Restaurant industry types take note: this Tuesday, May 13, the Fort Mason Festival Pavilion is hosting Restaurant Bootcamp, a daylong seminar devoted to helping the industry thrive in a changing economic (recession?) and media environment (blogs? social networks?), with an eye toward navigating the high business costs of running a restaurant, greater sustainability, a little motivation, and hopefully a few gourmet nibbles along the way. There's a seminar devoted to “Top Women Blazing the Restaurant Trail,” a tequila seminar and tasting, and what appears to be the headline event, the “Create the Buzz Media Panel” featuring a roster packed full of local food and media luminaries including Anchor & Hope owner Doug Washington, Tablehopper's Marcia Gagliardi, Nish Nadaraja of Yelp and Liz Johannesen of OpenTable. Food media-licious. For registration and info. visit www.restaurantbootcamp.com.
— Brian Bernbaum