Attendees will be allowed to sample nearly two dozen soups prepared by local residents and restaurant chefs. They can also cast a vote for their favorite soup and go home with a handmade ceramic bowl.
In addition to the meal, the night will include a silent auction, pottery bazaar and bake sale.
Proceeds from the event benefit the Winston County Arts Council and Main Street Ministries.
Winston County schoolchildren are offered art classes through the Winston County Arts Council, and Main Street Ministries serves an average of 75 people a week through its food pantry.
Previous dinners drew nearly 500 people and raised more than $5,000 for the two nonprofit organizations.
“We want it to be a fun event for folks. Restaurants and individuals can show off their recipes and everybody else can enjoy eating,” said Arts Council board member J.D. Snoddy.
Local artisans started in August making the more than 500 bowls that will be needed for next week’s dinner.
The Winston County Arts Council also has a pottery studio on the campus of Meek High School where community members have been gathering in recent weeks to shape raw clay into the beautiful and unique pieces that will be given away Thursday night.
After being shaped by hand or thrown on a pottery wheel, the clay is allowed to completely dry before being sanded and fired in a kiln at 1000 degrees for five hours.
After the pottery has cooled, the bottoms are waxed by hand to prevent sticking to the kiln shelves.
The items are then dipped or brushed with custom glazes and fired in a kiln at 2,400 degrees for 10-12 hours.
The entire process takes between four and five days.
The bowls are microwave, oven and dishwasher safe and contain no lead.
Tickets for the Empty Bowls Dinner are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.
They can be purchased at the Arley Public Library and will also be available at the door.
For more information, contact Snoddy at 489-6569.