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Re: A little disappointed in the EF regarding events!

But you are in Argau and as proved in another thread, people in Argau cannot drive properly.

By the way... when are your events? Time and Day of the Week might have something to do with it too.
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These are the sort of theme nights that'd work well in provincial English town back street pubs but you must remember that most expats in CH are quite sophisticated. Speaking as a food pro I really suggest you up your game.... try a proper traditional English food night, and I'm talking serious quality, Rabbit Pie, Lincolnshire Chine, proper Fish pie etc etc, the type of food that Brits should be proud of and spread the word to the locals as well, they will be surprised!
Some excellent advice and great suggestions from grumpygrapefruit. Have we found Gordon Ramsay's alter ego?

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OP, I'll be brief as I'm on my phone. I think I've seen a few of your events, and forgive me for being blunt, but the ones I remember are quite gimmicky and kitschy... the Spanish night, I'd rather go to a Spanish restaurant, same goes for the Mexican and Indian nights..
I disagree with this. It works for Penny Farthing, and given its remote location, does attract quite a few people.

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but you must remember that most expats in CH are quite sophisticated..
good one! The average expat is a family man with a diesel station wagon who picked up skying 2 years ago when he moved to Switzerland with his family.


I believe key to success for our friend here Tony is to post more on the EF. See, you got over 4k posts...Tony has a little over 300, thus he's not very well known and people are reluctant to attend an event, which is organized by a lesser known individual. Look at for instance my KFC events...I got 28 people to meet up and drive to another country just for some wings....people didn't join because of the food...the food is crap, but it was fun to meet some forum incumbents and be a part of the banter.
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i disagree with this. It works for penny farthing, and given its remote location, does attract quite a few people.

good one! The average expat is a family man with a diesel station wagon who picked up skying 2 years ago when he moved to switzerland with his family.


I believe key to success for our friend here tony is to post more on the ef. See, you got over 4k posts...tony has a little over 300, thus he's not very well known and people are reluctant to attend an event, which is organized by a lesser known individual. Look at for instance my kfc events...i got 28 people to meet up and drive to another country just for some wings....people didn't join because of the food...the food is crap, but it was fun to meet some forum incumbents and be a part of the banter.
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Old 02.12.2011, 11:21
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I don't sign up because it's very far and I couldn't eat any of the food. Your events do look fun though!

Also you are Celtic fans
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OP, I'll be brief as I'm on my phone. I think I've seen a few of your events, and forgive me for being blunt, but the ones I remember are quite gimmicky and kitschy... the Spanish night, I'd rather go to a Spanish restaurant, same goes for the Mexican and Indian nights.

These are the sort of theme nights that'd work well in provincial English town back street pubs but you must remember that most expats in CH are quite sophisticated. Speaking as a food pro I really suggest you up your game.... try a proper traditional English food night, and I'm talking serious quality, Rabbit Pie, Lincolnshire Chine, proper Fish pie etc etc, the type of food that Brits should be proud of and spread the word to the locals as well, they will be surprised!


I host ploughmans lunches in Rapperswil which is much further than Zurich than you are, we use very high quality ingredients in a simple English way, no gimmicks and I rarely get less than 100 people, some from afar away as Geneva.

If you'd like me to host one at your pub in the spring get in touch and we can talk. It might help to find out if it is your approach or just location.
Hey Grumpy

Thats a very interesting concept. I have to disagree on a couple of points though, you have picked out mexican, spanish and indian and failed to mention the scottish breakfast, kfc night or the turkey christmas meal. These 3 are menu's which sophisticated or not, british people miss having the opportunity to get in Switzerland. These were the particular ones i have created for the englishforum members and only Lib has turned up.

The Indian buffet which we had was better than any other indian restaurant i have attended in Switzerland, we had an original Tandoor clay oven in the terrace baking up home-made naan bread and tandoori chicken, for the price of 25.- (eat all you want) it is also cheaper than any other indian restaurant (evening price)

Your poloughmans lunch idea sounds fantastic, I will send you a pm, would be good to give it a try, but i think it may be down to who you know and location as opposed to what we have had on offer

thanks for your input
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Old 02.12.2011, 12:40
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But you are in Argau and as proved in another thread, people in Argau cannot drive properly.

By the way... when are your events? Time and Day of the Week might have something to do with it too.
we try to host the events on a thursday evening, the special menu is normally on offer from 6pm till 10pm, but we are open till midnight. We have had an indian buffet on a friday night before too
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we try to host the events on a thursday evening, the special menu is normally on offer from 6pm till 10pm, but we are open till midnight. We have had an indian buffet on a friday night before too
as GG said, it's who you know.

on Thursday you are competing against:

(Unofficial) Drinks at the Viadukt Markthalle (Part Deux)

Which sometimes draws a crowd, sometimes it doesn't. But it's like semi tradition for some and it's zurich.

your ideas are good, but it does come to popularity it seems .

you know what to do: become an EF celebrity.

