Did You Know: Project Green Fork Edition

Mahaffey is excited to partner with Fuel Cafe this weekend for a wedding at the Metal Museum!
ImageFuel Cafe, located in Midtown, is one of many restaurants in Memphis that are Project Green Fork certified. Founded in 2008, Project Green Fork was established to reduce environmental impact, with an emphasis on supporting homegrown restaurants. 

Here are the six things that it takes to be Project Green Fork certified: 

1. All disposable products must be compostable, biodegradable, recyclable, or made from recycled content.

2. All items that can be recycled must be recycled (as recognized by Project Green Fork).

3. With the help of Project Green Fork, restaurants will establish a composting system for pre-consumed fruit, vegetable, coffee grounds, eggshell scraps, and other compostable waste. 

4. The use of toxic cleaners is discouraged and, whenever possible, must be replaced with plant-based and/or biodegradable cleaners. 

5. Establishments must complete an energy audit and attempt to reduce water and energy waste. 

6. All kitchens, front of houses, and outside areas should be clean and free of debris. 

Check this out to find any Project Green Fork restaurants in your neighborhood.

And to check out Fuel Cafe’s delicious menu, go see them on Madison Avenue or track down their food truck for Fuel on the go! Follow them on twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to keep up with where they are in Memphis. 

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Mahaffey Partner Spotlight: Wade and Company

Wade & Company, one of Mahaffey’s preferred catering vendors, was founded by Wade Hartsfield in 2006. His company has provided it’s wonderful services of catering and event design for numerous wedding receptions, corporate events, fundraisers and intimate gatherings.

Beautiful fruit and cracker display

Wade & Company has a professional design staff that will help bring character and personality to your venue. Their nationally recognized culinary staff will generate ideas and create a beautiful presentation of food at your event.

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Wade & Company is a member of the National Association of Catering Executives and the International Caterers Association. They also acheived their Project Green Fork certification in June 2010. Project Green Fork was a movement started in 2008 to promote a sustainable Mid-South by helping to reduce environmental impacts and strengthen homegrown restaurants.

Salad display 

For more information on Wade & Company call them at 901-260-3766 or email them at entertain@wadeandcompanycatering.com. Also, be sure to find them on Facebook. And don’t forget to book Wade & Company for your next event!

NOTE: All photos courtesy of Wade & Company’s website.

The New Wedding Menu

A member of our wonderful local team, Angela, came across a great article on ideas for new wedding menus from Brides.Com.

The article had some great suggestions like smoked meats served tapas style, with imported French cheeses or rectangular trays made of ice for serving oyster shooters. Check them all out here. The article got me thinking about non-traditional wedding menus in general. For instance, I got married on a Sunday afternoon, so we served fresh fruit, cheeses, desserts and cocktails.

After some in-depth research (asking my girlfriends over brunch) here are some of the coolest new wedding menu trends:

1. Farmer’s Market Menu

Red potato salad with bacon, scallions and sour cream
Spinach salad with oranges, sundried tomatoes and candied almonds
Black bean and corn salad with fresh cilantro and lime
Grilled vegetables served with aioli
Baskets of freshly baked rolls, flatbread and cornbread served with butter

2. English Tea Menu

An assortment of chicken salad sandwiches and goat cheese and watercress sandwiches
Vegetable Tart
Orange Cranberry Scones
Chocolate Grape Truffles
Lemon Meringue Bars
Traditional English Wedding Cake (Fruit Cake)
Assortment of English Teas

 3. Movie Night Menu

Popcorn with an assortment of toppings
BBQ Chicken Nachos
Hot Pretzels in a variety of flavors (sweet & salty)
Candy Bar
Coke and Root Beer Ice Cream Floats

All these options seemed so creative, fun and delicious! Your menu can set the tone for your entire reception, so be as creative as you want. Enjoy!

Xoxo,

Raquel