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Dec 6, 2019








Eat up, help out

Clash of the Cupcakes
When: Friday, Oct. 16, from 6 to 9 p.m.
Where: Derryfield Country Club, 625 Mammoth Road, Manchester
Cost is $15 per person. See
Empty Bowls
When: Sunday, Oct. 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Brookside Congregational Church, 2013 Elm St., Manchester
Buy a handmade ceramic bowl for $20 to fill with soup from local restaurants. Child bowls $5. See

Foody fundraisers
Soup and cupcakes for a cause

By Allie Ginwala

 Two food-focused fundraisers return to Manchester this weekend, giving guests the chance to help out community organizations while and sampling from local restaurants and bakeries.

Clash of the Cupcakes
On Friday, Oct. 16, head to the Derryfield Country Club for the chance to see local bakers face off in a cupcake decorating competition during this year’s Clash of the Cupcakes. 
“What we do is we invite area bakers and they bring baked cupcakes already prepped and have 30 minutes to decorate them onsite,” Jennifer Sanders, volunteer services director for Southern New Hampshire Services, said in a phone interview. 
Guests spend the half hour watching the bakers and their assistants artfully assemble cupcakes while enjoying light hors d’oeuvres and a signature cocktail from the Derryfield — a cupcake martini, of course. 
Once time is up, cupcakes are given to the judges and others are cut into four pieces for guests to try. Boxes of two cupcakes will also be available for people to take home. 
This year, Benson’s Bakery Cafe in Hudson, Carina’s Cakes in Derry, Cupcakes 101 in Bedford, Sophisticakes in Windham and Bite Me Kupcakes in Merrimack will each bring 75 cupcakes to decorate and present for the chance to win the people’s choice and judges’ choice award.
“Some bakers use the event to showcase their best cupcake and then some really take the opportunity to create [something] totally different, so I’ve definitely seen a good combination of both,” Sanders said.
Inspired by the TV show Cupcake Wars, mixing food and fundraising is a great way to get the community involved.
“I think that people love to eat [and] during the 30 minutes where they’re decorating the cupcakes you can feel the energy coming from the bakers so I think it’s a combination of energy in the room and eating cupcakes,” she said.
Proceeds from the event benefit Southern New Hampshire Services’ Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, a national service project in which volunteers 55 and older participate in programs such as osteoporosis prevention, minor home repairs for disabled and senior individuals, working with local schools to read to children and teach about nutrition and physical activity, and providing companionship for homebound seniors.
Empty Bowls
On Sunday, Oct. 18, New Horizons for New Hampshire will hold its annual Empty Bowls at Brookside Congregational Church. The New Hampshire Potters Guild makes and donates hundreds of bowls for guests to choose from before sampling soups from local restaurants.
“They’re beautiful, they are many different colors,” Michelle Casale, development director for New Horizons for New Hampshire, said in a phone interview. “Many people come and buy more than one bowl and give them out as holiday gifts.”
New Hampshire Potters Guild typically starts making the next batch of bowls right after the previous event, selling 400 to 450 bowls each year.
“They are all unique, each one is individually made and no two are alike,” Casale said, noting that the earth-toned ceramic bowls come in many shades like blue and green. “We usually have 16 participating restaurants and our [guests] are charged $20 when they arrive at the event, and that gives them the choice of one bowl and unlimited soup to sample.”
This year’s restaurants include Angela’s Pasta & Cheese Shop, Taj India, Red Arrow Diner, Jerome’s Deli, Piccola Italia Ristorante, Billy’s Sports Bar & Grill and more.
“We try to keep it interesting, having a wide variety from broth soups to cream soups to seasonal,” she said. “What always goes fast is the seafood chowders.”
Guests can enjoy live entertainment while sitting and eating at long tables, talking with the friends and family they came with or those they just met.
“The premise of Empty Bowls international is that there will be no empty bowls for anyone. We’re helping to fight hunger,” Casale said. “This is our primary food-based fundraiser and it’s always a hit. People look forward to it year after year.”
Funds raised benefit New Horizons for New Hampshire, which operates a homeless shelter, food pantry, and soup kitchen. 

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