One of the things that people have said they’ve loved since the very first SOUP event was our use of ceramic and stoneware bowls. Lovingly scavenged from area thrift stores and donated by generous supports, we’ve collected nearly 200 bowls and almost 150 plates.
For over a year, we’ve grown our collection as our events have gotten bigger. Before each event, the entire team pitches in to wash all the bowls, sometimes by hand. After an event… well, you can imagine it’s a mess. All of the bowls have to be washed again before being placed into storage for three months. Then we repeat the process all over again. With nearly 350 bowls and plates needing to be washed twice, and considering the average dishwasher uses 6 gallons of water per load, you can see we go through a lot of water to ensure we have clean dishes for each event.
One last thing about our good ol’ ceramic and stoneware bowls… they break. We’ve lost dozens of bowls along the way. Good friends gone, but not forgotten. How do they break? Any number ways: dropped during an event (full of soup), dropped into the bin too hard, and some are broken when the bins are slammed onto the ground because they are so heavy. We had a bunch broken in storage when a massive windstorm knocked all of the bins over. We had one break from being washed (it was fine when it went into the dishwasher!)