Cooking for a Cause

You can turn your home kitchen into a Giving Kitchen with the help of a local collaboration. Meal kit service PeachDish and non-profit the Giving Kitchen have teamed up to help you throw an incredible dinner party while giving back. There are many levels of participation in the partnership, Giving Kitchen Supper Club, meant to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the inception of the Giving Kitchen.


The Giving Kitchen is a non-profit providing grants to those in the local restaurant community who face unexpected financial hardship due to accidents, illness, or natural disaster. It grew out of the devastating loss of Ryan Hidinger, an Atlanta chef who when diagnosed with late stage cancer, turned community generosity into the idea of the Giving Kitchen.



Hidinger and his wife Jen created a supper club in 2009 called Prelude to Staplehouse, a hopeful precursor to their restaurant dream. Their goal (from wording on their early blog post) was to “celebrate food and the community we share it with.” Tickets sold out quickly for each meal. By 2013 they found the home for their restaurant on Edgewood Avenue but were quickly faced with a medical crisis. Read more about their journey to brick and mortar Staplehouse and their giving back initiative here.


PeachDish’s mission is to “exist to enrich and nourish people’s lives through good food experiences” with a guiding compass addressing food waste, package recycling, honest sourcing, and tasty recipes from award-winning chefs. It aligns with Staplehouse philosophies as a perfect match for collaboration.



Using Ryan’s recipes from prelude to Staplehouse, PeachDish created boxes fit for a crowd and the Giving Kitchen organized GK Supper Club.


The party prep is in the box with three ways to choose:


Hors de’ Oevres Box: This has everything a host needs to begin and evening, with hors de’ oevres for 8 people, including smoked trout canapés with Love is Love Farm baby beets, horseradish cream, and micro arugula and Family Meal meatball subs with mozzarella, Parmesan, and fresh basil. Cost is $84 including a $10 donation to the Giving Kitchen.



Meal Box: This box includes everything a cook needs to prepare 3 courses for 4 guests, including chorizo cilantro salad, braised beef short rib with spring onion potato cake and carrot radish salad, and lady fingers with ginger-lemon cream. Cost is $148 including a $20 donation to the Giving Kitchen.

Dinner Party Bundle: This package includes one hors de’ oevres box and two meal boxes for a complete dinner party for 8 to 10 guests. Cost is $380 including a $75 donation to the Giving Kitchen.


The GK Supper Club website provides everything a dinner party host needs to plan a get together from menu templates, place cards, place mats, invitations, and talking points to Spotify playlists for ambiance.


Groups can also join the Table of Honor, where hosts pledge to raise $1000 at their dinner party with a chance to win prizes like coveted reservations and dinner for two at Staplehouse, meal kits from PeachDish, and swag bags.


Order your kit from PeachDish here and get the party started. A suggested dinner for the planning would be chef Zeb Stevenson’s chicken and dumplings. You can easily add on Springer Mountain chicken breasts with your order and Stevenson’s step-by-step recipe can be found here


PHOTOS: Peach Dish/The Giving Kitchen


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