Caterers Share 'Going Green' Success Stories
Special Events Magazine, by Lisa Hurley, October 10, 2019
Affairs to Remember dubs its sustainability program "Legacy Green," and "we've garnered hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue in new business just based on our having such a strong sustainability program." The program takes a team to succeed... - Ahmad Nourzad, executive chef
Caterers Take Single-Use Plastics Off the Menu
Special Events Magazine, by Lisa Hurley, September 26, 2019
Other single-use plastic pieces that are falling by the wayside include plastic straws—now switched out to paper straws—and plastic cocktail stirrers. The team at Atlanta-based Affairs to Remember puts plastic cocktail stirrers under the bar, providing them only upon request, says Ahmad Nourzad, executive chef. The team is now sourcing paper cocktail stirrers.
Hadassah's Best Strokes Honors the Courage of Many
Atlanta Jewish Times, by Marcia Caller Jaffe, March 13, 2019
Affairs to Remember presented a square shaped buffet with vegetable tacos, grilled salmon on salad, and butternut squash ravioli with choice of white or red sauce. Bartenders served a specialty cocktail developed for the honorees, "Good Katz Meow."
Who’s News in Special Events for Oct. 11, 2018
Special Events Magazine, October 11, 2018
Atlanta-based caterer Affairs to Remember announced this week that it has donated and sponsored more than $3 million in catering and event design services to local nonprofit organizations through its Legacy Giving program. Now in its 10th year, the Legacy Giving program was created...
Affairs to Remember Streamlined Their Business By Optimizing & Outsourcing Their Complicated Financial Management System
Trusted CFO Solutions, by Jason Montoya, October 10, 2018
“The first 3 months were the most intense for the transition from our current accounting solution to TCFOS and Sage Intacct, my 'time cost' was a minimal 10-12 hours a week, in addition to about 5 hours per week for our General Manager and accounting clerk, both of whom report to me. Still, every week we have something going on related to tweaking that system and getting it up and running. For instance, this week, we launched our app for the new sales commission and compensations. We see progress, and that's the critical part..." - Patrick Cuccaro
GWCC expansion, airport hotel among new Atlanta area meeting and event spaces
Atlanta Business Chronicle, by Randy Southerland, August 31, 2018
"Back in 2013 our customers really started showing some interest in wanting to have an elevated VIP experience at the Fox," said Nancy Lutz, director of special events, Affairs at the Fox. The venue has proven particularly popular with Fox patrons attending performances. It can also be rented out by groups on those evenings when there are no performances at the Fox.
Making Simcha Magic Since 1929
Atlanta Jewish Times (pages 18-19), by Sarah Moosazadeh, August 24, 2018
To gain a better understanding of the theater's history, the AJT was invited by Affairs to Remember for a VIP tour led by Lauralyn Mustaki, the caterer's director of business development at the Fox. Enchanted by arabesque minarets, intricate designs and onion domes, Shriners from the Yaarab Shrine Temple in Atlanta sought a mosque-style structure for its headquarters...
The Fox: Affairs You Want to Remember
Atlanta Jewish Times (page 17), by Marcia Caller Jaffe, August 24, 2018
Day-to-day operations are run by native New Yorker, Rich Wilner, who is general manager. "I knew I was destined to be to in the hospitality business," Wilner said. "I was more interested in planning my brother's bar mitzvah than he was. I grew up in a kosher household with a mother who is an amazing cook, and shared her love through food. One of my first catering efforts...
Summer Art & Wine Auction Set For Aug. 4
Roswell Patch, by AOlsen, July 6, 2018
Delicious bites will be served by Affairs to Remember and Popcorn Palooza. There will be live music provided by Bill Hatcher, renowned Atlanta guitarist and the wickedly talented Rachel from Lulu The Giant.
Pizzazz to Remember Across From the High
Atlanta Jewish Times, by Marcia Caller Jaffe, March 9, 2018
Jaffe: Affairs to Remember is reputed to be an industry leader in green initiatives before other companies got on board. Some call you a visionary. Lazarus: I became aware of the importance of sustainability in the food industry and set on a purposeful path to become Atlanta's first Zero Waste Zone caterer. After we reached the milestone of diverting 1 million pounds of recoverable materials from Georgia landfills, the city of Atlanta officially proclaimed Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, as Affairs to Remember Day in recognition of our sustainability programs.
Event Pros Share Hopes, Concerns for 2018 Business Outlook
Special Events Magazine, by Lisa Hurley, December 6, 2017
"We're hoping for some stabilization in geo-politics and some certainty in business planning," explains Patrick Cuccaro, managing director of Atlanta-based Affairs to Remember Caterers. "Our larger clients are beginning to feel less inclined to make big commitments in today's uncertain geo-political and economic climate."
