Handed a diagnosis of stage four cancer, Ryan Hidinger was told that he had six months to live.

For June’s month about food, Ryan Hidinger spoke at our Atlanta event on life and food. He and his wife started an Atlanta-based supper club, serving ten guests at a time to talk about food and life. Everything was going great until Ryan found out that he was diagnosed with stage four cancer.

Ryan speaks on how he has been using those six months—making food and creating good. A powerful talk on following your dreams in the face of obstacles.

Editors Note: Ryan Hidinger passed away five months after this talk in January 2014, but his mission lives on. The Giving Kitchen Initiative continues to provide financial assistance to ailing restaurant workers.

About the speaker

Ryan & Jen Hidinger founded Staplehouse, an underground supper club, in 2009 and quickly made a name for themselves in the food community of Atlanta. Just as their dreams of opening a restaurant were beginning to appear possible, everything changed: in December of 2012, Ryan, 35, was diagnosed with stage IV gallbladder cancer.

Overnight, the years of positive momentum came to a screeching halt, and Staplehouse was put on permanent hold. Ryan will tell the story of how the Atlanta community rallied behind them to resurrect Staplehouse to not only become a restaurant, but to be the first-ever modern, farm-to-table restaurant powered by award-winning chefs that will never make a single cent.

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