As unique as its mission, TGK’s origin is a compelling testimony of the caring, generous nature of Atlanta’s restaurant community. TGK was inspired by the outpouring of support generated when Atlanta chef Ryan Hidinger was diagnosed with late stage cancer in December of 2012. Industry workers and others know Ryan through his restaurant work history including Bacchanalia, Floataway Café, Muss & Turner’s, and the Staplehouse supper club.
The undeniable generosity shown to care for him and meet his medical and other needs, which were well above and beyond his available insurance coverage, was a moving experience for all of those involved. Spearheaded by Local Three/Muss & Turner’s owners Chris Hall, Todd Mussman and Ryan Turner, the fundraising event dubbed Team Hidi and “round up” requests at restaurants throughout the region raised nearly $300,000 to help Ryan Hidinger fight his battle. The transformative impact of this unconditional love and selflessness inspired the formation of TGK to create a ripple effect by extending support to the entire Atlanta Restaurant Community that will continue to be felt for years to come.
As a natural extension of the industry’s “DNA,” TGK embraces the opportunity to support its own while continuing to demonstrate that hospitality well-served has the capacity to multiply joy and minimize sorrow. Welcome aboard.
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