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The New ZAGAT Survey is Here, the New ZAGAT Survey is Here! – Gary Danko Sweeps – Google Era Begins

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

This was the scene last night at Park Tavern in North Beach for the launch of the 2012 ZAGAT Survey.  Read all about it at ZAGATBUZZ San Francisco.

As you can see Gary Danko was the big winner, shown here with Nina and Tim Zagat:

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Inside Scoop’s Paolo Lucchesi has already leafed through our new “burgundy bible,” so check that out.

And it’s now the “Google Era” for Zagat, owing to a recent nine-figure purchase by Big G. How will things change?

All of these are users wondering where they should go, where they should spend their time, so to be able to offer accurate information is important, and that’s why we’ve been getting focused on reviews,” Marissa Mayer, Google’s vice president for local, maps and location services, said in an interview. Ms. Mayer said that Zagat’s reviews would supplement Google’s Places reviews, but that the publisher’s Web home would remain a paid site for now.”

All the deets:

“SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 20, 2011  — This morning, Zagat released the results of its 2012 San Francisco Bay Area Restaurants Survey covering 1,448 restaurants in the greater Bay Area. The all-new Survey is based on the shared opinions of 10,672 avid local diners who voted online at ZAGAT.com and on Zagat for iPhone. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the guide also covers restaurants in the Wine Country, Silicon Valley and Monterey Peninsula. The guide is available on ZAGAT.com, via Zagat’s mobile apps and in bookstores.

Holding and Gaining Ground: According to the Survey, the local restaurant industry is holding steady this year with diners continuing to eat out an average of 2.8 times per week and with the average meal cost increasing by only 10 cents, from $38.78 to $38.88. Most importantly, 31% of respondents report that the dining scene is better than last year; a mere 4% say it’s worse. From an industry standpoint, another indication of economic importance is that 28% of diners say they are spending more per meal, while only 15% say less. It is also notable that complaints about service have consistently declined, from 68% pre-recession to 56% this year.

Winners: Hailed as “brilliant” and “perfect for any occasion,” Gary Danko takes home top honors this year for Service, Popularity and Food, with a near-perfect 29 out of 30 rating. Gary Danko has topped the Food list nine times in ten years. Big Sur’s Sierra Mar wins top Decor boasting “stellar views” and “walls of windows,” while the “brilliant rebirth” of Michael Mina debuts this year as Top Newcomer featuring a brand-new concept, location and more affordable New American menu. The full list of winners includes:

Tim Zagat, Co-Chair of Zagat Survey said, “After 25 years in San Francisco, we’re glad to report that the local dining scene continues to improve, thanks to a host of first-class restaurants and affordable newcomers.”

Techies Unite: When asked about the best development to ever hit the Bay Area dining scene, surveyors picked “online reservations,” a feature that 63% admit they utilize when making reservations. San Francisco surveyors continue to be among the most tech-savvy with 39% using restaurant-related mobile applications and 28% following restaurants/food trucks via social media. However, nearly two-thirds think it is “rude and inappropriate” to text, talk, tweet, or e-mail when dining out, though a full 87% say it’s ok to photograph their food or dining companions.

New and Trendy: While fine dining is not dead, this year’s crop of newcomers offers some less expensive options. The zero-zero flour trend is heating up brick ovens with upstart pizzerias such as Cupola Pizzeria, Ragazza and Una Pizza Napoletana in the city, and Addie’s Pizza Pie and Bar Bocce to the east and north. Izakayas like Chotto in the Marina and Ki in Temple Nightclub are offering affordably priced Japanese cuisine matched with sake and cocktails, while Cyrus chef Douglas Keane has opened Shimo Modern Steak in Healdsburg, a downscaled Japanese modern steakhouse with a customizable noodle bar.

On a Roll: Following this year’s expanded survey of Bay Area food trucks, ratings and reviews for 37 trucks are available on ZAGAT.com. This year’s Top Food Truck, Spencer on the Go!, from the Chez Spencer team, offers “imaginative French” fare from Wednesday to Saturday in SoMa. Other trucks offer a variety of cuisines including Mexican (El Tonayense), Middle Eastern (Liba Falafel), Italian/Pan-Latin (Mama’s Empanadas) and Chinese (Chairman Bao Bun).

Big Names, Not Price Tags: Many of San Francisco’s big-ticket chefs are scaling back and opening moderately priced offshoots. In the Mission (named SF’s best restaurant neighborhood), the team from Delfina has opened the moderately priced osteria Locanda, while James Syhabout (Commis) debuted his Asian street food newcomer, Hawker Fare, in Oakland. Up in Napa, Todd Humphries opened the eclectic Kitchen Door.

Green and Local: Eighty percent of surveyors say that locally sourced, organic or sustainably raised food is important and 68% say they would actually pay more for it.

Quarter-Century Club: The new Survey takes a look at major changes in dining trends in San Francisco over the past quarter-century:

Survey Details: The 2012 San Francisco Bay Area Restaurants Survey ($15.95) was edited by Cynthia Kilian and local editor Meesha Halm. The Survey is available now in bookstores, online at ZAGAT.com and via ZAGAT for mobile. Follow Zagat on Facebook and Twitter @Zagat for news & updates.

About Zagat Survey, LLC – Known as the “burgundy bible,” Zagat Survey is the world’s most trusted source for consumer-generated survey information. With a worldwide network of surveyors, Zagat rates and reviews restaurants, hotels, nightlife, movies, music, golf, shopping and a range of other entertainment categories and is lauded as the “most up-to-date,” “comprehensive” and “reliable” guide, published on all platforms. Zagat content is available to consumers wherever and whenever they need it on ZAGAT.com, Zagat for Mobile and in book form.”

