Saturday, May 4, 2013

Find it ALL at

Looked at this blog a moment ago and realized the last post here was from 2011. That speaks to one big issue...I was spread too thin across too many blogs. Now, you can find all my pertinent writing and blogs at

So, go there now and bookmark it.



Sunday, August 7, 2011

Cape Traffic

Let's talk about people who can't drive. Let's talk about traffic laws. Let's talk about Cape Cod. Then, let's put all these elements together on a Sunday in the summer when all the Cape Cod escapists are pouring (like the rain) off the Cape and into two funnels of traffic.

I'm going to do this post Cutlet-style because it requires a barrage of thoughts that may or may not be all related. Enjoy.

*This post was requested by a few folks online - Justin, Todd, John, Clair and Eric.

Rain causes the synapses in the brain to short out and reduces common sense by about 89% in most humans.

People feel the absolute need to drive FASTER when they can't see in an attempt to get off the road faster. This is good because many of them go flying off the road into ditches when they resort to this tactic.

The Cape is just a place with sand and overpriced EVERYTHING. Why not stay in your hometown and spend half the money, none of the gas, and less of the aggravation by contributing to the local economy.

Sand is horrible when you get it inside your clothes.

The Cape is full of great white sharks now. And none of them are as cuddly as the mechanical ones in JAWS.

The summer help at every Cape Cod store and restaurant have only disdain for tourists (and even if you're from Bourne you're a tourist) and likely spit in your food or put bedbugs in your hotel bed.

If you took a day off during the week, you'd be able to travel to and from the Cape in 25% of the time and therefore enjoy a lot more vacation for your money and exertion.

Don't get me started on how all the residents of the Cape are 700 years old and drive 11MPH in the fast lane with all their wipers on and one turn signal flashing fast enough to trigger epilepsy in the afflicted.

And that's my little soapbox on Cape Cod and why you shouldn't go there. Also why you shouldn't drive in the rain. And why a vacation should take place when nobody else is going to the same destination - because the last thing you want to deal with in another city on your vacation is some ignorant and ill-mannered American.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Tasting Menu at 606 Congress - Courtesy of Blue Ribbon NYC

The other night I had the pleasure of attending a tasting event at 606 Congress in Boston. The restaurant, with chef Rich Garcia at the helm, is nicely appointed and was the perfect place to share a few new menu items. But these items were actually developed by Blue Ribbon, a foodservice group out of New York City, and then introduced to Rich and 606. Then we got to taste them.

Here's how it went...

After arriving and being feted with drinks - even some of those were created just for the restaurant - we got into the tasting. Here are some food shots and descriptions...

The Tasting Menu, Including Drinks

The Michelada. They make it with Harpoon UFO, Lime Juice and Hot Sauce. Tastes like a beer bloody mary.

Jeff Cutler and Rich Garcia

The mingling prior to the Tasting Event

Our Tasting Table at 606 Congress

Our place settings at 606 Congress. They took some care to create a nice presentation.

Bromberg Brothers Blue Ribbon Cookbook. Some great recipes inside. We received a copy as a parting gift.

The funky design placemats at 606 Congress

Menu and Logo from Bromberg Brothers Blue Ribbon Restaurants. Find them on Twitter - @BlueRibbonNYC

Manchego and Mexican Honey Toast. Light and divine. Still warm when it arrived. B+.

Another shot of the Honey Toast. The honey comes from Mexico and honey farms that Blue Ribbon operates.

Spicy Egg Shooters. Pickled peppers and olive oil mayo. These had a little kick, but were perfectly balanced. A-

Another shot of the Egg Shooter

Who thought Hummus could be fancied up? White Bean Hummus Toast. Best dish of the night. A

Another photo of the toast. Olives mixed in were perfectly salty for balance.

Fried Rock Shrimp. These popped when you bit them. Perhaps one of the best preparations of shrimp I've experienced lately. Just so well cooked that I was pleased. Taste was very good. B+

The Rock Shrimp platter

When I take food shots, I look for the best visual of the night. These win for that. While the Smoked Salmon Toast wasn't over-the-top as a winning dish, the fragrance was superb and the color was amazing. B

Another shot of the Salmon

Some of the honey. This was delivered so we could drizzle it on the "Northern Fried" Chicken Wings.

