Athens chefs prepared a 10-course meal Monday night to benefit The Giving Kitchen, a nonprofit that provides financial support to restaurant workers who come up against hardships.
The Athens Banner-Herald reports that restaurants are often great supporters of nonprofits by providing food at events, and The Giving Kitchen will support those kitchen workers.
The organization offers money to cover costs related to a hardship for anyone working in any style restaurant.
Jessica Rothaker, owner of Heirloom Cafe, told the ABH she knows of many cases when The Giving Kitchen stepped in to help.
“They have helped people who have been diagnosed with cancer, hit by a car, employees who have had the restaurant they worked for suddenly close, had their house burned down, had a close family member suddenly pass away, and these are just a few of the incidents in which they have been able to support the restaurant industry,” Rothaker said in the article.
The nonprofit began serving Athens in 2015. It’s based out of Atlanta and serves 32 Georgia counties with grants that average about $1,500 per person.
Creature Comforts Brewery in Athens hosted the fundraiser Athens Chefs Collaboration dinner and brewery tour for The Giving Kitchen Monday night.
All proceeds from the event go to The Giving Kitchen.
Nine Athens chefs prepared the 10-course meal and each course was paired with a Creature Comforts beer.
“The Athens chefs who cooked behind the scenes were Patrick Stubbers of Seabear Oyster Bar, Trey Rayburn of The Branded Butcher, Mike Farr of Five and Ten, Joel Penn of Heirloom Cafe, Mimi Maumus of home.made, Jackie Burton of LRG Provisions, Peter Dale of The National, Chuck Ramsey of Pulaski Heights BBQ and Nick Dale of Condor Chocolates. Also, Murray’s Cheese will provide a cheese course,” the article reads.
Ryan Smith of Staplehouse in Atlanta was also set to make a guest appearance at the dinner. Staplehouse is a for-profit subsidiary of The Giving Kitchen that donates all of its post-tax profits to the charity.
The Giving Kitchen has distributed close to $700,000, covering the cost of living for close to 400 restaurant workers who were faced with unanticipated hardships.
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