Monday night we went to a blogger's dinner. Hugh MacLeod (the doodle marketer guy) and Loic Le Meur (a French blogger who organises the Le Web conferences) both happened to be in town so hosted a dinner.
We met some very interesting people, although it was mainly an opportunity to sell startups for many people. We had fun talking to people and asking for their sales pitch with the disclaimer that we have NO money. Loic and his wife were lovely. I hope they have a smooth move to America from France.
This was a rather strange event. It was also one of the most expensive meals I've had in the States, particularly considering it consisted of nibbles occassionally being carried round on trays. I ended up sitting in the smokers area (as far as I could see Hugh was the only smoker) and ordering a salad just to get something slightly more nutricious to eat.
Also, there was no wi-fi access! That would be unthinkable at a similar event in Scotland! In fact, there was nobody with laptops out, just a couple of cameras and a few mobile phones or iPhones being flashed around.
It was a lovely venue though, despite the lack of wifi. I'm sure it would be a fantastic place for a more conventional dinner. They also project foreign films onto the wall in the courtyard area.