The Wings - a Blue Ribbon specialty. Taste was very good and the best feature was probably the breading/skin. It didn't fall off by itself but clung nicely to the chicken so you had a very balanced bite each time you sampled the wing. B

Wing on my plate

Honey drizzled wing on my plate

Rich Garcia explaining the dishes and the 606 Congress atmosphere and philosophy.

They have some wine.
In all, I had a great time and am looking forward to trying some of the other Blue Ribbon venues. They have a top-end sushi restaurant in New York City that I'd love to visit.

Have you been to 606? What did you think?

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Novell Vibe Outreach Event - Boston - April 2011

As many of you know, I create content for a living.

More simply put, I write stuff and people pay me to do so. I’m also a social media trainer, guest speaker and event organizer. To that end, I keep an event calendar over at and schedule dozens of speaking gigs and training sessions each year all over the United States.

In my role as content creator and event organizer, I’ve put together numerous Tweetups. These have included events for Nissan, Society of Professional Journalists, Egg-Nog Fanatics, the audience of NomX3 and even Ford Motor Company. But recently, I jumped up a level and was honored to be able to merge a few of my skills at an event for Novell - it was what I like to call a Focus Group Tweetup.

The invitation-only event (tweaking the literal definition of a Tweetup with its exclusive nature) brought together 16 technology, community, social and business professionals to talk about a software product. I planned the event at the amazing Brasserie Jo in Boston - and I will tell anyone who will listen that it’s as close as you can get to dining in Paris without flying 3000 miles.

So, right off the bat I had upped the ante. Here are some photos from the night, some facts about the discussion, a link to the product if you want to try it out, and my evaluation of how things went. If you’ve ever wanted to organize a Tweetup, anyone can do it. You just need some organizational skills and the energy to pull it off.

I expect to be doing similar events in Salt Lake City and Austin, TX over the next month or so, and will be doing a few Ice Cream Tweetups over the summer in Boston. Just follow me on twitter if you’d like to be sure not to miss those Tweetups.


Novell Vibe Cloud Outreach Tweetup - Boston, MA - April 25, 2010

The food was amazing - a Prix Fixe menu prepared with four courses and select beverages from Brasserie Jo.

The guest speaker for the evening was the talented Doug Haslam. He talked about community and collaboration - two of the facets that the Novell team is trying to foster with their Vibe Cloud product.

The Novell team was on hand to discuss how to use Vibe Cloud and to answer questions from various social media luminaries. Essentially, Vibe Cloud is real-time social collaboration made enterprise-secure.

Here are some shots of the evening...

The list of attendees included...
Doug Haslam

David Karp

Steve Garfield

Meg Fowler

Bobbie Carlton

Ellen Rossano

Shwen Gwee

Todd Van Hoosear!/vanhoosear

Christine Major

Stephen Dill

Cappy Popp
In all, I think everyone enjoyed themselves and the event met or exceeded the goals we set at the beginning.

Have you ever attended an exclusive Tweetup? What are you thoughts about how businesses might start using this meeting model going forward?

Sunday, December 26, 2010

May to December

This morning I woke up and realized I wanted to bring all my blog properties in line with each other. This meant doing some clean-up posts or brand new rants to make all my blogs current.

This blog is a juice builder for me as it has my name in the URL. But the last post here was in May, so that might be a bit of a misconception. If I didn't say a word since May, I'm guessing that Google won't index much or any of my missives.

So, here's a new post to bring the blog current. And perhaps I'll try and feed my other content here as well going forward so if you follow only this blog you'll see all the Jeff Cutler goodness without clicking around the Interwebs.

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Diane Darling - Book Party

Diane Darling is a friend of mine and is charming and upfront about her skillset and her mantras. She wants to see people succeed and has a vision in how that can happen. For even experienced networking and social media professionals, Darling's tips and insight can be valuable.

For instance, in her most recent book...


...Diane gets down and dirty in how professionals at all levels leverage their skills and outgoing nature to make connections and ultimately make themselves more successful financially and emotionally.

Give it a read...even if you buy it just to see my's a nice primer for those who are a bit skeptical that traditional networking still can get the job done. I believe a mix of traditional and new media is the right route, but I'm a tech-head early adopter, what do I know?

ALSO, there's an event coming up on May 18 where you can meet Diane in person and get your book signed. I expect that I'll be there too and will sign anything you bring in - doesn't have to be a book.

Here's the info on that May 18 event.

Hope to see you there.