Keep Events Focused on Health and Wellness
Atlanta Business Chronicle, by Doug DeLoach, September 1, 2017
Patrick Cuccaro, managing director at Affairs to Remember Caterers, has a slightly different take on the general trend toward healthier food offerings. "What we see trending are nutritional patterns that include gluten-free menus, vegetarian menus and the like," Cuccaro said. "These types of menus distinguish people’s eating habits and preferences versus specific health-oriented diets, such as low calorie or low fat, which are not trending as strong..."
Little Bites for Big Nights: Trends for Appetizers for Events
Special Events Magazine, by Susan Cuadrado, August 15, 2017
"Middle Eastern food, particularly Persian cuisine, is a big trend in restaurants," says Saffold Smith, catering consultant at Atlanta-based Affairs to Remember. "Our executive chef, Ahmad Nourzad, creates both authentic Middle Eastern and fusion appetizers and hors d'oeuvre for our clients." Among the standouts are za'atar grilled shrimp brochettes with minted yogurt; lamb pepperoni and balsamic-marinated mozzarella skewers with basil; and falafel fritters with...
The Making of Marriage Menus
Special Events Magazine, by Kelly Rehan, March 21, 2017
Rich Wilner, general manager of Affairs to Remember Caterers in Atlanta, echoes Pennings' sentiment, saying food has taken on larger roles of entertainment and expression. "A chef-attended food station can have a fun interaction element where the chef engages with the guest, sometimes the guest having a role in finessing their unique dish," Wilner says. "As for expression, brides and grooms are using food stations to share their personal likes...
Best Caterer - "Best of Atlanta" 2016
Creative Loafing, September 15, 2016
Affairs to Remember is recognized as "BEST CATERER" Readers Pick) in Creative Loafing's 2016 "Best of Atlanta".
Specific food preferences inspire caterer creativity
Atlanta Business Chronicle, by H.M. Crauley, September 2, 2016
Patrick Cuccaro, managing director of the catering company Affairs to Remember, has kept his pulse on the dining scene for more than 25 years, tweaking and updating menus to reflect the latest expectations of his corporate, wedding and nonprofit clientele. In an industry that’s seen its share of trends, one has become pervasive: Even diners at catered events want a restaurant experience, with personal attention to…
25 Young Special Events Pros to Watch: 2016 Edition
Special Events Magazine, by Lisa Hurley, June 29, 2016
"She [Saffold Smith] struck me at the time as miles above others in terms of her inherent understanding of the science of catering," he says. "But what impressed me were her impeccable customer service skills." No surprise, then, when Smith came to Affairs looking for a job, "I jumped at the chance to hire her," Cuccaco says.
Nancy Lutz Leads AFFAIRS at the FOX
Southeast Green, April 28, 2016
"...Nancy Lutz has been promoted to Director of Special Events for AFFAIRS at the FOX, managing the Fox Theatre's Private Events Department, including responsibility for coordination of event catering and vendor partners, and event spaces including the Egyptian Ballroom, Grand Salon and Terrace, Spanish Ballroom and Landmarks Lounge."
Healthy Cooking is On the Menu
Special Events Magazine, by Susan Cuadrado, Winter 2016
Patrick Cuccaro, managing director of Atlanta-based Affairs to Remember, agrees that accommodating dietary demands is essential today. "Approximately 20 percent of our clients ask how we accommodate dietary considerations, whether in advance or in the moment, and the gluten-free conversation is usually at the top of the list," he says. "Our culinary staff is now trained to provide a delicious gluten-free meal on very quick notice in the field..."
The History of the Fox Theatre in Atlanta
MODE, by Malika Bowling (Atlanta Restaurant Blog), November 3, 2015
The Fox Theatre has announced a special partnership with Affairs to Remember catering company. Affairs crafts some highly creative dishes for special events at the Fox Theatre. In addition to the Fox's signature..."Foxcorn" popcorn, there's other signature sliders, pastas and a lovely parsnip puree that keeps patrons coming back.
Affairs at the Fox
Anatomy of a Dinner Party, by Patti Davis, October 23, 2015
Affairs To Remember has long been a preferred caterer at the famed theater, but now they are creating events that include dishes that are exclusive to The Fox and even themed by shows performed there!
Affairs at the Fox
Three Little Birds Weddings Blog, October 2015
"With a stellar culinary reputation and an unyielding pursuit of excellence, Affairs is the perfect pairing for the Fabulous Fox! In celebration of this new and dynamic alliance, Affairs created a series of menus inspired by, and exclusive to, the Fox Theater. …I had forgotten the rare beauty, I'd forgotten the details. But it instantly swept me away again as I walked and talked with Chef William Neal, Architect of Events at Affairs."
