Affairs to Remember Caterers
, Atlanta’s first Zero Waste Zones caterer and one of the largest privately held off-premise luxury caterers in the United States, announced that it won a 2013 Allie Award
in the category of “Logistical Achievement: Planning” for its exceptional event planning of the celebrations leading up to the official opening of the new international terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
The winning event served 6,600 guests at celebrations over the course of three evenings, one that entertained VIP guests and dignitaries including Governor Nathan Deal and Georgia’s First Lady Sandra Deal, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin and Valerie Richardson Jackson, as well as leaders from Fortune 500 companies and aviation professionals.
Kristy Cook, CMP, Senior Catering Consultant at Affairs to Remember, and Dana Dabruzzi, another member of the Affairs to Remember team at the time of the event, teamed with multiple organizations to produce the award-winning event, including the City of Atlanta, the Department of Aviation, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, and the Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal.
Additionally, Affairs to Remember worked with the American Culinary Federation-Atlanta Chapter in a partnership capacity, Le Cordon Bleu
in a training capacity, and TOTS Kitchen & More in a charitable capacity.
Other partners and contributors to the opening events included, Classic Party Rentals, AEE Productions, Chef Michael Deihl of East Lake Golf Club and Affairs’ Executive Chef Ahmad Nourzad. The Affairs to Remember Caterers team coordinated staffing, operations, execution, and served an international menu reflective of the destinations served by the new terminal.
Affairs to Remember Caterers was awarded the International Terminal opening events contract, in large part, due to its Sustainability program, Legacy Green.
Committed to sustainable operations, the Atlanta Airport serves as the Sustainable Food Court Initiative (SFCI) Airport Pilot, which won a 2011 Going Green Airports Award.
An Elemental Impact
program in partnership with the National Restaurant Association
, the SFCI provides the support network for the airport’s groundbreaking concessionaire contract provision: “Concessionaire shall use compostable serviceware along with consumer facing packaging and source separate all food service wastes for direct transport to off airport composting facilities.”
Holly D. Elmore, Elemental Impact Founder & CEO, said, “Zero Waste Zones Champion Patrick Cuccaro has led Affairs to Remember to become Atlanta’s Greenest catererundefineda significant accomplishment! It’s wonderful to see Affairs to Remember recognized for its unwavering commitment to building a Sustainability program, and to see that program tied to an award-winning event…that makes those of us deeply committed to Sustainability very happy, indeed.”
Hundreds from within the Atlanta events industry came together to showcase their talents and celebrate each other at the 2013 Allie Awardsundefineda local industry event designed to drive event professionals to produce events eligible to compete on national and global levels.
On behalf of General Manager Patrick Cuccaro and owners Ron Lazarus andScott Ardolino, Travis S. Taylor, Director of Communications at Affairs to Remember Caterers, accepted the award. In addition to thanking the event partners, he also thanked all the attending industry professionals for their continued commitment to making all events as special as possible for respective clientsundefineda win for everyone in the Atlanta events industry.
Affairs to Remember Caterers’ General Manager, Patrick Cuccaro, said, “Solving logistical challenges are part of the job…it’s what we do. We are honored and appreciative to be recognized for our expertise and execution of such an important event to the City of Atlanta, and we are proud to partner with an organization, like the Atlanta Airport, that shares our Sustainability efforts to make Atlanta one of the Greenest cities in our nation.”
The LEED certified International Terminal is connecting with more than 150 U.S cities, and for those traveling from the United States, the international terminal is the gateway to nearly 80 destinations in more than 50 countries.
The Allie Awards, today an independent 501(c)(3) organization, was launched 23 years ago by the National Association of Catering Executives
(NACE) and the International Special Events Society