Episodes

EPISODE 24: The Anniversary Issue

In search of the truth, Special Agents William Neal and Patrick Cuccaro explore the mysterious Green world of sustainable special events and catering. What myths will they shatter? What will they uncover?

 

The Truth is out there…so we’re told.

 


 

We’re officially 24 episodes strong! That’s right folks, we have an anniversary to celebrate! Six months of Green blood, unpolluted sweat and the most pristine of tears have been shed to keep you informed about all things Green! As you now know, not only do we investigate, but we educate and advocate. So, let’s take a retrospective look at the last few months of our passionate work to see where we have endeavored to make a difference.

 

WILLIAM: Well, Agent Cuccaro, this has been an amazing journey, watching our ecologically oriented investigations unfold! What has been your favorite part?

 

PATRICK: “Ecologically oriented”? I would say we are far more than that, Agent Neal! How often do you see a blog written from a purely investigative angle–PLUS we talk of everything from craft beers and Green weddings to government waste and corporate polluters? Nowhere, say I, nowhere!

 

WILLIAM: As I wipe a tear welling in the corner of my eye, there is no other special agent I would ever want by my side as we tell the world about “Chicken on Drugs” or about “My Politicians Need a Good Spanking­”. In fact, Patrick, there is nobody I would want by my side more than you when navigating the “Could-a, Would-a, Should-a…. the Green Commitment” since there are few people more committed to the sustainable lifestyle than you!

 

PATRICK: Why, thank you, sir! And one of the things I am most proud of is the fact that even when the public outcry came to HAVE YOU committed, I resisted the urge of so many and convinced them that you were not completely crazy!

 

WILLIAM: The tears are flowing now, Patrick, simply gushing!

 

PATRICK: Looking back over the time we have worked on this project, I’m proud of much of it. Our message has been a “call to action”. Right out of the gate in, Prologue: EPISODE 1, we talked about making a personal connection to being Green and why our lives should involve moving towards sustainability as a way of helping our families and the planet.

 

We RECYCLE!

 

 WILLIAM: We touched on that theme several times thoughout the past few months. Do you remember in EPISODE 20: How to Keep The Martians Out Of Your Green Home we connected the economic struggles many Americans faced over the past few years to how sustainability is affected by the ultimate “Green”: money?

 

PATRICK: Connect with folks in the pocketbook and they perk up–that episode certainly got some attention! The other episodes that got lots of notice were the ones that kept our politicians on their toes. In EPISODE 4: Bringing The Food To You we touched on what food miles were and what they mean to us from the perspective of carbon-offset. On some levels, this was a set up to the discussions about transportation dollars spent by our various government agencies in EPISODE 22: Baby You Can Drive My Car. In several episodes we talk about the role of government, since they provide the framework of regulations that help or hinder sustainability. I am sure that the local officials under the “gold dome” are on-notice that we ARE watching!

 

WILLIAM: But at the same time, Agent Cuccaro, we were very clear about the individual’s role of accountability. The ballot box gives us the only true power we have to control what our elected officials do or DON’T DO!

 

PATRICK: For sure! There is nothing like sending a strong message loud and clear to where it will have the desired effect!

 

WILLIAM: Hey, here is another strong message we have embraced in our blog: WE LOVE FUN, WE LOVE FOOD, WE LOVE GOOD LIBATION, WE KNOW HOW TO THROW A PARTY!

 

PATRICK: You bet we do, and our readers can count on our passion to deliver relevant info on sustainably oriented food, chefs who walk the Green walk AND, my personal favorites, craft beers and great wine! I loved discussing in EPISODE 6: Of Trappist Monks and The Modern Day Green Revolution the way sustainability was a practical way of managing life in ancient times. Many of those “ancient” principals still serve as inspiration in modern times.

 

WILLIAM: Yes, and we had fun when we talked about fine wines in EPISODE 7: Grapes with a Green Pedigree and then turned right around in EPISODE 21: Of Fine Wines and Disposable Cups: My Bordeaux vs. Your Bamboo to poke a Green finger into how to eat in style with disposables AND stay committed to sustainability! Now THAT takes some investigating, doesn’t it!

 

PATRICK: That was some really fun and some well-lubricated investigating for sure! How about from a chef’s perspective, William, which of our episodes has inspired you to be gastronomically Green?

 

WILLIAM: Of course I loved sharing the story in EPISODE 4 about crisp fall apples and educating my son about food miles. But from a culinary perspective, I really loved EPISODE 10: The Uber Tuber where I described the making of a rich and hearty stew!

 

PATRICK: That was a mouth-watering episode for certain!

 

WILLIAM: I can just smell the succulent aromas of the fresh beef, delicately caramelized organic vegetables, rich herbaceous broth and wine simmering now…

 

PATRICK: Stop it already! You’re making me hungry!