The Fox Theatre and Affairs to Remember Announce New Partnership
RestaurantInformer.com, October 9, 2015
The Fox Theatre and Affairs announce AFFAIRS at the FOX, a new partnership in which the catering company now manages private events for the Fox's event spaces. Affairs to Remember will now manage the booking of all events at the Fox's Egyptian Ballroom, the Grand Salon & Terrace, Landmarks Lounge, and other special event areas. Increased staffing and the addition of...
Special Events Business News
Special Events Magazine, September 17, 2015
Special Events magazine welcomes these new members to its Advisory Board: Patrick Cuccaro, Affairs to Remember, Atlanta...
What's Old Is New - Creating Contemporary Events at Historic Venues
Mouth of the (Destination) South (Destination South's Blog), by Jennifer Farmer, September 17, 2015
"When we think of experts in Atlanta that understand the in’s and out’s of special event venues, especially historic venues, Jennifer Schiveree Farmer‘s name most definitely comes to the forefront! Currently with Affairs to Remember Caterers, Jennifer joined this dynamic team in July 2015 as their Director of Business Development. Bringing with her a wealth of experience and industry knowledge..."
Off-site entertainment offers unique experiences
Atlanta Business Chronicle (Meeting Planners Guide), by Karen Cohen, September 11, 2015
But, the Fox offers more than ballrooms and catering. It also offers unique experiences for corporations. "In conjunction with a company event, we can facilitate the purchase of group tickets to a stage show or concert," said Joe Quillian, director of special events, Affairs at the Fox. "When shows or concerts aren't playing onstage, we can take corporate groups on guided tours showcasing behind the scenes aspects of the theater. We can tour them through the majestic auditorium and stars' dressing rooms and highlight historic features of the theater."
Restaurant Informer, by Ellen Hartman, July 2015
"From chefs, restaurateurs and caterers to winemakers, journalists and hospitality executives, we have an incredibly diverse membership of women leaders representing all facets of the food and hospitality industry," says Shelley Pedersen, CPCE, Atlanta Chapter president and on staff at Affairs to Remember Caterers. "We're proud that we've established...
Wedding Pros in Former Ban States React to Supreme Court Same-Sex Ruling
Special Events, by Lisa Hurley, June 30, 2015
"The social constructs that are in place to support heterosexual weddings—including extensive family involvement and financial planning for the event—haven’t been as available to the gay community," he explains. "Affairs to Remember is already the caterer of choice for many LGBT people--that won’t change—and it will be very interesting and exciting to see how the catering industry will play a role in wedding receptions for the gay community as they develop their own unique traditions, which they will undoubtedly do." (Patrick Cuccaro, Managing Director quoted)
...and the journey began with a delicious divorce from the landfill!
Zero Waste in ACTION, by Holly Elmore, June 21, 2015
The journey began with a 'delicious divorce from landfills' and propelled [Affairs to Remember] into a national sustainability leader recognized for impressive achievements...and the BEST part: the journey is gaining momentum as Affairs to Remember Caterers refines recycling practices and embarks on new sustainability adventures!
25 Great, Big Caterers
Special Events, by Lisa Hurley, May-June 2015 (pg. 11-18)
"Clients keep coming back for Affairs' contemporary Southern menus that feature local, sustainable food products. Signature dishes include jumbo lump crab cakes with cucumber yogurt sauce, saffron Israeli couscous with lemon-garlic green beans, and mascarpone cocoa mouse with fresh berries, cinamon whipped cream and a chocolate-dipped biscotti."
Divert 1 Million Pounds of Waste from Landfills!
ConServe Program, National Restaurant Association, Jeff Clark interviews Travis S. Taylor, June 3, 2015 (VIDEO)
Want to learn how to divert 1 million pounds of waste from landfills? Train staff on environment business practices to save money? Listen to Travis S. Taylor at Affairs to Remember Caterers in Atlanta, Georgia outline their company's efforts and successes. Video interview by Jeff Clark, Director, Conserve Program, National Restaurant Association, with Travis S. Taylor, Director of Communications, Affairs to Remember Caterers.
Big Caterers List the Big Menu Trends for 2015
Special Events, by Lisa Hurley, May 25, 2015
"Our clients are looking for more than food; they're looking for 'an experience,'" management says. And going green has gone beyond a trend—"Sustainability trends are cresting and locally sourced ingredients are becoming the norm."
