Atlanta-based Affairs to Remember Caterers celebrated its 30th birthday with the opening of a new Midtown West facility, the burial of a time capsule, and predictions for the catering and events industry 30 years from now:
- Virtual reality will play some sort of role in event making, perhaps even extending into areas of attendance.
- The organic food trend will transform agribusiness as more and more emphasis is placed on locally grown and harvested foods.
- Sustainable farming will be firmly in place – not just an isolated practice, as it is today.
- Food allergies will continue to climb, placing more emphasis on full disclosure of ingredients.
- Full nutritional analysis of party food will be required.
- Food preferences (i.e.: vegetarian, kosher, gluten-free) will become much more prevalent.
- The “green movement” will have a huge effect on the events industry – from the energy-efficient trucks used to the usage and type of disposable guestware (if still in use).
- Portion sizes will decrease as America’s girth continues to increase. And it will not help.
Among the items Affairs to Remember “retired” in its time capsule: the ubiquitous martini glass; napkins in the color of chocolate and citron — once cutting edge, now contemporary and about to become “so 10 minutes ago”; and three menus, each representing a decade in the company’s catering history. The company has been ranked one of the Top 9 caterers in the U.S. by national publications Bon Appetit and Martha Stewart Living.