. Additionally, the mission serves more than 3,000 on-site meals every month — six days a week. Money raised from Empty Bowls helps to fund these programs.


Activities will also include a silent auction featuring larger hand-painted bowls in various designs, a Pioneer Woman Cookbook, and a framed print from Gary Gibson made specifically for Empty Bowls. Winners of the silent auction items will be contacted after the event.