About Us

The Atrium is managed and catered exclusively by Victoria Food Service, owned by Sam and Trudy Hedges since July 2010. Victoria Food Service go all-out to impress both you and your guests with zesty fare and deliciously different menus for corporate events and private functions, gala dinners and cocktail parties, to weddings and celebrations of every kind. Thier stunning menu selections let you choose the most delicious, contemporary dishes for your event, or, they can design a one-off menu infused with all the flavours you love. Their elegant and delicious menus are executed with attention to detail and professional and friendly service. Victoria Food Service is a proud sponsor of Christchurch Netball.


Sam Hedges

Sam Hedges

Director, Finance Manager

Brought up by parents who owned a catering company in Oamaru, Sam’s an old hand at the catering business. After a commerce degree at Otago University, and a stint with the Commonwealth Office in London, he was well equipped to look after the operations and finances of Victoria Foods. Despite his self-confessed perfectionist tendencies, Sam brings an air of calm and organisation to the business. When not working, he loves sport, cooking, music and travel.

Trudy Hedges

Director, General Manager

While Sam brings organization and calm to the team, his wife Trudy brings energy and passion. Formerly trained as a nurse, Trudy is equipped to efficiently deal with any scenario that arises in the planning and running of your event. Apart from loving planning and organizing everything from weddings to conference, she enjoys running, eating and walking on the beach.

Todd Henderson

Head Chef

Todd has worked in hospitality since the age of 17, developing a true passion for food. Todd show-cases flavour, striving for excellence in presentation – this is evident in anything he puts his hands to. Todd has a great sense of humour and is well respected by our team, you’ll often hear him laughing and singing in the kitchen. Outside of work you’ll find Todd experimenting with new recipes for his wife and children, and sampling the new food trends Christchurch has to offer.

Violeta Owczarek

Event Manager

Violeta has over 10 years of hospitality and management experience, previously working as a Function Manager for Victoria Food Service managing the logistics and service side of each event. Violeta moved to New Zealand in 2015 after working as a Marketing and Function Manager in Germany. No event is too big or small for Violeta ensuring every event is a smooth and seamless experience. Outside of work you’ll find Violeta sailing, running, salsa dancing and travelling around New Zealand.