Lakewood Ranch's Cindy Carter gave a thumbs up to her sample of beer cheese soup.
She sampled three small cups of the 15 soups available at Meals on Wheels Plus of Manatee's Empty Bowls fundraiser on Nov. 4 on Main Street at Lakewood Ranch before choosing which soup she would like.
"This is the place to be," Carter said of Empty Bowls. "It's my first time. I wanted to support Meals on Wheels. It's a great organization."
Before tasting the various soups, those who attended perused tables filled with handmade bowls and picked one to take home.
Country Club's Richard and Karen Plotkin kept picking up bowls and putting them back because they would find one they liked more.
"They're gorgeous," Karen Plotkin said. "Every one is more beautiful than the other."