Our dear friend, Clifton Bruce Welch, recently passed after a courageous and well-fought battle with colon cancer. Cliff was an exceptionally bright and well-regarded construction lawyer who enjoyed a successful career as an attorney at a number of local firms. He enjoyed spending time with friends and family, traveling, watching UNC basketball, cooking and dining, and making people laugh with his sarcasm, quick wit, voice imitations, and encyclopedic recall of movie lines, stand-up routines and music lyrics. With his deep generosity of spirit, Cliff was a considerate and stalwart friend. We will miss him greatly.
Cliff was a mainstay of Atlanta’s best bars and restaurants who knew everyone and made every work lunch, happy hour, dinner and trivia night more interesting and fun. If you love Cliff, if you hate cancer, or if you cherish Atlanta’s hospitality industry (or all of the above, because, really, who doesn’t?), please join us in supporting The Giving Kitchen in his memory.
About The Giving Kitchen
The Giving Kitchen (GK) is a nonprofit organization that was inspired by a heroic outpouring of support from the hospitality industry when Chef Ryan Hidinger (of Bacchanalia, Floataway Café and Muss & Turner’s) was diagnosed with late-stage cancer in December 2012.
GK provides emergency assistance to food service workers in crisis through financial support and a network of community resources. By providing stability for some of its most hard-working and vulnerable members, GK is helping to cultivate a restaurant community built on connection and service to others, where crisis is met with compassion and care and anyone can be a hero. GK has helped over 3,800 food service workers throughout Georgia in restaurants, catering, concessions and food trucks. The James Beard Foundation recently recognized this work by honoring GK with its 2019 Humanitarian of the Year award.
Staplehouse, the acclaimed restaurant located in the heart of Atlanta's Old Fourth Ward, is a for-profit subsidiary of GK.
In the words of James Beard Award–winning chef Andrew Zimmern: “At a time all across our country when state and local funding is being slashed for social justice, wellness remediation and mental health programs, it’s more vital than ever for our communities to support those entities that have picked up the work being undone...I feel it’s imperative that the greater Atlanta community financially support Giving Kitchen because they nurture and care for our vulnerable food service workers in crisis.”
Be a hero to a food service worker.