Soup Kitchen


Thank you to all our Sponsors, Attendees, Craft Vendors and
our amazing host St. Francis-Xavier Church. 

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Empty Bowl 2021  took place on Sunday, October 24 between 11:30am to 2:30pm. We had a wonderful turn our of 300 attendees for came out to support our mission of helping families experiencing homelessness. We raised over $30,000 thanks to our attendees, sponsors, craft vendors and so many others. We look forward to next year's Empty Bowl and the return of our handmade ceramic bowls. 

Special thanks to our Empty Bowl committee, our major Sponsors i.e. Warner Bros., Logix Federal Credit Union, Cusumano Real Estate Group, Robert & Catherine DeFrancesco and USC Verdugo Hills Hospital. And, congratulations to this years honorees, our Support Congregation Coordinators, Dr. Jeff Wassem, Dr. Beth Marcus, Sarah Kaufman, Lisa Malm, Caroline Veach, Iris Samson, Jeannie Mintz and David Burke. 

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Executive Chef Sponsors

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Robert & Catherine DeFrancesco


Chef de Cuisine Sponsor

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In Memory of
Bob Piatak


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Cabrini Literary Guild

Sous Chef Sponsors

LaTerra Development

Suzanne McClintock

My Merchant Experts:
Luis Centeno

Parajon Business Solutions: Alex Parajon

Lilly Thompson

Dan Soderstrom,
Dilbeck Realty

Timely Totals
(Stephanie Bennett)


Chef de Partie Sponsors

Laura Friedman,

Burbank First United
Methodist Church

Anthony Portantino,

Ruth & Mike Devine

Express Employment Glendale:
Kimberly Guard

Beth Marcus & Jeff Ring

Anita & Mark Hutchinson


Albert Hernandez Family

Lynn Kronzek &
Rabbi Richard Flom

Crystal Nathaniel

Ed & Ludonna Loney

Roberta Reynolds

Joylene & Robert Wagner

Mike & Mary Ann Real Estate

Michael Rofail,
Pacific Realty Investments

Gloria Salas & Tim Murphy

Rick & Kathy Sessinghaus

Law Offices of
Finkelberg & Finkelberg

Leslie & Ken Smith

Phileen Meskin

Carol & Richard Bennett

Malena Otero

Mike & Karen Swan

True Integrity Insurance & Payroll Services

UMe Federal Credit Union

Mary Jane Weaver

Chris & Suzanne Weerts

Wu Family

Kate Besso/Jamie Besso

Lynda Jackson

Soup Sponsors

Tequilas - Burbank
Coral Café
Kitchen On San Fernando

Metropolitan Culinary Services
Romancing the Bean
The New Deal
Tony's Italian Deli
Whole Foods Burbank

Kathy Sessinghaus
Porto's Bakery & Cafe