Annual TEAM HIDI event benefitting The Giving Kitchen returns in January 2017, better than ever

WHAT: Team Hidi is back and better than ever. This year’s Team Hidi Five is the fifth annual fundraising event supporting The Giving Kitchen, the non-profit that serves Atlanta restaurant workers facing unexpected hardship. Team Hidi continues to be the year’s most anticipated celebration of Atlanta’s food and drinks scene, and the people who power it every day.

Team Hidi Five follows the successful format of years past – bringing together more than 50 of Atlanta’s top restaurants and bars, Atlanta’s wildest live auction, and a live musical performance by Yacht Rock Revue. This year, the event moves to the Stave Room at American Spirit Works, and Tastemaker VIP ticket holders will have special access to the adjacent ASW Distillery for tours and private tastings. Team Hidi Five will also provide the opportunity for attendees to get a taste of chef Ryan Smith’s award winning cuisine from STAPLEHOUSE Restaurant – without needing a reservation.

Also this year, Team Hidi attendees get to experience the intersection of Atlanta’s food and visual arts communities, as well-known Atlanta artists like Catlanta, Dozfy, and William Massey create custom masterpieces on site and offer exclusive works created for The Giving Kitchen.

As the largest single fundraising event each year supporting The Giving Kitchen, Team Hidi serves as the only tasting event open to the public where 100% of the money raised goes to support restaurant industry workers around Atlanta who are facing crisis events.

Sunday, January 29, 2017, 5-9PM.
The Stave Room at American Spirit Works (NEW LOCATION FOR TEAM HIDI)199 Armour Drive NE
Ride sharing or taxi/Uber/Lyft recommended; nearby parking available

Available via TEAMHIDI.COM on November 18, 2016
General Admission tickets: $150; Tastemaker VIP tickets: $500

TEAM HIDI 5.0 HIGHLIGHTS will include:
Unique tastings created specifically for Team Hidi 5.0 from more than 50 leading restaurants, like Staplehouse, Empire State South, the Unsukay group (Local Three, Muss & Turner’s, Common Quarter), Wrecking Bar, Table and Main, Canoe, Saltyard, Fifth Group (Ecco, La Tavola, South City Kitchen, etc.), Concentrics (Two Urban Licks, One Midtown Kitchen, TAP, Nexto, etc.), Castelluci Hospitality Group (Cooks & Soldiers, Iberian Pig, Double Zero), Jim ‘N Nicks BBQ, Octane Coffee, and many more.

Craft cocktails created by Atlanta’s best bartenders, including Miles Macquarrie from Kimball House, Paul Calvert from Ticonderoga Club, Kellie Thorne from Empire State South, and Adam Rowe from LEON’s Full Service. It’s like walking into your 12 favorite bars…all at once.

Live auction highlights:

  • Ultra rare bottle of early 1980’s O.F.C Vintage Bourbon Whiskey from Buffalo Trace Distillery – only 200 bottles exist, and the distillery has estimated that each bottle could go for up to $10,000.
  • All expense epic weekend in New Orleans for the 2017 Hogs for a Cause celebration, including dinner for 4 at James Beard best new restaurant Shaya – the one restaurant that beat out our own Staplehouse.
  • The ultimate chefs table experience – ten different private experiences for eight, featuring ten (or more) of Atlanta’s top chefs.
  • Other lots include a trip to Jack Daniel’s Distillery to choose your own barrel of whiskey, a rare Pappy Van Winkle themed dinner, and even Team Hidi’s now-famous Waffle House lot – including a Waffle House inspired dinner for 12 and a custom Waffle House jukebox.

The limited number of Tastemaker VIP tickets this year will include:

  • Early entry starting at 4pm, allowing a leisurely sampling of food and beverage offerings before doors officially open (and exclusive early valet parking as well).
  • Exclusive access to the ASW Distillery, including a tour and tasting of limited edition bourbon.
  • Meet and greets with leading chefs, including Ryan Smith from Staplehouse
  • Access to the Tastemaker lounge with seating and butlered bites throughout the night.
  • Patron preview party at Staplehouse, including a sneak peek at Team Hidi 5.0’s epic auction catalogue.

The Giving Kitchen (TGK) is a nonprofit based in Atlanta, inspired by an overwhelming expression of support from the hospitality industry when Atlanta chef Ryan Hidinger was diagnosed with last stage cancer in December 2012. From helping with the cost of living expenses to funeral arrangements, TGK provides emergency crisis assistance to members of the metro Atlanta restaurant community.

All proceeds from this event support TGK’s emergency assistance programs to members of Atlanta’s restaurant community facing crisis events. Since inception, TGK has helped more than 450 restaurant workers find peace of mind during emergency situations, awarding over $950,000 in crisis grants as of Q4 2016. This growth continues as word of TGK spreads, as evidenced by the sharp increase in applications for assistance.   With over 235,000 workers in the Atlanta restaurant industry alone, TGK needs your help more than ever.  The Team Hidi event is our single largest fundraising event, and we rely on our patrons and auction bidders to fund our grant programs for the coming year.

As unique as its mission, TGK’s origin is a compelling testimony to the caring, generous nature of Atlanta’s culinary community. The transformative impact of the unconditional love and selflessness shown to Ryan Hidinger created a ripple effect and inspired the formation of TGK. What started as a community movement to help one family has grown to support an entire industry. Ryan lost his battle with cancer in early 2014, but in his last months, his community ensured that his greatest recipe—peace of mind—would live on.

As a one-of-a-kind platform for fulfilling the mission of TGK, Staplehouse Restaurant debuted in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward in 2015. Hidinger’s wife, Jen, along with his sister Kara and brother-in-law Chef Ryan Smith, comprise the devoted management firm that executes the development, establishment and success of Staplehouse. As if Staplehouse and TGK weren’t enough, Ryan Hidinger’s greatest legacy was that of a lighthouse, shining light upon the kindness and compassion of this remarkable community.

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 and hardship.

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Media Contact:

Stephanie Galer, Executive Director ~ 404-254-1227


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