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Spring Tonic: A Benefit Dinner

  • Crack in the Sidewalk Farmlet (map)

Ryan Smith of the Giving Kitchen / Staplehouse along with friends Angus Brown of Lusca / Octopus Bar, Terry Koval of the Wrecking Bar, and Jeffrey Wall of Kimball House and superb bartenders Kellie Thorn and Shana Mayo present a late afternoon filled with wild libations and a family style meal inspired from "spring tonics". Spring tonics are the first wild plants to grow each spring and are nutritious edibles traditionally gathered to rejuvenate the body after a winter diet of heavy and stored foods.

Upon arrival at Crack in the Sidewalk Farmlet, guests will enjoy traditional "tonic" cocktails with a wild twist crafted by Kellie Thorn and Shana Mayo. After a stroll through the farm, chefs will present a family style dinner utilizing wild, foraged, and heirloom produce grown with love on the farm and the community. Guests may enjoy the meal at a private table or community table on the farm.

Decor provided by Lost & Found Vintage.

Proceeds will support Community Farmers Markets' double SNAP (supplemental nutrition assistance program), Crack in the Sidewalk Farmlet, and the Giving Kitchen. Your support comes at a time of year when farm income can be both most critically needed and in shortest supply.

The Spring Tonic will offer a culinary experience sure to delight and invigorate.


About Crack in the Sidewalk:
Chris Clinton and Isia Cooper started Crack in the Sidewalk Farmlet six years ago hidden away in the forgotten backyard of the city, otherwise known as South Atlanta. Beginning as a small personal garden they've grown to encompass numerous neighboring properties transforming a blighted neighborhood into a community based around sustainable farming practices, homesteading skills, and mutual empowerment. Their specialty is foraged wild edibles, heirloom varieties of vegetables and unique crops.

About Community Farmers Markets:
Community Farmers Markets manages the East Atlanta Village, the Grant Park, the Decatur Farmers Markets, the NEW Westside Farmers Market and related educational outreach and events, and local food advocacy in the metro Atlanta area. The mission of CFM is to develop and strengthen farmers markets for long term sustainability and meaningful community impact. The vision is to increase access to community-based farmers markets providing neighborhoods and individuals a safe community space and access to fresh healthy food.

About the Giving Kitchen and Staplehouse:
The Giving Kitchen's mission is to provide crisis grants to members of Atlanta's restaurant community facing unanticipated hardship. TGK was inspired by the outpouring of support generated when Atlanta chef Ryan Hidinger was diagnosed with late stage cancer in December of 2012. 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. As a one-of-a-kind platform for fulfilling the mission of TGK and creating a sustainable source for funding, Staplehouse Restaurant will open in 2014. Combined with funds raised by TGK from charitable contributions, the profits of Staplehouse will help TGK fund grants to help pay excessive medical and other expenses for the people who anonymously and graciously nourish so many of us during our dining experiences and who may find themselves in a time of need.

Earlier Event: April 24