News Template ‘Fill the Bowls’ Fundraiser for Holiday Meals

 ‘Fill the Bowls’ Fundraiser for Holiday Meals

‘Taste of Fox Valley’ features area’s largest gathering of local restaurants  

AURORA, IL - A wide array of soups, savory bites and sweet samplings will be served by over 25 area chefs on Sunday November 12th, from Noon to 3 p.m. at Two Brothers Roundhouse. Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry is hosting this 9th annual event, raising funds to share holiday meals with local families in need.  

Entry is $40 for adults, $12 for children ages 6-12, and free for kids under 5.  Tickets are on sale at Guests will enjoy a ‘Taste of Fox Valley’ as they sample dishes from chefs & restaurants including: A Girl And Her Mixer, AC's Pub, Anchor Bar, Atrevete Confections, Aurora Tap House, Black Pepper Lounge, Charity Blooms, Craft Urban, Dick's Mini Donuts, East Aurora High School Iron Paw (FCCLA Club), Fireside Grille, Holy Pierogi!, Jake's Bagels & Deli, Katich Breads, Kitchen Ten, La Casa del Pollo Asado, Ms. Jana's Candy, Open Range Southwest Grill, Pal Joey’s Restaurant & Bar, Pig Dog Pub, Reuland Food Services, Riverside Pizza & Pub, Smallcakes, Spartan House, Stockholms Restaurant & Brewery, Tasty Vegans, Tavern on Broadway and Two Brothers Artisan Brewing. Event activities include a Raffle Extravaganza, Draw Down Contest for cash prizes, and Marie’s Annual Spirit Awards. Major support is provided by Dolan & Murphy Real Estate and Two Brothers Roundhouse. Every guest will receive a commemorative soup mug honoring the life of local artist Pat Finley (1945-2023). Pat’s legacy includes the creation of hand painted signage for Marie’s Pantry, Dolan & Murphy Real Estate, and hundreds of local businesses.  

Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry requests support for purchasing holiday meal provisions for local households in need of supplemental nutrition.  Food prices continue to rise in lockstep with inflated costs of goods nationwide. The rate of first-time visitors registering at each of the food pantry’s four weekly service locations has steadily increased every week this year.    Event Contacts: Diane Renner, Executive Director #630.234.7978

Rebekah Axtell, Communications  #630.926.3019  

About Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry, est. 1957  

Marie’s Pantry volunteers provide weekly nutrition support at four locations for Aurora area households in need. Free cooking classes are open to the public.  Marie Wilkinson was a lifetime social and civil rights activist who worked to relieve poverty, hunger, homelessness, joblessness, and injustice. Special programs focus on nourishing students, seniors, veterans and persons challenged with disabilities, helping to raise the quality of life for the community as a wholeLearn more at