Competition for conferences includes sustainability
Atlanta Business Chronicle, February 13, 2015
In the competition for meetings and conventions, it's the "greenest" destination that often emerges on top. Patrick Cuccaro, managing director of the 37-year-old upscale catering company Affairs to Remember, recalls when the city as a whole lost a major convention to a city in Florida. "The convention planners decided that Atlanta wasn't 'green' enough," he said. It wasn't long afterward that Affairs to Remember launched a sustainability program and went on to become the city's first "Zero Waste Zones" caterer, recognized last fall by the city for diverting more than 1 million pounds of recoverable materials from Georgia landfills.
Dealing with catering disasters – the stealthy and the preventable
National Restaurant Association, Manage My Restaurant, January 23, 2015
There are two types of catering disasters. One is the type that blindsides you – just comes out of nowhere. The other is experience based – as long as you've experienced it once, you need never go through it again as long as you learn your lesson the first time around. Patrick Cuccaro conducts Catering Boot Camp at Affairs to Remember Caterers to train restaurateurs to start or manage their catering businesses. Patrick reminds his trainees…
Company Diverts 1 Million Pounds of Recyclables from Landfills
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, by: Elizabeth Montgomery, November 13, 2014
Catering company Affairs to Remember Caterers, has diverted one million pounds — 500 tons of recoverable materials from Georgia landfills through sustainability program Zero Waste Zones. Sponsored by Council Member Felicia Moore District 9, the City of Atlanta officially proclaimed Nov. 11 as "Affairs to Remember Caterers Day" in recognition of the impact and leadership the milestone demonstrates.
Zero Waste Zone Pioneers Honored
National Restaurant Association, News & Research, November 12, 2014
The kick-off, held Nov. 11 at Coca-Cola Co.’s headquarters, highlighted the work of caterer Affairs to Remember for diverting 1 million pounds of recoverable material away from landfills…At the event, Atlanta Councilwoman Felicia Moore told attendees that the city of Atlanta proclaimed Nov. 11 "Affairs to Remember Caterers Day" in honor of its sustainability achievements.
Zero Waste Zones pioneers honored
Georgia Restaurant Association, In The News, November 12, 2014
At the event, Atlanta Councilwoman Felicia Moore told attendees that the city of Atlanta proclaimed Nov. 11 "Affairs to Remember Caterers Day" in honor of its sustainability achievements. Supporters in attendance included environmentalist and Captain Planet Foundation chairwoman Laura Turner Seydel; Jon D. Johnston, the Environmental Protection Agency’s chief of materials and waste management; and Holly Elmore, CEO of Elemental Impact.
2014 Atlanta Foodservice Expo Exhibitors and Attendees Both Pleased With the Growth and Development
Restaurant Informer, October 22, 2014
"I sent over a dozen of my core people to the Expo this year. Next year, I’ll send even more. The programming was solid, and my managers who make purchasing decisions were pleased with the range and quality of the exhibitors..." Managing Director, Patrick Cuccaro
SFCI targets post-consumer food waste
Zero Waste in ACTION, by: Holly Elmore, July 27, 2014
Yet arriving to this point was NOT easy! It took a team of industry leaders who were willing to figure out by trial and error the new "easy" food waste collection practices. Kudos to Patrick Cuccaro of Affairs to Remember…
Real Weddings - Atlanta Wedding at the Biltmore Ballrooms
Occasions Magazine, by: Holly Davis, July 14, 2014
For a late night snack we had mini chicken biscuits with a honey passed and it was the perfect night cap of all the delicious food we had all night long. Since everyone in attendance wasn't from the South, we weren't letting them leave without a Southern flair fluffy chicken biscuit.
Longtime Affairs to Remember executive Patrick Cuccaro advances to managing director
Special Events Business News, June 25, 2014
Atlanta-based caterer Affairs to Remember, part of the Special Events "25 Great, Big Caterers" list, has announced that longtime executives Patrick Cuccaro and Rich Wilner have taken on expanded roles.
Is Your Excess Food Going to Waste?
Cvent - Event Planning, by: Patti Shock, June 16, 2014
Said Patrick Cuccaro, Managing Director, Affairs to Remember Caterers, "When we launched our sustainability program, Legacy Green, giving to our local community was a high priority. In 2013 alone, we donated 14,142 pounds, or 7.07 tons, of food to help deal with the chronic hunger issues in our city..."
Cutting costs and cultivating creativity with three foodie fads
Meetings Focus, by: Patti Shock, June 2014
“If you have a client request such an experience, ask why it is important,” Cuccaro adds. “There are generally three reasons that the farm-to-table movement has gained traction: local and seasonal foods generally taste better if freshly harvested; the food is often..."
