I am not one to toot my own horn or pat myself on the back. I once wrote a blog post about what a terrible self-promoter I am: Self Promotion Takes Some Getting Used to (But I Still Hate It).
In this post, I am going to give myself some much deserved credit.
On Tuesday, November 30th, I hosted "The Un-Corporate Holiday Party" - an event for self-employed or entrepreneurs where we collected toys for Dreams For Kids. I have not worked for a company since October of 2008 and I wanted to do something where we had the opportunity to celebrate just like our corporate counter-parts. I want to THANK everyone who came out on Tuesday.
So what did I do?
I hosted a sushi and sake class at SUSHISAMBA . Twenty of us gathered at 6:00 p.m. for sake inspired cocktails (sake caipirinhas with muddled berries or muddle mango). Next up, we had five courses paired with five, premium sakes.
So what's the big deal?
Each of the sakes we tried were premium, unique sakes that would retail for about $11 to $14 a glass or about $80 a bottle. For the food portion of the evening, we had sea bass anticuchos, edamame, tiger shrimp and sweet potato tempura. Next up, we rolled our OWN sushi rolls - some much better than others. And finished with a warm chocolate banana cake.
Who showed up, What was the party like?
It was awesome. It was really awesome. We had a great group of independent marketers, creatives (writers, designers), web entrepreneurs, traders and lawyers. Many of my Twitter friends/followers were present but there were several friends who showed up from my advertising agency days creating a great balance. Everyone was excited about meeting each other, about chatting about work, chatting about family and truly getting to know one another better.
I am really proud of the outcome of this event, it turned out exactly the way I envisioned. It was sophisticated, the crowd was friendly and excited to meet one another. Each guest had something contribute in terms of conversation and personality. The food was great, the drinks were FLOWING and everybody learned something too.
The real crowd pleaser was Chef Shige. Shige taught the sushi portion of the class where he explained the various styles of sushi making. Everyone had the opportunity to roll their own sushi roll with the assistance of Shige.