giving kitchen Stories

Welcome to the Fight. 

Giving Kitchen’s story started with Ryan Hidinger and the fight to save one life. Now 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 grant recipients. If you'd like to help with the next chapter of Giving Kitchen’s 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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The performer

For Reggie, the restaurant floor was his stage, so when the curtains began to close, the Giving Kitchen ensured his story had a second act.

Story by Wyatt Williams
Photos by Andrew Thomas Lee

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