Party in the Kitchen

Enjoy our 21st annual event at the Foundry at Puritan Mill on September 26th, 2024!

Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are now available!


Enjoy an evening of music, cocktails, and exquisite cuisine prepared by the talented chefs from some of Atlanta’s finest restaurants with silent and live auctions to benefit Open Hand.

To learn more and secure your sponsorship today, contact Stacy Weenick, Senior Manager of Corporate and Faith Partnerships

A special reception will also be held for sponsors on Thursday, September 12th.


Thank you to our 2024 Host Committee:

Event Co-Chairs: Anne Barge Clegg and Roger J. Smith

Chef Co-Chairs: Peter Kaiser and Kevin Rathbun

Host Committee Members:
Tom Abrams and Britt Wood   |   Silvia Unterkreuter Adams
Marlene Alexander   |   Tracie Arnold
Sandra Baldwin   |   Cromwell Baun
Steven Carpenter   |   Tony Conway and Steve Welsh
Heather Froy   |   Su and Sekhar Ghosh
Marian Goldberg   |   Brittany Hartman
Jim Hilderbrandt   |   Jon Howard
Robert Joseph Jr.   |   Leslie McLeod
Charles Mendez and Nick Parker   |   Clayton Morey
Johanna Ellis Reisinger   |   Carmen and Bob Titelman
Jack Sawyer and Bill Torres   |   Butch Whitfield and Michael Lambert
Allen Yee   |   Judy Zaban

A special thank you to our sponsors for making Party in the Kitchen possible:

Sous Chef



Helen S. and Jimmy Carlos  |  Johanna and Jonas Reisinger  |  Kathy Scott        


Adams Capital  |  Aprio  |  AT&T

Anne Barge Clegg  |  Emory  |  The Hamond Hafitz Family

Northside Hospital  |  Pam Rollins   


Tom Abrams and Britt Wood  |  Pamela Chawkin  |  Julie and Paul Hagedorn

Charles Mendez and Nick Parker  |  Roger J. Smith and Steven Carpenter  |  SouthState Bank   

We are honored to partner with some of Atlanta's best restaurants and chefs.

No matter your tastes, you're sure to experience delectable drinks and bites at Party in the Kitchen courtesy of our incredible restaurant partners. We are honored to have the support of such esteemed Atlanta restaurants and their chefs, including our Chef Co-Chairs, Chef Kevin Rathbun and Chef Peter Kaiser. 



Meet Our Chef Co-Chairs

Chef Kevin Rathbun, Kevin Rathbun Steak
Chef Kevin Rathbun’s passion for food and hospitality started in Kansas City, where he started as a dishwasher. Following culinary school, Rathbun went on to New Orleans, Dallas, Houston and Atlanta to work with celebrity chefs and restaurateurs including Bradley Ogden, Emeril Lagasse, Stephen Pyles, Ella Brennan and Pano Karatassos. In 1994, he was nominated for the James Beard Awards “Rising Star Chef” for his work at Baby Ruth. By 1996, he opened two different flagship restaurants with Buckhead Life Restaurant Group and served as the Corporate Executive Chef, overseeing several restaurants for the group. Rathbun then ventured out on his own in 2004 to open Rathbun’s. Krog Bar, Kevin Rathbun Steak and KR Steakbar followed. Rathbun has graciously chaired Party in the Kitchen for 10 years and contributed much more to Open Hand.


Chef Peter Kaiser, Kaiser's Chophouse

Kaiser’s first real job in the kitchen was at the elite resort restaurant Alpine Rose in Gstaad Switzerland where he was a line cook. He took this experience to his next opportunity, the Michelin Guide restaurant Chez Max in Zurich. Kaiser spent two years at Chez Max, including traveling around the world with owner Max Kell, before settling in the United States. Between 1986 and 2016, Kaiser would travel to Atlanta and work at restaurants in the Buckhead Life group. He went on to become Executive Chef at two different restaurants in the Here to Serve Restaurant Group. In 2017, Kaiser opened Kaiser’s Chophouse in collaboration with Chef Kevin Rathbun. Since its opening, Kaiser has become a frequent supporter of Open Hand, chairing Party in the Kitchen for the second year in a row.