Lunchtime Leader Chats provide young professionals with the opportunity to attend free programming while grabbing a virtual lunch with other YPs to chat about topics ranging from — navigating your career, tips for professional & personal development and inspiring stories and insight from regional leaders during the new normal.
A co-owner of Y’all Hospitality Restaurant Group, Mitch learned early on that food tastes better with a little bit of love. A Northern Kentucky native, Arens grew up foraging poke with his grandfather and frying it up with bacon fat and love in a cast iron skillet, transforming the toxic green into a unique regional delicacy with a distinct asparagus meets spinach flavor. He was always drawn to the kitchen to be his mother’s taste tester, resulting in a deep passion for food and highly developed palate at a young age. Arens’s professional culinary journey began at Sullivan University in Louisville before returning to Cincinnati to work at Boca under David Falk. In late 2019, Arens partnered with fellow Covington chef Stephen Williams to create Y’all Hospitality; a new restaurant group dedicated to using only the highest quality locally and regionally sourced ingredients and welcoming guests with true Southern hospitality. The group currently includes Bouquet and Butler’s Pantry with several more restaurants on the horizon.
Over lunch, Mitch will share his story as a YP business owner, along with insight on what’s next for Y’all Hospitality and the important role local restaurants are playing in the region today.