Stay tuned for more details for 2022. 

Logo Design by Corso Graphics

Conoco-Phillips Alaska Logo

Presenting Sponsor Conoco-Phillips Alaska

This event would not be possible without support from: ConocoPhillips Alaska, Providence Health and Services Alaska, Chugach Gov Solutions, TOTE Maritime, Alyeska Pipeline Service, Matson, Lynden, Providence Imaging Center, Bristol Bay Native Corp, Express DMV Solutions UMV, GCI, Taiga Mining, 3M Alaska, and our Media Sponsors: KFQD and Anchorage Press.


Please join Bean’s Cafe & The Children’s Lunchbox for the 26th Annual Empty Bowl Project online auction. We were so sad to cancel our in-person event in 2020 and yet again this year, but we have lots of wonderful items to bid on here and we hope you enjoy shopping. As they say, "bid high and bid often!"

This online auction is live Monday, April 5 at 9 a.m. – Sunday, April 11 at 9:00 p.m. Presented by ConocoPhillips Alaska, the goal is to raise money and bring awareness to hunger issues faced in Anchorage. Visit the auction here.

Thank you to Corso Graphics for the 2020 logo design and Snow City Cafe, Crush Bistro, South Restaurant + Coffee House, and Spenard Roadhouse for contributing the amazing soup recipes we would have served!

We do have a limited supply of soup and cornbread mixes if you are interested in purchasing some when you pick up your auction items (details below). They are $10 each.

Join us in thanking our generous sponsors for their support in 2020: ConocoPhillips Alaska, Providence Health and Services Alaska, Providence Imaging Center, Chugach Gov Solutions, TOTE Maritime, Alyeska Pipeline Service, Matson, Lynden, Bristol Bay Native Corp, Taiga Mining, Enstar, GCI, 3M, Express DMV Solutions UMV, First National Bank, and our Media Sponsors KFQD.

If you are the winning bidder on a package you can pick it up at our Bean’s Cafe, Inc. Administration office located at 1020 E. 4th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501. We recommend entering our parking lot off 5th Avenue, so you can park in our upper lot and enjoy easy access to our building, with ample parking. We share a parking lot with Van’s Dive Bar and Luck Wishbone.

We will be available for auction item pick-up during the following hours:

Monday, April 12th, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Tuesday, April 13th , 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Wednesday, April 14th, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Friday. April 16th, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

We keep our building locked, so please call 907.433.8601 when you arrive, or knock loudly as we will be on stand-by. If you absolutely cannot pick up your items during any of these times, please email and we do our best to accommodate you.

Thank you for supporting Bean’s Cafe!


Please note, you can visit Snow City Cafe or South Restaurant + Coffee House now, through Sunday, April 4, and purchase one of the bowls they have on hand, or you may purchase soup mixes and cornbread. Tickets from the 2020 event cannot be used to purchase a bowl.

Call for Bowls

We are not currently collecting bowls, however, do check back in Fall of 2021

We are always looking (and in need of) for new and interesting bowls for this annual event – so if you’re an artist and want to contribute, give us a shout! We will take bowls of all mediums: clay, glass, wood, you name it! We’ll even take bowls from previous years. Email

Call for Entries

Our soups entries this year were presented by South Restaurant + Coffeehouse, Snow City Cafe, Crush Bistro, and Spenard Roadhouse. The winning two soups (one meat and one vegetarian), following our roadshow voting event are:

  • Cider Braised Beef & Bean from South Restaurant
  • Coffee house and French Green Lentil from Snow City Cafe
  • Tuscan White Bean and Kale from Snow City Cafe
EVENT CANCELED for 2020 and 2021

Entries Closed for 2021