The event is called Party in the Kitchen, but the proceeds from this singular event will help deliver more than 5,000 meals daily to shut-ins in 19 metro Atlanta counties.

Chef co-chairs Kevin Rathbun (Rathbun’s) and Gerry Klaskala (Aria), along with co-chairs Nan Street and Carmen Titelman, will mix and mingle with more 18 other area chefs as well as an estimated 600 fellow good food lovers in Atlanta for this 16th annual Party in the Kitchen, a fundraiser for Open Hand Atlanta.

The event is scheduled for Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Stave Room at American Spirit Works in northeast Atlanta. Guests will enjoy food prepared by more than 20 of Atlanta’s finest restaurants, including Aria, Rathbun’s, Local Three Kitchen & Bar, The General Muir and Osteria Mattone.

In addition, those attending may sip on hand-crafted cocktails provided by top Atlanta mixologists.

Open Hand Atlanta hosts this culinary-focused event to raise funds to support its efforts to provide home-delivered, health-promoting meals as well as nutrition education to Atlantans living with, or disabled by, chronic diseases, as well as homebound senior citizens and at-risk youth and families.

Stacy Weenick, senior manager of community events for Open Hand Atlanta, said last year’s Party in the Kitchen also drew more than 600 guests and raised about $700,000.

“This event has grown significantly in the last 16 years and everyone involved in it, from our host committee, our chefs and mixologists and our guests, very much look forward to it,” she said.

As guests enjoy food prepared by some of Atlanta’s finest chefs, the event will also include a live auction with opportunities for guests to win incredible one-of-a-kind events, including in-home dinners prepared by Rathbun and Klaskala.

The silent auction features an array of luxury items including travel packages, entertainment opportunities and fine dining experiences, Weenick said. The event’s patron party, set for Sept. 13 at 7 p.m., will provide a sneak peek of the live and silent auctions.

Klaskala, who has been one of the chefs taking part in this benefit for more than 15 years, said he joins with Rathbun and other chefs who participate “because it just makes you feel good inside to do this.”

“The Party in the Kitchen event represents a very natural way for chefs to give much to the community,” he said. “I most enjoy the satisfaction that it gives me to know that I am doing something that is really changing people’s lives.”

Although individual tickets are $250 for the event and $750 for both the event and patron party, Weenick said the event also sells a number of package tickets, which range from a $1,500 patron package up to a $50,000 presenting sponsor package. Event tickets allow patrons access to unlimited food tastings and an open bar.

As one of the largest community-based nutrition agencies in the country, Open Hand Atlanta works to help individuals prevent or better manage chronic disease and improve their quality of life through tailored nutrition interventions and a wide variety of health-promoting meal plans as well as nutrition counseling and coaching.

To learn more about Open Hand Atlanta programs, call 404-872-8089 or visit For information on Party in the Kitchen or to purchase tickets, visit


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