“Arena has finished the year on a real high!” These were the enthusiastic words of Jan Matthews as she addressed the audience at her inaugural event as Arena’s first female Chairman – the magnificent Arena Christmas Lunch on Monday 3 December. And Jan wasn’t wrong! This year’s Christmas Lunch was the best ever. The ballroom at the Mandarin Oriental was bursting at the seams as it played host to over 230 foodservice and hospitality professionals at the sell-out event.
The diverse audience represented all sectors of the industry – from operators through to suppliers and distributors – but on this occasion they were united with a common aim, to make face-to-face contact with fellow industry colleagues, old and new, and to hear from the revered hospitality entrepreneur, businessman and guest speaker, Luke Johnson, Founder & Chairman, Risk Capital Partners.