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#076: Food & Beverage Career Opportunities in Sports Entertainment – Levy Restaurants

Joseph W. Smith of Levy Restaurants on Behind The Smoke Podcast

Joseph Smith – Levy Restaurants – @LevyRestaurants – Los Angeles, CA

Podcast recorded live above the butcher shop at Valley Farm Market in Spring Valley, California.

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Joseph Smith is Director of Operations for Levy Restaurants at the StubHub Center in Los Angeles.
Levy Restaurants pioneered the concept of fine dining in stadiums and became the first outside organization to create, own, and operate restaurants in Walt Disney World Resort. Adding value for patrons at events by changing the dining culture to bring in food and beer vendors from the local area. Joseph explains the importance of learning and understanding a company’s procedures  before starting to make adjustments. How StubHub Center turns over an entire venue that hosts two major sports events within 24 hours.

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Shareable Quotes:

“I have a vision. The most challenging thing for me to get over is that just because it’s different doesn’t mean it’s wrong. {12:07} – Joseph Smith
“I don’t know how to fail. That is even an option if I want to put my mind to something.” {23:00} – Derek Marso
“Guess what? You don’t become a manager by being in the most comfortable positions.” {29:20} – Shawn Walchef
“Getting to talk to people and all the experiences plus my passion for music… I’ll work 18 hour days.” {35:00} – Joseph Smith
“Usually you see attendance grow and your per caps go down. But that’s not the case. We’ve seen attendance grown and per caps grow!” {38:10} – Joseph Smith

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