Atlanta – 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 Executive Sous Chef Ashley Mitchell has been recommended and approved for membership in the prestigious, invitation-only Les Dames d’Escoffier International’s (LDEI) Atlanta chapter.
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.
Affairs to Remember Caterers has the unmatched distinction, with the addition of Chef Ashley Mitchell, of having a total of four of its accomplished staff who are members of Les Dames d’Escoffier International, including Senior Catering Consultant Nancy Lutz, Senior Catering Consultant Kristy Cook, CMP, and Director of First Impressions and Les Dames d’Escoffier Atlanta Chapter President Shelley Pedersen, CPCE.
“Approximately one quarter of our membership is comprised of professional chefs, but I know of no other chef in the Atlanta chapter who brings the expertise for special dietary considerations with the passion that Chef Ashley does,” said LDEI Atlanta Chapter President Shelley Pedersen. “I believe having Chef Ashley in our ranks will give us the opportunity to learn a great deal more about this increasing trend throughout the United States, as well as afford Ashley opportunities to expand her industry knowledge…it’s a win-win.”
General Manager Patrick Cuccaro said, “When Chef Ashley joined Affairs to Remember Caterers in 2005, we knew immediately that she was bringing something unique to the table. Her tenacity to ‘get it right’ has proven an invaluable asset to our organization, as has her unquenchable drive to learn. She achieved this milestone in her career through purposeful focus and all of us at Affairs to Remember offer our enthusiastic congratulations to Chef Ashley.”
Chef Ashley Mitchell said, “It’s an honor to be nominated and voted into Les Dames d’Escoffier. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to serve the organization and its mission and hope to continue building strong relationships with the membership, which includes mentors, colleagues, and friends… I already feel right at home.”
Les Dames d’Escoffier International is an invitational organization of women leaders in food, beverage and hospitality whose mission is education, advocacy and philanthropy.
Notable Les Dames d’Escoffier International members include celebrity chefs Julia Child and Nathalie Dupree; bestselling cookbook author, television chef, and restaurateur Lidia Bastianich ; cookbook author and celebrated caterer Abigail Kirsch; and Atlanta Chapter members include celebrity chef and cookbook author Virginia Willis; and contributing editor for Southern Living Magazine and cookbook author Rebecca Lang.
About Les Dames d’Escoffier International/Atlanta
The Atlanta chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International was founded in 1996, and since that time has grown to become a highly-regarded asset to its members, a frontrunner in chapter accomplishment within the organization, and a philanthropic leader in the community. The chapter’s annual signature event, Afternoon in the Country, raised $93,000 last year alone, to support the chapter’s scholarship and philanthropic initiatives. The Atlanta membership of nearly 100 women includes professional chefs, restaurateurs, caterers, farmers, food retailers, event planners, cookbook authors, food journalists and historians, winemakers and wine industry professionals, food publicists, culinary educators and hospitality executives. For more information, visit http://lesdamesatl.squarespace.com.
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 and Atlanta’s first Zero Waste Zones caterer. Our award-winning services include expertise in off-premise catering, site selection, décor, music, entertainment, tent rental, lighting, linens, ice carvings and photography. Our more than 35 years of success can be attributed to the company’s innovative menus, impeccable service, attention to detail, and reliability. Clients count on us to guide them through an exciting, memorable experience. For more information, please call (404) 872-7859 or visit www.affairs.com.
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