• Podcast Recommendation: "Meeting Minds"

     
    POSTED October 1, 2019
     

    Mind Meld: Find fresh industry insight from peers and innovators on the go. 

While the meetings and events industry may be tricky to navigate, it never hurts to have a friend or two in the business on hand to bounce ideas, share experiences and offer tips and tricks. Enter EideCom CEO Charles Eide and Senior Vice President of Sales Lisa Mendenhall Johnson—hosts of “Meeting Minds,” a new podcast specifically for event professionals. From true entertainment costs to the value of a professional emcee to tips for weeding out hidden fees or producing events with a true purpose, planners can tune in on the way to a site visit or between meetings for helpful insights from industry leaders and innovators on all things events. Stream all three seasons to hear how fellow planners build vendor relationships, navigate contract surprises, perfect event flow and more at meetingminds.org/episodes.

Shira Steiger discovered the smileinducing fun of Segways—those self-balancing, electric-powered transportation machines—a decade ago when she tried one for a tour in San Francisco and got hooked. Now, with a fleet of 16 Segways, she’s introducing corporate groups and leisure travelers to the “human transporters” through her company, Segway Tours of Healdsburg.

 

The San Francisco-based company tinyB Chocolate produces “brigadeiros,” a heavenly Brazilian cousin to the chocolate truffle that has a smooth, creamy texture but no hard shell. tinyB founder Renata Stoica is a São Paolo native who’s using her old family recipes to bring the tradition to America. She infuses the brigadeiros with flavors that remind her of home, like passion fruit, pineapple, cayenne pepper and Brazilian coffee.

 

With the canned wine category booming, longtime Sonoma friends Matthew Allan and Kenny Rochford have launched West + Wilder to offer high quality and accessible wines that can be enjoyed at release and on the go. Their debut collection includes a white and a rosé, as well as sparkling versions of both, with grapes sourced from California, Washington and Oregon.