​The guest list for this week’s Arena Summer Event is available to view

By Berenice, Monday 15 July 2019

Take a look and see which foodservice and hospitality professionals will be at 30 Euston Square to hear from our inspirational speakers Martin Williams, the CEO of Gaucho and Founder and CEO of M Restaurants, Andrew Allen, Partner, Biff’s Kitchen, and Matt Thomas, Managing Director, Searcys.

Click here to view the guest list.

Guests will hear about each business’ journey and the strategies put in place to ensure agility and success. From established operators that have responded and adapted well to market conditions to newcomers that have spotted an opportunity and acted swiftly to make what was once niche, mainstream; every story will give attendees valuable insight to take back to their own businesses.

Stéphanie Brillouet from Délifrance will also be lifting the lid on the continuous rise of breakfast and brunch, sharing the key findings from its in-depth consumer insight report.

Why attend?

  • Learn what drives different businesses - from established brands to start-ups - and new approaches to staying ahead during challenging times
  • Understand how you can work with different organisations for mutual success
  • Gain insight into the next trends, opportunities and challenges the industry is facing and how to apply this knowledge in your own business
  • Interact with over 100 hospitality and foodservice professionals in the spirit of building long-term, mutually beneficial relationships
  • Experience the splendour of 30 Euston Square, including a drinks reception on the rooftop and a bespoke, delicious three-course lunch with wine, created by the talented hospitality team

There are still a few tickets available so if you’d like to join industry colleagues for this popular event, it’s not too late. Click here to buy tickets online or contact Lorraine Wood by email or on 07803 853 618.

To everyone that has already purchased tickets, thank you for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you at 30 Euston Square on Friday.

Hear Martin Williams’ vision for Gaucho and M Restaurants and how he keeps them relevant

By Berenice, Tuesday 9 July 2019

Martin Williams, the CEO of Gaucho and Founder and CEO of M Restaurants, is preparing to speak at the Arena Summer Event 2019 on Friday 19 July at the magnificent 30 Euston Square. We spent some time with him yesterday and if anyone’s qualified to talk about remaining relevant and ahead of the game, it’s him.

Starting his career as an actor, Martin moved into hospitality and made the restaurant world his stage. The well-known and successful restaurateur took on the challenge of leading Gaucho as CEO in 2018. And, in his short time at the helm, he’s successfully welcomed record numbers of diners back to the much-loved brand.

What's in Store?

Come along to Arena’s Summer event on Friday 19 July to hear Martin talk about both Gaucho and M Restaurants and how he:

  • Used his knowledge and flair to immediately implement a new vision for Gaucho, following its successful exit from administration, building on its much-loved heritage
  • Broadened the culinary vision of Gaucho which includes launching a new menu and inviting a series of world-class guests including the Gonzalez brothers, of London’s Michelin-starred Lima, and German Martitegui from Argentina’s Tegui – to champion this new era, each appearing in Gaucho kitchens in the coming months
  • Developed M Restaurants, which since its launch in 2014 has grown to employing 150 people and enjoys a turnover in excess of £10million
  • Secured a staggering £1.3m in 24 hours for M Restaurants in 2017 where it became the first fine dining brand to launch a crowdfunding campaign, some of which has been used to launch the exciting new micro-version of the M brand

At the Arena Summer Event, Martin will give an insight into the two successful brands and his plans to evolve and expand both under Rare Restaurants to meet the ever-changing needs of today’s consumer, how he is looking to work with his suppliers and the advice he would give to businesses to stay agile.

The exciting speaker programme also includes entrepreneur Andrew Allen from leading vegan junk food brand, Biff's Kitchen, who will be telling us all about the world of start-up brands and how to work with them, and Matt Thomas, managing director of Searcys, who will explore how one of the UK’s longest-running event caterers and restaurateurs continues to innovate whilst remaining relevant, exciting and attractive to its core audience.

Stéphanie Brillouet from Délifrance will also be lifting the lid on the continuous rise of breakfast and brunch, sharing the key findings from its in-depth consumer insight report.

Don’t miss out, secure your place now. Click here for more information and to buy tickets online or contact Lorraine Wood by email or on 07803 853 618.