February 2015 – Anniversary Shindig

Savoury canapes

Savoury canapes

It was ridiculously exciting to celebrate our birthday with the first Scran Salon of 2015. Hemma once more played host to the event, with a bumper crowd cramming into the mezzanine floor.

On tonight’s programme, we opened with regular saloneer Toby Jones from Jones & Son’s Bespoke BBQ. As well as continuing his excellent pulled pork stall, Toby has taken over part of the responsibility for the Tram Stop Market, which is a now stallholder managed venture. Running regularly on Thursdays and Saturdays, it’s a must-visit for fans of street food.

Toby!

Toby!

Next up was regular visitors Richard Briggs, who told us many a tale of Shetland lamb. Not only can his produce be sampled at many of Edinburgh’s finest restaurants, you can order it directly from his online shop for your personal delectation.

Then Lea Harris, who’d baked us a delicious gin & tonic cake which we all subsequently enjoyed, told us about her new radio show on Castle FM. I’ll be joining Lea to share all the secrets behind Scran Salon, later this week, so do tune in.

Sweet treats

Sweet treats

Finally, we welcomed Felicia Hjertman from The Smoked Duck. Along with regular saloneers, Louise Ross and Anna Hamilton, Felicia is at the forefront of the current supper club renaissance in Edinburgh. She’d brought along some delicious samples of her wares, which were greatly appreciated by the audience.

I rounded things up with a few news items. I mentioned The Big Dinner, which is coming up on 7 March and urged everyone to get involved in that. I also flagged up the return of #ScotFood hour, which directly followed our event. This month’s topic, in line with the Year of Food & Drink themes, was The Food of Love. Thirdly, I plugged the excellent Scratch Series, which is currently doing fine work in our fair city. Finally, I thanked everyone for their continuing support, then drew things to a close to allow people to sample our delicious Gin & Tonic birthday cake.

We look forward to seeing y’all again, next month. Sign up to come along, here.

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