10 Tips to Compost at Your Restaurant
Manage My Restaurant, National Restaurant Association, May 2014
“Find your champion. Look for an employee who is a major Influencer with the rest of your staff and who is passionate about the environment," says Cuccaro, founding member of the National Restaurant Association's Zero Waste Zones initiative. "Choosing the right person to champion your cause will ensure that someone besides you takes ownership of the task…”
Take it Outside: The fine art of catering alfresco
Catersource Magazine, by: Eve Daniels, April | May 2014
“Sequenced load-in by the correct vendor, in the correct order of priority, is key to maximizing time,” says William Neal of Affairs to Remember Caterers, Atlanta, GA.
Fresh Strawberries - Strawberry Pizza
Pick. Cook. Keep., A Georgia Grown video series, April-May 2014
Cooking demo by Executive Chef Ahmad Nourzad, Affairs to Remember Caterers, making a "Strawberry Pizza" using ingredients grown in Georgia.
What's New: Mega-trends in Catering in 2014
Cvent - Event Planning, by: Patti Shock, January 9, 2014
Expect the continued casualization of high level catering – ditch the foie gras and bring on the fritters! The once-commoditized taco will reign supreme. The ubiquitous stir-fry now uses oats to create food buzz. The Korean barbecue now goes on a bun with a pickle and slaw. (Interview with General Manager Patrick Cuccaro)
Atlanta Caterer Donates/Sponsors $2M in Catering Services
PR Web, December 16, 2013
Earlier this year, Affairs to Remember Caterers won the prestigious Best Caterer in the South award on an international stage at the Catersource Conference in Las Vegas, and recently was awarded for the third time “Best Caterer in Atlanta” by the Consumers' Choice Award. Cuccaro said, "We're hopeful that being awarded such distinctions—for which Legacy Giving is certainly a consideration—encourages the spirit of giving in the community."
Atlanta Caterer Donates/Sponsors $2M in Catering Services
Consumers' Choice Award (press release), December 15, 2013
"Legacy Giving affords organizations—that are engaged in important quality-of-life initiatives on a limited budget—the opportunity to host a luxury fundraising gala without the luxury price tag," said Patrick Cuccaro, General Manager.
Catering Is Growing At Restaurants, But It’s More Than The Food
Sunbelt Foodservice Magazine, by: Heather Blount, December 9, 2013
"There is a casualization in the restaurant dining scene that is creating opportunities for fine dining to reinvent (itself), and…I think people are wanting to get together and celebrate," says Nancy Lutz of Affairs to Remember Caterers ...
Atlanta Les Dames d'Escoffier International Introduces Newest Members
Food & Beverage Magazine, October 18, 2013
(Executive Sous Chef Ashley Mitchell) As the executive sous chef of this catering icon, Mitchell spearheads company development and innovation. A proven leader and industry expert, she has developed specialized menus for more than 15 categories of dietary needs and was the honorary chair of the 2012 Food Allergy and Anapylaxis Network (FAAN)...
The Monumental Ball Returns to Piedmont Park Oct 18!
Midtown Patch, October 2, 2013
The Monumental Ball will feature tasty appetizers, bountiful booze and an outstanding buffet dinner prepared by Affairs to Remember, a Platinum Sponsor for the event. Guests can also look forward to an incredible silent auction and raffle bag, which is stuffed with gift certificates from local restaurants and shops.
A Course in Catering
Restaurant Informer, The Official Magazine of the Georgia Restaurant Association, by: Shannon Wilder, September 2013
As with any new business venture, there are challenges and concerns along the way. Fortunately, restaurant owners in the Peach state who are ready to make the leap can get expert advice from catering industry leaders such as Patrick Cuccaro, general manager of Affairs to Remember and past chair of the Georgia Restaurant Association (GRA).
Special Events Business News for Sept. 18, 2013
Special Events, August 18, 2013
Atlanta-based caterer Affairs to Remember Caterers announced yesterday that it has diverted more than 300 tons of recoverable material from area landfills. Launching its "Legacy Green" program in 2009, Affairs to Remember Caterers now redirects 83 percent of materials formerly destined for landfills to be purposed...
Chef Ashley Mitchell Joins the Ranks of Julia Child & Nathalie Dupree
Perishable News, August 5, 2013
At LDEI/Atlanta's Annual Business Meeting last week, the Dames voted to approve eight new members, including Affairs to Remember Caterers' Executive Sous Chef Ashley Mitchell. Chef Mitchell is known for her expertise in food allergy and special dietary considerations, as well as her uncompromising devotion to food safety, food safety training and her creative, forward-looking menu innovation.
