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Long lines for soups at 8th Empty Bowls
Long lines for soups at 8th Empty Bowls

In its eighth year, Empty Bowls has become not only a major fundraiser for one of Baltimore's oldest and busiest charities but a popular event for which people are willing to get in line early. Half an hour before doors opened Saturday at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, more than 200 ticket-holders waited eagerly for the first seating of soups from some of the region's best restaurants. "People who've been here before know to come early," said John Schiavone, executive director of St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore, the host and beneficiary of an event that has grown so much since 2007 that organizers had to split it into lunch and dinner sessions. Empty Bowls...