Sidney Lynch

Sarah Pacheco
Wednesday - February 04, 2009
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A hearty bowl of soup can be the perfect meal this time of year - it’s warm, filling and comes in enough varieties to suit any mood. That’s part of the reason Sidney Lynch and the Hawaii Potters’Guild decided to host a special soup-tasting night in tandem with their 42nd anniversary exhibition. The other reason: Their event, known as the Empty Bowl Project, also serves as a fundraiser for the Hawaii Foodbank.

“Part of the HPG mission statement is to give back to the community and promote ceramics in the community,” Lynch explains. “Empty Bowl seemed like an excellent way to hold what we are calling a ‘grassroots fundraiser’to benefit the Hawaii Foodbank.”

For $15, attendees get a steaming bowl of homemade soup - Kahuku Corn Chowder from Side Street Inn, Pohaku Soup from Downtown restaurant, Minestrone courtesy of Cafe Laufer, a macrobiotic Black Bean Soup from Great Life Cuisine, or a to-be-decided recipe from Tiki’s Bar & Grill - along with fresh bread donated by Costco Hawaii Kai and Whole Foods. You also get to keep the ceramic bowl your meal comes in, courtesy of HPG and fellow ceramics organizations Koko Head Hui, Mauka Ali’i, the Yukio Ozaki Ohana and Fort Shafter Arts & Crafts/Ceramics. Other “signature” bowls will be offered during a silent auction.


“I think it’s going to be a great event,” promises Cindy Chaponot, event co-chair. “Sidney is a good delegator. Since becoming president of HPG, she changed the whole feel of the group from insulated to community-minded.”

Lynch returns the praise by noting Chaponot helped secure ceramist Ramon Camarillo and his band Southern Swell for the evening’s live entertainment, and that the entire pottery-making group should be praised for their work toward the project.

“I’d like to say that we are able to hold this fundraiser and exhibit because of the wonderful way that all the people who attend HPG come together to participate and help in these community events,” says the Palolo resident, who owns and operates her own embroidery and silkscreen company, Kenjo Inc. “We have an incredible ohana at HPG who all pitch in to make sure the studio runs not only smoothly but also very happily.”

Feel good through and through with comfort food for a cause at the ARTS at Marks Garage (1159 Nuuanu St.) from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6. Be sure to bring a canned-food donation, as representatives from the food-bank will be on hand.

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