Pick, Cook, Keep - August Crop: Tomatoes and Peppers
Georgia Public Broadcasting, Georgia Grown, August 2013
Tomatoes deliver minerals, vitamins and antioxidants that keep us healthy, plus flavor that keeps our taste buds happy. It is no wonder that you see large fields of tomato plants in Georgia, as we’re among the top tomato-producing states, as well as tomato plants staked amid home gardens and flowerbeds. (Cooking demonstration with Executive Chef Ahmad Nourzad)
Caterer to restaurateurs: Stay true to brand for catering success
National Restaurant Association, News & Research, April 12, 2013
According to Patrick Cuccaro, general manager of Affairs to Remember, an upscale catering firm based in Atlanta, the secret to catering success is to remember customers come to them because they want a taste of the restaurant at their catered affairs.
Pick, Cook, Keep
Georgia Magazine (starts page 36), by: Jennifer J. Hewett, May 1, 2013
"My partnership with Georgia Grown came naturally because of the things we've already doing at Affairs to Remember Caterers, using fresh, local products, and emphasizing sustainability and 'green' practices," says Nourzad. "...Everyone's heard about Georgia's peaches and pecans--but there are so many more beautiful products grown and produced here," he says.
Going Green & Making Money
Yelp for Business Owners, by: Patrick Cuccaro, April 9, 2013
The Green mega-movement is gaining a lot of traction. The pioneers are now profiting from their earlier decisions to adapt. There is still a window, athough small, through which you can make sustainability a money-maker. (Contributed by Patrick Cuccaro, General Manager, Affairs to Remember Caterers)
Dealing with Catering Disasters--the Stealthy and the Preventable
Manage My Restaurant, National Restaurant Association, April 8, 2013
Every caterer must eventually deal with the unthinkable – the self-inflicted, full-blown catering disaster. That inevitable catering catastrophe can take us on a quick descent – threatening our money, our reputation and our client’s cherished dream. (Patrick Cuccaro, guest blogger)
Meetings & Conventions Magazine, by: Jonathan Vatner, April 1, 2013
Make sure it tastes great. Ashley Mitchell, executive sous chef at Affairs to Remember Caterers in Atlanta, takes such care in elevating her top-eight allergen-free, gluten-free and vegan dishes, that many people without allergies request them. "Who knew that beautiful, delicious food could make a beef eater eat more veggies?" she muses.
Georgia Grown and Georgia Restaurant Association Announce 2013 Georgia Grown Executive Chefs
Georgia Department of Agriculture, Press Release, February 27
The four chefs for 2013 are Chef Jennifer Hill Booker of Your Resident Gourmet, LLC in Atlanta, Chef Linton Hopkins of Restaurant Eugene and Resurgens Hospitality in Atlanta, Chef Ahmad Nourzad of Affairs to Remember Catering in Atlanta, and Chef David Synder of Halyards, Tramici Restaurant, and Halyards Catering in St Simons.
Affairs to Remember Caterers Wins Top Caterer Award
Georgia Restaurant Association, News, March 15, 2013
General Manager, Patrick Cuccaro, said, "It's an honor to be recognized on an international platform as the most exceptional caterer in the Southern USA. Catersource hosts the largest catering convention in the world, attracting more than 6,000 attendees, and to be cheered on by so many is humbling." Cuccaro continued, "Between our stunning venues, brilliant partners, and focused staff, it's a pleasure just to practice our art and craft. To be recognized for doing so is the icing on our cake."
Golden Onion 2013
Getaways for Grownups, by: Hope S. Philbrick, March 6, 2013
The panel of five judges includes returning champion Chef Hilary White; Chef Holly Chute, executive chef of the Georgia Governor’s Mansion; Chef Ahmad Nourzad, executive chef of Affairs to Remember Caterers in Atlanta; Bob Stafford, director of the Vidalia Onion Business Council and Vidalia Onion Hall of Fame inductee; and Hope S. Philbrick...
Can Caterers Afford Not To Be Social?
Roman's Opinion, on the art, science and mystery of catering, by: Travis S. Taylor, March 5, 2013
Today, you see QR Codes on menu cards; wedding receptions are being planned on Pinterest; guests receive event invitations via Facebook…and this 'technology' is here to stay, and it's only going to get more complex. - by Travis S. Taylor, Affairs to Remember Caterers
Caterers Respond to 'A La Carte' Wedding Menu Trend
Special Events, by: Susan Cuadrado, February 27, 2013
"...Cook recalls a bride from Georgia and a groom from New Orleans who both loved Italian food. The solution: A Tuscan-themed cocktail hour with prosecco and tray-passed Italian-inspired hors d’oeuvre, followed by dinner with three decidedly Southern food stations—Creole salmon with crawfish succotash, jambalaya, and fried okra and pea salad..."
