Monday, January 7, 2013

Join Team Hidi and Support Chef Ryan Hidinger's Fight Against Cancer

The grandaddy of Atlanta supper clubs is Prelude to Staplehouse. The Mr. and I attended dinner at the home of Jen and Ryan Hidinger, way back in 2009 and found them to be two of the most down to earth and charming food-lovers you could ever hope to meet, and we were excited to play our small little part in helping them achieve their dream of opening a restaurant, Staplehouse. Read about our experience here.

Just as they were approaching that goal, they've encountered an almost unimaginable challenge - during the holidays Ryan was diagnosed with Stage IV Gallblader Cancer. In just a couple short weeks, the food community and friends have rallied around Ryan, under the banner of Team Hidi.

Photo credit: TeamHidi,org
Now you can help Ryan and Jen defy the odds in one of three ways. First, send them your good vibes. The prognosis for Stage IV gallbladder cancer is quite scary, so they need your love and prayers.

Second, dine at restaurants such as Muss & Turner's, Local Three, Empire State South and Five & Ten and "Round Up for Ryan." Round up your bill after a delicious meal at some of the best restaurants around and help fund Ryan's battle.

Third, you can attend the upcoming Team Hidi Benefit on January 27. Here are the details:

THE ASK:
Please help us win this fight by removing all financial barriers on the Hidinger’s road to recovery. We need to get Ryan and Jen back on track to realizing their dream restaurant called Staplehouse in 2013.  www.staplehouse.com

This is a chance to shed an immense amount of light, love and life on a Chef who represents EVERYTHING GREAT about Atlanta's food industry and being a human being.

THE SKINNY:
Team Hidi Benefit
When: Sunday, January 27th, 2013
Time: 4pm – 8pm
Location: King Plow Event Gallery

Food:
Current list of participants and growing
Abattoir
Floataway Cafe
Bacchanalia
Muss & Turner’s / Local Three
4th & Swift
Brick Store Pub / Leon’s Full Service
Rathbun’s
Taco Mac
Canoe
STG / Bocado
Miller Union
No. 246 / The Optimist
Double Zero Napoletana / The Iberian Pig
Restaurant Eugene / Holeman & Finch
Rosebud
Southbound
Noni’s
Empire State South
Cakes & Ale
Greg Hardesty with Recess in Indy
Six Feet Under
Octane
Honeysuckle Gelato
Fox Brothers BBQ / The Big Tex

Drink:
Bountiful. Trust us on this one…

Entertainment:
Frank Dux Fighting Academy Orchestra
Yacht Rock Revue

Live Auction:
Incredible Food Related Auction Lots

Tickets:
$150 per person (minimum of 95% going to Ryan & Jen)

Get your tickets here.

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