tgk_invitation_soldout1Late Chef Ryan Hidinger will be remembered on Jan. 26 during a benefit for The Giving Kitchen, a nonprofit that provides living expense assistance to members of restaurant community affected by emergency situations. Tickets for the event at King Plow Art Center sold out quickly, but donations are welcome.

The Giving Kitchen began as a fundraiser called “Team Hidi” to help raise money for Hidinger’s mounting medical expenses after his cancer diagnosis. The Team Hidi 2.0 event on Jan. 26 will feature 40 restaurants – Bacchanalia, Brickstore Pub, Empire State South, Muss & Tuners to name a few – live music and more.

The transformative impact of The Giving Kitchen will also lead to the opening of Staplehouse, the restaurant Hidinger and wife Jen have been working on. Staplehouse will donate all after-tax profits to support members of the restaurant community in their time of need.

Combined with funds raised by The Giving Kitchen from charitable contributions, the profits of Staplehouse will help the organization fund grants to help pay excessive medical and other expenses for the people who anonymously and graciously nourish dining patrons and who may find themselves in a time of need.

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Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.