Mitchell was selected for her outstanding commitment to make every attempt to provide Affairs to Remember guests with special dietary needs the same quality experience as every other guest.
Mitchell understands the needs are growing exponentially and welcomes the challenge.
“Our number one job is to ensure that all our guests are eating food that is safe,” Mitchell said. “With regard to food allergies, awareness is the first step, followed by education and implementation. Ongoing training and conversation is part of our company culture when it comes to food allergies.”
An estimated 15 million Americans, including six million children, have a food allergy—that’s one in 13. Food allergies are a potentially life-threatening medical condition and, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), food allergies result in more than 300,000 ambulatory-care visits annually.
To raise funds for crucial food allergy awareness, advocacy, education, and research, FAAN has embarked on its eighth Walk season. This year, more than 40 Walks in cities across the country, and one online, are scheduled. The Walk in Atlanta, Georgia, is scheduled for Sunday, October 14, 2012, at Atlantic Station in Midtown West.
The two-mile Walk starts at 9:00 a.m. with registration beginning at 8:00 a.m. Local allergists, support group members, and vendors will be on hand to answer questions. Additionally, there will be live music, face painting, temporary tattoos, balloons, and an inflatable obstacle course.
The prevalence of food allergies and associated anaphylaxis appears to be on the rise, although the reasons are not clearly understood. According to the CDC, from 1997-2006 the number of children younger than 18 years of age with food allergies increased by 18 percent.
Walk participants can also register their EpiPen® and be entered to win an iPad 2 from Mylan Specialty L.P., formerly known as Dey Pharma, L.P. (one entry per walker), a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development, manufacturing, and marketing of prescription drug products for the treatment of respiratory diseases, severe allergic reactions, and psychiatric disorders.
Registration for FAAN’s Walk for Food Allergy in Atlanta is now open at www.foodallergywalk.org. Individuals, families, community groups, and anyone else wishing to raise funds for FAAN are encouraged to register and participate in this family-friendly event.
“All of us at Affairs to Remember Caterers consider food allergies just as critical an issue as sanitary food preparation and the prevention of cross-contamination,” Mitchell said. “Awareness and education are important components in providing a comfort level so that our clients and guests can enjoy an Affairs-catered event worry-free. Increasing food allergy awareness is a goal I whole-heartedly share with FAAN, and being a part of the FAAN Walk for Food Allergy is incredibly exciting.”
Founded in 1991, the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN™) is the world leader in information, resources, and programs for food allergy, a potentially life-threatening medical condition that afflicts as many as 15 million Americans including almost 6 million children. A nonprofit organization based in Fairfax, Va., FAAN is dedicated to increasing public awareness of food allergy and its consequences, to educating people about the condition, and to advancing research on behalf of all those affected by it. FAAN provides information and educational resources about food allergy to patients, their families, schools, health professionals, pharmaceutical companies, the food industry, and government officials. To become a member or for more information, please visit FAAN at www.foodallergy.org.
About Affairs to Remember Caterers Affairs to Remember Caterers is one of the largest privately held, full-service luxury catering companies in the United States. Our award-winning services include expertise in off-premise catering, site selection, décor, music and entertainment, tent rental, lighting, linens, ice carvings and photography. Nearly 35 years of success can be attributed to the company’s innovative menus, impeccable service, attention to detail, and reliability. Our decades of service experience have produced a wealth of knowledge. We understand that providing delicious food is just the starting point. Our clients can count on us to guide them through an exciting, memorable experience.