TOMAHAWK - Patricia Tholl from Rodeo Saloon in Tomahawk put her cooking skills toward a good cause Saturday night.
"Today I made a bratwurst soup. It's a beef base, your regular onions and carrots and celery," said Tholl.
Tholl is the defending champion of the Empty Bowls soup competition.
"The prize is a little ladle. It's a lot of fun, I was really happy to have this honor for a whole year," said Tholl.
This year, five local restaurants put their soup skills to the test. Five judges tried all of the soups, and then chose a winner. The Happy Snapper won top honors for their stuffed pepper soup.
"It was an honor to be asked to do it this year, everything that we have tasted this year has been amazing, this is a very difficult decision," said the executive director of the Tomahawk Chamber of Commerce Jesica Witte.
The event is more than just a cooking competition. It's a fundraiser for Our Sisters' House, a homeless shelter in Tomahawk.
"We allow them to stay there for up to 90 days and during the 90 day stay we try to find them employment, housing try to work on any skills they may have, even if it's just a little bit of a skill we try to enhance that," said the director of Our Sister's House Tina Elvins.
The shelter is completely funded through donations and fundraising events like Empty Bowls. The public could either buy a bowl or make a donation to the shelter. Then they sampled soup from each of the restaurants.
"We need fundraising events like this to help pay the light bills to pay the water bills to help allow us to give the resources that we can give to the residents we have," said Elvins.
The fundraiser is about more than just food a little friendly competition. It also has a message.
"As a reminder that when you see an empty bowl that there's some family or some individual somewhere that goes hungry each night," said Elvins.