Cat Clay's popular annual soup social event benefits the Healthy Sisters Soup & Bean Works, a non-profit organization that helps prepare women in recovery to re-enter the workforce. Each year the event donates 100 percent of proceeds and raises thousands of dollars for the organization. For a $20 donation, visitors choose one of hundreds of handmade bowls donated by artists — this year's provided by Richard Aerni, Cathy Barry, Christin Bentley, Kelly Brenner Justice, Carolyn Dilcher-Stutz, Gayle Erwin, Andrew Foster, Hodaka Hasebe, Hailey Kenton, Anina Major, Brooke Millecchia, Beckett Wood, and others — and a package of Healthy Sisters' soup mix, and graze on provided appetizers and desserts. The popular event sells out every year, and the line forms early. Entertainment and tastings are provided while you wait in line.
"Winter Warmth: A Soup(er) Benefit" takes place Friday, January 11, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Cat Clay, Suite 242, Hungerford Building, 1115 East Main Street (take door 2, by the loading docks). Parking is available in the Hungerford lot, with overflow space in Greenovation's lot just down the street. 414-5643; catclay.com.