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November 2007

ReadBoston Author Series

I attended a great event tonight in honor of ReadBoston, and hosted by Sebastians in their new Interactive Kitchen.Readboston

ReadBoston is a nonprofit children's literacy program founded by Mayor Thomas M. Menino in an effort to have all Boston school children reading at grade level by the end of third grade.Data shows that the way to create lasting literacy skills is to introduce a love for reading at an early age, and ReadBoston does its part by training childcare providers and teachers in the most effective approaches to teaching literacy, and engaging celebrities and professional athletes to get kids excited about reading.

Menino Clara_silverstein Tonight's Author Series was attended by Mayor Menino and featured Clara Silverstein, former food writer of the Boston Herald and author of The Boston Chef's Table, and Chris Douglass, Executive Chef and Owner of the venerable Icarus in the South End, and the newly opened Ashmont Grill in Dorchester. Chris_douglass

If you've worked in downtown Boston for any period of time, you've likely tasted Sebastian's food, either in one of their six retail locations or via their corporate catering services. Their retail spots are great - offering up hot entrees, sandwiches, salads and an assortment of baked goods, in addition to the crepe station that the newer spots feature. The Interactive Kitchen is located in their new corporate headquarters on Seaport Boulevard and features a private kitchen, fireside dining room, full service bar and over 300 bottles of wine.

Sebastians_kitchen2I was so impressed with the event - the space was perfect and the food fantastic. Among the menu items: baked polenta with braised wild mushrooms, hand sliced yukon gold potato chips with aioli dipping sauce, crabmeat sandwiches, mushroom bisque, scallops with bacon and maple syrup, bread and vegetable crudite with cheese fondue, and yummy little beet/cheddar/potato towers (pictured at right). Beets

The good news is that Sebastian's has more events planned that are opened to the public (e.g., Holiday Cocktails and Festive Hors D'ouevres on Dec 5) and is available for private parties and corporate events alike. Holiday_cocktails

Transparency in Business

Today marks my return to the PARTNERS+simons blog, which has been redesigned and rebranded since my last tour of duty to further emphasize our focus on the art and science of marketing.

Artandscience_2 Click on over to Art+Science and learn about my recent conversation with John Havens of BlogTalkRadio, in which we discuss social media's impact on transparency in business.

Shameless Self Promotion

There are two events happening today that I'd like to highlight:

At 2pm EST, I'm joining John Havens on his BlogTalkRadio show to discuss Transparency in Business. This is a continuation of the conversation we started at Podcamp Boston last weekend, and you may listen in live, instant message/call in with questions, or watch this space for the recap with links to the on demand version.

Webinno At 6:30pm I relinquish the spotlight (so this one isn't really self-promotion, but I will be in attendance) to the folks at Web Innovators Group, who are hosting WebInno15 featuring my close friends at FlipKey, among others.Flipkey_2

If you live in the Boston area and haven't yet experienced WebInno, it's quite an event. Started by David Beisel of Venrock, this free gathering encourages "entrepreneurs, visionaries, and creative thinkers" in the digital space to come together an learn about various start ups.

Tonight's "main dish" presentations inlcude FlipKey's online platform for the vacation rental industry based on reputation and trust (a good contender for our conversation about transparency); Lemonade's e-commerce application for everyone; and iiProperty's property management service. There will also be several "side dish" exhibits from various other companies.

Podcamp Boston Recap

And now for my long overdue notes on Podcamp Boston 2. I'll keep it brief since a week has passed, and I'm suffering from a bit of social networking fatigue, a topic that was in fact covered at the conference.

There were dozens of great panels during the two-day event; here is a sampling of the ones I attended:

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