heroes with aprons instead of capes

Giving Kitchen is building a food service community where crisis is met with compassion and care, and anyone can be a hero. 



Our Story

Giving Kitchen grew out of a beyond-expectation response to the devastating, stage-four cancer diagnosis of Chef Ryan Hidinger in December 2012. Ryan was well-known in the Atlanta restaurant community for his work at Bacchanalia, Floataway Café and Muss & Turner’s. And he and his wife, Jen, were beloved for their supper club called Prelude to Staplehouse, which they hosted for several years as a precursor to opening their dream restaurant.

The response to Ryan’s diagnosis - initially from friends within the restaurant industry, and then quickly from an ever-expanding community across Atlanta - was truly heroic: an outpouring of love and financial support to help with his expenses not covered by insurance.

Jen said that this outpouring gave Ryan a peace of mind that she believes extended his life by at least six months. The community’s overwhelming response to the Hidingers' crisis set the intent, beliefs and values for Giving Kitchen.

To this day, thanks to the leadership and vision of the Hidinger family and our donors, partners, staff and board, Giving Kitchen has supported over 3,000 food service workers in need of emergency assistance. 


Mission, Vision & Guiding Principles


Our Vision

A food service community where crisis is met with compassion and care.

Our Mission

Giving Kitchen provides emergency assistance to food service workers through financial support and a network of community resources.

Our Team

Good-looking, hard-working, hearts of gold: meet our staff and board

OUR Guiding Principles:

Empathy: Understanding and responding to unanticipated crisis in the food service community.

Generosity: Compassion and care, beyond expectation. 

Community: Transcending boundaries, our community is built through caring and the connection to service of others.

Precision: The right resources, at the right time, in the right amount, to the right people.

Trust: Stewardship and governance that honors our mission and those we serve.

Gratitude: Appreciation for the opportunity to serve our community.


Giving Kitchen Stories

Giving Kitchen’s story started with Ryan Hidinger and the fight to save one life. Six 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. Click here to read GK stories.


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Thank You to Our Annual Corporate Sponsors


An annual corporate sponsor contributes $30,000 a year or more to Giving Kitchen. For more information about our annual corporate sponsorship program, visit our Sponsor & Partner page. 

A list of individual donors, auction donors, event sponsors and in-kind donors can be found in our annual report.



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