Last week Atlanta Chef Ryan Hidinger passed away after a yearlong battle with cancer. I met Ryan when I first moved to Atlanta and we attended one of his first Prelude to Staplehouse dinners. Although I did not know him well, I've been inspired by his courage and hard work during his treatment. Because not only did he fight the disease with everything he had, but he managed to use his last year to do something remarkable for the community.
Ryan's original vision for the Staplehouse restaurant evolved once he saw the outpouring of love and support he received from the Atlanta food community during his illness. He and wife Jen founded The Giving Kitchen with the mission to provide crisis grants to members of Atlanta’s restaurant community facing unanticipated hardship. Profits from Staplehouse and funds raised by TGK will go this worthy cause. Restaurant workers are among the most under-insured populations, so these funds are much needed.
You can honor his memory and this cause at the upcoming Team Hidi 2.0 event at King Plow from 4-8 on Jan. 26. This will be one of their biggest fundraisers of the year and will feature over 30 of the Atlanta area's best restaurants, mixologists and farmers, a live auction and music by Yacht Rock Revue and Big Mike Geier. Tickets are $150 and you can get them here.