We’re delighted to share that Inland Seafood is now an annual corporate sponsor of Giving Kitchen, an Atlanta-based nonprofit providing crisis grants and assistance to restaurant workers. We have long supported the great work this organization does, and we are very proud to be able to contribute to their efforts.

We made the announcement at this year’s Atlanta Experience.

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. 

Giving Kitchen was awarded the 2019 Humanitarian of the Year Award by the James Beard Foundation. The award is presented to restaurant organizations or individuals working to benefit the restaurant community. Previous winners of the JBF Humanitarian of the Year Award include: chefs José Andrés, Emeril Lagasse, and Charlie Trotter as well as One World Everybody Eats founder, Denise Cerreta.

“This community changed my husband’s life and, quite honestly, it saved mine.” Hidinger-Kendrick told the JBF.

Learn more about the work Giving Kicthen does at their website: thegivingkitchen.org