OMG, Hillary Clinton, Cherie Blair and Marissa Mayer to Star at “APEC Women And The Economy Summit,” Sept 13-16th

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Wow, some heavy hitters are about to hit town, FYI,

Check it:

“Creating empowering environments

Financial inclusion for women-owned business

Women and green jobs

Public/private partnerships that empower women

Fostering women entrepreneurs and small-businesses

Closing the gap in the world of information and technology

The new wave: fostering innovation

Girls to women: developing young leaders”

Join the Dialogue: Women & the Economy Summit – Live Simulcast of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Keynote Address
Friday, September 16 | 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
The Commonwealth Club, 595 Market, 2nd Floor, San Francisco
RSVP Required

Cherie Blair:  A Special Event
Friday, September 16 | 7 – 9 PM
The Commonwealth Club of California
595 Market Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA

Unofficial Closing Reception with Mayor Jean Quan
Friday, September 16 | 6 – 8 PM
Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland
RSVP to MayorRSVP@oaklandnet.com 

And here are your confirmed speakers / luminaries:

Rona Ambrose - Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, Canada
Dorothy Attwood – Senior Vice President of Global Public Policy, Walt Disney Company
Michelle Bachelet – UN Under Secretary General and Executive Director, UN Women
Cherie Blair – Founder, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, UK
Rebecca M. Blank – Acting Secretary of Commerce and Under Secretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs, U.S. Department of Commerce
Beatriz Boza - Founder and Executive Director, Ciudadanos al Dia, Peru
Beth Brooke – Global Vice Chair of Public Policy, Sustainability and Stakeholder Engagement, Ernst & Young
Tina Brown – Editor-in-Chief, The Daily Beast and Newsweek
Elim Chew - Founder & President, 77th Street Pte Ltd, Singapore 
Eileen Claussen – President, PEW Center on Global Climate Change 
Hillary Rodham Clinton – Secretary of State, U.S. Department of State
Weili Dai – Co-Founder, Marvell 
Amanda Ellis – Deputy Secretary, International Development Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, New Zealand
Anne Finucane – Global Strategy and Marketing Officer, Bank of America
Sue Fleishman – Executive Vice President of Corporate Communications, Warner Bros.
Maria Luisa “Lulu” Flores – Partner, Hendler Law, PC, and President, National Women’s Political Caucus 
Lorraine Hariton – Special Representative for Commercial and Business Affairs, U.S. Department of State
Kathy Hill – Senior Vice President of Ethernet and Wireless Systems Technology Group, Cisco Systems, Inc.
Robert D. Hormats – Under Secretary for Economic, Energy and Agriculture Affairs, U.S. Department of State
Chris Jansing – Anchor and Host of ‘Jansing & Co.,’ MSNBC
Valerie Jarrett – Senior Advisor to the President of the United States and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls
Pacita Juan – Chief Executive Officer, Figaro, and President, Women’s Business Council, Philippines 
Shinta Kamdani – Managing Director, Sintesa Group, Indonesia
Jeni Klugman - Director, Gender and Development, The World Bank 
Karen Kornbluh – U.S. Ambassador of Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
Anne Ladky – Executive Director and Founding Member, Women Employed
Christine Lagarde – Managing Director, International Monetary Fund 
Yang Lan – Co-Founder, Sun Media Group and Television Host for “Yang Lan One On One,” China
Ilene Lang – President & Chief Executive Officer, Catalyst
Carol Massar – Anchor, Bloomberg TV
Marissa Mayer – Vice President of Location and Local Services, Google 
Sheri McCoy – Vice Chairman and Executive Committee Member, Johnson & Johnson
Melody Meyer - President, Chevron Asia Pacific Exploration and Production Company
Karen Mills – Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration
Dong Mingzhu – Vice Chairman of the Board and President, Gree Electric Appliances Inc., China
Marty Natalegawa - Minister of Foreign Affairs, Indonesia
Barbara Orser – Founding Chair of the Canadian Taskforce for Women’s Business Growth, Canada 
Mari Pangestu – Minister of Trade, Indonesia

Hekia Parata – Minister of Women’s Affairs and Acting Energy Minister, New Zealand 
Sharon Thomas Parrot – Senior Vice President External Relations and Chief Regulatory Compliance Officer, DeVry Inc.
Kathleen Rogers – President, Earth Day Network
Sheryl Sandberg – Chief Operating Officer, Facebook
Carolina Schmidt – Minister of Women’s Affairs, Chile
Senator Shahrizat Abdul Jalil – Minister of Women, Family and Community Development, Malaysia
William M. Sheedy – Group President, Americas, Visa Inc.
Megan Smith – Vice President of New Business Development, Google
Gene Sperling – Director, National Economic Council, White House
Haslina Taib – Chief Executive Officer, BAG Network, Public Private Partnership between Accenture and Brunei Government IT consulting, ABAC Advisor, Brunei
Tina Tchen – Executive Director, White House Council on Women and Girls, and Chief of Staff to the First Lady of the United States
Su-Mei Thompson - Executive Director, The Women’s Foundation, Hong Kong 
Claire Tomlin – Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, University of California Berkeley
Melanne Verveer – Ambassador-at-Large of Global Women’s Issues, U.S. Department of State
Cher Wang – Chairman, HTC, Chinese Taipei
Telle Whitney – President and Chief Executive Officer, Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology
Sheryl WuDunn – Co-Author, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
Meng Xiaosi, Vice President, All-China Women’s Federation
Perry Yeatman – Senior Vice President, Corporate and Legal, Kraft Foods Inc and President, Kraft Foundation