PROLOGUE: Could-a, Would-a, Should-a…The Green Commitment

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.



DEAR SPECIAL AGENTS: Ideally, everything that my family eats would be local and organic, but that’s not always possible—sometimes I have to choose between one or the other. What’s the lowdown on local versus organic? — SIGNED: Confused-but-Committed-in-Atlanta


PATRICK: Dear Confused: Searching for the truth is serious business—especially when you’re a home meal planner or a Special Agent who’s charged with making sense of Green technical stuff. Like me. Couple that with the fact that this Special Agent (that’s me!) is about as technically-oriented as a ham sandwich, and…well, as you can imagine, this is gonna be an uphill challenge.


By the way, since childhood it has always been my dream to be a Special Agent. Now that I actually am one, I can tell you that it’s a lot more hard work than I thought it would be. And not nearly as mysterious and SuperFly. Where’d all the cool stuff go?


So to our millions of future readers who wish to live a more sustainable, Green lifestyle, I now reveal Step One in the journey: Make…a…commitment!


And to those same millions, I now unveil our most lethal weapon in our fight against Greenwashing and Greeniculousness: Special Agent William Neal.


WILLIAM: Thank you, Special Agent Cuccaro. And may I start by complimenting you on your sunglasses? Now THOSE are cool!


PATRICK: I’m not wearing the sunglasses anymore. Look at the banner photo, William. We changed that wardrobe choice so that our readers could see the intensity of our eyes, remember?


WILLIAM: Oh…sorry. Right, we 86’d the sunglasses.


PATRICK: In the meantime, we do have our cool trench coats which, by the way, aren’t really going to work for me in Atlanta in the summer!


WILLIAM: Back to our confused questioner and that commitment thing, I’m gonna make it personal. Confused…for me, it boils down to one fundamental question. Do I really want to be Green?


Maybe. Maybe in the kinda-sorta way I always wanted to go to the gym. Both are the right thing to do, but one day I woke up and realized that after all the mental mind games were over, I had never made it to the gym and I had never changed the things that needed changing. I know I could-a walked more, would-a gone swimming every morning, and should-a lifted those weights. I’m guilty.


...and then my kids came into the world.And then my kids came into this world. And my perspective shifted. It lit a fire under me to make more positive choices for myself, my family, and ultimately the planet. I guess I realized that if I was going to teach my kids the things that I thought were important, then I would have to be “the real deal”— and that would require a mental shift.


So I made a commitment. Hey, Patrick, back me up would you? Throw down on the factoids! Then you can count on me amping it up on the FUN FACTOR! You can BE SURE that I know how to throw a party!


Patrick: OK. I can do that.  Did you know that since we started our Legacy Green program at Affairs to Remember Caterers, we have reduced the stuff we put in the landfill by 83%!?! The food industry is one of America’s largest contributors to landfill. By changing our “habits” at Affairs to Remember, we made a tremendous impact. As a matter of fact, we are celebrating today the diversion of 500 tons from Georgia’s landfills–that’s ONE MILLION POUNDS! Technically speaking, that’s a lot of stuff!


Think of it this way, William…If everyone took the time to make a few eco-adjustments of their own, the collective impact would make a huge difference in the world.


So, Confused-but-Committed-in-Atlanta, we haven’t fully answered your question YET, but hang with us for awhile.


To be continued…


So whaddya think? Are you committed to sustainability? What is ONE single habit that you can change or already have changed? Let us know in the comments section below!


Join us next week when Special Agents Patrick Cuccaro and William Neal investigate The Mystery of the “Green” Apple.


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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]

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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