Georgia Grown 2013 Executive Chefs
Your Resident Gourmet Blog, February 27, 2013
Affairs to Remember Caterers’ Executive Chef, Ahmad Nourzad, is responsible for research and development of new food ideas for the company’s product line, sourcing and purchasing, food preparation logistics planning for off-site events, and training and managing all kitchen staff. Chef Nourzad is a hands-on chef who can sometimes be seen working on the line. His love of the kitchen and cooking began...
Georgia Grown and Georgia Restaurant Association Announce 2013 Executive Chefs
Georgia Grown News, February 20, 2013
"Whether you are an Executive Chef or an everyday consumer, purchasing local food is beneficial for a number of reasons," said GRA Executive Director Karen Bremer. "Georgia Grown food is fresher, more nutritious, saves in transportation cost and environmental impact – and most importantly, it supports the community financially. By buying local, we can generate more revenue for our state, which will create more jobs. It's a win-win situation." (Executive Chef Ahmad Nourzad was announced as a 2013 Georgia Grown Executive Chef in this announcement)
Catering Boot Camp: Set Table for Success
Georgia Restaurant Association, Education News, February 8, 2013
Remember, your restaurant carries a promise with its brand: “This is what we do. This is who we are. THIS is what you can expect from us.” If your catering operations can easily recreate the promises of your brick-and-mortar in the field, then you’re halfway on the road to profitable catering. If not, you’ll want to face a few more realities prior to jumping into the catering waters. - Patrick Cuccaro, General Manager, Affairs to Remember Caterers
For Business, Food Waste a Ripe Opportunity for Savings
Smart Planet, January 15, 2013
“Since we started this with Holly in 2009, we’ve diverted 250 tons out of the landfill,” said Patrick Cuccaro, the company’s general manager. In addition to trimming 10 percent off its bottom line, Cuccaro said the company has taken in $250,000 in additional revenue. “It’s a return on investment,” he said. “It makes us different to brides or to corporate party planners. They look for this type of responsibility because the companies they work for are looking for it. We’re walking the walk. And that is paying off for us in a big way.”
"...families joined together before the show in The Fox Theatre’s beautiful Egyptian Ballroom for a holiday dinner, provided by Affairs to Remember."
Whole Living, by: Elizabeth Royte, October, 2012
Like any caterer, Affairs routinely produces 5 percent more meals than it serves. "Restaurants can cancel an entree if they run out of something," Patrick Cuccaro, the company's general manager, explains. "They can also repurpose leftovers, which we can't do because our menus are set weeks in advance. We overproduce because the last thing you want at a banquet is to run out of food."...
Caterers Respond to Flood of Special Diet Demands: Part III
Special Events Magazine, by: Lisa Hurley, October 17, 2012
Mitchell was recently named honorary chair for this year's FAAN Walk for the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network. Because the Affairs team "got tired of serving--and being served--boring food at banquets just because of the allergy/dietary restriction situation," Mitchell not only evaluated the company's entire product line for nut allergies but worked to create restaurant-quality meals that avoid the "Top 8 Allergens."...
Caterers Respond to Growing Tide of Special Diet Demands
Special Events, by: Lisa Hurley, October 3, 2012
Gluten-free, strictly vegan, hold the nuts … Fully 100 percent of caterers responding to a recent informal survey from Special Events say that they have seen event clients and their guests become more demanding about their menu choices in the last five years...
Patrick Cuccaro | People in the News
Atlanta Business Chronicle, August 15, 2012
Affairs to Remember Caterers' General Manager Patrick Cuccaro, also the Chairman of the Georgia Restaurant Association, has been appointed to the Yelp Small Business Advisory Council, an international team that provides Yelp insight on ways to help local businesses connect with consumers...
With incredible live and silent auction items, entertainment from U.S. Beat, gourmet hors d'oeuvres by Affairs to Remember and an open bar, there will be no shortage of indulgences at this year's Cabaret...
Atlanta's Focus on Food Waste Reduction
Zero Waste in Action, by: Holly Elmore, June 21, 2012
Patrick Cuccaro, Affairs to Remember general manager and ZWZ champion, articulated the underlying commitment with perfection: Food waste reduction and donation programs are a unique opportunity...
Upcycled Spring Showroom at Affairs to Remember
Unforgetably Yours, by: William Fogler, May 21, 2012
The Showroom re-design at Affairs to Remember is especially exciting this time around, because of the local flavor we added to the mix. Beginning with re-purposed, adding a dash of upcycled, and mixing in a cup of vintage modern, we transformed the vault space at the Atlanta catering company into a high-style recycle center. The spool table sits front and center an industrial piece of art. Recently crafted from an actual wire spool found here in West Midtown...