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Re: A little disappointed in the EF regarding events!

If you do a Sunday daytime event then I'd be there with my better half and my little one. Sadly, evenings don't work for us because of lack of babysitters and paying 25CHF an hour for one, plus the train journey and meal makes it an expensive night

Keep on trying though. I loved your KFC idea and the indian buffet.
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I disagree with this. It works for Penny Farthing, and given its remote location, does attract quite a few people.

good one! The average expat is a family man with a diesel station wagon who picked up skying 2 years ago when he moved to Switzerland with his family.


I believe key to success for our friend here Tony is to post more on the EF. See, you got over 4k posts...Tony has a little over 300, thus he's not very well known and people are reluctant to attend an event, which is organized by a lesser known individual. Look at for instance my KFC events...I got 28 people to meet up and drive to another country just for some wings....people didn't join because of the food...the food is crap, but it was fun to meet some forum incumbents and be a part of the banter.
Yea Lib, i think it may be to do with the posts. I am on the EF daily and only ever comment on threads which i have something productive to say, unlike some members who like to join a thread to comment on how stupid the OP is or destroy their thread without saying anything productive. I am sure most people have been a victim of the above.

I want to make it clear too, i always have a minimum of 20 people to eat at these events, so it makes it worth my while. For St. Andrews for example, we had 40 and for Burns we had 55. The Xmas dinner we already have 15 reservations and have only advertised about a week. These numbers for me are satisfying, our kittchen is small and we only have 50 table seats in the pub, the rest are bar stools. Any more than 30 people then we are really working at capacity. My post is really just to find out why i cant attract more EF members. We have a load of x-pats in lenzburg but would love to meet more.

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Some excellent advice and great suggestions from grumpygrapefruit. Have we found Gordon Ramsay's alter ego?

I don't trust that man with a lamb.
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I don't sign up because it's very far and I couldn't eat any of the food. Your events do look fun though!

Also you are Celtic fans

Haha, "also you are celtic fans" being a good or a bad thing, spill it!
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unlike some members who like to join a thread to comment on how stupid the OP is or destroy their thread without saying anything productive. I am sure most people have been a victim of the above.
..I know what you mean, happens to me all the time.
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as GG said, it's who you know.

on Thursday you are competing against:

(Unofficial) Drinks at the Viadukt Markthalle (Part Deux)

Which sometimes draws a crowd, sometimes it doesn't. But it's like semi tradition for some and it's zurich.

your ideas are good, but it does come to popularity it seems .

you know what to do: become an EF celebrity.

good luck
Ok, so what i need to do is post hundered of pointless comments on every thread whether i know a bit about it or not? Welcome these notifications in my inbox
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If you do a Sunday daytime event then I'd be there with my better half and my little one. Sadly, evenings don't work for us because of lack of babysitters and paying 25CHF an hour for one, plus the train journey and meal makes it an expensive night

Keep on trying though. I loved your KFC idea and the indian buffet.
We have been talking about a british sunday brunch. The more members i could attract, the better the menu i could have on offer. Would you suggest that i try this on a day with a big football match (which was my plan) or do you think it would be more attractive to most when there was no big match on
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Ok, so what i need to do is post hundered of pointless comments on every thread whether i know a bit about it or not? Welcome these notifications in my inbox
you can always subscribe as "No notifications"


As an example: GG is well known. Very well known. and most of his posts have been informative. Helm is a rising portuguese star, she is also very helpful.
LiB, despite his flouncing moments, is also well known. And created an event that become legendary when Porsch took over.


This is a community and a second home to a lot of people. If you look at the thread you'll see that there is people creating what some mods and members like to call "noise". This noise is what moves the crowd to certain places (be it Viadukt or karaoke). It is not mere factual posts that will get you somewhere, but to put your own personal "flavor" into it.

So yeah, factual and "useful" (as to what is useful in EF is debatable, this is fmore than a wiki) will only get you so far. It's word of mouth and EFer's who hang around outside of the threads that will move more people towards you.
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you can always subscribe as "No notifications"


As an example: GG is well known. Very well known. and most of his posts have been informative. Helm is a rising portuguese star, she is also very helpful.
LiB, despite his flouncing moments, is also well known. And created an event that become legendary when Porsch took over.


This is a community and a second home to a lot of people. If you look at the thread you'll see that there is people creating what some mods and members like to call "noise". This noise is what moves the crowd to certain places (be it Viadukt or karaoke). It is not mere factual posts that will get you somewhere, but to put your own personal "flavor" into it.

So yeah, factual and "useful" (as to what is useful in EF is debatable, this is fmore than a wiki) will only get you so far. It's word of mouth and EFer's who hang around outside of the threads that will move more people towards you.
I agree with your point. Ok, my aim is to hit 1000 posts by the end of the year, beware EF
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Helm is a rising portuguese star, she is also very helpful.
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