Indy born and raised, both finding a home in the South, Ryan and Jen have been growing roots in Atlanta for the last eight years. A chef by trade, Ryan cannot imagine doing anything else with his career than cooking. He has spent the last 15 years working in wonderful kitchens with amazing people and cultivating relationships within the Industry.
For the last four years, Ryan and Jen have been working hard on their dream restaurant, Staplehouse. Each week inviting 10 strangers into their home to sample some fare, make new friends and raise a glass to the Atlanta dining community.
With a location set and capital raised, they were all but ready to a launch their vision when some unexpected news developed. On December 21st 2012 Ryan was pre-diagnosed with Gallbladder Cancer and then New Year’s Eve, it was confirmed that he has Stage IV Gallbladder Cancer that has spread to the liver and lungs. This is the fight of his life. The reason he has learned all the lessons he has. It is time to put it all out there and say NO to circumstances and push the battle line forward. Gallbladder Cancer is a rare form of cancer that the medical industry is just starting to learn about. Ryan and Jen are exploring all forms of treatment options and turning over every stone in search of the best plan of action on the road to recovery.
They wish to say thank you for all the kind deeds of others as they fight to defeat this foe.