TSNN Podcast: Trade Show Talk

Trade show TalkTrade Show News Network is excited to launch the ‘Trade Show Talk’ podcast that will feature two episodes each month focusing on hot-button topics. Each episode will kick off with a news round up before host Megan Powers leads discussions with trade show and events industry leaders. If you'd like to be a guest or you have a topic to suggest that we cover, please let us know by emailing podcast@tsnn.com. If you would like to sponsor a podcast series, please contact jrice@tsnn.com or ashows@tarsusus.com

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Current Episode - May 19 - Chef Perspectives on F&B in our Industry with Jeff Leidy


We don't hear from the chefs in our industry nearly enough. This particular chef is covering a TON of ground with the properties he is working with, so he was the perfect guest for this episode.

Chef Jeff gives us insight from his perspective about working with event organizers on menu development, some trends he is seeing and his company is working towards, and more.

Chef has an affinity for eco-friendly practices in food and beverage also, so we learn about some of that as well.

Jeff Leidy

Senior Executive Chef-West at Sodexo Live

Chef Jeff Leidy, Senior Executive Chef-West at Sodexo Live, is one of those lucky people who found his calling at a very young age. He began his four-decade-long career as a culinary professional at the age of 16, starting as a busboy in a steak and seafood house, where he quickly moved into the kitchen and fell in love with the culinary arts.  

Before assuming his current role at venue hospitality partner Sodexo Live!, where he is responsible for overseeing all culinary operations for the Western U.S. and Canada, Leidy acted as the regional chef for the organization, overseeing culinary operations at the San Diego Convention Center and surrounding area venues.

Chef Jeff graduated with honors from The California Culinary Academy in San Francisco and launched a career that has included working in major and minor league sports, convention centers, museums, zoos and other cultural destinations. 

Jeff's Instagram is @LeidyJeff

Podcast Host: Megan Powers

Megan Powers

Megan Powers is a creator and strategist who thrives on helping people learn. She has spent the majority of her career working in meetings and events, primarily serving in planning, sales, and marketing roles. Working for software companies, in a venue, in event production, and then running her own marketing agency all served as a foundation for her latest venture. She is now working for Event Marketing Partners as Senior Director, Corporate Event Marketing. 
Megan has loved hosting and producing podcasts since 2016–she thrives on hearing stories and lessons from guests who get us all thinking in a different way. Her podcast Making a Marketer has been going strong since 2017, and she is delighted to be hosting Trade Show Talk for TSNN.


Partner Voices

Visit Dallas is thrilled to announce the approval of a 2.5 million square-foot convention center with 800,000 square feet of exhibit space and 300,000 square feet of breakout area, including 160,000 square feet of ballroom. “This news is a game changer for Dallas and will put our city on the map as the preeminent large-city convention and meeting destination in the nation,” said Craig Davis, Visit Dallas President & CEO.