Yesterday was a long, preparation day in the labyrinth known as the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. Set within a site covering more than 40 acres, the Ricoh Arena is unlike any other development of its kind in the UK. With its state-of-the-art conference, banqueting, exhibition, hotel and sports facilities, the multi-purpose complex has already won awards for its design.
I was there to help Jean-Christophe Novelli produce a lunch for 140 business people, at 1pm Thursday March 3rd, 2011.
It has been a while since Jean-Christophe and I had last met but as always he was his unflappable charming self. I'm hoping to be doing some more work with Jean-Christophe in the near future, so watch this space.
As is often the case in these large facilities the logistics of creating, co-ordinating and executing a fine dinning luncheon is a series of challenges, moving equipment and ingredients around 3-4 kitchens in the process. All the staff could not have been more helpful or friendly and I would to say thank you to them all.
But as the big cheesy grin I have on my face will tell you the lunch went very well and Jean-Christophe, the clients and all concerned were very happy with the results.
The Ricoh Arena is run and managed by Arena Coventry Ltd, a joint venture company consisting of Coventry City Council and the Alan Edward Higgs Charity. http://www.ricoharena.com
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