 

WILLIAM: That is generally the idea in the catering biz, you know!

 

PATRICK: Speaking of ideas and of catering or special events in general, the info we shared in EPISODE 17: The Party Season Begins! profiled a couple of great Atlanta venues available for hosting events, but we also talked about entertaining at home, all with a flair for Green living.

 

WILLIAM: Food, sustainability and parties! I am super excited by the direction we will be taking the next few months with our investigations.

 

In the next episode we begin a great three-part series called “A Chef ‘s Journey Toward Sustainability”.  We will be taking a look at specific ingredients, resources, inspirations and valuable tools that the world’s chefs employ in their goal of being sustainable.

 

PATRICK: That sounds really fun, Agent Neal, and I’m looking forward to these assignments. I encourage our readers to “brush up” on the last 24 episodes so they are ready to hit the ground running on the next 24!

 

WILLIAM: Thanks for all the great support and laser-like knowledge you bring to our work. I am sure the best is yet to come from our collaborations! Go, Green Files!

 

To be continued…

 


 

What “Green” topics would you enjoy learning more about? In other words, on what topic(s) or subject(s) would you like to see our Special Agents investigate and report? Please share with us in the Comments section below, or on our Social Media channels.

 

Join us IN TWO WEEKS on May 26 when we begin a new 3-part series that profiles some amazing things happening in the culinary world related to global and regional sustainable food sourcing, why certain ingredients are sustainable and some are not, as well as a treasure trove of Green facts.

 

NOTE: Our special agents are frequently undercover for in-depth investigations. They will be reporting in every two weeks.

 


 

This week’s 3Rs…

 

What is Revealed?

 

REVEALED: Scott O. Seydel

 

 

 

 

What is Revered?

 

REVERED: Our Blog Readers

 

 

 

 

What is Reviled?

 

REVILED: Television (certain aspects)

 

 

 

 


 

Agent Cuccaro

Special Agent
Patrick Cuccaro
UNIT: Legacy Green
Affairs to Remember Caterers
Special Agent Patrick Cuccaro possesses an analytical mind and keen intellect. As Past Chair of the Georgia Restaurant Association (2012)—representing more than 4,000 restaurants and 100,000 employees—he casts a studied eye towards one of the country’s largest creators of waste—the food industry. Armed with a vision for…[more]

Agent Neal

Special Agent
William Neal
UNIT: Legacy Green
Affairs to Remember Caterers
Agent William Neal is a hardened professional in the culinary industry. Well…maybe not hardened, since his favorite quip is “Never trust a skinny chef!” Agent Neal has held some interesting posts throughout his career. Starting as a chef, he became a…[more]

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EPISODE 23: The Athlete’s “Green”

In search of the truth, Special Agents William Neal and Patrick Cuccaro explore the mysterious Green world of sustainable special events and catering. What myths will they shatter? What will they uncover?

 

The Truth is out there…so we’re told.

 


 

In Episode 22, Patrick and William examined the progress of tax dollars spent on various transportation issues and how those decisions directly affect sustainability. This week join them as they take a look at the outdoors, healthful living and exercise as it relates to a commitment to Green living.

 

WILLIAM: What a GORGEOUS day outside today!

 

PATRICK: Yes it is! I’m looking forward to a brisk run in the park later today.

 

WILLIAM: My kids love, love, love playing outdoors in the woods and yard, so I’m excited to get out and get active with them! They really love it too when we head to a fun park or to the river or anywhere green.

 

Kids Playing Outside

 

PATRICK: We are lucky in Atlanta to have a significant number of green spaces. Many metro areas don’t have half the parks and open spaces we enjoy. It makes it hard to get out and exercise if there’s no place to go. Running in the city is okay I guess, but the exercise freak in me really comes out when I run at the park or at one of our travel destinations offering green spaces.

 

WILLIAM: I know what you mean about cities filled with grey buildings…concrete jungles, as they say. Thank goodness for the folks at Trees Atlanta. They have done an effective job of planting trees all around areas of the city where concrete rules and green is lean! It really helps to “freshen up” a street or cityscape when it’s laced with something alive and green.

 

PATRICK: It is interesting that you used the term “freshen up” the city environment by creating more urban forest. We all know how plants and trees create oxygen. But there are so many other benefits to trees anywhere they are! Just ask The Tree People.

 

WILLIAM: You’re not calling on “tree huggers” for our investigation are you? I love tree huggers, you know, but some of our readers who don’t self-identify that way might write them off as eco-radicals.

 

PATRICK: Nope, no radicals looking for attention here, just some everyday folks who do a great job of illustrating the many ways that trees benefit us other than just providing oxygen for our run. They happen to be proponents for those of us who like to breathe—in other words, everyone!