Clark Howard to host $500 -per-ticket soiree
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's The Buzz, April 18, 2012
Atlanta's favorite penny pincher, Clark Howard, will host an April 28 event at his Buckhead home at which tickets will cost $500....The event will feature fare from Affairs to Remember Caterers and entertainment from Buck Buckley Band with a guest performance by Cindy Williams of the B-52's.
Caterer to restaurateurs: Stay true to brand for catering success
National Restaurant Association News Blog, April 13, 2012
According to Patrick Cuccaro, general manager of Affairs to Remember, an upscale catering firm based in Atlanta, the secret to catering success is to remember customers come to them because they want a taste of the restaurant at their catered affairs.
Buckhead's Green Leaders
("Sustainable Entertaining", sidebar page 54) Simply Buckhead, March/April 2012
Affairs to Remember [Caterers] is one of the leaders in an ever-greening food-service industry having diverted more than  tons of waste from landfils through composting, recycling and food donations. "Leading a greener life is an exciting journey that never ends," says General Manager Patrick Cuccaro.
Composting for Foodservice
Foodservice Equipment & Supplies Magazine, by: Amelia Levin, March 1, 2012
Affairs to Remember, a well-known Atlanta-based catering company, announced that its Legacy Green program diverted 200 tons from landfills since its inception in 2008, when the city lost a major convention contract because there was no citywide focus on green initiatives, says Travis Taylor, a spokesperson for the caterer. The company measured how much per month it sent to landfills compared to the company's composting program to come up with that figure. "For us, composting completes the circle. Knowing that all of our organic materials will eventually become fertile soil fits well with our idea of giving back to our community and to our environment," adds Patrick Cuccaro, general manager for Affairs to Remember and chair of the Georgia Restaurant Association...
Tips for a Home Wedding in Atlanta
CBS Atlanta, February 29, 2012
Aside from the bride, there is a high anticipation for delicious food at a wedding. Rather than stress about creating a tasty menu, take away the burden of preparing meals by hiring a caterer. A caterer will not only provide consistency in food, but also has the resources (e.g. commercial kitchen and utilities) necessary to make your special day unforgettable. Affairs to Remember is a premier catering company in the Atlanta area that provides innovative cuisines and exceptional quality.
ATL Caterer Hits Major Zero Waste Milestone
Zero Waste in Action, by: Holly Elmore, December 21, 2011
Atlanta's first Zero Waste Zones caterer Affairs to Remember Caterers topped 200 tons of material diverted from landfills and into recycling programs, including food residuals going to a composting facility. ATR's achievable goal is to reach the 500 ton recycling benchmark by mid 2015. Kudos to ATR for...
Patrick Cuccaro Elected Georgia Restaurant Industry Chair
Perishable News, December 15, 2011
Affairs to Remember Caterers, one of the largest privately held, full-service luxury catering companies in the United States, today announced that its General Manager, Patrick Cuccaro, has been elected Chair of the Georgia Restaurant Association (GRA). Transitioning from GRA Vice Chair, Mr. Cuccaro brings more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry to the table. His earlier career in...
ZWZ Champion to Lead GA's Restaurant Industry
Zero Waste in Action, by: Holly Elmore, December 15, 2011
Patrick Cuccaro, General Manager at Affairs to Remember, was elected to Chair the Georgia Restaurant Association in 2012 after serving as Vice-Chair in 2011. With over 25 years in the hospitality industry, Patrick brings expertise, passion and talent to his leadership role...
Patrick Cuccaro Elected GRA Chair
Georgia Restaurant Association-News & Events, December 15, 2011
Affairs to Remember Caterers, one of the largest privately held, full-service luxury catering companies in the United States, today announced that its General Manager, Patrick Cuccaro, has been elected Chair of the Georgia Restaurant Association (GRA). Transitioning from GRA Vice Chair, Mr. Cuccaro brings more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry to the table. His earlier career in theatre production set the stage for his passion of entertaining and his love of food...
Patrick Cuccaro named Georgia Restaurant Association chair
Atlanta Business Chronicle, December 15, 2011
Affairs to Remember Caterers General Manager Patrick Cuccaro on Thursday was elected chairman of the Georgia Restaurant Association (GRA). He starts in January. Cuccaro has more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry. He spent 10 years
Caterers Foresee Solid 2011 Holiday Party Season
Special Events, by: Lisa Hurley, September 14, 2011
Patrick Cuccaro is the veteran of four recessions, and "this last 'great' one had many of us believing that the big holiday party was lost forever," he says. But he adds, "Not so." Cuccaro--who serves as general manager of Affairs to Remember Caterers in Atlanta and as vice chair of the Georgia Restaurant Association—says, "Advance bookings for events in the $25,000-plus range are up nearly 80 percent...