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Edinburgh Coffee Morning Beer Evening- #EdCMBE

Posted on: July 18th, 2010 by Laura

Last Thursday evening I attended a lovely event organized by some fantastic women (Nadine, Kay, Danielle and Carrie)  and hosted by Stills called Edinburgh Coffee Morning Beer Evening (Twitter hash tag* #EdCMBE).  This event, regularly known as Edinburgh Coffee Morning #EdCM, decided to have a beer evening, because many people (such as me) find the Friday morning start a little too ambitious.  It was a huge success and the organizers did a fantastic job. The event also raised £612.92 for The Sick Kids Friends Foundation courtesy of The Ambeciles.

The night was made even more delightful due to the very generous sponsors:

  • Food by Illegal Jacks (if you haven’t been – put it on the must go list)
  • Beer by Stewart Brewing (my favourite was Hollyrood – “Pale, Light & Hoppy”)
  • Wine by Vino Wine Shops (really enjoyed a glass of white)

There were tons of other fantastic sponsors who donated to the raffle as well as very generous cash prizes such as Attacatclick here for a full list!  I will make a special mention to Sandstorm Kenya as I was overjoyed to win the messenger bag as a prize in the raffle. Picture courtesy of Stills Gallery

Me winning this amazing prize!

The attendee list read a little like the Who’s Who of Social Media/Digital Media in Edinburgh and a worthy bunch to follow on Twitter if you’re looking for great insight, great chat and excellent blogs.

I find it next to impossible not to volunteer for everything, so when the ladies mentioned they were looking for cake bakers for their Charity Bake-off I, of course, put my digital hand up.

I haven’t baked anything from scratch in a long time but I was committed (and it was for the kids) so of course, I set out to make the best of it.  After a week of fretting about what to bake and watching YouTube videos on how to decorate cupcakes (cupcakes are all the rage these days), and each time deciding that I just wouldn’t be able to pull it off, I finally Googled a perfect North American stand-by: The Strawberry Shortcake. The recipe I used is here (thanks “Judy & her Mom”).

This has been a favourite of mine since forever. A lovely sponge-cake with whipped cream and strawberries; simple, elegant and absolutely delicious. The best I have ever had was made by my the nanny of my childhood best friend Shauna – the late, sadly missed and all around beauty, Mrs. Patricia Pettifer.  Nanny’s cakes were legendary and I can still taste the strawberry shortcake she baked for Shauna’s 9th Birthday party (and I think she would have been proud of mine).

So it was with obvious delight that I won the coveted Attacat Mug as the 2nd place prize in the bake-off competition.  See a delightful picture of the masterpiece below – again courtesy of  Stills Gallery.

2nd Prize Winner Strawberry Shortcake

I can’t speak highly enough of the hard work and dedication of all involved to make it such a successful evening. I only wish I had of met more of the attendees. I write in hope that there will be a next time, ladies…let me know if you need a hand organizing the next one!

I will definitely aim to make it to #EdCM at least once a month and would urge anyone interested in networking with some delightful, intelligent, warm and welcoming people to do the same.

Special mentions for some really lovely people I did get a chance to speak with:

@Vgibson, @GeorgiaArtus, @techsitc,  @attacat_han, @craigmcgill, @colingilchrist,  @noexcusesedin, @littledishy, @btocher, @shellbryson and of course…NadineKayDanielle and Carrie

*on Twitter “Users can group posts together by topic or type by use of hashtags — words or phrases prefixed with a #"

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Mashable’s Social Media Day Edinburgh @ Chop Chop Leith

Posted on: June 20th, 2010 by Laura

Mashable Social Media Day Edinburgh

Edinburgh Celebration June 30th 7pm at Chop Chop Leith – Book your ticket today!

£18.50 pp, includes:

  • Celebration Dinner
  • Free BYOB (no corkage charges)
  • £12 Voucher for your next visit
  • Prize draws

June 30th – 7:00 pm
Chop Chop Leith, 76 Commerical Quay, EH6 6LX
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We are looking forward to celebrating Social Media Day with you – please help us spread the word far and wide using hashtags: #smday, #edinburgh

If you’re not aware, Chop Chop have recently become very active with their Social Media (Twitter /Facebook Fan Page /Blog) and embrace the opportunity to meet and help celebrate Mashable’s Social Media Day with the Edinburgh Community.

Their new Leith location opened on June 14th.  If you haven’t been to Chop Chop, they are an award-winning (and phenomenal) Chinese restaurant who specialize in dumplings from Northeastern China. This event is open to anyone with a keen interest in Social Media in Edinburgh.

Join us for a special celebration dinner, with unlimited Banquet for only £18.50 pp (and get a £12 voucher on the night) plus free BYOB and the following specials.

Chop Chop Special Offers

  • Everyone will be entered in a draw for an all-expenses-paid day at the Open Golf Championship at St Andrews on Saturday, 17th July.  This includes an open bar all day plus breakfast, silver service lunch and afternoon tea. You will have a choice of free transport from and back to central Edinburgh or parking at St Andrews. There are nine places to be won!
  • Everyone who participates in a short survey about the new restaurant on the night will get a £12 voucher to be redeemed at Chop Chop Leith by 31st August.
  • Free unlimited Bring Your Own Bottle (BYOB) with NO CORKAGE CHARGE, beer or wine

Mashable have created a dedicated web page for all the events worldwide.

Any questions? Contact:

Laura Mcgregor – Inventive Management
Twitter: @smallbizally

Check out this fantastic local blog:
http://thesocialpenguinblog.wordpress.com/