Daniel Patterson to Discuss Mental Health at GGRA Conference

The Oakland chef will be a panelist at the Golden Gate Restaurant Association's fifth annual conference.


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Oakland resident, chef, and restaurateur Daniel Patterson — whose restaurants have included San Francisco's Coi and Jack London Square's Plum, among others — will be part of a panel discussion during the Golden Gate Restaurant Associations' fifth annual Industry Conference.

Taking place April 15 and 16 in San Francisco, the conference brings together restaurant-industry stakeholders to discuss the hottest trends, tools, topics, and technologies.

This year's discussions will revolve around robots, food delivery, surburban expansions, and the potential obsolescence of mid-tier full-service restaurants in a scene increasingly dominated by high-quality fast-casual spaces.

Patterson will be one of several speakers in a panel titled "Being Hospitable to Oneself: Mental Health & Work/Life Balance in the Hospitality Industry," which will explore the search for work-life balance and solutions for mental-illness and addiction issues for workers in the restaurant industry. 

Another East Bayite participating in the conference is Tony Gemignani. The Fremont native and international pizza champ — who owns Tony's Pizza Napoletana in San Francisco — will be one of several speakers in a session titled "Expanding Your Brand Through Dealmaking," revealing how participants have improved their careers through sales at airports and stadiums and through selling branded products. 

Founded by restaurateurs in 1936, the GGRA aims to represent and advocate for the culinary community throughout the Bay Area and beyond. Its other events include Eat Drink SF and the Saucy Awards gala. 

A full schedule and ticket information can be viewed here

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