A community support model from crisis
Jen is co-founder and spokesperson for The Giving Kitchen, a dynamic new non-profit created to provide a beyond-expectation response of support at times of unanticipated crisis to anyone working in the Atlanta restaurant community. TGK replicates the experience of Jen and her late husband, Chef Ryan Hidinger, after he was diagnosed with late-stage cancer in December 2012. The couple’s dream restaurant, Staplehouse, will soon open in Old Fourth Ward as a for-profit subsidiary of TGK, with all of its net profits helping sustain its non-profit parent. In addition to her role with TGK, Jen orchestrates development of the restaurant, including design, operations and management.