2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Changing Times: Restaurant Survival in Real Time

Saturday, March 12
5:00PM - 6:00PM

The Driskill
604 Brazos St

A decade ago, being entrenched in a city's Top 10 restaurants led to years of success. In the era of the Eater Heatmap, real-time reviews and dinner-on-your-doorstep services, competition has never been greater for the restaurant dollar. Veteran restaurant chefs and owners reveal what it takes to stay vital and capture diners in the digital age.

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Andrew Weissman

Exec Chef/Owner


Brandi Key at SXSW

Brandi Key

Exec Chef

Clark Cooper Concepts

It was a childhood garden filled with rows of vegetables and fruits; afternoons spent on the back porch shucking corn and shelling peas; learning the process of preservation by canning and pickling...

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Mariam Parker at SXSW

Mariam Parker

Exec Dir

Austin Food & Wine Alliance

As Executive Director of the Austin Food & Wine Alliance (AFWA), Mariam Parker is deeply invested in the growth and success of Central Texas’ food businesses. As the non-profit’s first executive di...

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Tyson Cole at SXSW

Tyson Cole

Exec Chef/Owner


Tyson co-founded Uchi in 2003 as the restaurant’s Executive Chef. Before Uchi, he was a passionate student of the Japanese sushi tradition, training for more than 10 years in a variety of roles fro...

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