An annual fundraiser for Cass Community Social Services, Empty Bowls Detroit at Eastern Market is a chance to try a variety of food from local restaurants while giving back at the same time.

Tickets include admission, soup from dozens of area restaurants — plus cheese, dessert, beer and wine — and a hand-painted ceramic bowl to take home. The event is 5-10 p.m. Friday.

Participating businesses include downtown hot spots like Grey Ghost Detroit, Slows Bar BQ, Seva Detroit, Amore da Roma, Traffic Jam & Snug and others.

There’s entertainment, too, from local acoustic acts like A Man Named Hooper, Roll & Tumble and the Relics.

In the first two years of Empty Bowls, the event raised $60,000 for CCSS, which used the money to purchase a new kitchen and more than 47,000 pounds of food for low-income households.

Tickets are $40 in advance at or $50 at the door. The party is in Shed 5 at Russell and Alfred streets in Eastern Market. Must be 21 or older to attend.

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