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…

Edinburgh Food Social

I wrote briefly about the Edinburgh Food Social’s Crowdfunder in the round-up March’s salon event, but thought it best to write a little more expansively about it as it’s a project very worthy of your attention, as it enters the final few days of their funding drive. The brainchild of Eleanor and Will from the…

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…

City Link Festival Communal Dinner by the Fireside Collective

What seems like about a million years ago, I was involved in some very early discussions about a festival, City Link, which would bring the cities of Edinburgh and Copenhagen together to celebrate cultural and democratic renewal across a weekend. I was asked for some suggestions for venues and people to bring together a communal…

Congratulations to the Edinburgh Food Studio!

A huge congratulations to all involved with the exciting new Edinburgh Food Studio, which has now achieved its Kickstarter goal. With the target amount of £10k now raised, the opportunity exists to support this project to achieve a thumping great total over the 18 days that still remain on the Kickstarter call. It was clear…

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…

You’ll Have Had Yer Tea?!

After fun times at the Last Word Saloon on Monday night, it was right back to auld claes and parritch, bright and early on Tuesday morning, with a trip to Glasgow for the launch of an exciting new recipe project, which forms part of Scotland’s Year of Food & Drink. Shirley Spear, owner of the…

Budding Chefs 2015

It has been such fun to follow the adventures of the Budding Chefs over the course of the last few years, with this year’s visit of the students from Dinard providing yet more fabulous food exchange opportunities. Having heard from Vincent Guerin at our March event, it was really pleasing to see regular saloneers Vivian…

Fireside Collective’s Historical Feast

Just around the time we started on our great Lunchquest odyssey, back in 2011, there was an explosion of supper clubs in Edinburgh. My Monkish has an ongoing feature which captures a directory of them all. It’s a very handy resource. For one reason or another, numbers have since dwindled, with many moving on to…

Scotland’s Year of Food & Drink 2015 Launches

I’m not a great one for attending food industry events, these days. Some of the ones I’ve attended in the past haven’t really compelled me to return, for one reason or another. They’ve tended to be stilted and “worthy”. Anyhoo, I was intrigued enough by the launch of the Year of Food and Drink 2015…