Virginia Highland mainstay Murphy’s is joining the effort to support local charities and raise awareness about hunger in Atlanta by partnering with nearby Wired & Fired for the 4th Annual Empty Bowl Project. Beginning on Friday, Oct. 1 guests can visit Wired & Fired to add their artistic touch to a soup bowl at the paint-your-own-pottery studio. Then on Nov. 17, Atlantans will have the opportunity to purchase one of these bowls filled with a delicious dish from a special bowl menu at a luncheon hosted at Murphy’s. All proceeds will benefit Open Hand, an organization that provides freshly-prepared, home-delivered meals along with nutrition education, counseling and therapy to thousands of men, women and children affected by chronic of critical illness.

From Friday, Oct. 1 to Sunday, Nov. 14, Wired & Fired will invite Atlantans to their store located in Virginia Highland to paint an unfinished soup bowl using colors, stamps and stencils for $12. The bowls will serve as a visual reminder of the millions of people throughout the world who go hungry each day. The bowls will then be sold for $20 at a luncheon at Murphy’s on Wednesday, Nov. 17, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Some of the bowls will be autographed by local celebrities, and these unique treasures will be featured in a silent auction. All proceeds from the bowl sales and silent auction will benefit Open Hand. Each guest’s chosen bowl will then be filled with a dish from a special bowl menu, including items such as Roasted Eggplant and Tomato Soup with spicy croutons. At the end of the meal, all bowls will be washed and returned to the guests as a memento.

Proceeds from the Empty Bowl Project will benefit Open Hand. Founded in 1988, Open Hand has since delivered more than 17 million meals to those challenged by diabetes, heart disease, HIV/AIDS, cancer, kidney disease and other illnesses – helping them manage their disease and improve the quality of their lives. For more information on this charity, visit

To decorate and donate a bowl for the Empty Bowl Project, visit Wired & Fired at 994 Virginia Avenue NE, Atlanta, Ga. 30306, across the street from Murphy’s. Wired & Fired is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, call Wired & Fired at 404.885.1024 or visit

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.