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Team HIDI 4 Presented by The Giving Kitchen

  • Georgia Railroad Freight Depot 65 Martin Luther King Jr Dr. SW Atlanta, GA 30303 (map)

WHAT: Popular gathering featuring more than 50 of Atlanta’s most celebrated restaurants and bars, a one-of-a-kind live and buy-it-now auction, and a live musical performance by Yacht Rock Revue. Anticipated and revered, yet still laid-back and fun—Team Hidi has sold out every year.

TH4 is the only tasting event that directly supports those in the restaurant industry around Atlanta.

Tastings from restaurants including Muss & Turners, 4th & Swift, Local Three, Kimball House, The Optimist, Six Feet Under, The Wrecking Bar, Empire State South and many others will be offered. Specialty drinks from the city’s best bartenders will also be on site.

WHEN: Sunday, January 31, 2016 ~ 5 to 9 p.m.

WHERE: Georgia Room at the Georgia Railroad Freight Depot, 65 Martin Luther King Jr Dr. SW Atlanta, GA 30303

TICKETS: Available on December 1, 2015 ~ General Admission: $150, Tastemakers: $500

WHY: The Giving Kitchen (TGK) was established in 2013 to provide assistance to members of Atlanta area restaurant workers who find themselves facing unanticipated hardship.

All proceeds from this event support TGK’s emergency assistance programs. The Giving Kitchen provides financial support to members of Atlanta’s restaurant community facing unanticipated crises. In the last year, TGK has helped more than 194 employees find peace of mind during emergency situations. This growth continues as word of TGK spreads, as evidenced by the sharp increase in applications for assistance.

With over 200,000 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. TGK was inspired by the outpouring of support generated when young Atlanta chef Ryan Hidinger was diagnosed with late stage cancer in December of 2012. The community knew Ryan through his restaurant work history including Bacchanalia, Floataway Café, Muss & Turner’s, and the Staplehouse supper club.

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. Spearheaded by Local Three/Muss & Turner’s owners Chris Hall, Todd Mussman and Ryan Turner, the fundraising event was dubbed “Team Hidi” (a reference to Hidinger’s last name) and it, along with other donations, raised nearly $300,000 to help Ryan fight his battle that first year.
The transformative impact of this unconditional love and selflessness created a ripple effect and inspired the formation of
The Giving Kitchen (TGK). What started as a community movement to help one family has grown to support an entire industry.

As a one-of-a-kind platform for fulfilling the mission of TGK, Staplehouse Restaurant, debuted in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward earlier this year. Ryan’s wife, Jen, along with his sister Kara and brother-in-law Chef Ryan Smith are deeply dedicated to the establishment and success of Staplehouse.

Combined with funds raised by TGK from charitable contributions, the profits of Staplehouse will help TGK fund grants to help pay unanticipated expenses for the people who anonymously and graciously nourish dining patrons and who may find themselves in a time of need. Grant application criteria are available online at thegivingkitchen.org.

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.

About The Giving Kitchen
The Giving Kitchen (TGK) is a nonprofit charity based in Atlanta, GA 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 assistance to members of the metro Atlanta restaurant community. Funding for the sustainability of TGK comes from a variety of sources including direct beneficiary events, personal donations and profits from a one-of-a-kind platform generated by Staplehouse Restaurant. For more information on The Giving Kitchen and Staplehouse Restaurant, visit thegivingkitchen.org or staplehouse.com.

Media Contact: Angela Riley, Communications Coordinator angela@thegivingkitchen.org ~ 678-221-1003

Auction Donations and Sponsorships: Stephanie Galer, Executive Director stephanie@thegivingkitchen.org ~ 404-640-6741

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