Ryan Hidinger’s Spoonful Story
Brent created this Spoonful to memorialize chef Ryan Hidinger, an Atlanta-based chef who passed away in 2014. The Atlanta food community banded together to support Ryan and his wife Jen Hidinger-Kendrick during the last year of his life. That support network lives on today in the form of the Giving Kitchen, a non-profit organization that provides emergency assistance grants to Metro-Atlanta restaurant workers who face unexpected hardship, and the restaurant Staplehouse.
“This spoon belonged to my late husband, Ryan Hidinger. He always gravitated to it as he cooked. I remember the times right after he passed, where I could only sit in the hallway overlooking the kitchen, as I wasn’t ready to step foot inside a place he (and I) held so sacred. It took a long time for me to find my own “voice” or position within my home kitchen,
but when I did, I found comfort in using the tools he held so close to his heart, including this spoon.”
Ahead of the Giving Kitchen’s annual fundraiser in 2014, Hidinger-Kendrick sent her late husband’s spoon to Brent and told him about Hidinger’s favorite foods to cook and eat. Brent did the rest. “I think his piece offers outside-the-box creativity and youthfulness, and hope it provokes the notion that life is what you make of it,” says Hidinger-Kendrick. The first copies of this image were sold at that 2014 fundraiser.
Ingredients: Chicken wings, shitake mushrooms, chanterelle mushrooms, cilantro, lime, scallion, and chilies
What are the “Spoonfuls of Inspiration”
Among chefs there is one universal truth: each has a favorite spoon. Whether wooden, metal, porcelain, plastic, or bone, chefs use this indispensable tool to measure, stir, flip, fold, divide, carry, plate, and – most importantly – to taste. Most chefs will tell you that their favorite spoon is an extension of themselves, an appendage without which they would be hard-pressed to survive.
Brent Herrig’s Spoonfuls of Inspiration series captures the unique emotional connection between chef and spoon. Created in collaboration with the chef, these abstract portraits showcase their favorite spoon alongside the ingredients and elements that inspire them. Here you’ll find a selection of Spoonfuls of Inspiration representing chefs, bartenders, and baristas from around the globe.
Limited edition print:150 copies
Gallery acrylic mount finishing: This is a perfect ready-to-hang presentation for galleries, homes, restaurants or exhibitions. It is durable and robust with guaranteed brilliant colors and UV protection. The original Océ Lightjet exposure system photo print on Kodak Pro Ultra Endura paper results in a high quality finish with rich, vibrant colors and deep blacks. The photo print is then mounted between 1/8″ (4mm) thick acrylic panels.
Print only finishing: For those wishing to customize mounting and framing. The original Océ Lightjet exposure system photo print on Kodak Pro Ultra Endura paper results in a high quality finish with rich, vibrant colors and deep blacks.
Authenticity statement: This print is signed and numbered. This print comes with a certificate of authenticity and description.
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