Edinburgh Food Social Kickstarter

Crowdfunding can be a pretty tricky thing to get right. For every runaway success, like the Edinburgh Food Studio or Union of Genius, there are many more that don’t quite build inexorable momentum in quite the same way. As with most things in life, the trick is to learn lessons, lick any wounds, and come…

Dram & Smoke Scran

In a most uncharacteristic piece of forward planning, we already have our August salon plans arranged and they are highly exciting! We’re delighted to be taking the show on the road to the Biscuit Factory, just off Bonnington Road, where we’ll be introducing you to the joys of Dram & Smoke, on what for Paul…

Scotland’s FoodScape

We wrote about the Scotland’s FoodScape event originally back when it was first announced in December 2015. Since then, regular saloneer Charlotte Maberly, along with her merry band of folks from the QMU MSc in Gastronomy, have been working to put together a fantastic programme for the event, which came to fruition the other week.…

Welcome to the Creative Salon!

I’ve been remiss in not writing before now about a new sister Salon, the Creative Salon, which launched in Edinburgh in January. At the helm is Carolyne Latham of Puppet Anima fame. I’ve known Carolyne for a good wee while having met at our “mother” event, the Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Lit Salon. Carolyne…

The Pitt

The organisers of The Pitt – Scott from Rost and Hal from Barnacles & Bones – were along at the December salon to tell us all about their launch event, which took place in the middle of that month. I didn’t make it along as I was detained on important matters of state in Stockbridge…

Scotland’s Foodscape – A Food Symposium – 26-27 April 2016

The Queen Margaret University masters course in Gastronomy and Italy’s University of Gastronomic Sciences have come together to host a food symposium, which will explore the significance of food in Scotland, over two days in late April 2016. Regular saloneer Charlotte Maberly, who is the co-creator both of this project and the MSc course, is…

Happy Food!

It’s always good to hear about exciting new food developments and it’s jolly entertaining how you get to find out about them. In the case of Happy Food, a new online vegan food recipe show with fun at its heart, it was our common use of Hemma as a venue that brought us together. I…

Exciting June Contributors

Good evening, folks. I hope you’re all enjoying the bank holiday weekend and the restoration of acceptably warm weather. If you haven’t yet been to the Hidden Door Festival, make sure to check that out over the coming days. Just a quick note to pass on details of the June event, as there’s a fantastic…

The Smoked Duck

It’s as much as pleasure for me as it is for our Scran Salon audience to hear about all the wondrous goings on in our fair city. I’m always delighted to follow up with our contributors, particularly when then means getting to go and sample fantastic grub. Having had really enjoyable visits to both Alright…

Edinburgh Cocktail Month Competition!

We’ve had a lot of fun already this month, with cocktail events at the Last Word Saloon and Hemma, with the latter a special ZomaScran, in partnership with our friends at Zomato and Social & Cocktail. The fun doesn’t end there, though. Throughout May, which has been designated Edinburgh’s Cocktail Month, there’s the opportunity to…