giving kitchen Stories

Welcome to the Fight. 

The Giving Kitchen story started with Ryan Hidinger and the fight to save one life. Five years later, our story is the fight to serve thousands. Our goal is to share our best stories here, with the help of a team of writers, photographers and grantees. If you'd like to help with the next chapter of the Giving Kitchen story, please contact Amanda Newsom at


Savoring the Now

Friends and colleagues help Ryan and Jen Hidinger realize their dream of opening a philanthropic restaurant. John Kessler tells their story. 

Story by John Kessler
Photos by Bob Andres

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