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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

Back the Union of Genius #SoupStarter!

We’ve supported various crowdsourcing projects over the course of the last few years, from Tupiniquim to Bloombox to the Edinburgh Catering Co, but always the closest to our hearts has been the original Kickstarter run by the folks at Union of Genius. Back in 2013, with a year of booming business behind them in Scotland’s…

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…

The Edinburgh Salon Launches

I’d been looking forward to the first Edinburgh Salon event, since I heard about it back in February. Drawing its inspiration from Jim Haynes’ weekly Paris events, it promised tasty grub and interesting chat in convivial surroundings. The location was kept under wraps until the day before, which added to the fun. It turned out…