Steve Palmer - The Indigo Road & Ben's Friends

Welcome Steve Palmer to The Atlanta Foodcast.

Steve has spent his life in the restaurant industry. First, steeping his career in Charleston and then expanding to Atlanta. Then picking up the reigns with The Indigo Road, they expanded at an accelerated pace. Restaurants you’re more than likely familiar with — O-Ku, Donetto, Tiny Lou’s, anyone?

There’s another aspect of Steve’s story that you have to hear. Much of his career was met alongside of addiction. He found himself at a moment of intervention that would lead to the creation of Ben’s Friends — a non-profit organization offering hope to restaurant workers fighting substance abuse and addiction. I won’t jump to how Steve started everything, because you need to hear Steve’s story.

If you know anyone who may be battling addiction, may be depressed, or needs help and support, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We’d be happy to put you in touch with people from Ben’s Friends. Also, Giving Kitchen recently announced FREE QPR Training and a National Stability Network — for anyone in the industry across the entire country. If you need help, or know someone who needs help, don’t wait. Please reach out.

Photo Courtesy of The Indigo Road

Photo Courtesy of The Indigo Road

Episode recorded at Donetto on the west side of town. Glad I didn’t have food in front of my for this one. It would have been hard to interview with a mouthful of food.

Music from BlueFox Music (Pond5)

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