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For more info, please contact:
Audrey Joseph, Commissioner
San Francisco Entertainment Commission
Tel: 415-337-5800
Email: audreyjoseph@comcast.net

The San Francisco Entertainment Commission Announces Another
Hospitality and Entertainment Academy Seminar for Restaurateurs and Hospitality Professionals
Bar, Food, Customer Retention, and Employees and Managers is Scheduled for June 9, 2008 at Pyramind

June 4, 2008: San Francisco, CA - The San Francisco Entertainment Commission is proud to announce another in its ongoing series of FREE Hospitality and Entertainment Academy seminars, entitled: Bar, Food, Customer Retention, and Employees and Managers.   Nightclub, restaurant, bar, and entertainment professionals wanting to improve their bottom-line will learn techniques and tricks from a panel of San Francisco's leading restaurateurs and hospitality experts.  

Bar, Food, Customer Retention, and Employees and Managers will address:

The seven member San Francisco Entertainment Commission, nominated, appointed and approved by the San Francisco Mayor and Board of Supervisors, is serious about its role in not only regulating the nighttime businesses that are so important to the city of San Francisco, but also about educating their owners, managers, and staff.   To that end, The San Francisco Entertainment Commission has created a series of seminars that cover the most important components of running a successful entertainment business.  

Guest speakers confirmed include, but are not limited to:

Kevin Blum, right, publisher/editor of The City Dish, has been a promotions/media professional since 1998.   After graduating from the University of Southern California Film School, Kevin kicked off his marketing career a copywriter, creating campaigns for the San Francisco Chronicle, Grand Wailea Hotel, La Quinta Resorts, and Sebastiani Wines.   From there, he went on to handle marketing and business development for Deepend, which Ad Age named as the top Global Interactive Agency, handling a diversified client list consisting of Bombay Sapphire, Cartoon Network, the Mill Valley Film Festival, and Replay TV.   Kevin worked three years at KTVU-TV, the top FOX affiliate in the country, creating promotions for the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cold Stone Creamery, Any Mountain, the San Francisco S.P.C.A, Sephora, and Sutter Home Wines.   Kevin is also the publisher/editor of The City Dish - a weekly newsletter that highlights great deals/special promotions at San Francisco's top bars and restaurants.   To subscribe to this free publication, go to www.sfcitydish.com              

Louise Dawson, left, is the owner and lead restaurant consultant for operations and training for Five Star Restaurant Consultants.   Having over 20-years experience in the hospitality industry, owning two successful restaurants, and a catering company, Louise is able to bring real world experience, not just theoretical advice, to her restaurant clients.   Louise is an operations specialist and has created a variety of flexible approaches to help her        restaurant, bar, lounge, and nightclub clients manage their costs and increase their profits.   Louise is also the Lead Restaurant Consultant for the San Francisco Small Business Development Center, where she teaches The Restaurant Series classes.   She also provides individual consulting services to help clients navigate the process of preparing their business plans, applying for SBA guaranteed loans and preparing and training new restaurateurs.   A Small Business Advocate, Louise also works closely with other organizations such as the Small Business Commission and the Small Business Administration, and is their SBDC Project Manager for Small Business Week.   Louise is also on the Education Committee for the Golden Gate Restaurant Association.

Matthew J. Metcalf, right, executive chef and wine director for the critically acclaimed AsiaSF, is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, New York.   He has worked at The Little Nell, a Five Mobil Star and AAA Five Diamond Restaurant in Aspen, Colorado; and San Francisco's famed Stars Restaurant, before being appointed Executive Chef to Five Star Charters, a private yacht charter service based in Sausalito.   AsiaSF has become the ultimate showcase for the culinary creativity of Chef Metcalf's celebrated, contemporary, Cal-Asian cuisine.   Since opening in 1998, Matthew has maintained a highly coveted, 3-star rating from Michael Bauer, Senior Food Editor for the San Francisco Chronicle.   Chef Metcalf's AsiaSF wine list has received Wine Spectator Magazine's Award of Excellence for 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007.   Due to Chef Metcalf's brilliance, AsiaSF has been recognized by the TV Food Network, CBS Channel 5's Evening Magazine, San Francisco's KRON4 Bay Café and Bay Area Backroads, CNN's Travel Program, Bon Appetit Magazine, Travel and Leisure Magazine, Wallpaper Magazine and InStyle Magazine, among a myriad of additional electronic and print media.

Audrey Joseph, left, of the San Francisco Entertainment Commission will moderate.

The Bar, Food, Customer Retention, and Employees and Managers seminar will held Monday, June 9, 2007, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Pyramind Production and Training, 832 Folsom Street, San Francisco.   (www.pyramind.com)

About Pyramind:

Located in the heart of San Francisco's creative development community, Pyramind, Inc. is a leading-edge production and training facility offering interactive sound development services, music & media production, and strategy for the biggest names in screen and interactive entertainment. Pyramind's integrated approach to training and production provides education and expertise in today's working studio environment.  Pyramind works with clients to realize their professional and creative goals, and provides production services and a proven curriculum that reflects evolving industry needs.

Less then a five-minute walk from the Moscone Convention Center, Pyramind also rents several technologically advanced venues for special events, productions, presentations, meetings, conventioneers, and conferences for audiences up to 150-people.   www.pyramind.com - For more information regarding Pyramind's production and training services, please call 888.378.MIND or email: info@pyramind.com

For more info about the San Francisco Entertainment Commission Hospitality and Entertainment Academy seminars, please contact: Audrey Joseph, Commissioner, Tel: 415-337-5800 or Email: audreyjoseph@comcast.net