 

Here’s one example: When you think about it, trees help diverse groups of people come together. Tree plantings create an opportunity for community involvement and outreach. Camping and hiking, birdwatching, hunting, leaf watching…all of these activities would be less exciting or even non-existent in certain climates without an abundance of healthy trees.

 

WILLIAM: And each one of those activities has another benefit. It helps us to keep our bodies healthy by being active, maybe even bringing out the athlete in all of us!

 

PATRICK: Nothing like a great hike to let you feel refreshed and oxygenated!

 

WILLIAM: Hey, did you know that an acre of trees can produce enough oxygen for 18 people to breathe for one year? Good news to those of us who appreciate breathing!

 

PATRICK: But the reality is that each generation is affected more and more by global deforestation. At the local level we need to do all we can to promote anything that will save trees and plants from unnecessary destruction. Supporting local planting programs whenever possible is a start, but beginning with teaching our youth about how plant life works to our benefit is critical for the future. Planting something is ideal for kids to learn more about the deep and important connection we have to flora and fauna.

 

WILLIAM: That is so true. Project Learning Tree has a fantastic green education initiative called Green Schools Program. It’s where children learn a broad spectrum of environmentally savvy info. Public and private school systems around the country are embracing these types of programs, and positive things are happening.

 

Earlier we were talking about being athletic, and we’ve mentioned staying active as part of a healthy Green lifestyle. Childhood obesity and early onset diabetes are just a few of the plagues our youth is experiencing as a result of huge shifts in lifestyle over the years. The digital age, for all its benefits, has put a big hurt on playing in the back yard, riding a bike and “running over to the neighbor’s house to play outside”.

 

Did you know that obesity in kids has more than just the obvious consequences? A recent post from the Mayo Clinic details many potential problems for inactive kids well beyond cardiovascular. A couple of these scary issues are ones that I have personally faced, both as a kid and as an adult over the years, battling my own weight. Sleep disorders have caused me to look at my health much more closely. Emotionally, as a fat kid, life was often hard. Even though I was active, I still got picked on due to my excess weight.

 

PATRICK: Hey, my own nickname was “Fatrick”, so I can relate. Times have surely changed, William. In my day, it was square dancing. Today, youth athletics are an important part of raising kids for many reasons. But let me shift gears a bit.

 

What would happen if the tastiest foods out there for kids and adults were produced by the best chefs and caterers our nation has to offer? Wouldn’t that push us a long way towards some positive lifestyle changes? Some well-prepared food made from locally sourced, sustainable ingredients can replace ANY man-made supplements out there and create fuel fit for an athlete!

 

WILLIAM: Do you mean replace the proverbial birthday party cake and pizza with healthy tasty veggies and cookies laced with wholesome organic grains and natural sugars?

 

PATRICK: You bet! Regardless of the age birthday being celebrated, these gourmet treats served up at a lovely park, at the lake, at the beach, anywhere green will make you want to run around and breathe in the fresh air!

 

WILLIAM: Sounds like a plan!

 

That reminds me that as detectives and as fountains of info for our readers, we should always “bring it home” with some useful and inspirational information. As a grad of The Culinary Institute of America, I found out about another terrific sustainable initiative that ties together many elements of thought and action to help our Green efforts. We’ve noted a new program from this prestigious school called “Menus of Change” in our Revealed sidebar, so I hope our readers won’t miss it!

 

To be continued…

 


 

Please share with us and other readers in the Comments section below what are some of the things you do with food to educate your kids at home about healthy eating and “Green” eating? What’s their favorite post-sports, post-play, post-work snack that you enjoy making most?

 

Join us IN TWO WEEKS, on May 12, when we celebrate our BIG six-month anniversary of The Green Files. William and Patrick will fondly look back at previous issues to check in on the progress and successes of several topics.

 

NOTE: Our special agents are frequently undercover for in-depth investigations. They will be reporting in every two weeks.

 


 

This week’s 3Rs…

 

What is Revealed?

 

REVEALED: Menus of Change

 

 

 

 

What is Revered?

 

REVERED: Trees Atlanta

 

 

 

 

What is Reviled?

 

REVILED: Global Deforestation

 

 

 

 


 

Agent Cuccaro

Special Agent
Patrick Cuccaro
UNIT: Legacy Green
Affairs to Remember Caterers
Special Agent Patrick Cuccaro possesses an analytical mind and keen intellect. As Past Chair of the Georgia Restaurant Association (2012)—representing more than 4,000 restaurants and 100,000 employees—he casts a studied eye towards one of the country’s largest creators of waste—the food industry. Armed with a vision for…[more]

Agent Neal

Special Agent
William Neal
UNIT: Legacy Green
Affairs to Remember Caterers
Agent William Neal is a hardened professional in the culinary industry. Well…maybe not hardened, since his favorite quip is “Never trust a skinny chef!” Agent Neal has held some interesting posts throughout his career. Starting as a chef, he became a…[more]

 

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